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Man Gets Prison Time After Botched Castration in Cabin

Victim claims unlicensed surgeon Bob Lee Allen said he would eat his body parts

(Newser) - A man in Oklahoma arrested last year on charges of performing an illegal surgery has been sentenced to two years in jail and 10 years in prison. Bob Lee Allen, 54, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit unlicensed surgery, practicing medicine without a license, and attempted distribution of a psychedelic...

911 Hang-Up Leads Deputy to a 'Kinda Nuts' Scene

A botched castration in Florida

(Newser) - It's a pretty gory case out of Florida, but the Highlands County Sheriff's Department was punchy in explaining what happened: "This one is a little … let's just say sensitive," reads its Tuesday Facebook post . "You could even say it’s kinda nuts."...

Alabama Passes Another Controversial Law

Some sex offenders will be forced to undergo chemical castration before release

(Newser) - Males convicted of a sex offense against a child under the age of 13 in Alabama will be forced to undergo chemical castration in the month before they're released from custody. Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed into law the bill passed by the state legislature on...

Indonesia to Kill, Castrate Pedophiles

New rules follow rape, murder of 14-year-old

(Newser) - Indonesia is officially a terrifying place for pedophiles: Effective immediately, child sex offenders can face the death penalty or chemical castration under new rules approved by President Joko Widodo, reports AFP . Offenders can also receive a maximum of 20 years in jail—double the previous maximum sentence—and may be...

Guam Passes Controversial Chemical Castration Bill

Sex offenders could be castrated before their release

(Newser) - In the US in 2013, there were an average of 25.2 reported rapes per 100,000 people—but in Guam, there were 64.2. Today, the US territory took what one Guam senator called the "first step to addressing Guam's rape problem" when the legislature passed a...

Alabama Lawmaker: Let's Castrate Child Molesters

Steve Hurst re-introduces bill

(Newser) - Steve Hurst, an Alabama state representative, is apparently determined to make surgical castration a legal punishment for child molesters. After a bill that would have done just that failed to make it past committee during the 2013 session, Hurst has re-submitted it for the 2014 session, the Florence Times Daily...

Is Castration Linked to Longevity?
 Castration May Be 
 Linked to Longevity 
study says

Castration May Be Linked to Longevity

Male sex hormones 'decrease lifespan,' says researcher

(Newser) - Here's something no one will want to think about too carefully: Is castration linked to longevity? Some researchers think it's possible, especially after discovering that a group of eunuchs, castrated men, lived up to 20 years longer. The study examined records of 80 eunuchs from the Chosun Dynasty,...

Dutch Catholics Castrated at Least 10 Teens in 1950s
Dutch Catholics Castrated
at Least 10 Teens in 1950s
says report

Dutch Catholics Castrated at Least 10 Teens in 1950s

In bid to rid them of homosexuality, newspaper claims

(Newser) - The Dutch Roman Catholic Church castrated at least 10 boys under age 21 "to get rid of homosexuality" in the 1950s, according to a report from Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. The paper identified one victim, named Henk Heithuis, who in 1956 claimed to have been sexually abused by priests....

Moldova to Castrate Pedophiles

Law makes chemical procedure mandatory for convicted abusers

(Newser) - Men convicted of sexually abusing children in Moldova will now face chemical castration. The eastern European country's parliament voted to make the treatment—which suppresses libido with injections every three months—mandatory for all Moldovans and foreigners found guilty of pedophilia, reports the BBC .

Germany Advised to Stop Castrating Sex Offenders

Anti-torture panel at human rights watchdog calls practice 'degrading'

(Newser) - Germany doesn't mess around when it comes to sex offenders—serious offenders can volunteer to be surgically castrated—but now an anti-torture committee says the country should put an end to that practice, Reuters reports. The panel at the Strasbourg Council, Europe's top human rights watchdog, called the...

Child Molester Voluntarily Castrated

Frank Phillip Tullier agreed to surgery to get out of jail

(Newser) - A convicted child molester is about to go free—and all it cost him was his you-know-what. Francis Phillip Tullier, 78, underwent voluntary surgical castration yesterday as part of a long-delayed plea deal, the AP reports. The procedure was conducted at Tullier's expense. Tullier had faced hundreds of molestation counts...

Portuguese TV Journalist Murdered, Castrated in NYC

Young companion of Carlos Castro is in police custody

(Newser) - Grisly slaying in New York City: Employees at a posh Times Square hotel found the body of a Portuguese TV journalist and gay activist in his room. Carlos Castro, 65, had been bludgeoned in the head and castrated, and police arrested his young companion—a male model who had been...

German Dad Castrates Teen Daughter's Boyfriend

The victim was 10 years older than girl's father

(Newser) - Suffice it to say this German dad was not happy that his daughter was dating a much-older man: Helmut Seifert, 47, castrated said boyfriend with a bread knife. Seifert's 17-year-old daughter was in a relationship with 57-year-old Phillip Genscher, and though Seifert went to police and complained, they couldn't do...

Poland OKs Chemical Castration for Pedophiles

Controversial new law also covers incest

(Newser) - A new law in Poland will require convicted pedophiles or those who rape family members to undergo chemical castration when their prison term is up. Human rights groups immediately raised objections, but Poland's prime minister isn't budging—he says the criminals in these cases don't qualify as "human,"...

Texas Mom Gets 99 Years for Cutting Off Son's Genitals

(Newser) - A Texas mother was sentenced to 99 years in prison last night for cutting off her infant son's genitals, an attack she blamed on the family's dog. Katherine Nadal, now 28, tested positive for cocaine, methadone, and Xanax the day after the mutilation. None of the baby's severed parts were...

New Youth Castration Law Divides Thailand

Boys seeking sex changes will now have to wait untl they're 18

(Newser) - Until recently in Thailand, boys who wanted to change gender could have their testicles removed for just $150, no questions asked. But as Bloomberg reports, a new law pushed by gay rights activists will force Thais to wait until they turn 18 before undergoing a sex-change operation. Many doctors, though,...

Jindal Signs Castration Bill for Sex Offenders

Says he's proud of 'strong measures'

(Newser) - Louisiana governor and GOP VP wannabe Bobby Jindal signed a bill yesterday that will allow sex offenders to be punished with chemical castration. Said Jindal, “I am glad we have taken such strong put a stop to these monsters’ brutal acts,” said Jindal, taking the opportunity...

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