So that is what we did today. And we thought we were done with plaster demolition! (That isn't a wire noose by the way, it just looks like it.) It actually didn't take very long to get it down. Jason crawled up in the crawl space above the kitchen and hammered it down from above.
It took FAR longer to clean up all the nasty insulation and plaster pieces. Looks like another dumpster is in our future!