Penis…here today, gone tomorrow

Can you imagine waking up to find your wife or girlfriend had cut off your penis?!?

Thats what happened to Catherine Kieu Becker’s 60 year old real estate broker husband.  After she drugged him, tied him up to the bed and castrated him with a knife, he woke to his penis being ground up in the family’s garbage disposal.  Scraps of the penis were recovered by police after Ms. Becker contacted authorities when her husband began bleeding profusely.

She provided the police with no other motive than “he deserved it”.  Ms. Becker age 48 is now in jail and charged with two felony counts, including torture and mayhem, and is facing a possible life sentence.

This scenario is reminiscent of the infamous John and Lorena Bobbitt case.  Lorena was reportedly enraged after being raped by her husband and cut off his penis in 1993; yet John’s take on his castration was revenge for his infidelities.  Mr. Bobbitt was lucky enough to have his penis saved and reattached.  His 30 seconds of fame even led to roles in pornographic movies but limited success. After three failed marriages and multiple arrests for theft and violence, even castration was unable to help John change his ways.  The case helped to shine a spotlight on marital rape and domestic violence.

Penile castration has been sensationalized throughout the years, with most of the focus going on the women and their motives for committing such torturous crimes.

“On July 21, 2008, in Nanjing, China, it was reported that several wives cut off their husband’s penis because they could not stand that their husbands were gambling or cheating on them…Most of these female criminals were younger than 35, most get only a suspended sentence or one below three years, and are sent back home.” (wiki- penis removal)

“From 1973 to 1980 one hundred cases of Thai women cutting off their husband’s penises were recorded.  Most of them were not reattached” (wiki-penis removal)

In 1936 Japan, the geisha Sada Abe strangled her lover and afterwards castrated both his penis and testicles.  She didn’t appear too fond of a disposal method and opted to carry around his penis under her kimono wrapped in a magazine lover until the police discovered the crime.  When police evidently asked her why she had castrated her lover postmortem  she replied “Because I couldn’t take his head or body with me. I wanted to take the part of him that brought back to me the most vivid memories.” (wiki- Sada Abe)  “She planned to commit suicide one week after the murder, and practiced necrophilia. “I felt attached to Ishida’s penis and thought that only after taking leave from it quietly could I then die. I unwrapped the paper holding them and gazed at his penis and scrotum. I put his penis in my mouth and even tried to insert it inside me… Then, I decided that I would flee to Osaka, staying with Ishida’s penis all the while. In the end, I would jump from a cliff on Mount Ikoma while holding on to his penis.”  She was charged with second degree murder and mutilation of a corpse.  Sada was sentenced to six years in prison, only serving five.

Unfortunately Mr. Becker joined the castration club this week.  It is uncertain whether physicians were able to reattach the limited remains of his ground up penis.  Even penis-less, he is reportedly in good spirits

Penis here today and gone tomorrow,  what a heinous crime!

About Anton Therapy

As a psychotherapist specializing in sexual concerns, I believe that communication and compromise, with a playful and open attitude are key components to a healthy intimate life. I infuse compassion, enthusiasm and a collaborative approach in treatment that puts clients at ease in discussing such personal topics. I hope this blog helps to open your mind, promote healthy sex, and encourages you to have a desire for intimacy and life! View all posts by Anton Therapy

3 responses to “Penis…here today, gone tomorrow

  • Huff

    It’s so hard to comment on things like this because you don’t know the “complete” story. Is the perpetrator “Mad” or “Bad”? Do they do it as a form of vindictive revenge or as an illogical form of defence? Whatever the reason they do it they surely must be disturbed on some level to take such drastic action. What circumstances could have taken place to create the situation where they felt compelled to take such premeditative and very personal action?

  • Anton Therapy

    Self defense can be excusable, maiming…and particularly premeditated castration…..never excusable – in my opinion at least

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