Published: April 6, John Wayne Bobbitt, whose ex-wife Lorena chopped off his penis with a kitchen knife while he slept, with a number of porn stars celebrating the release of his first adult opus. Now, a new docu-series is taking a second look at the infamous case that unleashed a tidal wave of puerile penis puns. In , she was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the malicious member mauling.
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In the early morning hours of June 23, , Manassas, Virginia manicurist Lorena Bobbitt crept into the bedroom she shared with her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt. While John—who had been drinking heavily—slept, she proceeded to mutilate his genitals with a inch kitchen knife. When a drunken John woke up, the sheets were covered in blood; Lorena ran to her car, knife and lump of flesh in tow. Not quite sure what to do next, she wound up tossing part of his shaft out the window. From the time Lorena performed the amputation to her acquittal seven months later, the story of a marriage so broken it ended in genital disfigurement ran almost around the clock. But reporters had a major hurdle to clear: The word penis had never been printed or spoken aloud with any regularity in American news coverage. They tried euphemisms, i. According to journalist Gay Talese, the sheer volume of the Bobbitt circus broke one of the last sexual taboos in mainstream culture. Soon after, the word penis began regularly appearing on late night talk shows and in print. There was really no other choice.
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To mark the 25 year anniversary of the castration heard around the nation, Vanity Fair recently caught up with John Wayne Bobbitt and his knife-wielding ex Lorena for a bizarre look back at one of the most salacious cases of the last century. Life and death. I was fearing for my life. Bobbitt during an interview with Steve Harvey in Both Bobbitt and Gallo were charged — marital sexual assault for him and malicious wounding for her, both with maximum penalties of 20 years in prison — and acquitted in separate trials. Gallo successfully pleaded not guilty by reason of temporary insanity, and for the most part, public opinion swung in her favor. In reality, though, their lives over the last 25 years further underscore the prevailing narrative.
In the s, she was the topic of tabloid headlines and comedy skits. Now, as a documentary series takes on the story, she opens up about how that one night changed her life. Keep reading. Out of their shared experience of being vilified in the court of public opinion, two infamous figures have found friendship: Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt.