After Lorena Bobbitt sliced off her husband’s penis and then tossed it in a grassy field in the predawn hours of June 23, 1993, millions of American men thanked their stars that they hadn’t taken the bride of John Wayne Bobbitt. Lorena, 29, who says she was the victim of forced sex that night after months of physical and verbal abuse, has put the episode behind her. “It was a real sad story, not just for me but for him. It was two victims.” The month that she spent in a Virginia psychiatric hospital following her acquittal on malicious wounding charges “was a relief,” she adds. “It was away from the media, the circus.” In 1995 the Venezuelan immigrant was divorced from John Wayne, whose penis had been successfully reattached. She currently works as a manicurist in Alexandria, Va., has a boyfriend and owns a townhouse in Lake Ridge, Va. Her hobby is shopping—”especially Nordstrom’s when they have sales,” she says. Her ex has had a more difficult time moving on. Now a greeter at two brothels in Moundhouse, Nev., John Wayne, 32, still “feels that Lorena is the woman of his dreams,” says his boss Dennis Hof.
The world’s most famous houseguest now has a place of his own—a three-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills. “I was labeled unfairly as a freeloader,” says the 40-year-old actor, who testified at the O.J. Simpson murder trial about the three “thumps” he heard on June 12, 1994, while living in Simpson’s Brentwood, Calif., guest house at the time Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were slain. “I was working on four films before the murders—small parts, but keeping up my union dues,” he says, adding that he has always helped support his 14-year-old daughter from an early marriage. The meanness of strangers surprised him. “People spit at me, threw things at me and always wanted to fight,” he says. A former prom king at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wis., Kaelin says that his experience “made me grow up. Before, I was a boy.” Now appearing on the college circuit with a presentation about life after the Simpson trial, Kaelin believes Simpson committed the murders. “I can’t prove it,” he says. “But my feeling is 100 percent he’s guilty.” Single and dating, Kaelin spends his spare time working out at a local health club. Says his landlord, TV producer Kevin Curran, who cast Kaelin on his WB sitcom Unhappily Ever After: “Kato exercises regularly, doesn’t take drugs, goes to church—and pays his rent on time.”
Rebuilding his 21-year marriage to attorney Eileen McGann, 50, has been the top priority for Morris, 51, since a tabloid newspaper revealed in August 1996 that the powerful presidential adviser and political consultant had had a tryst with a call girl. “Eileen’s forgiveness was not easy to get,” admits Morris, who resigned as the chief strategist of Clinton’s reelection bid before the story broke and no longer talks to the President. “We have clear rules that she has largely set and that I obey,” he says, adding that he has read 70 books on sex addiction. One change, says McGann, is that Morris “spends more time listening to everybody, especially me.” Confirms the couple’s friend political consultant Frank Baraff: “If she calls during business meetings, he speaks with her, which he never would have done before.” Morris, who is now a political commentator for the FOX News Channel as well as an author (Behind the Oval Office), also travels less so that he and McGann can spend more time together in their Manhattan apartment. “My marriage is first. Spiritual growth is second, and my career is third,” he says. Concludes Baraff: “I’ve never seen him happier.”
Tammy Faye Messner
The spicier lashes, the lacquered hair, the hubby in jail—some things never change. First husband Jim Bakker did five years for bilking followers of his PTL ministries out of more than $150 million; Tammy Faye’s second spouse, developer Roe Messner, 62, is due to end his 27-month term for federal bankruptcy fraud late this month. “We’re going to have a second honeymoon when he gets home,” she says. In the meantime, Tammy Faye, 56, who is in remission from colon cancer, makes TV appearances (she has become pals with Roseanne), shops and directs a church choir in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where she has lived since 1991. “She’s enjoying every day of her life,” says close friend Emma Howard, a Palm Springs real estate agent. Tammy Faye, a grandmother of two, has remained friends with Jim, 59, who ministers to the poor in Los Angeles and recently remarried. “Someday I’m going to write a book to help others who have loved ones in prison,” Tammy Faye says. “It is hard to remain emotionally in contact with someone if you can’t do all those married-people kind of things.”
Where Are They Now?
Kidnapped in 1974 by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army, the 19-year-old heiress spent 20 months on the lam with her captors, who she claimed brainwashed her into joining them in a holdup of the Hibernia Bank in San Francisco. After serving two years in prison, Hearst, now 45, married Bernard Shaw (below, right), 53, chief of security for Hearst Inc. They live in suburban Connecticut with their two children. Hearst, who has acted in five films and become a socialite, “has resurrected herself,” says family friend Rev. Edward Dumke. As for the former SLA members, Emily Harris is now in the computer business in Southern California; her ex-husband Bill works for a private investigator in the San Francisco Bay Area; and Wendy Yoshimura is a partner in the Juice Bar Collective in Berkeley. The group’s founder, Donald DeFreeze, aka Cinque, died in a shootout with police in 1974.
Last fall, 11 years after Brawley charged that six white men raped her, a civil jury in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., found Brawley (and her advisers) guilty of slandering one of the accused, former prosecutor Steven A. Pagones. Now 26 and living in Temple Hills, Md., Brawley was fined $185,000. She defiantly insisted, “A crime was committed to me.”
Following a 1994 flogging by Singapore police for vandalism. Fay returned to the Midwest, where he spent six weeks in rehab for inhaling butane, and later settled in Florida, where he was charged with reckless driving. He still mourns the August cancer death of his mother. Randy Chan. “I’d take 100 lashes of the cane to get my mother back,” says Fay, 23, a college student in Orlando.
She was paid $100,000 by London’s News of the World to dish on the 1993 “lewd act” that got Hugh Grant arrested in L.A. in 1995. “She blew it all,” says her manager Van “Money” Banks. Brown, 27, lives in Oakland with her three kids and lap-dances at the Rolling Twenties club.
In 1992 the 17-year-old high school senior known as the Long Island Lolita put a bullet in the skull of Mary Jo Buttafuoco, wife of her then-lover Joey. Fisher, 24, works on the ground crew of Albion Correctional Institution near Rochester, N.Y., where she is serving a 5-to-l5-year sentence. Fighting to have her case reopened, Fisher hopes to attend college. “She has grown up. She realizes what she did was wrong,” says her mother. Rose.
JOHN DE LOREAN
The automaker “won over people with his charisma,” says his former lawyer Mayer Morganroth. But in ’82, De Lorean abandoned his gull-winged sports car (immortalized in Back to the Future) amid charges of cocaine trafficking. He was acquitted, but his wife, model Cristina Ferrare, divorced him after the trial. Now 74 and living in New Jersey, De Lorean is working on a new car called the Dll.
MARY KAY LETOURNEAU
Jailed twice for having sex with her underage former student Vili Fualaau, now 15, Letourneau, 37, is serving 7½ years at Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor. Last October she gave birth to their second daughter; both girls are being raised by Fualaau’s mother, Soona. Letourneau’s four other children live in Alaska with ex-husband Steve.
Life has been tough for the “Queen of Mean” in the five years since she finished an 18-month prison term for evading taxes on the real estate empire she shared with husband Harry. In addition to enduring lawsuits, in 1997 Leona, now 78, lost Harry, The total focal point of her life,’ says employee Joyce Beber. At his death, Leona put their estimated $5 billion real estate holdings up for sale.
THE MENENDEZ BROTHERS
The Court TV heartthrobs are doing life without parole for the 1989 shotgun murders of their millionaire Beverly Hills parents. Lyle (left), 31, works as a janitor and Erik, 29, as a groundskeeper in California state prisons in Folsom and Tehachapi, respectively. “In prison they’re perceived as a couple of rich guys, and people hate them,” says their aunt Maria Menendez-Cano. “It’s a horrible environment—really scary.”
The 1995 suicide watch and solitary confinement have ended, but Smith, 27, remains on Prozac while serving a life sentence for drowning her two young sons by leaving them in a car she let roll into John D. Long Lake near Union, S.C., on Oct. 25,1994. “She’s not a bad person,” her mother, Linda Russell, told The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. “She loved her children.”
CLAUS VON BULOW
The dashing Dane, who was acquitted in l985 of attempting to murder his still-comatoes ex-wife. Sunny (right), has gotten on with his life. A Londoner for the past 12 years. Von Bülow, 72, writes reviews, travels and sees daughter Cosima and grandson Nicolas. “I’ll never move back to the U.S.,” he says.
She has not run a race since April 1980, when Boston Marathon officials stripped away her winner’s title after concluding that she hadn’t run the entire course. Later her name was removed from the list of 1979 New York Marathon finishers after she was allegedly seen riding the subway for part of that race. Nonetheless, Rosie Vivas (the new last name comes from a brief marriage) still claims, “I ran both marathons, the entire 26.2 miles.” Now an account manager at a medical lab in South Florida, Vivas, 45, has taken up photography. “I like to take action shots at sports events,” she says. She doesn’t want to be counted out of the race: “I want to run the Boston Marathon again in 2000.”
As inmate 81-G-98 at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, N.Y., the former girls’ school headmistress tutored incarcerated women and their kids. Granted clemency in 1992 for the 1980 murder of her unfaithful lover, Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower, Harris, 75, now plans to move to Connecticut to be nearer to her sons. But her thoughts are never far from the prison: “My life is dedicated to raising money for the children of women imprisoned at Bedford Hills,” she says.
Last fall the Hollywood madam, 33, who provided hookers to celebs, left a halfway house where men reportedly hit on her, in order to serve out her six months back at the Dublin Federal Corrections Institution near San Francisco. Next she wants to write a book and do “something on the Internet,” says her pal, stylist Donn Stuart.
The vigilante who in 1984 became infamous for shooting four intimidating teens on Manhattan’s IRT subway way wants to become the next mayor of New York City. “I think I would be a realistic alternative,” says the self-employed electrical engineer, 51, now mostly supported by a wealthy sister. Goetz, who served eight months in prison on a weapons charge but was acquitted of ‘ attempted murder, wants to end circumcisions, encourage vegetarianism and—no surprise—make more use of the state’s death penalty.