Louis Nisco

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Louis Nisco

Louis Tom Nisco[1] (legal death on September 7, 1967)[1] was the second person cryopreserved by the Cryo-Care Equipment Corporation.[2] He was the second cryopreserved man in the world,[1] after James Bedford. A long-time resident of Detroit, Michigan, Nisco worked as a chef for a number of local country club restaurants, and is furthermore rumored to have been something of an amateur criminologist.[3]


On September 7, 1967, Nisco suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.[1] He was 77 (or 55[4]) years old.[3] His cryopreservation was arranged by his daughter Marie Bowers (née Nisco).[3]

In the spring of 1969, Nisco and his cryocapsule were shipped to Joseph Klockgether's mortuary.[2] Klockgether and Robert Nelson, the president of the Cryonics Society of California, had the capsule cut open, removed Nisco and an interior support, and then put Nisco, Helen Kline, Marie Phelps-Sweet, and Russ Stanley back inside.[2] The bodies were not deliberately thawed but must have suffered substantial warming, though according to Klockgether they were still frozen.[2] Then a welder resealed the capsule, which required a wait of several more hours, and it was refilled with liquid nitrogen.[2] The capsule remained at the mortuary another 14 months, tended by Klockgether, who refilled it periodically.[2] In May 1970, the capsule was shipped to Robert Nelson's facility in Chatsworth.[5]

Nisco and the other three in the same capsule were among those who thawed out in the Chatsworth incident.[6][5]