Pinky Bonded

Rachel Deckert was supposed to turn herself in at the Lewis County Jail on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. She did. Problem was, she was pinky bonded to her girlfriend, and they couldn't separate. As a form of couples therapy the two had used epoxy to glue their pinky fingers together inside a copper pipe.

Said Detective Patty Finch, "They haven’t been able to feel their fingers for three days."

Not clear how the two will be unattached. Pinky amputation is a possibility.

More info: The Chronicle

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 01, 2017
     Category: Prisons | Couples

Aren't defendants required to dress up for court? Those two look like they just came in from the barn.
Posted by RobK on 11/01/17 at 10:46 AM
Dremel to the rescue! It wouldn't take long to get them separated, but I'm sure the smell would be horrid (oh, and cutting the epoxy might stink a bit, too).

How did they get their shirts on? Or were they going to wear the same clothes every day until their fingers fell off?
Posted by Phideaux on 11/01/17 at 11:10 AM
Phideaux -- I'm not sure a dremel would work. The problem is that the epoxy has bonded to the pipe and their skin. So even if you cut the pipe, how do you remove it without ripping off their skin?

These two obviously weren't the brightest lights in the world.
Posted by Alex on 11/01/17 at 11:17 AM
Actually I was thinking along the lines of who pulls down what and takes care of the rest when they have to take potty breaks?
Posted by KDP on 11/01/17 at 02:58 PM
Alex -- Cut it at the bend so you can work on each one separately.

Cut off slabs (like a log in a sawmill) until the sides and top are close to the skin.

Sand it into a cylinder.

Diamond thread it (cut right-hand threads along its length and then left-hand threads) so it's a lot of little pieces held together by a really thin underlayer. At that point, it'll be easy to break to make it flexible. Just letting air reach the skin through the fractures will help the finger a lot.

Determine a good pattern and pull off some of the diamond-shaped pieces (you don't want to pull off adjacent ones).

Wait for the skin to grow back in those places. Pull off more piece. Wait. Repeat as necessary.
Posted by Phideaux on 11/01/17 at 05:28 PM
Phideaux -- that sounds like a painful process!

I had another thought. You could saw the pipe in half to separate them. Then have them dip the pipe into some kind of strong acid that could dissolve the metal, and try to pull their finger out before the acid starts to eat their pinky.
Posted by Alex on 11/01/17 at 07:44 PM
I looked up how to remove epoxy. Some can be softened with vinegar or fingernail polish remover (acetone). Even the orange rind based hand cleaner can sometimes work. Industrial solvents are too strong.
I would use an ordinary hacksaw to cut at the bend as you have better depth control. You can then use the Dremel to grind through the pipe on two sides just until the epoxy is exposed.
Posted by BMN on 11/01/17 at 09:31 PM
Some anonymous sources in the article say the bonding was fake.
Posted by ges on 11/01/17 at 10:27 PM
Alex -- Of: 'painless,' 'effective,' and 'what they deserve,' you can pick two out of the three. 😉

BMN -- It depends on the epoxy. The good ones don't soften in anything short of the flame from an acetylene torch. At any good hospital, they know to look at the MSDS. Section 4 lists first-aid procedures. Section 9 lists what dissolves it (I want to say that's part "N").

ges -- From what I read, I suspect they faked it, but when someone ratted them out, they did it for real, thinking they'd be avoiding trouble.
Posted by Phideaux on 11/02/17 at 11:44 AM
Maybe they were thinking of the urban legend that says a siamese twin cannot be jailed.
Posted by Old Whitebelly on 11/04/17 at 10:19 AM
They weren't actually glued I know them Rachel was trying to stay out of jail they removed it in the truck it slipped right off they came home and set the pipe on the counter told the story and laughed about it
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