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Idaho man cuts off hand, microwaves it

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Idaho man cuts off hand, microwaves it
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updated 1:30 p.m. ET, Wed., Jan. 9, 2008
HAYDEN, Idaho - A man who believed he bore the "mark of the beast" used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then cooked it in the microwave and called 911, authorities said.

The man, in his mid-20s, was calm when Kootenai County sheriff's deputies arrived Saturday in this northern Idaho town. He was in protective custody in the mental health unit of Kootenai Medical Center.

"It had been somewhat cooked by the time the deputy arrived," sheriff's Capt. Ben Wolfinger said. "He put a tourniquet on his arm before, so he didn't bleed to death. That kind of mental illness is just sad."

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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 12, 2008, 4:03 pm
Very sad story. Too bad his mental illness wasn't detected earlier. Maybe it was, but our "wonderful" (ahem) healthcare system didn't cover his problem..or he was on meds and stopped taking them...in any case, I'm glad he called for help on time.

I think I like your recipes for pie and fudge better. :-)
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 12, 2008, 5:24 pm
He should've got a grip before doing such a stupid thing like that. You gotta hand it to him though, he had enough sense to call for help.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 12, 2008, 6:18 pm
Sorry, Pac. Not funny. I'm going to have to give you the finger on this one.
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 12, 2008, 6:42 pm
Sorry...Justxploring....I couldn't help it. It was just too much of an amazing story to be true. He single-handedly managed to take a chainsaw and do a very bad thing. How does someone handle the after effects of such a terrible event?
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justxploringComment by justxploring - January 12, 2008, 7:28 pm
I don't know why you find this so hard to believe. It's happened before. People have chopped off limbs because they thought they were possessed. People shoot people because they hear voices and do all sorts of horrific things.

BTW, it's true. It was not only on the news, but in several papers and in the AP.
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ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - January 12, 2008, 7:59 pm
The story is sad. The man is obviously troubled. I hope he is able to get some much needed help.
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 12, 2008, 9:19 pm
Justx...I know it was true, I just had nothing good to work on for a segway at that moment....lol
Have to use what comes along.
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 12, 2008, 10:48 pm
He needs a helping hand.
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Comment by pacattack05 - January 12, 2008, 10:54 pm
This story is very touching.

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