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Family Sues After Man's Head Found in Shed
abc ^ | 12/27/03

Posted on 12/27/2003 1:57:33 PM PST by knak

Children Sue Medical Center After Learning Dad's Embalmed Head Was in Tool Shed for 11 Years

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Dec. 27 — The children of a cancer patient who donated his body for research filed a lawsuit after learning their father's embalmed head was kept in a tool shed for nearly 11 years.

The head of Osie K. Whitten, who died Dec. 24, 1990, of colon cancer, was among 150 pounds of human cadaver parts allegedly removed from the medical center at the University of California, Davis, by a former autopsy assistant.

David Lawrence Beale, who worked for Pathology Support Services Inc., which managed the medical center's morgue and autopsy service, was arrested last summer after the remains were found among his belongings.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of receiving stolen property and possession of methamphetamines. Police say Beale told them he used the remains to hone his dissection skills.

The medical center, Beale and Pathology Support Services were named in the lawsuit filed by Whitten's children.

The medical center said it could not comment; it previously said it had changed the way human remains are handled. Pathology Support Services said Beale's activities were not part of his job.


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1 posted on 12/27/2003 1:57:33 PM PST by knak
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To: knak
This kind of stuff drives me outa my mind!
2 posted on 12/27/2003 1:59:29 PM PST by cmsgop ( It comes out your bum,Like a bullet from a gun,.."Diarrhea, Diarrhea"...........)
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To: knak
I collect old wooden tops myself.......
3 posted on 12/27/2003 1:59:53 PM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: knak
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Dec. 27 — The children of a cancer patient who donated his body for research filed a lawsuit after learning their father's embalmed head was kept in a tool shed for nearly 11 years.

Well, maybe they were saving it in case they needed it later. I save old coffee cans, etc - never know when they might come in handy.

4 posted on 12/27/2003 2:01:13 PM PST by Hacksaw (theocratic Confederate flag waving loyalty oath supporter)
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To: knak
Some articles just don't need to be posted but, it is your right to do so:( But it is a slow news day.
5 posted on 12/27/2003 2:03:15 PM PST by eastforker (Money is the key to justice,just ask any lawyer.)
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To: knak
by a former autopsy assistant.

That job obviously could attract a weirdo.

6 posted on 12/27/2003 2:03:52 PM PST by FITZ
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To: knak; martin_fierro; mhking
So we embalmed his head
When he was dead, Fred,
And that's it a-hangin' in the shed!
All together now . . .
7 posted on 12/27/2003 2:05:46 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Support our tagline-and-release program.)
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To: knak
A weirdo acting outside his authority did something so aberrant no organization could possibly have predicted or prevented it. Somehow, this company was supposed to have been omniscient and omnipotent in its control over this particular employee.

This is the standard that makes 9/11 "Bush's fault."

I fail to see how this family was harmed by the defendant. Of course, there's a lawyer prepared to argue otherwise and a judge/jury prepared to buy the argument.
8 posted on 12/27/2003 2:07:37 PM PST by Triple Word Score
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To: knak

9 posted on 12/27/2003 2:12:13 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Support our tagline-and-release program.)
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To: knak
Bart: Hey, Apu, this bag of ice has a head in it.
Apu: Oooh! a head bag! Those are chock full of... heady goodness.
10 posted on 12/27/2003 2:12:24 PM PST by steveo (I got a new tagline for Christmas!)
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To: knak
Children Sue Medical Center After Learning Dad's Embalmed Head Was in Tool Shed for 11 Years

The problem is, it was stuffed and mounted over a fireplace.

The deer that owned the property had no comment.

11 posted on 12/27/2003 2:14:19 PM PST by Lazamataz (I slam, you slam, we all slam, for Islam!)
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To: cmsgop
Hey, what ever happened to the story almost a year ago about the funeral home, I think in Georgia, that threw bodies out the back door for years. Something like 300 bodies were found lying in a swap or something like that? Anybody have an update as to what happened to the maniacs that owned that funeral home?
12 posted on 12/27/2003 2:15:55 PM PST by Lockbar
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To: knak
Has this guy completely lost his mind!!!!
13 posted on 12/27/2003 2:17:27 PM PST by Arpege92
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To: Arpege92
Its tough to keep ahead of all the good posts here...
14 posted on 12/27/2003 2:22:45 PM PST by Drango (Democratic fundraising....If PBS won't do it, who will?)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Gotta say...
This is a mighty fine topic for Haiku.
I'll be posting one shortly.
15 posted on 12/27/2003 2:23:04 PM PST by Muzzle_em
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To: eastforker
"But it is a slow news day."

Here's another slow news day story from today's Forbes - but it was bumped to CHAT. If this stuff really works.......

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2004/0112/048a.html

"A novel way, perhaps, to treat sexual dysfunction.
Here's what could stimulate demand for the recently approved morning-after pill: an "evening-before" nasal spray--for both him and her.

Palatin Technologies, a tiny Cranbury, N.J. drug outfit, barely received notice after its Nov. 19 conference call for investors to hear about plans for Stage 2 clinical trials of an erectile-dysfunction drug called PT-141. "We intend to aggressively advance [it]," said Palatin Chief Carl Spana, "in both males and females."

...
16 posted on 12/27/2003 2:28:33 PM PST by Peelod
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To: Charles Henrickson
Is this it?
17 posted on 12/27/2003 2:29:26 PM PST by al baby (Ice cream does not have bones)
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To: knak
Arthur "Two Heads" Jackson? Doesn't have the same ring.

I prefer "Two Sheds".

18 posted on 12/27/2003 2:36:46 PM PST by zarf (..where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment?)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Tie me kangeroo down Spo'
Tie me kangeroo down
19 posted on 12/27/2003 2:40:51 PM PST by buffyt (Howard Dean doesn't have a leg to stand on.... because he has BOTH FEET in his MOUTH!)
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To: zarf

20 posted on 12/27/2003 2:43:58 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Support our tagline-and-release program.)
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To: knak
The family may use this lawsuit to get ahead, but it will likely cost them an arm and leg just to start. As for proof of damages, I'd say they don't have a leg to stand on. Aslo, a case like this is easiest to win when the evidence speaks for itself -- and in this case, I'd be surprised if that happens.

I'm done.

21 posted on 12/27/2003 2:45:09 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (France delenda est)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Talking heads
22 posted on 12/27/2003 2:46:13 PM PST by al baby (Ice cream does not have bones)
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To: knak
Dad's Embalmed Head Was in Tool Shed for 11 Years

A lot of dads who are alive have their heads in the tool shed for 11 years.

23 posted on 12/27/2003 2:46:36 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Support our tagline-and-release program.)
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To: knak
TED WILLIAMS ALERT!
24 posted on 12/27/2003 2:48:32 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Support our tagline-and-release program.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
They may not have a leg to stand on but the defendant has a few spares hanging around.
25 posted on 12/27/2003 2:50:31 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (black dogs are my life)
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To: Charles Henrickson

26 posted on 12/27/2003 2:51:12 PM PST by al baby (Ice cream does not have bones)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Tie me kangaroo down, sport!
27 posted on 12/27/2003 2:51:58 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Tie me kangaroo down, sport!

PETA alert! Free the kangaroo...

28 posted on 12/27/2003 2:55:08 PM PST by Drango (Democratic fundraising....If PBS won't do it, who will?)
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To: Charles Henrickson



THIRD INTERVIEWER: Last week The Royal Festival Hall saw the first performance of a new symphony by one of the world's leading modern composers, Arthur "Two-Sheds" Jackson. Mr. Jackson.
JACKSON : Good evening.
INT: May I just sidetrack you for one moment. Mr. Jackson, this, what should I call it, nickname of yours.
JAC: Oh yes.
INT: "Two-Sheds." How did you come by it?
JAC: Well I don't use it myself, it's just a few of my friends call me "Two-Sheds."
INT: I see, and do you in fact have two sheds?
JAC: No. No, I've only one shed. I've had one for some time, but a few years ago I said I was thinking of getting another one and since then some people have called me "Two-Sheds."
INT: In spite of the fact that you have only one.
JAC: Yes.
INT: I see, and are you thinking of purchasing a second shed?
JAC: No.
INT: To bring you in line with your epithet.
JAC: No.
INT: I see, I see. Well let's return to your symphony. Ah, now then, did you write this symphony... in the shed?
JAC: ... No.
INT: Have you written any of your recent works in this shed of yours?
JAC: No it's just a perfectly ordinary garden shed.

A picture of a shed appears on the screen behind them.

INT: I see. And you're thinking of buying this second shed to write in.
JAC: No, no. Look, this shed business, it doesn't really matter at all, the sheds aren't important. It's just a few friends call me "Two-Sheds," and that's all there is to it. I wish you'd ask me about my music. I'm a composer. People always ask me about the sheds, they've got it out of proportion, I'm fed up with the sheds, I wish I'd never got it in the first place.
INT: I expect you're probably thinking of selling one.
JAC: I will sell one.
INT: Then you'd be Arthur "No-Sheds" Jackson.
JAC: Look forget about the sheds. They don't matter.
INT: Mr. Jackson I think with respect, we ought to talk about your symphony.
JAC: What?
INT: Apparently your symphony was written for organ and tympani.
JAC: (Catches sight of the picture of the shed behind him.) What's that?
INT: What's what?
JAC: It's a shed. Get it off.

He points to BP screen shed. The picture of the shed disappears and is replaced by a picture of Jackson. Jackson looks at it carefully.

JAC: Right.
INT: Now then Mr. Jackson... your symphony.

Caption appears: "ARTHUR "TWO-SHEDS" JACKSON.

The picture of jackson is replaced by a picture of two sheds, one with a question mark over it.

INT: I understand that you used to be interested in train spotting.
JAC: What?
INT: I understand that about thirty years ago you were extremely interested in train spotting.
JAC: What's this got to do with my bloody music?

Enter SECOND INTERVIEWER from earlier sketch.

2INT : Are you having any trouble from him?
INT: Yes, a little.
2INT: Well we interviewers are more than a match for the likes of you, "Two-Sheds."
INT: Yes make yourself scarce "Two-Sheds." This studio isn't big enough for the three of us.

They push him away and propel him out.

JAC: What are you doing? (He is pushed out of vision with a crash.)
2INT: Get your own Arts programme you fairy!
INT: (To camera) Arthur "Two-Sheds" Jackson.

29 posted on 12/27/2003 3:03:08 PM PST by zarf (..where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment?)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

30 posted on 12/27/2003 3:05:17 PM PST by mhking (It's in your home state...it's outside your front door...and it's going to eat YOU up!)
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To: mhking


"Did somebody mention head?"
31 posted on 12/27/2003 3:07:26 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You know how those liberals are. Two's Company but three is a fundraiser.)
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To: knak
Bill Clinton: "And I thought I caught hell over a little head."
32 posted on 12/27/2003 3:09:30 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: ConservativeMan55

"MEATHEAD"

33 posted on 12/27/2003 3:10:43 PM PST by LisaMalia (Buckeye Fan since birth!!)
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To: LisaMalia
Not only a meathead, but a polish one at that.
34 posted on 12/27/2003 3:11:33 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You know how those liberals are. Two's Company but three is a fundraiser.)
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To: knak
Actually, David was verbally abused as a child and the only thing he could remember was his father telling him over and over again that he'll never get ahead...

So he did!
35 posted on 12/27/2003 3:15:51 PM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there is the face of Islam!)
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To: knak
Sounds like a job for Damon Wayans' "Head Detective."
36 posted on 12/27/2003 3:23:53 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: knak
So, his head was in the head shed. What's the problem?
37 posted on 12/27/2003 6:35:29 PM PST by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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To: Muzzle_em; knak
Ginsu Haiku
=======
Slicing Frogs when young,
David's been promoted --
to Head of his Class.
38 posted on 12/27/2003 6:47:08 PM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: knak
Heads Will Roll
39 posted on 12/27/2003 7:47:53 PM PST by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: Triple Word Score
Somehow, this company was supposed to have been omniscient and omnipotent in its control over this particular employee.

I agree with you wholeheartedly.

I would go on to say we are long overdue in re-thinking tort law to eliminate huge money damage awards for problems that money can't solve. Heartbreak is not fixed with money....

40 posted on 12/27/2003 7:53:04 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: knak
"donated his body for research " Ahh, then its their's to do with as they wish, I would think.

Of course I'm not a bottom feeder like the ambulance chasers.
41 posted on 12/27/2003 7:53:23 PM PST by vladog
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To: HairOfTheDog
But inventory control is. Ask any gun dealer.

How about the medical organizations that recieve donated cadavers are held to the same standard?

42 posted on 12/27/2003 8:02:21 PM PST by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: knak
John the Baptist head was displaced as well....should I sue for that as well...why not !...this is America...right...right....ACLU?...right?...mmmm
43 posted on 12/27/2003 8:02:53 PM PST by Hotdog
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To: patton
Whatever the sin it occurred 11 years ago. You really think we are going to be punishing the same people or the same practices by costing them a lot of money?
44 posted on 12/27/2003 8:05:51 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Not people, practices. Money changes behavior. If I ran a medical shool, or morgue, or whatever, and I suddenly realised I was liable for ultimate disposition of remains, I would have a hand-receipt system in place so fast it would amaze you.

And perhaps they should.

45 posted on 12/27/2003 8:10:44 PM PST by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: patton
I think tort law is really screwed up when people expect a big money award for any emotional, non-monetary damage that happens, whether obvious negligence is proved or not. People don't even ask whether actual blame is involve or not anymore. The first thought in any tragedy is lawsuits... who to sue and how much they can get. It costs all of us, this sue-happy crap, and cheapens real emotional loss, IMHO.

46 posted on 12/27/2003 8:15:36 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
I agree with you on tort law reform - but this case is non-trivial.

Years ago, I considered signing the donor card on the back of my drivers license.

Then someone explained to me what it meant, under current law, and I decided no way in hell.

Because as it stands, someone can keep your head as a sextoy in a shed for ever, and it ain't even illegal, in VA.

47 posted on 12/27/2003 8:20:22 PM PST by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: Triple Word Score
A weirdo acting outside his authority did something so aberrant no organization could possibly have predicted or prevented it. Somehow, this company was supposed to have been omniscient and omnipotent in its control over this particular employee.

It's premise liability. If the plaintiff(s) can show that the defendant had knowledge that this was happening or could happen, but failed to take the appropriate measures to keep it from happening, the plaintiff(s) may come out ahead.

Don't consider this legal advice - just someone who works in the field.

48 posted on 12/27/2003 8:20:29 PM PST by dware (ingredients include mechanically separated chicken and beef parts)
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To: patton
I have enough to worry about without worrying that the guy that ends up with my head after I die only wants to put it in a jar in his shed. Maybe the person that got my heart made it worthwhile.

I am not trying to trivialize except to say I never let the freak cases decide my point of view.
49 posted on 12/27/2003 8:24:46 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
And how will your family feel, when your body parts show up on ebay?

I will not sign the donor card.

50 posted on 12/27/2003 8:37:27 PM PST by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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