Castration - the word alone sounds painful. Physically, castration is any type of surgical, chemical, or lacerating action that renders an individual unable to use their testicles. Metaphorically, though, castration takes away something deeper. It's the emasculation of a man's identity; a way to weaken their ego. And for some women - like the infamous Lorena Bobbitt - the act of castration is way to take revenge out on the men in their lives.
Sometimes, it is solely the testicles that get the axe (for lack of better words). Other times, the entirety of the male genitals are targeted for revenge. Sometimes, there is a good reason. Other times, the lines are blurred. Read on and judge for yourself whether or not these cases of castration were warranted.
The most widely recognized case of castration is probably that of Lorena Bobbitt. In June 1993, Bobbitt's then-husband John Wayne, came home drunk in the early hours of morning and raped her. According to her, he was often violent, and this was not the first time he forced her to have sex. That morning was different, however, as Bobbitt grabbed a knife from their kitchen and sliced off John Wayne's penis as he slept. She quickly left the apartment, and tossed his penis out of her car window as she drove away.
The case became an international sensation, and John Wayne's penis was soon reattached in a nine and a half hour operation. Bobbitt was arrested, put on trial, and found not guilty due to reason of insanity. Jurors believed Bobbitt had been a victim of prolonged abuse and her actions were made partly in self defense. John Wayne too faced charges of rape, but was acquitted. The couple divorced. John Wayne tried to capitalize on the publicity surrounding his castration, forming a band called The Severed Parts and starring in an adult film called John Wayne Bobbitt: Uncut. He was arrested multiple times for assaulting women before he was severely injured in a 2014 car crash.
Lorena Bobbitt changed her name and maintains a quiet life working at a beauty salon.see more on Lorena Bobbitt
In 2011, Catherine Kieu Becker and her husband were in the middle of a messy divorce. She spiked his food with sleeping pills, causing him to lie down in a stupor. When he awoke, he was tied to his bed and Becker was cutting off his penis with a knife. She then threw his genitalia in their garbage disposal and turned it on.
When police arrived to find Becker's husband bleeding profusely, she simply told them that her husband deserved it. During her trial, her lawyers argued Becker had a rough childhood in war-torn Vietnam that was full of physical, mental, and sexual abuse. But prosecutors alleged Becker was angry her husband was happy about their divorce and started seeing an ex-girlfriend. She was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
To celebrate her birthday, Cristal Richardson and Cedric Owens decided to party extra hard. In April 2012 the two spent a night drinking, doing drugs, and eventually went to a hotel room to have sex. But that's where things get dark. Richardson told police Owens raped her - a man she had known for less than 12 hours - and in response she started attacking him.
Richardson stabbed Owens 130 times before castrating him. After Owens's murder, police discovered Richardson sitting on the stairs, naked and covered in blood. Officers said there was no sign Richardson was sexually assaulted and arrested her for murder.
She was sentenced to life in prison in 2016. She maintained her innocence throughout her trial.
Han Mou of Anhui, China was castrated TWICE by his wife, Zhang. The first incident occurred after he told her he wanted a divorce. Zhang assumed her husband was seeing other women, so she slipped him sleeping pills, cut off his penis, and flushed it down the toilet. She was arrested, let out on bail, and continued to live with her husband and children while awaiting trial.
Mou, afraid his children would be mother-less if his wife were sent to prison, started looking for a stand-in mother. Again, Zhang drugged her husband. When he woke up, he discovered his wife had cut off absolutely everything. Soon after, Zhang called an ambulance and turned herself in to police.