An elderly Florida man with a castration obsession was arrested for allegedly performing a botched, at-home surgery on another man whom he met through a site on the dark web for those with eunuch fetishes, police said.
Highlands County Sheriff’s Office police showed up to 74-year-old Gary Van Ryswyk’s home in Sebring, Florida, after a 911 hang-up call, officials said.
When Van Ryswyk answered the door, he told a deputy that he had just performed a castration on a man. The victim was found on the bed with a towel over his groin and bleeding heavily. He was rushed to an area hospital, where he was in stable condition.
According to authorities, a room in Van Ryswyk’s home was “set up like a surgical center with medical equipment and painkillers.” A camera was also set up to record the procedure. Police arrested Van Ryswyk and charged him with practicing medicine without a license resulting in bodily injury, a second-degree felony.