Monday, January 9, 2012
Penis Cutting Epidemic Unexplained
Arraignment Delayed for Penis Cutting Wife
Catherine Kieu Becker, 48 (Garden Grove P.D.)
January 9, 2012
SANTA ANA, Calif. - The arraignment of Catherine Kieu, a 48-year-old woman accused of cutting off her husband's penis and putting it in the garbage disposal was delayed Monday.
Catherine Kieu, of Garden Grove, was indicted last Thursday on one felony count of torture and one felony count of aggravated mayhem. She also faces a sentencing enhancement for personal use of a knife.
If convicted, Kieu could get life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Her case has been continued until Feb. 2.
Prosecutors say Kieu spiked her 60-year-old husband's tofu dinner with drugs on July 11 of last year.
Kieu then allegedly tied him to his bed with nylon ropes and cut off his penis with a 10-inch kitchen knife.
She then stuck the member in the garbage disposal and turned the disposal on, mutilating the organ, according to prosecutors.
Kieu was the one who called 911, and authorities say she told responding officers that her husband "deserved it."
Her husband was treated and released from UC Irvine Medical Center, where doctors were unable to re-attach his penis, their being nothing but shreds of meat to retrieve from the disposal.
Police say they believe Kieu was upset at her husband for filing for divorce after 16 months of marriage.
But this doesn't account for the rash of penectomies by the partners of men. It's getting dangerous to go to sleep of get drunk.
Over the past 10-15 years there has been spurt in the number of penectomies performed on husbands and lovers by irate women. This usually involves the male having used his penis to have intercourse with another woman. Increasingly women are cutting off the penises of their sexual partners when angered over trivial matters such as the arrangements for house guests.
Psychologists suggest the outbreak may be due to the male penis serving as a symbol of control over women, or older suggestions of penis envy. Whatever the reasons, it is extremely hazardous to men's principal sexual organ.
Kieu and her husband were married on Dec. 29, 2009, and Kieu's husband, who has not been identified, filed for divorce in May 2011.
They continued living together in a condominium complex in Garden Grove.
For reasons known only to Kieu and her lawyer, she has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her after making a confession when she called 911.
She remains jailed on $1 million bail.