John and Lorena Bobbitt
John Wayne Bobbitt (born March 23, 1967 in Buffalo, New York) and Lorena Bobbitt (née Gallo, born October 31, 1970 in Quito, Ecuador) were an American couple, married on June 18, 1989, whose relationship made worldwide headlines in 1993 when Lorena cut off her husband's penis with a knife.
The incident occurred on June 23, 1993, and the legal case surrounding the incident subsequently took place throughout 1993 and 1994.
Lorena claimed in a court hearing that after coming home at night on June 23, 1993, her husband raped her. No evidence of rape was later found to support these claims. At some point after her husband had come home and gone to sleep, Lorena got out of bed and went to the kitchen. Grabbing a knife, she entered their bedroom, where John was sleeping, and removed the entire penis at its.
After this, Lorena left the apartment with the severed body part and drove away in her car. After a while, she opened the car window and threw it into a field. After realizing the severity of her crime, however, she stopped and called 911. After an exhaustive search, John's penis was found and reattached in the hospital where he was being treated. The operation took nine and a half hours.
Arrest and trial
Lorena was taken into custody. When she was arrested the night of June 23, she told the police, "He always have orgasm [sic], and he doesn't wait for me to have orgasm. He's selfish." This conversation with Detective Peter Wentz was tape-recorded and the transcript was read later in the trial by Mary Grace O'Brien, the Prince William County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney prosecuting Lorena.
During the trial, the couple revealed details of their volatile relationship and the events leading up to the assault. Lorena claimed that John had sexually, physically, and emotionally abused her during their marriage, allegations which John strongly denied.
After seven hours of deliberation, Lorena was found not liable by reason of insanity/mental illness which had led to the irresistible impulse to sexually mutilate John. As a result, she would not be held liable for her actions. However, the judge ordered her to undergo a 45-days long mental evaluation at Central State Hospital, located in Petersburg, Virginia.
After the incident, John attempted to generate money from his renown in a number of ways. He formed a band, The Severed Parts, to pay his mounting medical and legal bills, though the band was unsuccessful and failed to generate enough money. In 1994, he appeared in the adult film John Wayne Bobbitt: Uncut, in another attempt to make money. In 1996, he appeared in another adult film, Frankenpenis (also known as John Wayne Bobbitt's Frankenpenis).
On August 10, 1998 he appeared on the World Wrestling Federation's Monday Night Raw television program, where he saved the porn star character Val Venis from being castrated by shutting off the lights in a locker room, allowing Venis to escape his assailants.
Not long after, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked as a bartender, limo driver, mover, pizza delivery driver, and tow truck operator. He also had a stint serving at a wedding chapel as a minister of a Universal Life Church there.
In 1994, he was charged with striking Kristina Elliott, 21, a former exotic dancer he met while in Las Vegas on a publicity tour. He was convicted of battery and sentenced to 15 days in jail. "I firmly believe you have an attitude problem," the judge told Mr. Bobbitt. "Your attitude problem is caused by your drinking."
After the trial, Lorena attempted to keep a low profile and reverted to the use of her maiden name, Gallo. In December 1997, she made news when she was charged with assault for punching her mother, Elvia Gallo, as they watched television. She was eventually found not guilty of assault and her mother continued to live with her. In 2007, she was working at a beauty salon in Washington, D.C. and in the same year founded Lorena's Red Wagon organization, which helps prevent domestic violence through family-oriented activities.
In June 2008, she appeared on the CBS News program The Early Show, where she talked about her life since the incident. In the interview, she said that she was in a long-term relationship with Dave Bellinger and that they had a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. In a 2009 appearance on Oprah, she said that, if she could take anything back, she would have never married John.
The Bobbitt case brought attention to the issue of domestic violence. Within days of the incident, anti-domestic violence advocates and some feminist groups rallied around Lorena, citing the alleged continuous abuse she suffered at the hands of John that caused her to attack him, albeit in an unusual and violent manner.
Media attention surrounding the case resulted in national debate and also sparked a flurry of jokes, limericks, T-shirt slogans, advertising gimmicks and an urban legend that Lorena had later been killed in a car accident because "some prick cut her off". The incident was quickly adapted/parodied as a low-budget feature film called Attack of the 5'2" Women. In the 1999 film Fight Club, the character Tyler Durden comments that although the main character's house has been blown up, "You know, man... it could be worse, a woman could cut off your penis while you're sleeping and toss it out the window of a moving car", referencing the Bobbitt case. The incident is also mentioned in the "Weird Al" Yankovic single "Headline News".
Shortly after the incident, episodes of "Bobbittmania", or copycat crimes, were reported. The name Lorena Bobbitt eventually became synonymous with penis removal. The terms "Bobbittised punishment" and "Bobbitt Procedure" gained social recognition. The term "bobbittize" also entered medical literature.
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- Current Med Talk: A Dictionary of Medical Terms, Slang & Jargon Appleton & Lange, 1995 - Medical - 984 pages, by J.C. Segen, "bobbittize' A highly colloquial term for the performance of an unscheduled penectomy outside of a hospital or other health care environment, using suboptimal equipment (e.g. 12-inch kitchen knife), and in absence of known medical indications of 100 bobbitzations' documented" .. "genital mutilation: the destruction or removal of a portion or the entirety of the external genitalia, which may occur in the context of a crime of passion (see Bobbittize) or as part of a religious right (see female circumcision)" .. "recovery of sexual function requires microsurgical techniques that allow the sewing of vessels and nerves of 1mm or less; chilled on ice; a severed penis is thought to be capable of surviving up to 18 hours prior to reattachment (New York Times 13 July 1993; C3) see Bobbittize"
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