A Missouri woman froze her husband’s body after she became fearful that doctors would experiment on him as he suffered a terminal illness, authorities say.
Barbara Watters, 67, told police who were doing a wellness check that her husband Paul Barton had Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was afraid that doctors would try to take his brain for research.
She kept police and social workers from entering her home while he was alive, then froze his body in a freezer in their bedroom after his death. The police and social workers had been getting reports that she was denying him care.
A witness informed police that Barton’s body was in the freezer on November 5, while they were in the neighborhood investigating an unrelated fire. They also told police that Barton died on December 30, 2018, and that Watters threatened to kill them if they told the police
Watters is being held on house arrest and charged with abandonment of a corpse, which is punishable by up to four years in prison.