Ted Williams' Frozen Head Treated Like a Baseball

Former exec at cryogenics company details bizarre, unprofessional practices
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 9:21 AM CDT
Ted Williams' Frozen Head Treated Like a Baseball
Ted Williams in 1999.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Ted Williams’ frozen head has apparently not received the respect usually accorded to Hall of Famers. In a tell-all, a former exec at the cryogenic facility where the Red Sox slugger’s body resides writes that his severed head was propped up in a canister on a can of Bumble Bee tuna. When the head was removed, he claims, the tin stuck to it, and a worker attempted to separate the two with a monkey wrench—wielded as a bat.

“Tiny pieces of frozen head” went flying everywhere, writes Larry Johnson in Frozen: My Journey Into the World of Cryonics, Deception, and Death, obtained by the New York Daily News. Johnson, who blew the whistle on Alcor in 2003, also says Williams’ decapitation was carried out by unskilled workers with improper tools, and that before the head was frozen it was drilled with holes so that microphones could be inserted to record bones breaking as it descended to -321 degrees F. (Read more Ted Williams stories.)

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