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Tainted Love: Woman Who Severed Husband's Penis May Have Poisoned His Tofu Soup

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Catherine Kieu Becker (Photo: Garden Grove PD)
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The woman who chopped off her husband's penis and then put it for a spin in the garbage disposal may have poisoned his tofu soup before the gnarly incident went down. Detectives working the case have sent a sample of the soup to the lab, says L.A. Now. Meanwhile, the woman, 48-year-old Catherine Kieu (also known by her married name, Becker,) has had her arraignment postponed until September 23, though she did appear briefly in court today.

Kieu is facing a felony count of torture, and a second for aggravated mayhem, the latter of which was put on the crime because of the garbage disposal episode, which ultimately rendered the organ unsuitable for reattachment. She allegedly drugged him, and tied him to the bed before attacking him with a knife.

While in court today, Kieu "spoke through a Vietnamese interpreter during the hearing," notes the OC Register, adding, "[t]hat was a change from a court hearing earlier this month, when she answered 'Yes' in a strong voice to the judge's questions in English."

Kieu is being held on $1M bail. Her lawyers today said there is "more than meets the eye" when it comes to this bizarre case.

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The victim, Kieu's 51-year-old husband, was said to be in good spirits during his recovery.