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'''John Wayne Bobbitt''' (born 23 March 1967 in [[Buffalo, New York]]) and '''Lorena Leonor''' ([[née]] '''Gallo''') (born 1970 in [[Bucay]], [[Ecuador]]) were an American couple, married on June 18, 1989, whose difficult relationship gained worldwide notice for an incident in 1993 when Lorena severed John's [[penis]] with a knife. The penis was subsequently surgically re-attached.
 
'''John Wayne Bobbitt''' (born 23 March 1967 in [[Buffalo, New York]]) and '''Lorena Leonor''' ([[née]] '''Gallo''') (born 1970 in [[Bucay]], [[Ecuador]]) were an American couple, married on June 18, 1989, whose difficult relationship gained worldwide notice for an incident in 1993 when Lorena severed John's [[penis]] with a knife. The penis was subsequently surgically re-attached.
   
==Incident==
 
During the night of June 23, 1993, John Wayne Bobbitt arrived at the couple's [[Manassas, Virginia]], apartment highly intoxicated after a night of partying. According to testimony given by Lorena Bobbitt in a 1994 court hearing, he then [[rape]]d her. (Note: In 1994 he was tried for and acquitted of [[spousal rape]], prosecuted by the same [[district attorney]] who prosecuted Lorena for attacking her husband.) Afterwards, Lorena Bobbitt got out of bed and went to the kitchen for a drink of water. According to an article in the ''National Women's Studies Association Journal'', while in the kitchen she noticed a carving knife on the counter and "memories of past domestic abuses raced through her head." Grabbing the knife, Lorena Bobbitt entered the bedroom where John was sleeping and proceeded to cut off almost half of his [[penis]].<ref name=crimelibrary>{{cite web|url=http://www.crimelibrary.com/criminal_mind/sexual_assault/severed_penis/index.html |title= Crimes Below the Belt: Penile Removal and Castration (Chapter 1) | author=Bell, Rachael | accessdate=2007-10-14}}</ref>
 
   
After assaulting her husband, Lorena left the apartment with the severed penis, drove a short while, then rolled down the car window and threw the penis into a field. Realizing the severity of the incident, she stopped and called [[911]]. After an exhaustive search, the penis was located, packed in ice, and brought to the hospital where John was being treated.
 
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The bitch Lorena Bobbitt(more liek Bobbitch, amirite?)got angry at her husband because she says that he raped her. She went to the kitchen to get the chainsaw and saw a butcher knife, so she used that shit instead. She cut off one little dick, then the police got scared, and said, "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air!"
   
The penis was re-attached by Dr. James T Sehn and Dr. David Berman during a nine-and-a-half-hour operation.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/72192851.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Oct+7%2C+1993&author=Joel+Achenbach&pub=The+Washington+Post+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&edition=&startpage=C.01&desc=A+STITCH+IN+TIME%3B+%60My+Wife+Cut+Me%2C%27+John+Bobbitt+Said.+For+Two+Doctors%2C+It+Was+a+Night+To+Remember. | title= A Stitch in Time:`My Wife Cut Me,' John Bobbitt Said. For Two Doctors, It Was a Night To Remember. | author=Joel Achenbach | accessdate=2009-12-14}}</ref>
 
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Well, the plane landed and when she came out
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There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with her name out
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She ain't trying to get arrested
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She just got here
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She sprang with the quickness like lightning, disappeared
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She whistled for a cab and when it came near
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The license plate said 'FRESH' and it had dice in the mirror
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If anything she could say this cab is rare
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But she thought 'Now forget it' - 'Yo homes to Bel Air'
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They pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
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And she yelled to the cabbie 'Yo homes smell ya later'
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She looked at my kingdom
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She was finally there
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To settle her throne as the Queen of Bel Air
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Then she got arrested, what a bitch.
   
 
==Arrest and trial==
 
==Arrest and trial==

Revision as of 20:51, 1 April 2010

John Wayne Bobbitt (born 23 March 1967 in Buffalo, New York) and Lorena Leonor (née Gallo) (born 1970 in Bucay, Ecuador) were an American couple, married on June 18, 1989, whose difficult relationship gained worldwide notice for an incident in 1993 when Lorena severed John's penis with a knife. The penis was subsequently surgically re-attached.


The bitch Lorena Bobbitt(more liek Bobbitch, amirite?)got angry at her husband because she says that he raped her. She went to the kitchen to get the chainsaw and saw a butcher knife, so she used that shit instead. She cut off one little dick, then the police got scared, and said, "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air!"

Well, the plane landed and when she came out There was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with her name out She ain't trying to get arrested She just got here She sprang with the quickness like lightning, disappeared

She whistled for a cab and when it came near The license plate said 'FRESH' and it had dice in the mirror If anything she could say this cab is rare But she thought 'Now forget it' - 'Yo homes to Bel Air'

They pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 And she yelled to the cabbie 'Yo homes smell ya later' She looked at my kingdom She was finally there To settle her throne as the Queen of Bel Air

Then she got arrested, what a bitch.

Arrest and trial

Lorena was taken into custody. During the trial, the couple revealed details of their volatile relationship and the events leading up to the assault. Lorena stated that John sexually, physically, and emotionally abused her during their marriage. She also stated that John flaunted his infidelities, and forced her to have an abortion. Several witnesses provided testimony supporting Lorena's claims. Lorena's defense attorneys maintained that John's constant abuse caused Lorena to eventually "snap" as she was suffering from clinical depression and a possible bout of post traumatic stress disorder due to the abuse.[1]

John denied the allegations of abuse. However, when he was cross-examined, his statements often conflicted with known facts, severely weakening the defense's case.[1]

After seven hours of deliberation, the jury found Lorena "not guilty" due to insanity causing an irresistible impulse to sexually wound her husband. As a result, she could not be held liable for her actions.[2] Under state law, the judge ordered Lorena to undergo a 45-day evaluation period at a mental hospital, after which she would be released.[1]

In 1995, after six years of marriage, Lorena and John divorced.

Life after the incident

John Wayne Bobbitt

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DVD Cover of John Wayne Bobbitt: Uncut

After the incident, John Wayne Bobbitt attempted to generate money from his notoriety 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.[3] In 1994, John 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).[4] In 1998 he appeared on the World Wrestling Federation's Monday Night Raw television program alongside the porn star character Val Venis who had recently almost had his penis cut off.[5] Not long after, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he worked as a bartender, limousine driver, mover, and tow truck operator. He also had a stint serving as a minister of a Universal Life Church in Las Vegas.[1][6]

After the divorce, John continued to have run-ins with the law. He was reportedly arrested seven times for offenses ranging from assault to grand larceny.[1] In 1994, he was convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery against his former fiancée, Kristina Elliott, and sentenced to 15 days in jail.[7] In September 1999, he was sentenced to five years probation for his role in the theft of more than $140,000 in clothing from a store in Fallon, Nevada, and ordered to pay $5,000 restitution and serve 100 hours of community service.[3]

After two trials for domestic abuse against Joanna Ferrell, his third wife, in 2004 — one ending in conviction for John Bobbitt and the other in acquittal — he was arrested for a third offense in September 2005. Days after the third incident, he filed for a divorce. On February 8, 2006, a municipal judge found John Bobbitt not guilty, due to insufficient evidence.[8]

Lorena Gallo (Bobbitt)

After the trial, Lorena attempted to keep a low profile and resumed the use of her maiden name. In December 1997, Lorena made news when she was charged with assault for punching her mother, Elvia Gallo, as they watched television.[9] She was eventually found not guilty of assaulting her mother. Her mother currently lives with her. In 2007, she was working at the beauty salon Classy-cuts in the Washington D.C. area.[10]

In June 2008, Lorena appeared on the CBS News program The Early Show where she talked about her life since the incident. In the interview, she said she was in a long-term relationship with Dave Bellinger and had a two and a half year old daughter named Olivia.[11] In a 2009 appearance on Oprah, Lorena said that if she could take anything back, she would never have married John Wayne Bobbitt. She founded the organization Lorena's Red Wagon which helps to prevent domestic violence through family oriented activities.[12]

Joint public appearances

Although Lorena told Oprah Winfrey in April 2009 that she had no interest in talking to John,[12] John and Lorena appeared together on the show The Insider in May 2009. It was their first meeting since their divorce.[13] On the show, John apologized to Lorena for the way he treated her during their marriage, and Lorena claimed that John still loved her because he has continued to send her Valentine's Day cards and flowers.[14]

Cultural impact

The Bobbitt case was one of the first scandals that brought public attention to the subject of marital rape.[15] The case also brought attention to the issue of domestic violence. Within days of the incident, domestic violence and feminist groups rallied around Lorena, citing the continuous abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband that caused her to defend herself, albeit in an unusual and violent manner.[16]

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 she was killed in a car accident because (note the double-entendre) "some prick cut her off".[17] Shortly after the incident, episodes of "Bobbittmania", or copycat crimes, were reported.[18] The name Lorena Bobbitt eventually became synonymous with penis removal. The term “Bobbittised punishment” gained social acceptance.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Bell, Rachael. "Crimes Below the Belt: Penile Removal and Castration (Chapter 2)". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  2. ^ Virginia Vs. Lorena Bobbitt, Court TV.
  3. ^ a b IMDb bio
  4. ^ John Wayne Bobbitt at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Reynolds, R.D. (2003). Wrestlecrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling. Toronto, Ontario: ECW Press. pp. 222–223. ISBN 1550225847. 
  6. ^ Bernard Ryan, Jr. "John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt Trials: 1993 & 1994 - John Bobbitt's Troubles Continue". 
  7. ^ "Jail for John Bobbitt". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  8. ^ McGrath Schwartz, David. "Bobbitt not guilty of domestic battery charges, judge says: Estranged wife says she was pushed to ground". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  9. ^ "Bobbitt's Ex-Wife Charged in Assault". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  10. ^ Biography.com. "Lorena Bobbitt Biography". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  11. ^ CBSNEWS.com. "Lorena Bobbitt, 15 Years Later". Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  12. ^ a b "Lorena Bobbitt's Unforgettable Story". Oprah.com. 
  13. ^ "John & Lorena: The Shocking Bobbitt Reunion at The Insider". 
  14. ^ "John Bobbitt still loves Lorena 16 yrs after she hacked off his penis". ANI. May 5, 2009. 
  15. ^ Jackson, Danielle. "Culture Culture: Conversations in Cultural Criticis". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  16. ^ The New York Times. "Battle of Sexes Joined in Case Of a Mutilation". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  17. ^ Pershing, Linda. "His Wife Seized His Prize and Cut It to Size: Folk and Popular Commentary on Lorena Bobbitt". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  18. ^ Gumbel, Andrew. "Bobbittmania takes a grip on psyche of Latin lover". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  19. ^ Husain, M, Rizvi, SJ, Usmani, JA. "A Critical Review of Post-phase Period of Lorena Bobbitt's Indictment". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 

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