What happened after John Bobbitt's then-wife cut off his penis: Part 2

After a nine-hour surgery, doctors were able to reattach Bobbitt's penis. The incident and resulting trials became one of the most sensational stories covered in the '90s.
5:24 | 01/05/19

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:

{{nextVideo.title}}

{{nextVideo.description}}

Skip to this video now

Now Playing:

{{currentVideo.title}}

Comments
Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for What happened after John Bobbitt's then-wife cut off his penis: Part 2
Reporter: Is Lorena Bobbitt a greedy, jealous woman who sexually mutilated her husband -- He raped her several times -- Took a large kitchen knife, cut off her sleeping husband's penis. She turns around, marches back into the bedroom, and just does the deed. Never thought I'd say that on network television. My name's Jim sane, you're urologist. I lived a quite life and that changed for me june, 1993. The phone on my bedside woke me up in the middle of the night. And really all I knew about this on the way into the hospital was that a penis had been amputated and the organ was miss What's the first thing you did when you woke up? I cleared my thoughts and applied pressure. I went into -- in to wake my friend up to tell him to get me to the hospital. Describe the look on your doctor's face when you showed him what Lorena had done. Like his jaw dropped. I knew I had to get a microvascular surgeon. We've got this guy here, his penis has been cut off, can you come down and put it back on? Okay, do you have the penis? They said, no. Meanwhile, Lorena has been in the apartment with really a knife in one hand and his penis in the other. And she goes downstairs to her car. I remember I couldn't make a turn. Because I -- my hands were -- with something on it. So I -- I tried to turn. But then I -- I saw that I have it in my hand. You were still holding his severed penis in the car? Yes. Yes. And so I look at it, I scream. I threw it. Out of the window. And I just drive as fast as I could. Driving fast and faster. My husband said, Lorena's here. I said, oh my god, what has John done to her? And I walked down the stairs and she's huddled in the corner of my living room screaming and crying, in like a fetal position. And then she said, I cut his penis off. And I said, you did what? And I said, well, I think we better call 911. Jenna from Lorena is able to find out the rough coordinates of the penis. So Jenna tells the police roughly where the penis is located. We ended up coming out here to look for it after learning that the wife had thrown it out the car window. Police went to that field. It was about 6:00 on a June morning. The police scavenged about, found the organ undamaged. No dogs had chatted on it. It was retrievable. The police find the penis by the grassy knoll by the 7-eleven. They go into the 7-eleven with the penis, get a hot dog container, fill it with ice, put the penis on top of the ice, that's how they take it to the hospital. Then hours of surgery ensue. And it's reattached. Lorena Bobbitt appeared on the verge of tears as she appeared in court -- She was charged with malicious wounding. Do you understand that charge? Yes. That means she not only wounded and severed his penis, but she did it with malice, hatred, revenge. She was looking at probably 20 years. While we were in the hospital we found out that John was going to be charged with marital sexual assault. We couldn't believe it. How long did you have to stay in the hospital? Three weeks. When did know that everything was going to be back to Normal, or at least close to Normal? The second week they called my mom. Told her that I had an erection. What was your mom's reaction? She didn't want to hear that. She said, talk to your dad about that. I was excited. How quickly did you know that what happened that night was going to be a very big story? No, I knew it was -- it was big. Because they were trying to, you know, keep the reporters from coming up at the hospital. They were trying to get into the room. What was so unusual here is that they both ended up in the legal crosshairs. Both charged with crimes. Both facing trials. John Bobbitt arrived surrounded by attorneys. Both bobbitts went to trial. John first in November of 1993, was found not guilty of marital sexual assault. You ever worry that the jury wouldn't believe you, that they would think you raped Lorena? I was innocent. I didn't know why I was there. Lorena Bobbitt faced a jury of seven women and five men -- Lorena Bobbitt found not guilty of malicious wounding by season of insanity two months later. Everybody was shocked. How could somebody get away with it? Sometimes juries do a kind of rough justice. Ey said, that's enough. Next what John and Lorena are doing today.

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"duration":"5:24","description":"After a nine-hour surgery, doctors were able to reattach Bobbitt's penis. The incident and resulting trials became one of the most sensational stories covered in the '90s.","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/Nightline","id":"60176956","title":"What happened after John Bobbitt's then-wife cut off his penis: Part 2","url":"/Nightline/video/happened-john-bobbitts-wife-cut-off-penis-part-60176956"}