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Lorena Bobbitt Tells Oprah Why She Threw John Wayne's Penis Out the Window

Lorena Bobbitt to Oprah: Why I Threw It Out the Window

The "it" I'm referring to, of course, is Lorena's husband's penis she had just cut off.

It was 1993, and the nation was morbidly curious and nervous-laughing about a story that seemed too crazy to be true. Beautician Lorena Bobbitt, suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after years of enduring spousal abuse, a forced abortion, and infidelities from her husband John Wayne Bobbitt, snapped one night after he came home drunk and, according to her, raped her.

She went into the kitchen, saw a gleaming knife, and cut part of John's penis off. She then got into a car (holding the severed penis) but threw it out the window while she drove. She recently appeared on Oprah and explained why she did it. Curious about the aftermath for all parties involved? Then watch the clip when you


Lorena, as she told the jurors during her trial, realized after her action that she'd done something horrific and stopped the car and called 911. After searching for hours in a field, paramedics found the severed penis, and it was eventually reattached.

Although John Wayne Bobbitt was acquitted in a later trial of charges of spousal rape, jurors believed that Lorena had indeed snapped after years of abuse and found her innocent by reason of insanity.

Lorena has since remarried, had a child, and started an organization to help educate and stop domestic abuse. John's post-severed penis life was a little more chaotic. He was charged numerous times afterward with domestic violence against girlfriends and wives (wow, some dudes never learn!), formed a band called "The Severed Parts," starred in a couple porno flicks — "John Wayne Bobbitt: Uncut" and "Frankenpenis" — and was even briefly a minister in a Vegas church.

— Additional reporting by Barbara Herman

Image Source: Getty
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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
As far as I'm concerned he got what he deserved. It's sad that they can't keep people in jail longer for domestic abuse or sexual assault of any kind.
Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 8 years
I know someone who was in a similar pickle (pun intended) as Lorena. Except instead of cutting it off, she took some super glue and, while at "full mast" glued "it" to his leg. You can see the dilemma when "it" decided to call it a night... Right or wrong, it always amazes me what we are capable of doing to each other in the heat of passion. Anger, love, or otherwise.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
:rotfl: PamelaJR! :rotfl:
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
A guy assaulted me at a frat party and I did the slap, grab, twist and pull maneuver on him - when a man tries to take advantage of a woman physically we're told to get them where it I kind of understand her lopping off his junk.
care0531 care0531 8 years
OMg I will never forget this story. It sounds so crazy but I am sure there are other woman who have thought of it at times but just never gone through with it.
janneth janneth 8 years
Good question, emilyinfini.
emmebeth emmebeth 8 years
Does "it" work now?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
What can I say, sleep with one eye open.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 8 years
I get that our country doesn't codone vigilante justice. Yet even though I have never personally taken the law into my own hands, I can certainly understand why someone would go that route. The jury ended up acquiting him of rape, and chances are he would have gotten away with that crime completely if she hadn't chopped "it" off.
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
babysoftpink babysoftpink 8 years
Hope they can both forgive each other...
efsarbaby efsarbaby 8 years
the more mysterious part of all this is why anyone would want to watch john bobbitt in a porn film.
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
Hahahahhahaha. :) Even if it's not the right thing to do and preeety crazy...I'm glad at least one douche out there got what he deserved.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I agree that she could just leave him instead of severing his penis (oh I can't imagine how she did it--wait I don't really want to-- oh wow). I wasn't here when the whole thing happened, my hubby filled me in about her :p Her action scarred men pretty good (according to hub) LOL. He starred in a couple of porn after that then was a minister too? Oh yikes.
1cigarrette 1cigarrette 8 years
I agree with princess_eab, couldn't she just leave him with all the overwhelming evidence that he is in fact a scumbag?
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
This story always weirds me out. There's no denying he was an awful person, but did she have no other option than to mutilate him? Very disturbing.
kty kty 8 years
well he's a scum and a douche....i'm still shocked at what she did,it's funny and creepy at the same time.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 8 years
At-will dismemberment! That is quite a phrase, janneth!
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