A Montana man is suing a cryonics company to get back his dad’s head — saying he can never fulfill his sci-fi-like dream of coming back to life because they burned the rest of his body.
Kurt Pilgeram, 57, is seeking $1 million from Alcor Life Extension Foundation — the Arizona lab storing late baseball legend Ted Williams — over his late dad, scientist Laurence Pilgeram, according to a report.
“They chopped his head off, burned his body, put it in a box and sent it to my house,” Kurt Pilgeram told the Great Falls Tribune.
“Mutilation is basically what they did.
“He didn’t deserve to be mutilated and scattered all over the United States.”
Pilgeram says his dad, a molecular biologist and biochemist, paid the pioneering cryonics company $120,000 to preserve his body indefinitely in the hopes he could one day be brought back to life.
But when Pilgeram’s dad died in 2015, aged 90, his son says he got his ashes mailed to him in Dutton, Montana — finding out later that his head was still frozen in liquid nitrogen, according to the report.
Now Pilgeram wants $1 million in damages and an apology from Alcor — as well as the return of his dad’s head so he can finally cremate him.
“They didn’t handle my dad’s body with any amount of professionalism and respect whatsoever,” Kurt Pilgeram told the Tribune. “To me, that’s what he deserved.”
While he respected his father’s belief in futuristic science, his son is no longer believes in cryonics.
“They’re selling pie in the sky,” he told the paper. “It’s not based in science. It’s based in science fiction more than anything else.”
An attorney for Alcor claims the son is just trying to receive life insurance earmarked for the company to freeze his dad — and that it met its side of the agreement.
“Imagine if you made a contract as an adult, and you are of sound mind, and then one of your kids pops up and said, ‘I don’t like that agreement you made?’” Alcor’s attorney James Arrowood told the Tribune.
He also insisted that keeping just the head is not unusual.
“Generally speaking, many people in cryonics may feel the brain is the most important thing to be preserved,” Arrowood said.
Both sides are claiming breach of contract in Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California, the paper says.