BOSTON – "Let's freeze Dad."
Those were the chilling words of John Henry Williams, son of storied Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, after visiting the cryonics lab Alcor Life Extension Foundation a year ago, his relatives say.
Bobby-Jo Ferrell claims her half-brother secretly shipped her father's body to the cryonics company in Scottsdale, Ariz., after he died on Friday. Now she plans to "rescue" the body, and may go to court Tuesday to do it.
Her husband, Mark, said that John Henry told the couple he wanted to bring his father back to life "so he can play baseball in a hundred years."
But Mark Ferrell said his wife is "dead set" against the "immoral" scheme.
Ferrell contends her half-brother actually intends to cash in by selling their famous dad's DNA.
And she says her father wanted to be cremated and have his ashes scattered over his beloved Florida Keys.
A friend of Williams agreed, and said the Hall of Famer — the last major-leaguer to hit .400 in a season — wrote a will with a Boston law firm in 1991, requesting that.
"I remember Ted saying the [Florida] Keys," Buzz Hamon said. "I know Ted would not have wanted anything like that [freezing]."
John Henry has made money in the past off his father's name, but DNA experts threw a curve at the scion's alleged scheme. They said that, so far, there is no commercial market for DNA.
"I don't know what kind of market there could possibly be for Ted Williams' DNA — besides, obviously, the kook market," said John Jay College Professor Lawrence Kobilinsky.
"You could clone Ted Williams, and the person might not know how to swing a bat."
John Henry is a perfect example of that — he's loaded with his father's DNA and struggling in the minor leagues at age 33.
Controversy is not new to the Alcor freezeatorium. It was the subject of a 1987 homicide investigation.
Authorities began probing Alcor to determine whether terminally ill Dora Kent, 83, was clinically dead when her head was cut off, frozen and put in a metal cylinder.
Her son, Saul Kent, told cops he chose to have her head frozen because his mother had severe arthritis and hoped her old body could someday be replaced.
Kent had been moved out of a convalescent home and taken to Alcor, then located in Riverside, Calif. Her head was discovered there with seven others, submerged in liquid nitrogen and kept at 200 degrees below zero.
Kent and Alcor officials insisted she was not decapitated until after death, although they admitted her feeding tube had been removed.
The county refused to accept a death certificate listing her cause of death as pneumonia. An autopsy failed to reveal a cause of death.
No charges were ever filed, and Kent's head remains on ice.