Man arrested for botching castration on victim he met on dark web

August 22, 2019

Authorities say a deputy responding to a 911 hang-up late on Saturday was greeted at a Sebring home by Gary Van Ryswyk, who explained he had just castrated a man. That unnamed man was bleeding on a bed. "Nearby, there was a pink container which held two body parts that had recently been much closer to the victim," per the department.

It alleges the 74-year-old had fashioned a makeshift operating room in his home, one equipped with pain medicine, medical tools, and a camera, reports NBC News. Van Ryswyk reportedly said he had met the victim, who is in stable condition after being hospitalized, on the dark web, specifically a castration fetish site called eunuch.com. Van Ryswyk allegedly told the victim he had previously castrated animals and removed one of his own testicles. He's been arrested on suspicion of felony practicing medicine without a license resulting in bodily injury.

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