The mother of a man who died after injecting his scrotum with silicone is suing his five boyfriends claiming they forced her son to inflate his testicles to the ‘size of a basketball’.
Linda Chapman filed a lawsuit in King County, Washington, in September over the death of her son Tank Hafertepen in October 2018 of a pulmonary embolism.
Along with her son Ben, Linda claims ‘master’ Dylan Hafertepen and his ‘pups’ Daniel Balderas Hafertepen, Charles Osborn, Matthew Scott, and Philip Myers helped to manipulate and humiliate Tank into injecting himself.
Tank is said to have started the silicone injections in 2014 on Dylan’s command.
He continued taking them until his death as part of the alleged ‘cult’ scene in Seattle, fronted by Dylan who required his followers to have engorged scrotums alongside other physical attributes.
Citing wrongful death, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy, the Chapmans’ lawyer Joe Murphy said: ‘They robbed her of her right to be his mother.’
Jack ‘Tank’ Chapman, left, who called himself a ‘pup’, posted a contract he shared with ‘master’ Dylan Hafertepen, right, to his now deactivated Tumblr account in December 2012
Linda Chapman filed a lawsuit in King County, Washington, in September over the death of her son Tank Hafertepen in October 2018 of a pulmonary embolism. She is suing his five boyfriends claiming they forced her son to inflate his testicles to the ‘size of a basketball’
Tank, left, is said to have started the silicone injections in 2014 on Dylan’s, right, command
Murphy told The Daily Beast: ‘We filed this suit to bring some closure and resolution. One of the most important parts to her will be discovery. She wants to know what happened. Why was she never called?’
The complaint alleges Dylan did not tell Linda or Ben that Tank had fallen ill or even when he died. Linda says she learned of his death only after he had passed away.
Tank, who changed his name from Jack Chapman to his pup name of Tank Heathcliff Hafertepen, also had ‘Property of Master Dylan’ tattooed under his ‘master’s’ astrological sign on his lower back.
He also emigrated from Australia to America and is said to have cut contact with his family under Dylan’s instruction.
Widely known on Instagram as Noodles and Beef, Dylan regularly posted photos of his pups, many of who are hairy, muscular men.
The group often share photos of themselves on Instagram or Tumblr, where they are shirtless, in jockstraps and harnesses, or naked. In many of the images, the pups – Tank – are seen with enlarged testicles.
Linda claims ‘master’ Dylan Hafertepen and his ‘pups’ Daniel Balderas Hafertepen, Charles Osborn, Matthew Scott, and Philip Myers helped to manipulate and humiliate Tank, pictured
Tank often shared photos on Instagram or Tumblr, shirtless, in jockstraps and harnesses
A contract Tank posted to his blog included the lines: ‘A pup’s mind is the exclusive property of his master at all times.’
He posted a detailed contract with his ‘master’, which said his body was the ‘exclusive property’ of his partner.
Tank posted the 2000-word contract he shared with Dylan to his now deactivated Tumblr account in December 2012.
In it, the pair agree Mr Hafertepen has complete control over Mr Chapman’s body, and can order modifications such as tattoos, scrotal inflation and steroid use at will.
‘Master has explicit body goals for his pup regarding their weight, their muscle mass, their measurements and their proportions,’ the contract reads.
‘The pup will make all efforts possible to ensure these goals are realised and should never feel satisfied until his Master is satisfied. There is always additional room for a pup to push their physical limits.
‘Additionally, a pup will submit to all orders for body modifications, including piercings, tattoos, scrotal saline inflation as well as body growth supplements including steroids and HGH – in accordance to the wishes of the Master.’
Other parts of the contract dictate: ‘Master’s word is law and must be trusted and obeyed’.
‘In an ideal mindset/subspace, Master’s word should overwrite a pup’s internal reality and be accepted as absolute truth.’
Dylan told Buzzfeed the agreement he posted online was a work of erotic fiction.
When asked by one of their fan how big he intended his scrotum to become Tank replied: ‘Master will decide when enough is enough.’
The Chapmans also plan to sue Dylan and the ‘pups’ for the forced alteration of a will after $200,000 from Tank’s father was left to his ‘master’ in a will written just three weeks before his death.
Dylan said previously: ‘Tank had wanted the money to go towards our home together, but without Tank it’s a reminder of what I’ve lost.’
The men did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Beast.