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'Inappropriate relationship' may be motive in severing of penis, source says

July 14, 2011 |  8:05 am

Wife Accused of Severing Husband's Penis in Court, Possible Motive Revealed

A dispute over an "inappropriate relationship" may be the motive in the case of a Garden Grove woman charged with cutting off her husband's penis, a law enforcement source said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said the couple had argued earlier in the day and that the wife was angry at the husband over a relationship. Police said that when they confronted the woman, she said her husband "deserved it."

Authorities had earlier alleged that the wife, Catherine Kieu Becker, got into an argument with her husband about "friends staying at the residence," according to a statement by prosecutors.

On Wednesday, Orange County prosecutors charged the wife with two felony counts for allegedly cutting off her husband's penis and throwing it in a garbage disposal after drugging him and tying him to a bed.

Becker, 48, faces one felony count each of torture and aggravated mayhem with sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and personal use of a knife. If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

She has been held without bail since her arrest Monday night. Her arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday in Westminster, where she is expected to plead not guilty.

Becker, a real estate broker, lived with her husband, identified by prosecutors only as John Doe, in a Garden Grove apartment.

The husband told police that his wife served him dinner and that he went to bed about 9 p.m. While he was sleeping, she "tied the victim’s legs and arms to the four corners of the bed with nylon ropes," prosecutors said.

The victim told authorities that when he woke up, his wife pulled down his pants, "grabbing the victim’s penis and severing it with a knife." She then took the penis to the kitchen and threw it in the garbage disposal, "turning it on and mutilating the organ."

She then called 911.

The husband underwent surgery but the severed organ could not be reattached.


Woman accused of cutting off husband's penis

Woman charged with cutting off husband's penis using 10-inch knife

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Catherine Kieu Becker in court Wednesday. KTLA -TV