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US woman who severed husband's penis charged with torture, bodily injury & aggravated mayhem; faces life in jail

Catherine Kieu Becker was charged with torture, bodily injury with a knife and aggravated mayhem. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LOS ANGELES - A 48-YEAR-OLD Californian woman was charged on Wednesday with allegedly drugging her estranged husband's dinner then tying him to a bed and cutting off his penis. Catherine Kieu Becker was charged with torture, bodily injury with a knife and aggravated mayhem - a felony that involves depriving a victim of 'a limb, organ, or member of his or her body'. If convicted on all charges she faces life in jail, said the Orange County District Attorney's office after the alleged attack Monday in Garden Grove, south-east of Los Angeles. In an incident recalling the infamous 1993 case of John Wayne Bobbitt - who had his penis reattached after a similar event - she hacked off her husband's manhood on Monday, police said. She rang 911 after the attack, tellin...

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