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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.
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?