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ABC preps “20/20″ true crime special on Bobbitt case

Disney-owned U.S. commercial network ABC will air a special two-hour episode of its longstanding marquee investigative news series 20/20, revisiting the notorious Bobbitt case, in the new year. The special extended episode, “The ...
December 21, 2018

Disney-owned U.S. commercial network ABC will air a special two-hour episode of its longstanding marquee investigative news series 20/20, revisiting the notorious Bobbitt case, in the new year.

The special extended episode, “The Bobbitts: Love Hurts,” explores the 25-year-old case, in which Lorena Bobbitt was charged with attacking her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt with a kitchen knife. Lorena Bobbitt was found not guilty due to temporary insanity. In a separate trial, John Wayne Bobbitt was found not guilty of marital sexual assault against his wife, after she accused him of rape.

“The Bobbitts: Love Hurts” features a new interview with John Wayne Bobbitt revisiting the events of the night in question and shares new details. It also features footage from the ABC News archives, including Lorena Bobbitt’s first TV interview, given to 20/20 in 1993. The case, explored as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are in the news, has also had lasting impacts on national discussions of domestic violence, now re-examined through a contemporary lens.

Interview subjects include Paul Ebert, the Prince William County Commonwealth attorney who prosecuted both Lorena and John Bobbitt; Blair Howard, Lorena Bobbitt’s attorney; Gregg Murphy, John Bobbitt’s attorney; Brett Biro, John’s brother; David Berman and James Sehn, two doctors who treated John Bobbitt; Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization for Women; Kim Masters, who wrote a Vanity Fair article featuring the first interview with Lorena Bobbitt; and talk show host Maury Povich, who covered the case extensively.

The episode is the first of a series of two-hour 20/20 specials revisiting major news stories in recent American history, challenging original theories and perceptions to shed new light on the cases.

The 20/20 special airs Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

20/20 is anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. David Sloan is senior executive producer.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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