Twenty-Five Years Ago Lorena Bobbitt Castrated Her Husband, Here’s What She’s Doing Now
The name Lorena Bobbitt might not ring a bell for younger generations, but many out there remember her infamous story – the story of a housewife who had enough of her husband’s abuse and retaliated by cutting off his penis and throwing it into a field.
Twenty-five years later, here is the story of Lorena Bobbitt.
The incident and resulting trial shocked and enraptured the entire country.GMA / Twitter
It was all over the news, and portrayed in sketches and jokes on late night TV. Everything about the story was salacious and insane, from start to finish. But one person came out on top.
The events turned Lorena into a folk hero.ABC News
Particularly for battered women. The abuse she faced and the actions she took made her almost a feminist icon, though some disagree.
Her ex-husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, on the other hand went in another direction.reelzchannel / Instagram
Bobbitt eventually used the fame he got from the incident and became a porn star. Seriously. I guess that’s one thing you can do when your penis becomes a superstar.
Lorena Gallo was born in Ecuador, and raised in Venezuela.Consolidated News
In 1989, the 20-year-old immigrant became Lorena Bobbitt after marrying John Wayne. The couple lived in Manassas, Virginia, where she worked at a nail salon.
The marriage, however, was anything but bliss.viniceo / Instagram
During court proceedings, Lorena recounted various incidents of abuse, rape and physical violence at the hands of her husband, as well as verbal abuse and insults, calling her a “Spanish whore.”
That all pushed her to the edge.reelzchannel / Instagram
Lorena claimed that the repeated abuse and spousal rape she suffered from her husband led her to take matters into her own hands, just a few days before their fourth anniversary.
In the middle of the night on June 23, 1993, things escalated.yournewhomepage / Instagram
A drunk John Wayne came home and raped Lorena, according to her testimony. He denied her claim and was later acquitted of that charge in a separate trial.
But she remembers it very clearly.cheyennehollywood / Instagram
“I remember I was sleeping, and definitely, he jumped onto me,” she told Oprah back in 2009. “After that, it was just like a tunnel going through my mind.”
Once he passed out, Lorena went to the kitchen, and grabbed a knife.torontostar / twitter
She then went back to the bedroom, threw open the covers and and chopped off John Wayne’s penis at the base. The blood and screaming was instantaneous.
She then took off in her car.During Lorena’s appearance on “Katie.” Credit: Katie/ABC
Lorena took the penis with her and leaving John Wayne screaming and bleeding. What else could she do? She had to get out of there and feared what he would do to her in retaliation.
Lorena drove for hours, eventually throwing the penis out of the window onto a field.yssupdoog / Instagram
Later that day, she called 9-1-1 to alert them of them incident. And she let them know exactly what she did with the missing penis.
It took hours for police officers and a search crew to find John Wayne’s penis.butnugit_01 / Instagram
Once they did, surgeons were able to re-attach it to his body in a grueling 10-hour surgery.
“I looked down and there was blood everywhere,” John Wayne recalled in an episode of the show “Scandal Made Me Famous.” “It was a devastating thing to happen to you suddenly. Suicide seemed like the only answer.”
The ensuing trial and all its salacious details became major tabloid fodder.During the Trial of Lorena Bobbitt. Credit: Jeffrey Markowitz/Sygma
I mean, an abused woman cuts off her husbands penis, flees the scene, and then throws it out of a window? You couldn’t write that shit!
When the jury came back after deliberations, Lorena was acquitted of all charges by reason of temporary insanity.investigationdiscovery / Instagram
The jurors believed Lorena suffered an “irresistible impulse” to cut off her husband’s penis as a result of the abuse she endured. The LA Times reported at the time that when the jury read the verdict, Lorena looked at her lawyer and asked “Is that good?” She was held for psychological observation but later released, and went back to work as a manicurist.
Lorena has lived a relatively quiet life. She eventually became a real estate agent and started a charity.heymse / Instagram
Lorena’s Red Wagon Lorena Gallo Foundation, a charity that aids victims of domestic abuse. Today, Lorena lives with her daughter and longtime partner in Virginia.
John Wayne, on the other hand, used his newfound fame and notoriety to explore other career choices.Credit: Paradise Visuals
He started a band called The Severed Parts and went on to star in a few porno movies, including “John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut” and “Frankenpenis.” Yes. “Frankenpenis.”
And he’s done some TV where he boasted about life after Lorena.reelzchannel / Instagram
He’s regularly appeared on TV and radio as well, and claims to have slept with more than 70 women since the incident. He is now a devout Christian and says he holds no ill will toward his former wife.
A couple years ago, Lorena appeared on The Steve Harvey Show, and was met with major applause and she came to the stage.
She’s made the rounds on a few other talk and news shows to discuss the infamous story that captivated America. And people were once again enraptured by the story, especially since many had no memory of this fascinating story.
Even 23-years years after the incident, she was to recall the details.Mark Mahaney
“I found myself in the street with a penis in one hand and the knife in the other,” she told Harvey while appearing on his show. “I’m here to tell you and to tell everyone what happens when a woman gets abused by a man.”
And the incident created political and societal change that made history.balkissoon / Twitter
The trial helped create a national dialogue on domestic abuse, and paved the way for the Violence Against Women Act.
In the end, Lorena came out of the abuse she faced, and the ensuing drama and national infamy to live a happy, healthy, normal life. Which is all she ever wanted. And no matter what anyone says, she is still a hero for many.
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