How much is a severed hand worth?
You know sometimes when you read a story, you want to know a bit more, especially when it concerns a guy purposely amputating a friend's hand with a chainsaw.
Gerald B. Hardin, from Cayce, South Carolina, was arrested in a plot to defraud an insurance company. He and two others hatched a plan to cut off one of their hands with a chain saw and then file an insurance claim. Initially, it worked. (I guess the severed hand was proof enough.) They got $671,000.
Somehow, they were caught.
But can you imagine the scenario? Three guys are sitting around, wondering how they could make some big money, and one guy goes: "Hey, I've got an idea! I'll bet a severed hand is worth lots of money..."
I'm gonna claim "AWI". (Alcohol Was Involved.)
For an update on this story, see The insurance scam that required a chainsaw, Deceptology>>
- Prosecutors: Man Cut Off Friend's Hand For Insurance Money, WYFF 4>>
- Fake severed hand by Monstermann, (Lars Havemann) at Deviant Art>>