Gary Van Ryswyk, Sebring, Florida man arrested after botched castration of man he met on fetish site. Body parts found in pink container.
‘This one is a little … let’s just say sensitive,’ the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post announcing the Monday arrest of Gary Jon Van Ryswyk. ‘You could even say it’s kinda nuts.’
The identity of the victim was not publicly revealed.
Deputies responded on Aug. 18 to a home in Sebring, Highlands County – located 90 miles east of Tampa, after a terminated 911 call FOX News reported. Van Ryswyk, 74, answered the door and allegedly said he had just castrated a man.
‘Deputies found the man on the bed with a towel over his groin, which was bleeding heavily,’ the sheriff’s department said.
‘Nearby, there was a pink container which held two body parts that had recently been much closer to the victim. The victim was taken to the hospital and was later flown to a regional medical center. He is listed in stable condition,’ the statement continued.
Van Ryswyk built a makeshift surgery room in the home, authorities said, equipped with medical equipment, painkillers and a camera to record the procedure. He allegedly said he met the man on a dark-web fetish website, that caters to people with castration fetishes ABC Action News reported.
‘He also said he had done a similar procedure on a man in a local motel a few years ago that turned out pretty much like this one, but couldn’t remember the other man’s name,’ the sheriff’s office said. In that case, the man was hospitalized but law enforcement was not notified.
But it gets grimmer…
Suspect claims having operated on himself previously:
Of note, The Highlands County Sheriff’s Department shared a link to the site, called Eunuch.com. On the Facebook post, the department warned, ‘click that link at your own risk.’
Van Ryswyk allegedly told deputies he tried performing the procedure on the man a week earlier but delayed it when something came up after trying to sanitize the area. He told the victim he’d castrated animals and had operated on himself in 2012.
Van Ryswyk was charged with practicing medicine without a license resulting in bodily injury, a second-degree felony. He was being held on $250,000 bond.
‘This one will definitely hang around in the memory for a while,’ the sheriff’s office said. ‘Van Ryswyk had dropped the ball on this one.’ Indeed.