Alcor Life Extensions in Legal Battle With Coloardo Family Over Dead Woman's Head

Looks like Ted Williams' severed head isn't the only cranium causing controversy. The family of a dead Colorado woman is fighting with Scottsdale-based Alcor Life Extensions over the rights to the woman's body-less head.

Mary Robbins, a 71-year-old Colorado Springs woman, kicked the bucket a few weeks ago but not before signing documents giving Alcor the right to cryogenically preserve her head and brain.

Robbins, who died after a battle with cancer, signed away her noggin to Alcor in 2006, as well as a $50,000 annuity, with the hopes of being brought back to life in the future when a cure for the disease had been discovered.

When Robbins died on February 9, Alcor called the funeral home where her body was held, looking to collect the head.

However, Robbins' daughter, Darlene Robbins, claims her mother verbally opted out of her agreement with Alcor in the days before her death and that both the head and the $50,000 belong to her.

Clifford Wolf, an attorney for Alcor, says the law in Colorado is clear: any anatomical gift must be declared and canceled in writing.

The Robbins family doesn't appear to have any documentation of Robbins' decision to keep her head in tact with her body, so the case is now working its way through the legal system.

If you ask us, this sounds like both parties are more interested in the 50K and less interested in getting a little head (pun intended).

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