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.
The penis was subsequently surgically reattached. Years after the incident, John was convicted of beating two other women and of theft. The incident occurred June 23, in Manassas, Virginia. Lorena Bobbitt stated in a court hearing that, after coming home that evening, her husband raped her. After he then went to sleep, she got out of bed and went to the kitchen for a drink of water.
By Jan Moir for the Daily Mail. John Wayne Bobbitt wants you to know this. He is a good man in a crisis. It certainly came to his aid on that terrible night, 25 years ago this summer, when he woke to find his wife Lorena sawing off his manhood with an eight-inch carving knife.
But there was much more to the story — and now, 25 years later, it's being revisited. A new book on cultural history and an upcoming documentary series take a closer look at the case, rejecting sensationalism and reframing Bobbitt's ordeal in the era of MeToo. In the early morning hours before the attack, she alleged, he came home drunk and raped her.