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Men fight over amputated leg in barbecue

From Daily Telegraph

An amputated leg has become the focus of a tug of war between the man who lost it, and another who bought it in an auction.

John Wood’s leg was amputated near the knee after a plane crash in 2004.

He asked doctors for it back so he could be buried “whole” when he died.

But Mr Wood, of South Carolina, fell on hard times and saw his home repossessed and his possessions auctioned after he couldn’t afford to keep them in storage.

Unfortunately those possessions included the leg.

The limb, which Wood had kept in a barbecue smoker, was bought by Shannon Whisnant last week in the auction.

Mr Whisnant initially gave it to police, who subsequently turned it over to a funeral home when it became clear it was not the result of foul play.

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 his 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. “I don’t mind having the 15 minutes of fame, but I’m not looking to really profit off this thing.”


In my view, he doesn't have a leg to stand on because the limb cost the new owner an arm and a leg to buy. :oops:
Weirdest part of this is that no one wonders why the hell his leg was being stored in the smoker to begin with, and how the hell do you forget it's in there???
so why hasnt the leg decomposed, must be fcuking stinking
In the US the articles gave a few more details. He had used the smoker to smoke the leg, much like a Virginia ham. Smoked like that it could keep well.

I know my compatriots seem a bit odd. OK, more than a bit odd. Remember, parts of S.C. are like West Virginia where the saying is "Love is relative" and men call both ex and current "cuz". It could be the result of cousins marrying cousins for a few generations.

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