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Posted on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 5:18 p.m.

Family of Ohio man who mutilated his own genitals hopes he will make full recovery

By John Counts


Kyle Feldscher |

The family of the 41-year-old Columbus, Ohio man who police say tore off parts of his penis during a drug-fueled fit hope he will make a full recovery and be able to father children someday, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The man -- a single, childless, traveling salesman -- is recovering at University of Michigan Hospital where he had skin graft and repair surgery done Tuesday, according to the Free Press.

Family members spoke with the Free Press on a condition of anonymity so as not to identify the man.

The man was found naked and bloody on the grounds of Ypsilanti Middle School, at 105 N. Mansfield St. in Ypsilanti Township, around 1 a.m. June 18 after he had mutilated his genitals with his bare hands while reportedly high on hallucinogenic mushrooms, police said.

The man had no recollection of what had happened, according to police.

An initial toxicology report was performed, but officials are waiting for results from a more extensive toxicology test to see what the man had in his system.

Police are seeking burglary charges against the man.

Read the full Free Press story.

John Counts covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


Jaime Magiera

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 9:43 p.m.

Well, at least he's not alone...

A A Resident

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 3:49 p.m.

What? Nobody else here has ever gotten angry at their penis for stupid things it made you do?

you can't handle the truth

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 1:08 p.m.

Give the dude a break. He is from Columbus, Ohio. That explains it all.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:27 p.m.

A lot of insensitivity on display here in the comments section (what else is new). This guy got some bad drugs (not simply standard mushrooms, this wouldn't be possible) and had a horrible, horrible night. I'm sure he is incredibly embarrassed and emotionally destroyed by this event. And the physical recovery! my goodness, I really can't imagine.

Jaime Magiera

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:34 p.m.

Well said.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 11:52 a.m.

Maybe if he had stayed off drugs, he would not be where he is today. I surely hope he gets the help that he needs.

Jaime Magiera

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 8:33 p.m.

Carole, please point to any peer-reviewed statistics on the connection between drug use and penis mutilation. We'll wait...


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:39 a.m.

Everybody makes mistakes. This is a impressive one though.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 4:21 a.m.

I wonder what kind of stand up, secure parent this guy is going to be. He tears his organs off, half his guts also. Ohh yes, there is a lot more to this story. Now hes expected to be just fine and dandy... I would love to see him at meet the parents day.. This is my Dad, his claim to fame is that he got really high and tore his private parts off in the Yspilanti Middle School on June 18th at 1 a.m. What a wonderfull fellow.....


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 2:06 a.m.

Ohio.... makes sense now.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 1:13 a.m.

Do criminal charges really need to be filed? Isn't the sheer torture of knowing you did that to yourself worse than what criminal charges really could bring. IIRC he did not steal anything, so work out an agreement by which he pays for the broken window and call it good. We really don't need this taking up time and energy in our court system.

you can't handle the truth

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 1:13 p.m.

He broke a window. So definitely yes. He is lucky to be avoiding indecent exposure charges.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:25 p.m.

Beardown... "back on the streets"? Do you think he's going to prison or something? That we need to lock this guy away for the rest of his days? he had a horrible accident on some bad, bad drugs (NOT just mushrooms). I'm sure he is incredibly embarrassed and distraught over this.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 3:12 a.m.

Do you want him back on the streets any time soon? That is why charges are being filed.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:13 a.m.

I'm just commenting on the picture. I just got back from a walk with my dogs and with all the humidity i was sweating like crazy. The picture of the Middle School with the snow on the ground had a cooling had a cooling effect on me. As far as the article I am just shaking my head.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:29 a.m.

I read that thing twice before posting and didn't catch the repeat til I just came back. I won't ever say anything about an article with typos ever again. I usually don't anyway, I leave that to others.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 11:05 p.m.

Doubt he'd make a good travelin' Pharmacutical Rep.

An Arborigine

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:58 a.m.

Or massage equipment...or is that equipment massage?


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 10:51 p.m.

In the Free Press story it says, ..."Another immediate family member said the doctors' prognosis on his ability to father children seems good. "At this moment, they are at least positive that will be a possibility," she said. "Again, can't really say for sure because it will take months of healing and examinations". Really?! They're looking forward to this guy being able to breed? If he does start a family, I hope he does it in Ohio and stays the heck out of Michigan.

dading dont delete me bro

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 10:35 p.m.

"..a single, childless, ..." is this really necessary? why are the PD seeking burglary charges?!?

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:23 a.m.

it didn't say that in this article, so explain if you write it.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:19 a.m.

He broke a window at a public school. That is equal to burglary that will most likely be reduced to attempted burglary. He probably could have had an indecent exposure added to the burglary.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:16 a.m.

If memory serves, when he was arrested the sheriffs deputies suspected him of breaking into the school.

Morris Thorpe

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 10:31 p.m.

"hope he will make a full recovery and be able to father children someday," Can we make a deal and hope he will just make a full recovery?

Nicholas Urfe

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 10:06 p.m.

"Columbus, Ohio" Columbus? Any word on whether he ever attended or taught at that Ohio school?


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:29 p.m.

A failed attempt at humor. Check mark that one off of your Bucket List.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 10:05 p.m.

This is pure sensationalism and something I would expect to read on the cover of the Enquirer (is that still around?)while standing in line at the supermarket. No need to have printed it here in my opinion.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 12:28 p.m.

justcurious, this has been covered nationally, and it's probably one of the most bizarre things you'll ever read, I don't think an update about the man's condition is out of line.

Jaime Magiera

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 1:23 a.m.

Well, there is a legitimate concern: it's not normal for anyone under any circumstances to mutilate their own penis. It is not characteristic of hallucinogenic mushrooms (Psilocybin). They may have been tainted, or a completely different type of mushroom. If so, it's something the public and medical professionals should be informed about. We don't want any repeat performances.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 9:40 p.m.


Jaime Magiera

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 9:34 p.m.

I'm curious what the toxicology reports say.