In Poteau, Oklahoma, two men are facing criminal charges of performing an illegal gender reassignment surgery on a volunteer at their cabin in the woods and then keeping the body parts in a freezer, possibly to eat later.
Bob Lee Allen, 53, and Thomas Evans Gates, 42, were arrested after they went to the hospital to try to visit the victim. The 28-year-old victim had flown from Virginia to Dallas and then was driven to a cabin in southeast Oklahoma for the surgery. He had made contact with Allen through a website while searching online about castrations and related terms. The victim reported Allen claimed to have 15 years of experience and that he "videos the procedures for personal use." Allen told him that the surgery wouldn't cost him anything. He also said he was awake for the two-hour surgery after being injected "in the needed areas."
The victim "stated that after the surgery was over that Allen said that he was going to consume the parts and laughed and said that he was a cannibal," according to a police affidavit. The victim further stated that Allen "had six more clients on the way to have the same operation" and that Allen "informed him that he had a freezer with body parts and showed him pictures on his phone."
Bail for both men is set at $295,000.