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Florida man held on $250,000 bail after performing botched in-home castration

Here are three words you never want to hear used in the same sentence: "botched," "home" and "castration."


As in this sentence, for example: A 74-year-old Florida man was led away in handcuffs after botching an in-home castration.


WFTS in Tampa Bay, Florida reports that Gary Van Ryswyk called police to his Sebring home last Sunday after running into serious issues during a surgical castration on a man. 

Police found the male victim bleeding heavily on a bed with a towel over his groin.  They also found two body parts, which they assume belonged to the victim, in a pink container.


And before you ask, no, Van Ryswyk  is not a doctor nor does he have a medical license.  He does, however, have a surgical center-like room in his house, complete with medical equipment and painkillers.  And a camera to record his operations.


The unidentified man was flown to a hospital nearby and is said to be in stable condition.

Van Ryswyk said he met the man on the dark web -- specifically on a site for people with a castration fetish.  He told the victim he performed the procedure on animals and was so confident in his abilities, he successfully removed one of his own testicles in 2012.


The 74-year-old later admitted to police he did a similar operation on a man a few years ago in a motel.  That procedure also did not end well.


Van Ryswyk was arrested and police charged him with practicing medicine without a license resulting in bodily injury, a second-degree felony.  Bond was set at $250,000.

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