Looking Back at the Bobbits Trials and Tribulations
It’s been 23 years since the infamous crime and 22 since Lorena Bobbitt was acquitted of it. Numerous allegations supported by both the prosecution and defense attorneys — and, yes, prosecutors and defense attorneys — painted the problems in paradise down to the last gruesome detail.
Revenge fascinates all of us, but let’s face it-we have a particular appetite for stories about supposedly feminine young women getting mad and then getting even. A woman who gets even with her man is the stuff of fantasies about women. In terms of the odds of its actually occurring, it probably ranks right up there with other unlikely events that populate the male imagination. The beautiful woman with the knife or the gun is a dangerous extension of an icon we recognize: the femme fatale.
Women are less likely to stick the heads of vanquished enemies on stakes outside the city than men are, but that doesn’t mean the aftermath of their anger is actually swept away. Just because women don’t put heads on spikes, in other words, doesn’t necessarily mean they wouldn’t like to.
In the early ’90s, a young couple from Virginia were involved in a story that many people will never forget. In June 1993, 24-year-old Lorena Bobbitt became known as the woman who cut off her husband’s penis with a carving knife.
On the night of the infamous assault, Lorena says her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, came home drunk and sexually assaulted her, a charge he denied.