In July of 2011, an obviously angry and unhappy 48 year old wife from Garden Grove in southern California whose husband of 16 months had recently filed for divorce cut off her 60 year old husband's penis and then tossed it into the garbage disposal.
According to the police, Catherine Kieu Becker made her husband a delicious and unbeknownst to the husband, poison laced dinner and served it to him.
As the dinner (poison) kicked in, the husband felt sick and went to lie down. Shortly thereafter he lost consciousness and Becker tied his arms and legs to the bed with a rope and stripped him naked. She took a 10-inch kitchen knife and began sawing away at her husband's penis, according to police.
This caused the husband to awake and he was conscious when his penis was removed, police said.
To add insult to injury, Becker then tossed his sliced off penis into the garbage disposal and turned it on, mutilating the organ. Consequently, the severed organ could not be reattached through surgery.
She did have the courtesy to call 911. When police arrived, she told them that "he deserved it" as she pointed to the room where her husband was bleeding profusely. He was taken to a local hospital and is reportedly recovering after surgery.
Police took Becker into custody and she was was arrested on suspicion of aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning, and spousal abuse.
Becker is a real estate broker and she and her estranged husband met at church.
Although positive, supportive, and constructive approaches to ending a marriage such as mediation and Collaborative Divorce are by far the best choices, even a nasty, costly, toxic and protracted litigation would be better than this outcome. And in this case, the divorce is not finished and is sure to be most unpleasant.