"When the patient arrived, the surgeon prepared to do a neuroseparation," Piatt wrote. Just as the surgeon, scalpel in hand, was about to cut off Williams's head, according to Piatt, "Dave Hayes intervened, claiming the patient's son had been told that no neuroseparation would occur."
Platt went on to explain how Lemler placed "a hasty phone call to the son to resolve this fundamental issue." Neither Lemler nor John Henry will discuss the call, but the operation went forward.
The Neuroseparation on Williams began at 8:40 p.m. PDT, according to the handwritten operating room notes, which are riddled with juvenile spelling mistakes. Piatt wrote that in the room "many people" snapped pictures of Alcor's most famous patient, some of which were shown to SI.
"None of [those people] signed any nondisclosure form," Piatt wrote in his petition. "None of them agreed that Alcor would own the pictures.... Security in the operating room during this case was grossly negligent."
It took 37 minutes before the operating-room scribe wrote, "The head was completely detouched [sic]."
Two burr holes about the size of dimes were drilled into the head to observe the brain condition and, more important, to insert sensors that could detect cracks in the head during the freezing process (microscopic fissures are not uncommon). First the head was placed in a rectangular machine called a Cryostar, which looks like the kind of storage freezer that has a hinged door on top. The Cryostar is an intermediary holding device that chills the head, preparing it for immersion in liquid nitrogen. Wires ran from Williams's head to a monitoring device called the crack phone, a device that would monitor the head for cracking. From one of the wires hung a tag with A-1949 written on it.
Unaware of the condition of her father's body, Bobby-Jo fought John Henry and Claudia in mediation and in the media over the dispensation of Ted's remains for almost three weeks. She was armed with two signed documents from Ted—a 1991 letter to his lawyer and his 1996 will—both of which specified that he wished to be cremated and his ashes spread "off the coast of Florida where the water is very deep." He signed the documents Theodore S. Williams, his practice for such legal papers, according to Bobby-Jo.
Then, on July 15—10 days after Ted's death and two weeks before John Henry wrote a $25,000 check to Alcor—John Henry and Claudia produced the oil-stained piece of scrap paper, which John Henry claimed to have just found in the trunk of his car. Williams had signed it " Ted Williams." It was dated Nov. 2, 2000—a time when Williams was hospitalized and some eight months before John Henry first met with Lemler.
Brothers and Carter, Williams's healthcare assistants, are troubled by Claudia's signature on the scrap of paper, given the date. Brothers, according to a notarized statement he made and signed on July 14, 2003, was with Williams at his home near midnight on Oct. 31, 2000, when he experienced trouble breathing. Brothers telephoned Carter, a nursing assistant, for help. Shortly after he arrived, according to Brothers's statement, Carter called John Henry and said Williams needed to go to the hospital. Brothers and Carter drove him there, and John Henry followed in his own car. Not long after Williams was admitted in the early hours of Nov. 1, Carter asked John Henry if he should inform Claudia. "No, I'll take care of it," John Henry replied. Brothers and Carter took turns staying with Williams in 12-hour shifts.
Then, Brothers wrote, "on or around Nov. 4th or 5th," Claudia called Carter and "accused [him] of not being her friend because she just now found out that her father was in the hospital." Carter confirmed to SI the same scenario Brothers described—that Claudia found out days later that Ted was in the hospital.