Monday, May 17, 2010

Iowa court: Exhume body so head can be frozen

DES MOINES, Iowa – The siblings of a man who died more than a year ago must exhume his body so his head can be cut off and cryogenically frozen, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled.

The court sided this week with Alcor Life Extension Foundation, which sought to dig up the remains of 81-year-old Orville Richardson of Burlington. Richardson had signed a contract with Alcor in 2004 and paid $53,500 to have his head placed in cryonic suspension after his death.

When he died in February 2009, Richardson's brother and sister buried him instead, having told him earlier that they would have nothing to do with his plan, court records show

Alcor learned of Richardson's death two months afterward, when his brother, David Richardson, asked the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company to refund the money already paid...


Heather said...

Hello. I've just found your blog from a link I followed. Sometimes I feel like Alice in the rabbit hole (not the Johnny Depp version.)

Anyway, I'm just scrolling down and seeing what I've been missing. I live in Iowa and just heard about this story today (5-18-10) on the radio.

Don't forget that Iowa is the state where the Supreme Court told us that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right.

We love our courts here. Oh yes we do. /extreme sarcasm

btw: so far I'm loving your blog. Star Wars, Chuck Norris and Young Frankenstein...awesome. If I keep on scrolling down and find some Monty Python, I'll move you to the top of the bookmarks!!

Vincenzo said...

Heather, glad you like it! Sorry, no Monty Python, at least not lately. Suddenly I have the urge to watch the lumberjack song video...