BenjaminWestPaintingFranklinKiteExp I went to an auction a few months ago and bought an old chest because I liked the wood, and when I opened it, I was surprised to find a bunch of old crime magazines from the 60s. I read a few before tossing them, and one story in particular caught my attention – The Man With Electric Hands.

The article was about a mechanic who said his “gift” first appeared when he was a kid in the early 30s, and he was working at his dad’s garage. He would hold onto the spark plugs in engines to see if they were firing correctly, and after a while, it got so he couldn’t even feel the electricity pulsing up his arms. He had to wet his fingers just to get a glimmer of the pulse.

He was drafted into the army during W.W. II, and while working in a construction battalion he somehow came into contact with a high voltage line. He should have been fried, but he wasn’t. He said he felt like he was frozen for a second, then the pain went away. From that day forward he was immune to electric shock.

According to the article the guy proved his power during the interview by cutting the electrical cord of a lamp and then holding the exposed wires in his hands. The current flowed uninterrupted from the wall through his body to the lamp, and the light bulb was just as bright as if the cord had never been cut.

I’ve tried to find more about this guy, but I can’t find any other record of him. Did he have kids? If so, did they inherit his gifts?

If nothing else, they’d make damn good electricians. Actually, the more I think about it, they could also be the world’s best assassins. All they would have to do is carry a frayed extension cord, plug it into a wall and grab someone. How in the hell are you going to prove murder?