Shannon Whisnant, who found a severed leg in a barbecue smoker, wants to keep it in hopes of fame and money.
Whisnant plans to make his case personally today when John Wood, the Greenville, S.C., man who lost the leg in an airplane crash in 2004 and stored it in a barbecue smoker, comes to Maiden, N.C., to pick up his lost appendage.
....Whisnant thinks the leg is his property.
....The leg has brought both men some fame. Wood said he became a celebrity at a charity golf tournament that benefited amputees. Whisnant put a sign on the empty smoker charging for a look inside: adults $3, children $1.
He figures there could be more opportunities if he had the leg in hand. He knows there's interest; he's Googled the phrase "man finds leg in smoker" and gotten close to 2 million hits.
Wood said he was livid when he got the request from Whisnant.
"He's making a freak show out of it," Wood said. "He wants to go on 'The Tonight Show,' and he wants to sell it to The National Enquirer and call Ripley's Believe It Or Not."
After meeting with a lawyer, Whisnant decided his best move was to persuade Wood to share custody.
"It's a strange incident, and Halloween's just around the corner," he said. "The price will be going up if I get the leg."