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The case of the severed penis

January 21,1994 Volume 1, Issue 1

Lorena Bobbitt made headlines around the world when she cut off half her husband's penis and threw it out a car window.
went into the kitchen for a On the night of June 23, 1993, 26-year-old John Wayne Bobbitt came home to his Manassas, Virginia apartment after a night out partying and drinking. According to his wife, Lorena Bobbitt, John then raped her. drink of water. While in the kitchen, she saw an eight-inch carving knife sitting on the counter. Lorena grabbed the knife, then walked back to the bedroom where John was sleeping. She pulled back the covers and then sliced John Bobbitt's penis nearly in half. The couple had already been married for four years and during that time, Lorena had allegedly suffered from years of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse by John. John also frequently boasted about his infidelities and had forced Lorena to have an abortion. All this built up to this particular night, when Lorena finally snapped. Shortly thereafter, Lorena realized, at least partly, the severity of her actions and called 911. John was rushed to a hospital in the In a daze, Lorena got into her car and started heading to her work, while still holding both the knife and the severed penis. After driving for a little while, she rolled down her car window and threw the severed penis out the window. It landed in an empty field. hopes of stopping the bleeding. After an extensive search by police, John's severed penis was found, packed in ice, and also rushed to the hospital. After nine hours of surgery, John Bobbitt's penis was reattached.

Special points of interest:

Lorena Bobbitts accusations. Bill Clinton charged with sexual harassment. Where is Cathy Lynn Henderson now?

Jan. 10, 1994: Lorena Bobbitt Trial Begins

While John was asleep, Lorena got out of bed and

Paula Jones accuses Bill Clinton of sexual harassment

The evolution of sexual harassment awareness

Despite being the object of a lawsuit and impeached by the House of Representatives, then-President Bill Clinton developed a reputaCaption describing picture or graphic.

tled with Ms. Jones out of court in 1998 and paid her and her lawyers $850,000, according to court documents. During the depositions for the Jones case, Clinton was questioned about his relationships with employees. He denied having a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, and subsequently impeached on those grounds by the House of Representatives, but not by the Senate.

tion as the Teflon president for his imperviousness to the repercussions of scandal. The sexual harassment lawsuit brought against Mr. Clinton in 1994 by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones never went to trial because of her failure to show any damages. After the dismissal of the lawsuit was appealed, Clinton set-

President Bill Clinton's statements in depositions for Paula Jones's sexual harassment case against him led to his impeachment .

The facts of the case

Paula Corbin Jones sued President Bill Clinton. She alleged that while she was an Arkansas state employee, she suffered several "abhorrent" sexual advances from then Arkansas Governor Clinton. Jones claimed that her continued rejection of Clinton's advances ultimately resulted in punishment by her state supervisors. Following a District Court's grant of Clinton's request that all matters relating to the suit be suspended, pending a ruling on his prior request to have the suit dismissed on grounds of presidential immunity, Clinton sought to invoke his immunity to completely dismiss the Jones suit against him. While the District Judge denied Clinton's immunity request, the judge ordered the stay of any trial in the matter until after Clinton's Presidency. On appeal, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal denial but reversed the trial deferment ruling since it would be a "functional equivalent" to an unlawful grant of temporary presidential immunity.

Baby sitters worst nightmare

found BranHenderson don's body in later told po- a cardboard lice that Bran- box in a shaldon died after low grave she dropped outside of him acciTemple on dentally on Feb. 8, 1994. his head. She An autopsy said she pan- determined icked, buried Brandon died the boy, and of a fractured fled to her na- skull. tive Missouri, Source: Texas where she Department was later arof Criminal rested. Justice Using a map drawn by Henderson, authorities

Convicted in the abduction and murder of 3-month-old Brandon Baugh. Henderson had been babysitting the young boy and his 2 1/2year-old-sister Megan, for three months prior to the murder without incident.

Once two days from execution for the 1994 death of an infant she was baby sitting, should have her murder conviction and death sentence overturned, a Travis County judge has recommended.

January 21,1994

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