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Relatives to exhume and freeze man's head

By T.K. Randall
May 17, 2010 · Comment icon 14 comments

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An Iowa court has ordered the remains of an 81-year-old man to be exhumed so his head can be cut off and frozen.
The man had signed a contract in which it was agreed that his head was to be cryogenically frozen by Alcor after his death however when his relatives opted to bury him instead Alcor took it to the courts and won the appeal.
The Iowa Court of Appeals has ordered the relatives of a deceased Burlington man to exhume his body so his head can be cut off and cryogenically frozen. The court sided with Alcor Life Extension Foundation of Scottsdale, Ariz. , which sought to dig up the remains of 81-year-old Orville Richardson, who died in February 2009.


Source: Quad Cities | Comments (14)




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Comment icon #5 Posted by Mistydawn 14 years ago
Just a little! For there to be any 'realistic' chance of reviving a frozen body they'd have to be preserved pretty well immediately after their death. Brains cells can begin to die after just a few minutes without oxygen. After a few hours, or even a day? Forget about it. When he signed the contract, I wonder did he pay them any money...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Siara 14 years ago
Ummm.... you're supposed to do that within minutes of death. Sorry folks... you goofed. How can the courts have such a total ignorance about biology. Oh yeah... Iowa.
Comment icon #7 Posted by schizoidwoman 14 years ago
I was thinking along the same lines. He's been dead a little too long to be frozen now hasn't he? Brain tissue and mucus membranes would be gone, right? He'll be really annoyed when he's eventually thawed out, I suspect.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DelusionalReasoning 14 years ago
Ummm.... you're supposed to do that within minutes of death. Sorry folks... you goofed. How can the courts have such a total ignorance about biology. Oh yeah... Iowa. Ignorance is bliss
Comment icon #9 Posted by odiesbsc 14 years ago
Maybe they're gonna use his DNA to clone him. ??? Odie
Comment icon #10 Posted by The Big Boss 14 years ago
Burlington eh? Didn't know I had vampires living that close to me.
Comment icon #11 Posted by ...:::*ArorA*:::... 14 years ago
I can understand if the froze the deceased head at the time of death but to do it after he totally decomposed? I don’t get the point. He will look like crap
Comment icon #12 Posted by kobolds 14 years ago
you people watching too much Fringe
Comment icon #13 Posted by Paracelse 14 years ago
Perhaps the point made was that relatives are s'posed to grant the wishes of the deceased and not do what they want. If you tell your loved one: I want this or that, and they did something else, wouldn't you come back to haunt them? I sure would!
Comment icon #14 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
Hmm, maybe instead of freezing the head, they should shrink it. Heh.


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