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Custody fight over amputated leg

You can’t make this stuff up.

An amputated leg has become the subject of a tug of war between the man who lost it, and the man who bought it at auction. John Wood’s leg was amputated after a plane crash in 2004 but he kept it so he could be buried “whole” when he died, reports the Daily Telegraph. But Mr Wood, of South Carolina, saw his home repossessed and his possessions auctioned after he couldn’t afford to keep them in storage.

Unfortunately those possessions included the leg which Mr Wood had kept in a barbecue smoker, and which was bought by Shannon Whisnant in the auction. Mr Whisnant initially gave it to police, who subsequently turned it over to a funeral home once they realized no foul play was involved. But Mr Whisnant, who put a sign on the empty smoker charging adults $3 and children $1 for a look, now wants it back.

“He’s making a freak show out of it,” Mr Wood told The Charlotte Observer. “He wants to put money in his pocket with this thing.”

Mr Whisnant, who was unsuccessful in a bid to get the leg from the funeral home, consulted with a lawyer and decided his best move was to persuade Mr Wood to share custody and profits. “It’s a strange incident and Halloween’s just around the corner,” he said. “The price will be going up if I get [a stake in] the leg.”

Mr Wood, who is heading to Maiden to pick up his leg, said the two men can meet, but he is not interested in using the leg to make money: “I just think it’s despicable,” he said.

October 2, 2007 - Posted by | People

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