Frozen: My Journey into the World of Cryonics, Deception, and Death

Frozen: My Journey into the World of Cryonics, Deception, and Death

by Perseus, Scott Baldyga
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Frozen: My Journey into the World of Cryonics, Deception, and Death by Perseus, Scott Baldyga

At first, the job as clinical director at Alcor Life Extension Foundation was an exciting change for veteran paramedic Larry Johnson: a well-funded research facility pushing the limits of modern biotech. But as he gained the trust of his eccentric coworkers and was promoted to acting COO, Larry was thrust into a nightmare world of scandalous controversy, gruesome practices, and deadly secrets.

One secret Larry unearthed was the full, tragic, never-before-heard story of what truly happened to the body of baseball icon and American hero Ted Williams.

Compelled by this and other horrific discoveries, Larry began copying documents, taking secret pictures, and ultimately wearing a wire every day at Alcor. He started living two lives—“Alcorian” by day, whistleblower by night.

Beyond the senseless animal experiments, beyond the dumping of toxic chemicals and AIDS-contaminated blood into the public sewage system, these people saw themselves as the elite, the immortal saviors of mankind who would lead us into the future. Inside this cultlike mentality, anything seemed justified. Maybe even murder.

Then Alcor found out. The death threats began.


Fleeing from state to state, Larry was stalked and threatened again and again. They chased him through the streets. They left death threats under his windshield wipers. They terrorized his family. Larry Johnson never wanted to be a whistleblower. But he knows this story must be told.


Written in Larry’s own memorable voice, illustrated with never-before-seen photographs from inside Alcor, and verified by actual transcripts of his “secret recordings,” Frozen reads like a medical thriller—but every word is shockingly true.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593155605
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Larry Johnson has over thirty years experience as a street paramedic and clinical director for major city 911 services. He was chief flight paramedic at the Waco, Texas, siege, has served as keynote speaker at national medical conferences, and was a contributing author for Prentice Hall’s 2005 Critical Care Paramedic, the most widely used textbook of its kind. After blowing the whistle on Alcor in late 2003 and receiving multiple death threats, Larry went into hiding.


Scott Baldyga grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College, then spent four years as a volunteer, teacher, and professional musician in Kingston, Jamaica. Living in Los Angeles since 1996, Scott has written screenplays for hire and has worked as a writer, script supervisor, editor, and composer for film and TV. Frozen is his first book.

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Frozen: My Journey into the World of Cryonics, Deception, and Death 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a Sci-Fi fan & have been fascinated with the idea of potentially preserving space pioneers for long journeys; right up until I read this book. This book is written by a former Paramedic who went in search of a new job that still would have the "rush" of field medicine. He took a "research" position with Alcor, a well known cryonic facility in the U.S. What this book uncovers is a startling world of mismanagement, nepotism, major EPA violations and the careless, unprofessional & hideous manner in which the bodies (or heads) of the people who are being placed in cryostatis are handled. It details the sad tale of the battle for the body of baseball legend Ted Williams. Mr. Williams stated in his will that his wishes were to be cremated & scattered in the ocean where the water is very deep. Due to some creative paperwork, Mr. Williams son had his father's body removed from a funeral home under false pretenses & moved to the Alcor facility where it was to be frozen. During the process the folks at Alcor removed Ted William's head from his body & had denied him his burial he requested in his will. Alcor uses Ted Williams for a publicity tool as a "look who we have here" and is thus to good to lose. Throughout this book are tales of bodies decomposing in the desert heat & liquifying in a rental van that is "hosed out" & returned to the rental company (with the company none the wiser). Instances of AIDS contaminated blood & bodily fluids being dumped in to the storm sewers of Scottsdale AZ or in the shrubbery around Alcor & the circus type atmosphere that surrounds each cryostatis (people taking video & photos unchecked). Be warned that there are some graphic photos in this book of a "cephalic removal" (removing someone's head) with a ball peen hammer & chisel and detailed descriptions on how the Alcorians wire the heads to a "crackphone" to document the numerous cracking events that happen when the heads are cooled in liquid nitrogen (while siting on top of a Bumble Bee Tuna cans, so the head doesn't freeze to the container). I can honestly say that I have NEVER read a more disturbing book in my life. I understand that there are 2 sides to ever story, but Larry Johnson lays out very convincing narrative & the documentation to back it up.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The details and pictures in this book are not for someone who has a delicate stomach. I can't believe that there are people in this world who believe that by cutting off your head (mangling it basically with hack saws) and freezing it they can have it reanimated later (with any damage to be fixed magically in the future). Some folks will believe anything and they all sound like true fanatics al a Jim Jones! Book was very well written and almost a dective story within the non-fiction. I enjoyed every page of it. An excellent read. Apparently the people who didn't like this book must be believers in Alcor. I can't believe our government can allow tainted blood and waste to be thrown in the bushes and not properly disposed of! This is why books like this are necessary, to bring attention to companies who comprimise the health and well being of others by their negligent actions. I wouldn't want to use any tap water in Scottsdale, AZ for sure. Interesting subject, well documented facts and very good and exciting read.
Lollypop99 More than 1 year ago
If you ever wondered what happened to Ted Williams after he passed away, this is the book to read. I love baseball, and loved Ted Williams and it broke my heart to read about the disrespect they showed this man and his body parts. This book is extremely revealing. A must read but not easy to get through. Pictures are included and there's no meesugah, the author gets right to the point.
lilgrnclover More than 1 year ago
It is worth the hardcover price for admission to this freaky frozen world! Equal parts horror and intrigue. Have a friend nearby when you read it, because you will have so much to talk about!
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I have never posted a review before, but I felt compelled to after reading this book. First, I will say I believe this book to be true and I think Larry is very brave for coming out with this information. There will be many Alcorians and Venturists that will probably flood every review site with how Larry is trying to kill them and how he's a liar, but if they can put their fanatasism aside they would see that by having regulations on cryonics would only HELP them have a better chance to be revived in the future. How can they argue that the procedures now are FAR from perfect? Alcor itself admitted to mistakes and the possibility of some patients NOT being able to be reanimated because of botched suspensions. Why wouldn't "Alcorians" want Alcor to dispose of human remains properly....and not put it into the PUBLIC SEWAR SYSTEM? Don't they want Alcor to be completely legal so they don't have another "mothermelter" scenario with their own bodies in the future?? What happens when futures homicides are investigated- not to mention past long will Alcor be around then? LARRY- can you PLEASE put a comment section on your website?? I have SO MANY questions, as I'm sure others do.... I won't go into them all here, but I am curious if you ever contacted Alamo rental about the minivan?? Is it legal to transport dead bodies in a rental car or U-Haul truck?? Seems like there should be some more regulation! Good luck with the book! FREE TED! :)
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advancedatheist More than 1 year ago
You know, driving out to the desert to dispose of the bodies of the runaway teens and homeless people we Venturists kidnap, perform experiments on and then murder, according to Larry Johnson on pp. 332-333 in this allegedly "nonfiction" book. I wish I had joined a cult with an easier work load. When will these simpletons in the media pick up on the nonsense Johnson writes on those pages, confront him with it and then realized that he sounds like a lunatic?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alcor isn't perfect, but rather than trying to help the organisation by improving the standby and surgical procedures he writes a "National Enquirer" style of expose about the people and methods used for cryo-suspension. Mr. Johnson is an EMT and not a surgical technician, so he is not familiar with OR processes, it is like asking a CNA at the hospital to do surgery. What Alcor needs is more medical professionals who are devoted to improving the system rather than writing personal attacks of the employees. ALL funeral homes dump blood and waste into the public sewage system, so that is not illegal, he should do more research before writing.