In 2007, tabloids across the world were thrilled to report about how the
leg of amputee John Wood was found in a barbecue grill by flea marketer
Shannon Whisnant. Naturally they were ecstatic to then report how
Shannon subsequently sued John in a bizarre custody battle over the leg.
But a few things never made the papers: like how John had been keeping the leg as a painful memorial to his late father, or how Shannon had simply viewed the now-famous leg as a way out of a life of hardship. Nor did the news mention how the ever-intensifying media frenzy and an inexplicable chain of events sparked by the leg’s discovery pushed John past the brink of addiction and very nearly to the grave, before ultimately offering him a second chance at life. And it was never known how the story really ended…