PHOENIX -- An attorney for Ted Williams' oldest daughter is
demanding that a cryonics company release copies of a document that
would show the baseball Hall of Famer agreed to give his body to
the Arizona facility.
Attorney John Heer, representing Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, said
that Alcor Life Extension Foundation is required to comply with his
request under the federal Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and a similar
state law governing donation of human organs and bodies for medical
Alcor Chief Executive Officer Joe Waynick said that Ferrell gave
up her rights in the matter when she entered into a settlement
agreement two years ago in the Florida courts.
Heer disputes that, saying that the settlement has no bearing on
his latest request.
"If Alcor has proof, they need to show it to us," Heer said of
a document that would show Williams agreed to be preserved at the
Scottsdale Airpark facility.
The legal fight over the disposition of the baseball great
continues more than a year and a half after Williams died in
Florida on July 5, 2002, and his body was shipped to Alcor to be
Ferrell has argued that her father wanted to be cremated and his
ashes spread in the ocean near Key West, Fla.
Williams' younger children -- John Henry and Claudia -- fought
successfully to have their father frozen at Alcor in hopes that he
might someday be revived through advances in medical science.
The latest skirmish with Alcor comes as the Arizona Legislature
considers a bill which would give the state oversight of cryonics
Alcor has about 60 bodies and heads frozen in liquid nitrogen at
its cryonics facility.
Citing a confidentiality agreement, Alcor officials have never
admitted that Williams' body is at its facility.