Not a Halloween Costume: Washington Man Cuts Off Arm With Guillotine

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (CBS Seattle) — A Washington man loses his arm from a homemade guillotine.

The guillotine unexpectedly dropped on his shoulder Thursday morning at a camp he was living at, severing his arm.

He left the arm behind after the accident and rushed to Bellingham Urology Specialists.

Evelyn Leuther, who works at the clinic, told CBS Seattle a woman passing by said, “I hope that’s a Halloween costume,” referring to the man missing his arm at the shoulder.

But the gore was real. Seconds later, another woman ran by screaming for someone to call 9-1-1.

Doctors and nurses from the office rushed to help.

“It was a sight,” she said. The scene lasted for 10 minutes before an ambulance took him to the hospital two blocks away.

Officers checked a wooded area near the clinic and discovered a camp believed to be the temporary home of the individual. At the camp, officers located the severed arm and a homemade guillotine, which the police then dismantled.

The condition of the victim is not known at this time, but Bellingham police said in a release he was being transferred to Harborview in Seattle for further treatment.

  • Mikey

    I’m trying to think of a witty remark but I’m stumped…

    • Grizz Mann

      A Darwin Award finalist>

      • Aaron from S.D.

        Nope, but he’s in arms-length of one

    • Tom

      Hey, he was trying to lend someone a hand.

    • GozieBoy

      Policeman: “I warned you to stay away from sharp objects, Mr. Bobbit!”

    • Jacque Bauer

      For someone who is not the sharpest blade in the drawer, he had the sharpest blade in the camp!

    • Deb Anderson

      Thanks. I just sprayed coffee all over my monitor.

      • Truth Teller


        Get a fking life loser!

      • Barry Ohshnitzickismki

        P – shut the hell up and go back to cleaning toilets. You have no sense of humor.

      • Vince Bradley

        P – i just wanted to let you know that I’m willing to joust you to the dearth. That’s right, JOUST. Get on your horse and pick up your jousting stick, so I can thwack you in the eyes.

        DO IT NOW!!

      • P

        riiiiight…..and you still managed to type out a reply and post it.

        why do people say things that never happened? ugh

      • Scratchee

        P, he said all over his monitor, not all over his keyboard.

    • Don Meaker

      If you pay tickets to see it, be sure to hold on to your stub…

    • WiseGuy

      “He left the arm behind after the accident and rushed to Bellingham Urology Specialists.”

      Urology? Which arm was that again? Sounds like it was his “short arm.”

      • Aaron

        Your right, he should have went to the second hand shop.

    • bruce brinkmann

      Now that’s funny1 I don’t care who you are. That was funnier than watching midgets run track.

      • Randy Bobandy

        Thanks for burning that image into my mind forever….

      • Abia The Cat

        Then the cops come along and take his guillotine apart. So he has now been disarmed again. Twice in one day. Wow.

    • Gary Millard

      Mikey +1

    • Chicago Nick

      That WAS good ;)

    • Mike

      Did you hear about the guy in Boston who’s whole left side got cut off ? He’s all right now.

      • Ben White

        Boooooooo,,, Hahahahahahhaa

      • jespasinthru

        Didn’t Jake The Dog tell that joke to the pretty watergirl creatures on Adventure Time? They liked the joke so much that they took him to a party in the Cloud Kingdom. In other words, that joke’s lame and we’ve all heard it before.

    • leslie

      OMG I just spit out my drink. That was funny

      • Micah

        So you’re a spitter huh?

      • Gerry

        Patty cake, patty cake, a bakers….., nope that won’t work anymore. Need a new game, I guess.

    • suzydee

      You gotta hand it to him…..

    • ray b

      maybe he was looking for a hand out.

    • ray b

      can he still join the army?

    • Lynne MacSorley Jackson

      Ummmm – OH-KAYYYYYY. Fist, he was making a guillotine, heaven knows what for. Next – it perfored the sort of taks it’s designed to perform (sort of). Then – he goes to a urologist – ????

      Way too wierd for me on several levels.

    • RLABruce

      How about “runner-up in the Darwin Awards”?

    • LMAO

      Arms will roll!

    • Joe P. Fritzbocker

      I’d give my right arm to know how this happened.

    • Elle Dawkins

      I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

      • Aaron from S.D.

        Don’t fret, he’s only half armed

      • jespasinthru

        Which one?

      • Tom

        Wouldn’t that be a disarmed person?

    • kingfish12

      I haven’t laughed at a comment so hard in years. I’m crying

    • Rod Anders

      LOL. That was amazing!

    • chip

      I finally got that….

    • rjunkin

      I also heard that someone robbed his place before the cops got there, but they found the guy and busted him for arm robbery.

    • Kyle

      What stumps me is what the difference is btw an “elaborate” guillotine (pic comments) and a more pedestrian model? And which version did the ‘victim’ actually build. I guess “homemade”, as per the copy, could be elaborate. I’m just so confused …..

    • ZudZ

      NICE ONE!!! I digress!

    • Calvin

      He was just going to give the Occupy Bellingham protest a hand. Guess he really can now…..

    • Pwanker

      P…He could have sprayed his monitor, cleaned it off then typed. Wanker.

      LOL Mikey!

      • dsdsgf

        Of course all you dimwits that have commented on the montior thing haven’t even realized it’s a woman. Wanker

    • GozieBoy

      He certainly has a disarming personality!

  • Kevin Sorrels

    For my next magical trick

    • Gary Narberes

      …nothing up my sleeve…PRESTO!!

      • m-songs

        Ok, now that was funny, too!

      • Beavis

        Buh Bye to Rosie Palm…..and her five sisters

      • King Arthur

        Very symbolic of what Western nations are doing to themselves right now by embracing multiculturalsim!

        Let’s take our country back – And it all starts by taking back our college campuses from the crazed left wing Marxists!

        Don’t wait! Support the Youth for Western Civilization today!

    • BITE ME


    • Cheryl Allen

      That looks like punishment used for years by the judiciary. But they say when they are in positions of making decisions they are protected. Likewise when a House of Representative makes the same promise to constituents they are deemed as threats though by law protected activities. Is this a matter before the court as to if they have more authority than the legislature that created them and gave them the power to enforce constitutional rights not to take them.

      • Cheryl

        And recently legislators said leave the punishment of legislature to us, we will decide if we discipline our own.

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  • SlotMachineThief

    I knew Lefty. He was always willing to lend a hand and would give great hugs. Maybe not so much any more.

  • Jerky Miester

    Geez …. Halloween must be approaching. Man looses his arm and shows up at a urologist office. Can’t make this stuff up!!

    • Jimbo Limbo

      Maybe it was his “arm” and it was severed at the “shoulder” just to be kid-friendly?

    • caligula


      • Jerky Miester


      • caligula

        :) Trick or Treat

      • Jerky Miester

        OK, you did “trick” me.

        In a loose manner.
        v. loosed, loos·ing, loos·es

      • D'oh

        Yes, but his arm was on the loose!

      • Randy Bobandy

        I hate grammar nazis

    • Fishsnot

      For the need of an “urologist office” sounds like he lost more than just an arm.

  • Jerky Miester

    Mikey …. Here. Hold my arm while I get my prostate checked. “Blu-Lump” !

  • Motorshag

    Tah Da

  • swilly

    its just a flesh wound! tis but a scratch.

    • Randy Bobandy

      Very funny Sir Robbin!

  • caligula

    dude…that’s not how you get rid of the clap.

    • Fran Tick

      Now that was AMAZINGLY good.

    • Roger in NC

      Was that the sound of one hand clapping?

  • Alice Polarbear

    I guess, since he survived, this guy is ineligible to win this year’s Darwin Award.

    • caligula

      but he IS eligible for the Def Leppard Award!

      • lunid

        OMG, Def Leppard ref…that was gooood!

  • John

    The man cuts off his “arm” and rushes to the urologist? Interesting. . .

    • DOH

      Depends what he was holding at the time.

      • Dee

        That’s a good one !

    • DJ

      .. and there was a HOSPITAL TWO BLOCKS AWAY! You can’t make this stuff up.

  • BarrySoetoroMustGo

    That’s what happens when you hold your hand out for more of Obama’s stash.

    • Eric

      really? you found a way to link this to obama?

      • Dee

        Almost anything bad can be linked to Obama but not this I guess. Duh, do ya wanna blame Bush ?

      • Philster

        Obama will be back next week for the leg.

      • Thos Weatherby

        This guy lost half of his arms, Obama lost half of his brain.

      • Danny

        Agreed. Any fool can see this is Bush’s fault.

      • DJ

        I think it’s rather apropos, actually. Lose your job. Lose your house. Lose your arm. All things that happen when 0BowMao is President.

  • Jesterz Wraith

    Ok, really?
    Has anyone given thought as to just why this chucklehead had to have his very own, fully functional (proven), decapitation kit? Anyone?
    Well at least he was disarmed before he could harm anyone…

    • prutt

      yep the first thing i thought of. i get peeved at the news not asking this obvious questions or any mention ,This guy could sell these like pancakes to the drug cartels in mexico!

    • Gerry

      comment of the night! everyone else……. go home

    • SB

      Well, when you build a decapitation kit, you need to test drive it on the arm. If successful, move northward.

      Q: If a one-armed man camps out at ‘Occupy Bellingham’, how does he put deodorant on the armpit of the still-intact arm?
      A: He’s still OK. They don’t use deodorant at ‘occupy’ events.

    • retdetvet

      Guillotines don’t kill people. People kill people. (guillotines disarm people)

  • Rough Rider

    Can I get a volunteer from the audience?

  • Richard Henkle

    this guy is obviously a liberal as he is half way to giving up his 2nd amendment right to bear arms.

    • deskboy

      Better than stumped! and that was very good.

    • GozieBoy


  • Mannie

    It worked.

    • allen in gas town

      look ma no hand…

  • RobX

    Well look on the bright side! His guillotine WORKED! He must be a pretty handy guy….ooops….not so much any more….I hope he didnt work as a handy man, but if he did I guess he could have a half off deal on his services now. I mean the ads write themselves….We are slashing our prices! Pay for one arm and the second one is free….from its socket that is.

  • Orenthal

    Was he a Muslim?

    • Randy Bobandy

      Nope voted for your Lord W.

  • GD

    Off hand, I would say that most of these comments are off-the-cuff.

  • Roman

    Lost an arm, went to a urologist.

    Well, what if he lost his genitals, would he then visit an eye doctor?

    • WiseGuy

      Nope, brain surgeon.

      • DJ

        Which brings up a great joke: “Six year old little Bobby was just about to put on his underoos when his attention drifted to his genitalia. Bobby asked, ‘Mommy? Are these my brains?’ Mommy replied: ‘Not yet, Son!’ ” bud-a-bump!

  • Rainman

    What is the sound of one hand clapping? –Ghandi

  • Lakewood Ed

    Don’t you hate it when people leave their guillotines laying around?

    • carlos

      It’s one of my all time pet peeves.

  • Roman

    Somebody, lend the poor chap a hand.


  • carlos

    Famous last words: “Hey, watch this!”

    • Bud

      Hold my beer!

      • Chuckles

        Look Ma, no hand!

    • Jim

      Hey! Look what I can do!

      • Joe P. Fritzbocker

        Hell, I can do that!

  • Jonas pARKE

    Another Darwin Award runner-up…

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