'127 Hours' Subject Aron Ralston Charged with Domestic Violence
Remember that movie with James Franco called 127 Hours about a hiker who sawed off his forearm in order to free himself from a boulder? Well, turns out the guy that film was based on, Aron Ralston, got booked into the Denver County Jail Saturday night on charges of domestic violence. His arrest includes one count of assault and one charge of "wrongs against a minor." Yikes.
The Denver Police Department is reluctant to give up any information relating to the alleged crimes, but Ralston is expected to appear in court Monday. Because a Colorado law says that those arrested for domestic violence can't get bailed out, Ralston's still in jail.
Just as a little refresher: Ralston's amputation ordeal took place 10 years ago, when he was canyoneering alone in Utah. An 800-lb. boulder dislodged and trapped him in the canyon by pinning his arm to its wall. The only way out? Pocketknife. He broke the bones in his right forearm first, and then went to work amputating it. "When I amputated, I felt every bit of it," he said. "It hurt to break the bone, and it certainly hurt to cut the nerve. But cutting the muscle was not as bad."
After he recovered, Ralston wrote a memoir called Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which at least showed he has a sense of humor about the whole thing. Here is the teaser for the book:
Hiking into the remote Utah canyonlands, Aron Ralston felt perfectly at home in the beauty of the natural world. Then, at 2:41 P.M., eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, an eight-hundred-pound boulder tumbled loose, pinning Aron's right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Through six days of hell, with scant water, food, or warm clothing, and the terrible knowledge that no one knew where he was, Aron eliminated his escape option one by one. Then a moment of stark clarity helped him to solve the riddle of the boulder--and commit one of the most extreme and desperate acts imaginable.