Two charged in dismemberment

DETROIT -- Authorities searched for the torso of a prominent Detroit psychologist while a man and his girlfriend were charged in the dismemberment slaying following the discovery of the doctor's limbs.

A part believed to be one leg of W. Alan Canty was found Sunday along a freeway in Auburn Hills, about 25 miles north of Detroit.


His head, hands and feet were unearthed Saturday, 200 miles to the north near Alanson.

Charged Monday with murder and mutilation of a body was John 'Lucky' Fry, 38, identified by police as a 'member of a motorcycle gang.' Fry's girlfriend, Dawn Spens, 20, was charged with mutilation of a body and being an accessory to murder.

Canty, 51, disappeared July 13. The hulk of his car was found burned three days after his disappearance in a vacant lot about a mile from his southwest Detroit home.

Police said Canty had a 'social' relationship with Spens, whom they identified as a 'known prostitute.'

Canty was a frequent talk show guest who had hypnotized witnesses in the fruitless search for missing Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa. He also tested the drug LSD for the CIA.


The leg was turned over to the Wayne County medical examiner for an autopsy, but authorities said there appeared to be little doubt it was that of the missing psychologist.

It was initially reported that Canty's torso was found in Auburn Hills, but police said Monday it was a leg. The torso remained missing.

Police allege Canty was beaten to death with a baseball bat when he stood up to the couple's demand for money.

Fry is being held without bond. Spens was ordered held under a $100,000 cash bond.

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