Why Sever The Penis?

Kieu severs estranged husband penis

Woman slices husband’s penis off

Woman allegedly slices off husband’s penis and ground it in the garbage disposal

On July 11, officers arrived at a home on Flower Street in Garden Grove, California. The victim’s wife called 911 around 9 p.m. When officers arrived, they found a man tied to a bed with a bloody towel covering his crotch. Catherine Kieu was arrested after authorities said she allegedly tied her sleeping husband to the bed, cut off her estranged husband’s penis with a kitchen knife, threw it in the sink, and immediately turned on the garbage disposal.

Catherine Kieu with counsel

That night, Kieu served her husband a strange-tasting tofu dinner. Police stated, The victim remembers the food tasting “metallic.” She asked the victim if he wanted seconds. A law enforcement source indicated to police that the soup was poisoned.

After dinner, the man felt tired and went to bed about 9 p.m. The victim awoke to find Kieu tying his right wrist, and pulling off his clothes. He alleges she grabbed his penis and with one swift motion, she severed it. The police sent the soup to a laboratory to determine the type of poison Kieu used.

When asked what type of poison she used, Senior Deputy District Attorney John Christl said, I’d be speculating as to what the toxicology might show and what drug, if any Kieu used.

According to the Associated Press, Kieu is charged with aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning, and spousal abuse.  The most serious of these charges, aggravated mayhem, carries a life sentence without possibility of parole.

The couple married in late 2009, but the victim filed for a divorce in May citing irreconcilable differences. Sources reported an inappropriate relationship may have been Kieu’s motive.
When she was arrested, Kieu told officers he deserved it.  She is being held on $1 million bail and will be arraigned September 23, 2011. Kieu will spend her life in prison with no possibility of parole if she is found guilty.

Her attorney, Frank Bittar, an Orange County public defender with the county refused to speak with reporters. His only comment was there is more than meets the eye regarding the incident.

Police untied the victim and took him to the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, where he had emergency surgery. Pieces of the severed organ were retrieved, but the penis could not be reattached.

Garden Grove Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale stated:

You’re not just depriving a person of a member or portion of their body or disfiguring them. You’re doing something that’s so egregious we’re not sure what’s going to happen: if they’re going to be able to reattach this or repair this person after such a violent attack. The intention by this person was to permanently deprive this victim of his genitalia.

The officer also stated, “It’s so heinous—we’re looking at this as premeditated. Her intention was to permanently deprive him of a piece of his body and do it in such a way to inflict a great amount of pain and psychological damage. I’ve been doing this for 22 years and the only other time I remember this happening was when Lorena Bobbitt did it, and that didn’t even happen here. This isn’t a typical domestic violence case—it was way over the top.

Usually, women commit this act in self-defense—rarely for revenge. Men who survive this horrific ordeal never regain full use of their penis.


Mad Mike’s America thanks Reuters, Bizarre News, and KTLA.


Is there ever a circumstance under which a person should sever a man’s penis?

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9 Responses to Why Sever The Penis?

  1. Cheshire Cat

    August 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Ouch! I can’t even think of that….

  2. lazersedge

    August 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Is there ever a circumstance under which a person should sever a man’s penis?

    Hmmm. Dorothy, it seems that you, Jess, or dp would be better qualified to answer this. I doubt seriously that any man could think of any reason unless it would also call for the death penalty immediately afterwards. I know if anyone every assaulted my daughter or one of my grand kids that would be the least of his worries

    • Jess

      August 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      If I was being attacked in any way and the penis was close enough, I might consider biting it but that would not sever it, I don’t think, unless I have the jaws of a pitbull. I wouldn’t think of this as the first thing as far as self defense, since there are so many more effective ways to slow someone down. She did this methodically if she was poisoning him to drug him up and cut his winky off. This made me grab for myself and cringe and I don’t have the equipment that would be hurting.

      • Dorothy Anderson

        August 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        In self-defense with the possibility of losing my life from immediate danger due to physical abuse? Yes, I would, and only under those circumstances. I hope I would have the courage.

        I can’t comment on this woman. As Jess said, her actions were methodical and seem well-planned. If she sought revenge because her husband wanted a divorce, rather than any physical danger, her actions were inexcusable.

        I cringed, too, Jess.

    • dp1053

      August 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Depends on the man or the crime. I would not hesitate were I to happen upon a child molester, in fact that might be his less painful option. To methodically plot and plan is a bit creepy on her part and seems to be unecessarily cruel and unusual. There is either more to the story than we have heard or this woman has some serious issues, throwing it in the sink is one thing, but the disposal?!? Something deeper at work in this woman’s psyche. Even Lorena Bobbit didn’t go to that extreme.

  3. Anonymous

    August 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    When the relationship is over, take your ball and jacks and go home! And leave your opposite their balls and jack, please.

  4. lazersedge

    August 31, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I was once involved in a case where a child molester would marry women would marry women with small female children so he had easy access to his prey. At the time he was caught he so abuse his wife he had forced her to be in bed with he and the children aged 5 and 7. So I was just wondering.

    He will be spending the rest of his life making little rocks out of big ones and looking over his shoulder all the time.

    • Dorothy Anderson

      August 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      I don’t know the entire story. Almost no details are released, but like dp1053 said, the methodical plotting is really, creepy. That’s what gave me the chills about this story. What really creeps me out is what if her actions were based solely on the divorce?

      As concerns the woman who married the child molesting monster, the garbage disposal is a good depository for all of his, well… junk…

      The good news he’s in jail for the rest of his life… and we all know what other inmates think of child molesters and rapists. Spending life in jail and never being free is a far worse punishment than the death penalty, especially in his case.

      Eventually, other inmates may make little rocks of him. If I were the warden, I’d give whoever did credit at the canteen.