What would you do if you found a human leg wrapped in wire screen inside a meat smoker you bought at auction? Mr. Shannon Whisnant of North Carolina found himself in this situation and quickly turned the leg over to the police.
It turned out that the leg belonged to Mr. John Wood and had been lost in a 2004 plane crash. Mr. Wood had kept his leg in a storage facility so that he could be buried with it. When he fell behind on his payments, the contents of the storage facility were auctioned off. Mr. Wood allegedly laughed when he learned his leg had been found.
Mr. Whisnant started charging admission for people to see the empty smoker (pictured above) where he had found the leg. He then tried to get the leg back, even offering to share custody of the leg with Mr. Wood. Mr Whisnant insisted: "It's a strange incident and Halloween's just around the corner. The price [I charger for admission] will go up if I get the leg." He also insisted that because he bought the smoker, the contents of the smoker belonged to him. Mr. Wood disagreed and insisted that he get his leg back.
The disagreement eventually went to TV court judge, Judge Mathis. Mr. Wood was forced to pay Mr. Whisnant $5,000, but he got his leg back. Judge Mathis is quoted as saying: "Bunch of weirdos out here,. What's special about him and his leg? . . . I think that you all, quite frankly, are enjoying this."
Here is an article about the find, and here is an article about the ruling.