MILWAULKEE, WI Ted Williams' son had his father's body frozen so that he could harvest his daddy's DNA and sell it, the slugger's daughter charged yesterday.
"My Dad's in a metal tube, on his head, so frozen that if I touched him, it would crack him because of the warmth from my fingertips," Bobby-Jo Ferrell told The East Valley Tribune of Mesa, Ariz. "It makes me so sick."
|If I touched him, he would crack from the warmth of my fingertips.|
Ferrell said Williams, who died on Friday at age 83, wanted to be cremated. She said her father would have objected strenuously to John Henry Williams' plans to peddle his DNA like baseball memorabilia.
"My Dad would flip out if he could see what was going on," said Ferrell, who is Williams' daughter by his first wife. "And he would flip out if he thought his son was going to do that to him."
DNA Plan Denied
Williams' son could not be located for comment yesterday and his lawyer denied he planned to sell the Hall of Famer's DNA.
But the lawyer, Eric Abel, did not dispute that Williams' body was sent to the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"We don't discuss our patients," said Alcor spokeswoman Karla Steen.
This is not the first time the younger Williams has been accused of cashing in on his father's legacy.
|The Williams family feud erupted a day before tonight's All-Star Game in Milwaukee, where baseball's best were expected to hold a memorial for Williams.|
Friends and former teammates of the late Boston Red Sox star have accused the younger Williams of manipulating his father and concocting schemes to cash in on his father's legacy.
At the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park, with the senior Williams in a wheelchair, his son dressed him in a T-shirt and cap advertising his online business, Hitter.net, which has since gone bankrupt. His sports production company, Grand Slam marketing, also bit the dust.
Ferrell said her brother snatched the Splendid Splinter's body from a Florida funeral home on Friday and had it shipped to Alcor, which specializes in preserving the dead for posterity.
'Little Ted Williamses'
Ferrell said Williams concocted the macabre moneymaking scheme last year when their father fell ill.
"He said, 'Wouldn't it be interesting if in 50 years we could bring Dad back," Ferrell told the Boston Herald. "What if we could sell Dad's DNA? ... There could be little Ted Williamses all over the world."
George Hommell, a fishing buddy of Ted Williams, said he was disgusted that family members were fighting over the body.
"Something like this makes you sick to your stomach," he said.
|Head First into the Future:
Newsday, Jan 31, 1988
|Dip your head in liquid nitrogen and live forever.|