Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Man Severs Own Penis

Map with X-Acto locator for Freemont, Calif.

Map with X-Acto locator for Freemont, Calif.

Officers in Freemont, California, responded to a 2 a.m. call Wednesday about a man, 20, who had cut off his penis with an X-Acto knife. The self-mutilating victim, whose name is being withheld, was not, that’s right, not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and investigators are still guessing at a motive in the case. Police were able to locate the severed penis and doctors did their best to reattach the man’s organ. Whatever the outcome, the man is expected to undergo psychological evaluation.

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