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The public’s threshold for shocking material is a lot more jaded than it used to be, thanks to an endless supply of true crime dramas and all the other horrors we now have access to via the internet. But back in the ’90s, cutting off a man’s penis was a pretty big deal.
That’s exactly what 23-year-old Lorena Bobbit did to her husband John Bobbitt on a June evening in 1993. It rocketed the couple into an odd form of stardom that illuminated bigger issues around sexism, feminism, and why white men seem to get away with so much.
Lorena, a new documentary about the infamous crime, offers both facts we know and new information. Produced by Get Out director Jordan Peele, the doc explores the case and society’s response to the incident. The series features interviews with both parties, as well as neighbors, coworkers, doctors, lawyers, and more. (You can read our full review of Lorena here.)
A word of warning if you are interested in watching: the imagery is very graphic and could be distressing. You will see graphic images of John Wayne Bobbit’s injuries with no disclaimer whatsoever. There’s no lead up to it either–it’s just plopped in the middle of what seems like some innocuous stock photos, so be aware.
Lorena premiered Feb. 15 and is broken up into four hour-long episodes. Here’s how to watch Lorena online for free.
How to watch Lorena for free
The Lorena Bobbitt documentary is exclusively available on Amazon Prime Video. But there is a way to access the service for free… at least for 30 days, anyway.
- Cost: $12.99 per month (after a 30-day free trial) | $119 per year for Prime
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii
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Colette Bennett is a writer/editor who specializes in web culture, skincare, and all things geek. Her work has appeared on CNN, HLN, Engadget, Kotaku, Colourlovers, and Continue Magazine. She also writes horror and sci-fi fiction for Corona Books and is at work on her second novel.