Thursday, January 27, 2005


By Stockton

Ever since Bob Vila and This Old House, the do-it-yourself craze has been sweeping the nation. People renovate their own homes, sell their own homes and managing their own stock portfolios. Now, the Do-It-Yourself craze has gone to the next level:

Nevada Man Castrates Himself to Lower Libido
Thu Jan 20, 2005

RENO, Nev. - A 50-year-old Reno man who was hospitalized after he castrated himself told police he learned of the procedure on the Internet and did so to lower his libido. The man, whose name was not released, called 911 at about 1:30 a.m. Monday and asked for help because he could not stop the bleeding from a self-castration operation, police said.

Reno police and medics responded to the man's home and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

"The man obviously needs some sort of counseling," Reno police Lt. Ron Donnelly told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

"It's not as easy as it looks," cautions Leonard McBall, author of 'Castration for Dummies'. It takes a real steady hand. It's not for everybody. That 50-year old Nevada man was very lucky."
Lieutenant Donnelly, for privacy reasons, refused to release the name of the man. "It would be a real breach of confidentiality if I said anything more than the self-castrator was a 50-year old man that lives in Alvarado Street, Reno, Nevada. His first name rhymes Barlie and his last name rhymes with Ilson or that he works at the cutlery store on Chester Street. That would be wrong of me."

The 50-year old man declined comment except to say, "It's one less place I have to scratch."

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