Anyone who loves a good true crime series is in for a right treat this year as Amazon Prime Video has picked up one of the most infamous and highly sensationalised cases in recent history to investigate for their new documentary series, Lorena.
As you may guess from the title, the programme is about the highly publicised 1993 case of Lorena Bobbitt, a 25-year-old woman who cut off her husband, John Wayne’s penis with a kitchen knife in the early hours of the morning while he was asleep.
Shortly afterwards, Bobbitt took severed appendage and drove 30 miles from their house before dumping it in a field outside a convenience store and calling 911. She was arrested and charged with malicious wounding later that night.
The case made headlines around the world and quickly put Bobbitt and Wayne’s marriage under complete media scrutiny. The incident even became a common crude joke on late night TV talk shows throughout the 90s.
In court, Bobbitt said that Wayne had been physically and mentally abusing her and that on the night of the incident (23rd June) he had raped her. Wayne, whose penis was found and successfully reattached in hospital, denied all allegations and was acquitted. In 1994, Bobbitt was found not guilty of all criminal charges after a jury of seven women and five men acquitted her on the grounds of temporary insanity.
25 years on, Amazon’s new four-part docu-series aims to dig deeper and reinvestigate the case, which at the time was sensationalised and manipulated by mainstream media who focused on the severed penis, instead of exposing and highlighting marital abuse. It will feature a brand new interview with Bobbitt herself and spark a conversation that the world should have had at the time of the incident.
Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning creator of blockbuster hit Get Out, is Executive Producer of the upcoming documentary, which will be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival later this month before being released on Amazon Prime on 15 February.
‘When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt’, we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full-blown media spectacle,’ Peele said. ‘With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice.’