Wannabe Cases

Wannabes, people who want to become an amputee by wish. This page contains all kind of different cases and information about wannabes.

 

First of all: The famous case - George Boyer:


WANNABE ARTICLES - CASES

Some articles about the case of dr. John Brown from San Diego,
and the wannabe Philip Bondy who died from gangrene after the 'illegal' amputation

John Bondy & Philip Brown (1 & 2)


Articles about the Case John Bondy - Philip Brown (1)
A surgeon that performed an amputation on a wannabe. The wannabe died from gangrene.



Daily News (New York)

October 10, 1999, Sunday

SECTION: News; Pg. 16

LENGTH: 854 words

HEADLINE: SEVEN DAYS THE LAST WORD ON LAST YEAR

BYLINE: BY DAVID NOONAN

BODY:
QUACK, QUACK, QUACK

A trio of horror stories gave new meaning to the term "bad medicine." In San
Diego, a former doctor, John Brown, faced life in prison after being convicted
of murdering a man who died of gangrene after paying $ 10,000 to have one of his
healthy legs amputated. The dead man, Philip Bondy, 79, had a rare fetish known
as apotemnophilia u the desire to have a limb removed. Brown, 77, lost his
medical license in 1977 after botching three sex-change operations he performed
in garages and hotels. In Miami, police searched for Reinaldo Silvestre, 58, who
pretended to be a plastic surgeon and operated on an unknown number of patients
using animal anesthetic. In one case, Silvestre gave women's breast implants to
a male bodybuilder. And in Brazil, authorities considered pressing charges
against Dr. Alberto Rondon for marring more than 140 patients over the past 15
years while performing plastic surgery without the necessary training.

The Sunday Star-Times (Auckland)

October 10, 1999

SECTION: FEATURES; OPINION; Pg. 52; First Person; A

LENGTH: 338 words

HEADLINE: How to get your rocks or legs off

BYLINE: POTTER Tony

BODY:
RONALD REAGAN'S most notable movie line comes from King's Row, a 1941
offering, in which he portrays an army veteran who, upon waking up in hospital
to find both his legs have been amputated, famously inquires: "Where's the rest
of me?"
This was a line, sadly, that may well have been echoed by thousands of
soldiers, sailors and airmen during World War II, but Reagan was so enamoured of
it, he titled his 1965 autobiography: Where's the Rest of Me?

The Reagan question came to mind when it was reported last week that a
77-year-old former doctor was convicted of murder for fatally botching the
surgery of a New York man who wanted his healthy leg amputated to satisfy a
bizarre fetish.

Amazing -- but even more amazing is the fact the medical profession has come
up with a name for it. Achieving sexual gratification from limb removal is known
as "apotemnophilia". Whether the bloke who paid the struck off doc $ 20,000 for
the job got much sexual gratification is doubtful since he died two days later.

It raises the question though, of the lengths people will go to "get their
rocks off", as it were.

A few years ago someone told me driving racing cars was the best fun you
could have without removing one's clothes.

Since I reckoned being driven should be close to the thrill, I volunteered to
go for a spin with Jim Richards, the Kiwi racer who once called the petrolheads
of Bathurst "a bunch of wankers".

Before the event, I was warned to wear rubber pants, but they wouldn't have
done any good. Jim scared the pants off me, as it was.

It was the motor racing equivalent, I guess, of those ghastly and
increasingly scary rides they are putting into fun fairs these days. People must
get a . . . shall we say, buzz out of it?

But having a limb cut off? Call me a queasy wimp, but it's a good job there
are estimated to be only 200 apotemnophiliacs in the world. Once you start
lopping a limb off, there's no telling where it will all end. PAGE 5
The Sunday Star-Times (Auckland) October 10, 1999

There, that should pay the dominatrix's bill . . .

Daily Record

October 7, 1999, Thursday

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 19

LENGTH: 388 words

HEADLINE: DOCTOR CUTS OFF LEG TO SATISFY PATIENT'S FETISH;
BIZARRE TRAGEDY: CRAVING COST VICTIM HIS LIFE

BYLINE: Jamie Macaskill

BODY:
A SURGEON faces life in jail for murdering a man who died after his leg was
amputated to satisfy a sex craving.

John Brown, 77, was found guilty of chopping off Philip Bondy's leg after he
paid him pounds 6000 to carry out the amputation.

During a two-week trial, a jury heard Bondy, 79, had a fetish known as
apotemnophilia - the sexual gratification from the removal of a limb.

He eventually contacted Brown as a last resort to satisfy his sexual
craving.

Brown, a failed sex change surgeon who had been struck off, agreed to carry
out the surgery and operated in May last year.

Stacy Running, prosecuting, said Brown "just chopped off" Bondy's leg below
the knee and then dumped him at a hotel to recuperate alone.

Brown then buried the leg to hide the evidence from clinic inspectors.

Bondy called Brown the next day, complaining that he was bleeding and oozing
from the stump.

Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the leg and suggested Bondy take more
pain killers.

Brown did not perform a pre-operative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, and was a risky candidate for
surgery, the court heard.

Psychologist Gregg Furth told how he and Bondy contacted Brown to fulfil
lifelong desires to amputate their legs.

Furth changed his mind after seeing a doctor who was to assist in the
surgery walk into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Furth said New Yorker Bondy travelled to San Diego in California for his
surgery which was carried out in Mexico.

The next morning, Furth said he found his friend dead in his motel bed back
in San Diego.

Police found receipts in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments
of pounds 3000 in cash.

The court in San Diego also heard Brown's medical licence had been revoked
in 1977 after three patients nearly died from sex-change operations he performed
in places including a garage and a hotel.

He also served three years in prison after performing surgery to shift a
man's hairline during a sex-change operation.

The defence argued Brown was guilty only of providing "help for the weirdos"
because traditional doctors wouldn't.

But yesterday after a day of deliberations, the jury found Brown guilty of
second degree murder and sentencing was set for November 3.

Daily Record

October 7, 1999, Thursday

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 19

LENGTH: 217 words

HEADLINE: TRUE DESIRE OF THE PERVERT DEVOTEES

BYLINE: Vicki Hill

BODY:
EXPERTS say that apotemnophilia is rare but a medically recognised sexual
fetish.

It appeals mainly to men who develop erotic fantasies about severed limbs or
fingers.

It's seen as an extreme form of masochism and some say the apotemn-ophile
who cuts off his leg is merely settling for a less painful alternative to his
real desire - which is to remove his own genitals.

The fact that the fetish is so horrifying to outsiders is also probably part
of the attraction.

The wierdos get turned on by being socially unacceptable and are proud of
their stunted appearance.

They may show off their severed limb by arranging their clothes to show off
the stump to best advantage.

Some "devotees" as they are known are so desperate to lose a limb they'll
fake an accident or cut into themselves, hoping the hospital will finish off the
job.

Sociologists say it also seems to be linked with lack of self-confidence and
under-achievment.

It also may act as an excuse for lack of success in work, within
relationships - and with sex.

There is evidence devotees find the shape and form of a stump attractive and
may have to use photos of other amputees to get sexually aroused.

Devotees often prefer to be looked after or cared for by an able bodied
person, even controlled.


The Guardian (London)

October 7, 1999

SECTION: Guardian Foreign Pages; Pg. 15

LENGTH: 253 words

HEADLINE: Ex-doctor faces life for botched fetish amputation

BYLINE: Michael Ellison in New York

BODY:
Michael Ellison in New York

Philip Bondy's devotion to apotemnophilia, a sexual fetish he shared with a
handful of people in the world, cost him his life. The 79-year-old New Yorker
died of gangrene after he had his healthy right leg amputated below the knee.

Bondy paid a former doctor, John Brown, pounds 6,250 to cut off his leg.
Apotemnophiliacs get sexual gratification from the removal of limbs. But the
operation went wrong and two days later Bondy died in a San Diego hotel room.

Brown, 77, has been found guilty of second-degree murder and faces a life
sentence. He is to be sentenced next month.

He lost his medical licence in 1977 after three patients almost died from
sex -change operations he performed in a garage and a hotel. He was sent to jail
in 1989 after another botched sex-change operation.

His lawyer told Brown's latest trial, at San Diego superior court, that his
client had never intended to kill. 'No help for the weirdos,' Sheldon Sherman
said. 'That's the problem. Not John Brown. Not his surgical techniques. Their
problem is there's no help for the weirdos except for somebody like John Brown.'

Mr Sherman said Brown had spent decades helping those on the fringes of
society. 'He took a segment of society no one cared about. No one else would
deal with transsexuals. Did he do this for money? No. He did it because he
cared.'

But the prosecutor, Stacy Running, said: 'Phil Bondy is dead because John
Brown cared? He doesn't care, he takes advantage.'

AP Online

October 06, 1999; Wednesday 07:07 Eastern Time

SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, general news item

LENGTH: 329 words

HEADLINE: Sex-Change Doctor Guilty of Murder

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
A 77-year-old former doctor has been convicted of murder for fatally
botching the surgery of a New York man who wanted his healthy leg amputated to
satisfy a bizarre fetish.

The jury reached the verdict Tuesday after a day of deliberations in the case
of unlicensed surgeon John Ronald Brown, who could face life imprisonment for
second-degree murder. Sentencing was set for Nov. 3.

Brown amputated the leg of Philip Bondy, who paid Brown $10,000 for the
operation in May 1998. Bondy, 79, died of gangrene poisoning in a suburban San
Diego hotel two days after the operation.

Brown's attorney, Sheldon Sherman, had argued his client never had the intent
to kill. Sherman said the verdict would be appealed on grounds California had no
jurisdiction because the amputation was performed in Tijuana, Mexico.

Prosecutor Stacy Running said Brown ''just chopped off'' Bondy's leg below
the knee and then left him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he buried the
leg in the desert to hide the evidence from Mexican clinic inspectors.

Bondy called Brown the next day, complaining that he was bleeding and oozing
from the stump, Running said. Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the leg and
suggested Bondy take more pain medications.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown to fulfill lifelong desires to amputate their legs.

They had a rare fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting sexual gratification
from limb removal. Only 200 people worldwide are known to suffer the fetish.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, the prosecutor said. Coupled with
Bondy's age, he was a risky candidate for surgery, she added.

Brown, who lost his medical license in 1977, was convicted in 1989 in San
Francisco for an unsuccessful scalp surgery to shift the hairline of a man
during a sex-change operation. PAGE 11

October 6, 1999, Wednesday, PM cycle

SECTION: Domestic News

LENGTH: 326 words

HEADLINE: Sex-change practitioner convicted of murder in botched amputation

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
A 77-year-old former doctor has been convicted of murder for fatally
botching the surgery of a New York man who wanted his healthy leg amputated to
satisfy a bizarre fetish.

The jury reached the verdict Tuesday after a day of deliberations in the case
of unlicensed surgeon John Ronald Brown, who could face life imprisonment for
second-degree murder. Sentencing was set for Nov. 3.

Brown amputated the leg of Philip Bondy, who paid Brown $ 10,000 for the
operation in May 1998. Bondy, 79, died of gangrene poisoning in a suburban San
Diego hotel two days after the operation.

Brown's attorney, Sheldon Sherman, had argued his client never had the intent
to kill. Sherman said the verdict would be appealed on grounds California had no
jurisdiction because the amputation was performed in Tijuana, Mexico.

Prosecutor Stacy Running said Brown "just chopped off" Bondy's leg below the
knee and then left him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he buried the leg in
the desert to hide the evidence from Mexican clinic inspectors.

Bondy called Brown the next day, complaining that he was bleeding and oozing
from the stump, Running said. Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the leg and
suggested Bondy take more pain medications.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown to fulfill lifelong desires to amputate their legs.

They had a rare fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting sexual gratification
from limb removal. Only 200 people worldwide are known to suffer the fetish.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, the prosecutor said. Coupled with
Bondy's age, he was a risky candidate for surgery, she added.

Brown, who lost his medical license in 1977, was convicted in 1989 in San
Francisco for an unsuccessful scalp surgery to shift the hairline of a man PAGE 13
The Associated Press, October 6, 1999

during a sex-change operation.


The Associated Press State & Local Wire


October 6, 1999, Wednesday, PM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 421 words

HEADLINE: Sex-change practitioner convicted of murder in botched amputation

BYLINE: AP File Photo

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
An unlicensed sex-change surgeon was convicted of second-degree murder
following the death of an elderly patient who had a healthy leg amputated to
satisfy a sexual fetish.

The jury reached the verdict Tuesday after a day of deliberations in the case
of unlicensed surgeon John Ronald Brown, 77.

Sentencing was set for Nov. 3.

Brown faces a mandatory prison term of 15 years to life for the murder
conviction. Jurors also convicted Brown of practicing medicine without a license
and causing great bodily harm to an elderly person. Superior Court Judge Bernard
Revak could add another 15 years for the other two convictions.

Brown's attorney, Sheldon Sherman, argued his client never had the intent to
kill. Sherman said the verdict would be appealed on grounds California had no
jurisdiction because the amputation was performed in Tijuana, Mexico.

Brown amputated the leg of Philip Bondy. Bondy paid Brown $ 10,000 for the
May 1998 operation. The 79-year-old New Yorker died of gangrene poisoning while
recuperating in a suburban San Diego hotel two days after the surgery.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown as a last resort to fulfill lifelong desires to
amputate their legs. They had a fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting sexual
gratification from limb removal. Only 200 people worldwide are known to have it.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but changed his mind,
in part, because he saw Brown's surgery assistant carrying a butcher knife.

Prosecutor Stacy Running said Brown "just chopped off" Bondy's leg below the
knee and then left him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he buried the leg in
the desert to hide the evidence from Mexican clinic inspectors.

Bondy called Brown the next day reporting bleeding from the stump. Brown
rewrapped the leg and suggested Bondy take more pain medications. PAGE 15
The Associated Press State & Local Wire, October 6, 1999

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, the prosecutor said. Coupled with
Bondy's age, he was a risky candidate for surgery, she added.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 due to shoddy sex-change surgery.

He was convicted in San Francisco in 1989 for an unsuccessful scalp surgery
to shift the hairline of a man during a sex-change operation. Brown served three
years in prison, then moved to San Ysidro to start an illegal medical practice.

He conducted business at his home and across the border at Tijuana clinics.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

LOAD-DATE: October 6, 1999 PAGE 16
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The Associated Press State & Local Wire


October 6, 1999, Wednesday, PM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 408 words

HEADLINE: Sex-change practitioner convicted of murder in botched amputation

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
Jurors convicted an unlicensed sex-change surgeon of second-degree murder in
the death of an elderly New York City man who had a healthy leg amputated to
satisfy a rare sexual fetish.

The jury reached the verdict Tuesday after a day of deliberations in the case
of unlicensed surgeon John Ronald Brown, 77.

Sentencing was set for Nov. 3. Brown faces a mandatory prison term of 15
years to life.

Jurors also convicted Brown of practicing medicine without a license and
causing great bodily harm to an elderly person. Superior Court Judge Bernard
Revak may add another 15 years for the other two convictions.

Brown's attorney, Sheldon Sherman, had argued his client never had the intent
to kill. Sherman said the verdict would be appealed on grounds California had no
jurisdiction because the amputation was performed in Tijuana, Mexico.

Brown amputated the leg of Philip Bondy, who paid $ 10,000 for the May 1998
operation.

Bondy, 79, died of gangrene poisoning while recuperating in a suburban San
Diego hotel two days after the surgery.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown as a last resort to fulfill lifelong desires to
amputate their legs. They had a rare fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting
sexual gratification from limb removal. Only 200 people worldwide are known to
have it.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but changed his mind
after seeing Brown's surgery assistant carrying a butcher knife.

Prosecutor Stacy Running said Brown "just chopped off" Bondy's leg below the
knee and then left him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he buried the leg in
the desert to hide the evidence from Mexican clinic inspectors. PAGE 17
The Associated Press State & Local Wire, October 6, 1999

Bondy called Brown the next day reporting bleeding from the stump. Brown
rewrapped the leg and suggested Bondy take more pain medications.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination, which would have revealed
Bondy had pneumonia and past heart operations, making him a risky candidate for
surgery, the prosecutor said.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 due to shoddy sex-change surgery. He
was convicted in San Francisco in 1989 for an unsuccessful scalp surgery to
shift the hairline of a man during a sex-change operation.

He served three years in prison, then moved to San Ysidro to start an illegal
medical practice. He conducted business at his home and across the border at
Tijuana clinics.

The San Diego Union-Tribune


October 6, 1999, Wednesday

SECTION: LOCAL Pg. B-1:7,8; B-3:1; B-2:2,3

LENGTH: 393 words

HEADLINE: Ex-doctor found guilty of murder of leg amputee

SOURCE: STAFF WRITER

BYLINE: J. Harry Jones

BODY:
A former doctor who fulfilled a New York man's fetish by cutting off a
healthy leg was found guilty of second-degree murder yesterday by a San Diego
Superior Court jury emotionally drained by the bizarre trial.

The panel convicted John Ronald Brown in the death of Philip Bondy, 79, who
came to San Diego to have Brown perform an operation in a Tijuana clinic from
which Bondy never recovered.

Bondy paid Brown, whose license to practice medicine was revoked in 1977 for
negligence, $10,000 to remove his left leg above the knee May 9, 1998. Brown
then drove Bondy to a National City hotel to recuperate.

Bondy died two days later from gangrene poisoning.

Defense attorney Sheldon Sherman said the verdict "is a death sentence" for
Brown. Sherman had argued that his client never had the intent to kill and
therefore should not be convicted.

The 77-year-old Brown appeared frail throughout the two-week trial. He
showed no emotion when the verdict was read.

Brown was also found guilty of practicing medicine without a license and
causing great bodily harm on an elderly person.

He faces a mandatory prison term of 15 years to life for the murder
conviction at a sentencing scheduled for Nov. 3. The judge will have the option
of adding 15 years for the convictions for practicing without a license and
other similar crimes admitted by Brown before the trial.

Those other convictions dealt with botched operations he performed on seven
transsexuals, two of whom testified during the trial.

Judge Bernard Revak acknowledged the strange nature of the charges in
thanking the jury.

"Obviously this was a very different and unusual case," he said. PAGE 19
The San Diego Union-Tribune, October 6, 1999

The jury forewoman agreed, saying after the verdict that this was the first
time any of the panel had been confronted with the amputee fetish.

"We're drained," she said.

The fetish is known medically as apotemnophilia, and experts said it is
shared by only about 200 people worldwide.

Prosecutor Stacy Running, who described Brown to jurors as "a butcher" who
takes advantage of desperate people, said she was pleased with the verdict.

"I didn't have any doubts he was guilty," she said. "I'm glad the jury
agreed."

Sherman said the verdict will be appealed, primarily on the grounds that the
state had no jurisdiction because the amputation was performed in Mexico.


Copyright 1999 Associated Press
AP Online

October 05, 1999; Tuesday 22:20 Eastern Time

SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, general news item

LENGTH: 404 words

HEADLINE: Sex-Change Doctor Guilty of Murder

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
A doctor whose license was suspended 22 years ago for performing shoddy
sex-change operations was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday in the death
of a man who had a healthy leg amputated to satisfy a sexual fetish.

John Ronald Brown could face life imprisonment. Sentencing was set for Nov.
3.

Brown, 77, amputated the leg of Philip Bondy, a New York man who paid Brown
$10,000 for the operation in May 1998. Bondy, 79, died of gangrene poisoning in
a suburban San Diego hotel two days after the operation.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown as a last resort to fulfill lifelong desires to
amputate their legs. They shared a fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting
sexual gratification from the removal of a limb.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but changed his mind,
in part, because he saw a Mexican doctor who was to assist in the surgery walk
into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Defense attorney Sheldon Sherman argued that Brown was guilty only of
operating on the fringe and providing ''help for the weirdos'' because
traditional doctors wouldn't.

''No one would deal with these transsexuals. They are a cancer and a plague
on society. We don't want to deal with them. John Brown was willing to deal with
them,'' Sherman said.

But prosecutor Stacy Running said Brown ''just chopped off'' Bondy's leg
below the knee and then dumped him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he
buried the leg in the desert to hide the evidence from Mexican clinic
inspectors.

Bondy called Brown the next day, complaining that he was bleeding and oozing
from the stump, Running said. Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the leg and
suggested Bondy take more pain medications.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, Running said. Coupled with Bondy's
age, he was a risky candidate for surgery, she said.

Brown, who lost his medical license in 1977, was convicted in 1989 in San
Francisco for an unsuccessful scalp surgery to shift the hairline of a man
during a sex-change operation. Brown served three years and then moved to San
Ysidro at the U.S.-Mexico border to start his underground medical practice
again.

He conducted business from his home and operated at clinics in Tijuana,
Mexico, Running said.

The Associated Press


October 5, 1999, Tuesday, AM cycle

SECTION: Domestic News

LENGTH: 406 words

HEADLINE: Sex-change doctor found guilty of second-degree murder in patient's
death

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
A doctor whose license was suspended 22 years ago for performing shoddy
sex-change operations was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday in the death
of a man who had a healthy leg amputated to satisfy a sexual fetish.

John Ronald Brown could face life imprisonment. Sentencing was set for Nov.
3.

Brown, 77, amputated the leg of Philip Bondy, a New York man who paid Brown $
10,000 for the operation in May 1998. Bondy, 79, died of gangrene poisoning in a
suburban San Diego hotel two days after the operation.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown as a last resort to fulfill lifelong desires to
amputate their legs. They shared a fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting
sexual gratification from the removal of a limb.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but changed his mind,
in part, because he saw a Mexican doctor who was to assist in the surgery walk
into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Defense attorney Sheldon Sherman argued that Brown was guilty only of
operating on the fringe and providing "help for the weirdos" because traditional
doctors wouldn't.

"No one would deal with these transsexuals. They are a cancer and a plague on
society. We don't want to deal with them. John Brown was willing to deal with
them," Sherman said.

But prosecutor Stacy Running said Brown "just chopped off" Bondy's leg below
the knee and then dumped him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he buried the
leg in the desert to hide the evidence from Mexican clinic inspectors.

Bondy called Brown the next day, complaining that he was bleeding and oozing
from the stump, Running said. Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the leg and
suggested Bondy take more pain medications.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, Running said. Coupled with Bondy's
age, he was a risky candidate for surgery, she said.

Brown, who lost his medical license in 1977, was convicted in 1989 in San
Francisco for an unsuccessful scalp surgery to shift the hairline of a man
during a sex-change operation. Brown served three years and then moved to San
Ysidro at the U.S.-Mexico border to start his underground medical practice
again.

He conducted business from his home and operated at clinics in Tijuana,
Mexico, Running said. SAN DIEGO, CA, USA (56%);

The Associated Press State & Local Wire


October 5, 1999, Tuesday, PM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 686 words

HEADLINE: Jury deliberations begin in murder trial for former sex-change doctor

BYLINE: AP File Photo, By MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
A doctor whose license was suspended 20 years ago but continued to perform
sex-change operations was an opportunist who took advantage of society's
outcasts and didn't care if they lived or died, a prosecutor said Monday.

But defense attorney Sheldon Sherman said John Ronald Brown is guilty only of
operating on the fringe and providing "help for the weirdos" because traditional
doctors wouldn't.

Brown, 77, is charged with second-degree murder in the May 1998 death of
Philip Bondy, an elderly New York man who paid Brown $ 10,000 to amputate his
healthy leg to satisfy a sexual fetish. He died of gangrene poisoning in a
suburban San Diego hotel two days after the operation.

If convicted, Brown faces life imprisonment. Jury deliberations continue
today.

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutor Stacy Running portrayed Brown as a
callous man who operated in Third World conditions in an attempt to skirt the
law.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 because of shoddy sex-change
operations. He continued to travel the country, providing videos of his
surgeries and giving seminars to prospective patients, many of whom could not
receive sex changes at legitimate hospitals, Running said.

Brown was convicted in 1989 in San Francisco for an unsuccessful scalp
surgery to shift the hairline of a man during a sex change operation. Brown
served three years and then moved to San Ysidro at the U.S.-Mexico border to
start his underground medical practice again. He conducted business from his
home and operated at clinics in Tijuana, Mexico, Running said.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown as a last resort to fulfill lifelong desires to
amputate their legs. They shared a fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting
sexual gratification from the removal of a limb. Furth said there are only about
200 people in the world living with this fetish.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but changed his mind,
in part, because he saw a Mexican doctor who was to assist in the surgery walk
into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

He said Bondy, 79, was determined to go through with his surgery and went to
San Diego two weeks later. He used the $ 5,000 Furth had given Brown as a down
payment on the surgery.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, Running said. Coupled with Bondy's
age, he was a risky candidate for surgery, she said.

"But Mr. Brown had his money," she said. "He didn't care. He just didn't
care."

She said Brown "just chopped off" Bondy's leg below the knee and then dumped
him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he buried the leg in the desert to hide
the evidence from Mexican clinic inspectors.

"You wouldn't treat a dog like that, let alone a human being," she said.

Bondy called Brown the next day, complaining that he was bleeding and oozing
from the stump, Running said. Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the leg and
suggested Bondy take more pain medications.

Furth flew to San Diego two days after the surgery to accompany Bondy back to
New York. He said Bondy's leg was bandaged and he noticed no complications, but
then found him dead in his hotel bed the next morning before leaving town.

Furth had promised Bondy that if anything went wrong, he would tell
authorities that Bondy had been in a car accident. However, police found
receipts in Bondy's room showing he gave Brown two cash payments. Furth later
told the truth and, in exchange for his testimony, he was granted immunity.

The white-haired Brown stared at jurors and fidgeted with a paper clip while
Running was making her closing arguments. He nodded in agreement several times
when his attorney was passionately declaring that Brown successfully performed
more than 500 sex-related surgeries because he cared about a disenfranchised
population.

"No one would deal with these transsexuals. They are a cancer and a plague on
society. We don't want to deal with them. John Brown was willing to deal with
them," Sherman said.

The Associated Press State & Local Wire


October 5, 1999, Tuesday, PM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 695 words

HEADLINE: Jury deliberations begin in murder trial for former sex-change doctor

BYLINE: By MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
A doctor whose license was suspended 20 years ago but who continued to
perform sex-change operations and cut off a New York City man's healthy leg was
an opportunist who took advantage of society's outcasts and didn't care if they
lived or died, a prosecutor said.

But defense attorney Sheldon Sherman said John Ronald Brown is guilty only of
operating on the fringe and providing "help for the weirdos" because traditional
doctors wouldn't.

Brown, 77, is charged with second-degree murder in the May 1998 death of
Philip Bondy, an elderly New York City man who paid Brown $ 10,000 to amputate
his healthy leg to satisfy a sexual fetish. Bondy died of gangrene poisoning in
a suburban San Diego hotel two days after the operation.

If convicted, Brown faces life imprisonment. Jury deliberations continue
today.

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutor Stacy Running portrayed Brown as a
callous man who operated in Third World conditions in an attempt to skirt the
law.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 because of shoddy sex-change
operations. He continued to travel the country, providing videos of his
operations and giving seminars to prospective patients, many of whom could not
receive sex changes at legitimate hospitals, the prosecutor said.

Brown was convicted in 1989 in San Francisco for an unsuccessful scalp
surgery to shift the hairline of a man during a sex-change operation. Brown
served three years and then moved to San Ysidro, at the U.S.-Mexico border, to
start his underground medical practice again. He conducted business from his
home and operated at clinics in Tijuana, Mexico, the prosecutor said.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown as a last resort to fulfill lifelong desires to
amputate their legs. They shared a fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting
sexual gratification from the removal of a limb. Furth said there are only
about 200 people in the world living with this fetish.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but changed his mind
after seeing a Mexican doctor who was to assist in the surgery walk into the
clinic carrying a butcher knife.

He said Bondy, 79, was determined to go through with his surgery and went to
San Diego two weeks later. He used the $ 5,000 Furth had given Brown as a down
payment on the surgery.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, making Bondy a risky candidate for
surgery, the prosecutor said.

"But Mr. Brown had his money," the prosecutor said. "He didn't care. He just
didn't care."

She said Brown "just chopped off" Bondy's leg below the knee and then dumped
him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he buried the leg in the desert to hide
the evidence from Mexican clinic inspectors.

"You wouldn't treat a dog like that, let alone a human being," she said.

Bondy called Brown the next day, complaining that he was bleeding and oozing
from the stump, the prosecutor said. Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the
leg and suggested Bondy take more pain medication.

Furth flew to San Diego two days after the surgery to accompany Bondy back to
New York. He said Bondy's leg was bandaged and he noticed no complications but
then found him dead in his hotel bed the next morning before leaving town.

Furth had promised Bondy that if anything went wrong, he would tell
authorities that Bondy had been in a car accident. However, police found
receipts in Bondy's room showing he gave Brown two cash payments. Furth later
told the truth and, in exchange for his testimony, was granted immunity.

Brown stared at jurors and fidgeted with a paper clip while the prosecutor
was making her closing arguments. He nodded in agreement several times when his
attorney was passionately declaring that Brown successfully performed more than
500 sex-related surgeries because he cared about a disenfranchised population.

"No one would deal with these transsexuals. They are a cancer and a plague on
society. We don't want to deal with them. John Brown was willing to deal with
them," the defense attorney said.

The Associated Press State & Local Wire


October 5, 1999, Tuesday, AM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 426 words

HEADLINE: Sex-change doctor found guilty of second-degree murder in patient's
death

BYLINE: AP File Photo

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
A sex-change doctor who continued to operate after his license was suspended
20 years ago was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder in the death of a
patient who had a healthy leg amputated to satisfy a sexual fetish.

The jury reached the verdict late Tuesday after a day of deliberations in the
case of John Ronald Brown, 77, who could face life imprisonment for the crime.
Sentencing was set for Nov. 3.

Brown amputated the leg of Philip Bondy, an elderly New York man who paid
Brown $ 10,000 for the operation, in May 1998. Bondy, 79, died of gangrene
poisoning in a suburban San Diego hotel two days after the operation.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown as a last resort to fulfill lifelong desires to
amputate their legs. They shared a fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting
sexual gratification from the removal of a limb.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but changed his mind,
in part, because he saw a Mexican doctor who was to assist in the surgery walk
into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Prosecutor Stacy Running said Brown "just chopped off" Bondy's leg below the
knee and then dumped him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he buried the leg
in the desert to hide the evidence from Mexican clinic inspectors.

Bondy called Brown the next day, complaining that he was bleeding and oozing
from the stump, Running said. Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the leg and
suggested Bondy take more pain medications.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, Running said. Coupled with Bondy's
age, he was a risky candidate for surgery, she said.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 because of shoddy sex-change
operations.

Brown was convicted in 1989 in San Francisco for an unsuccessful scalp
surgery to shift the hairline of a man during a sex-change operation. Brown
served three years and then moved to San Ysidro at the U.S.-Mexico border to
start his underground medical practice again.

He conducted business from his home and operated at clinics in Tijuana,
Mexico, Running said.

Defense attorney Sheldon Sherman argued that Brown was guilty only of
operating on the fringe and providing "help for the weirdos" because traditional
doctors wouldn't.

"No one would deal with these transsexuals. They are a cancer and a plague on
society. We don't want to deal with them. John Brown was willing to deal with
them," Sherman said.

The Associated Press State & Local Wire


October 5, 1999, Tuesday, AM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 426 words

HEADLINE: Sex-change doctor found guilty of second-degree murder in patient's
death

BYLINE: AP File Photo

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
A sex-change doctor who continued to operate after his license was suspended
20 years ago was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder in the death of a
patient who had a healthy leg amputated to satisfy a sexual fetish.

The jury reached the verdict late Tuesday after a day of deliberations in the
case of John Ronald Brown, 77, who could face life imprisonment for the crime.
Sentencing was set for Nov. 3.

Brown amputated the leg of Philip Bondy, an elderly New York man who paid
Brown $ 10,000 for the operation, in May 1998. Bondy, 79, died of gangrene
poisoning in a suburban San Diego hotel two days after the operation.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown as a last resort to fulfill lifelong desires to
amputate their legs. They shared a fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting
sexual gratification from the removal of a limb.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but changed his mind,
in part, because he saw a Mexican doctor who was to assist in the surgery walk
into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Prosecutor Stacy Running said Brown "just chopped off" Bondy's leg below the
knee and then dumped him at a hotel to recuperate alone while he buried the leg
in the desert to hide the evidence from Mexican clinic inspectors.

Bondy called Brown the next day, complaining that he was bleeding and oozing
from the stump, Running said. Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the leg and
suggested Bondy take more pain medications.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, Running said. Coupled with Bondy's
age, he was a risky candidate for surgery, she said.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 because of shoddy sex-change
operations.

Brown was convicted in 1989 in San Francisco for an unsuccessful scalp
surgery to shift the hairline of a man during a sex-change operation. Brown
served three years and then moved to San Ysidro at the U.S.-Mexico border to
start his underground medical practice again.

He conducted business from his home and operated at clinics in Tijuana,
Mexico, Running said.

Defense attorney Sheldon Sherman argued that Brown was guilty only of
operating on the fringe and providing "help for the weirdos" because traditional
doctors wouldn't.

"No one would deal with these transsexuals. They are a cancer and a plague on
society. We don't want to deal with them. John Brown was willing to deal with
them," Sherman said.

The Associated Press State & Local Wire


October 4, 1999, Monday, AM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 706 words

HEADLINE: Closing arguments given in murder trial for former sex-change doctor

BYLINE: AP File Photo, By MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
A doctor who performed illegal sex-change operations made money off
society's outcasts and had a callous disregard for his patients, a prosecutor
said in closing arguments Monday at the doctor's murder trial for the death of a
patient.

Defense attorney Sheldon Sherman countered that John Ronald Brown, a
77-year-old doctor who practiced medicine for 20 years after his California
license was revoked, is guilty only of operating on the fringe and providing
"help for the weirdoes" because traditional doctors wouldn't.

Brown, 77, is charged with second-degree murder in the May 1998 death of
Philip Bondy, an elderly New York man who paid Brown $ 10,000 to get his healthy
leg amputated to satisfy a sexual fetish. He died of gangrene poisoning in a
suburban San Diego hotel two days after the operation.

If convicted, Brown faces life imprisonment. Jury deliberations continue
Tuesday.

Prosecutor Stacy Running portrayed Brown as a callous man who operated in
Third World conditions in an attempt to skirt the law, performed surgical
experiments on "society's outcasts" and profited from the desperation of his
patients.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 because of shoddy sex-change
operations. He continued to travel the country, providing videos of his
surgeries and giving seminars to prospective patients, many of whom could not
receive sex changes at legitimate hospitals, Running said.

Brown was convicted in 1989 in San Francisco for an unsuccessful scalp
surgery to shift the hairline of a man during a sex change operation. Brown
served three years and then moved to San Ysidro at the U.S.-Mexico border to
start his underground medical practice again.

Brown conducted business from his home and operated at clinics in Tijuana,
Mexico, Running said.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified during the two-week trial that he
and Bondy contacted Brown as a last resort to fulfill lifelong desires to
amputate their legs. They shared a fetish known as apotemnophilia, getting
sexual gratification from the removal of a limb.

Furth said there are only about 200 people in the world living with this
fetish.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but changed his mind,
in part, because he saw a Mexican doctor who was to assist in the surgery walk
into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

He said Bondy, 79, was determined to go through with the surgery and went to
San Diego to use the $ 5,000 Furth had given Brown as a down payment on his
surgery.

Brown did not perform a preoperative examination on Bondy, which would have
revealed pneumonia and past heart operations, Running said.

He "just chopped off his leg" below the knee with no regard or the skin,
muscle or bone, she said. Brown then took Bondy to the hotel to recuperate alone
and buried the leg in the desert to hide the evidence from Mexican clinic
inspectors.

After Bondy called the next day complaining of bleeding and oozing from the
stump, Running said, Brown returned to the hotel, rewrapped the leg and
suggested Bondy take more pain medications.

Furth flew to San Diego two days after the surgery to accompany Bondy back to
New York. He said Bondy's leg was bandaged and he noticed no complications, but
then found him dead in his hotel bed the next morning before leaving town.

Furth had promised Bondy that if anything went wrong, he would tell
authorities that Bondy had been in a car accident.

However, police found receipts in Bondy's room showing he gave Brown two cash
payments. Furth later told the truth and, in exchange for his testimony, he was
granted immunity.

The white-haired Brown stared at jurors and fidgeted with a paper clip while
Running was making her closing arguments. He nodded in agreement several times
when his attorney was passionately declaring that Brown successfully performed
more than 500 sex-related surgeries because he cared about a disenfranchised
population.

"No one would deal with these transsexuals. They are a cancer and a plague on
society. We don't want to deal with them. John Brown was willing to deal with
them," Sherman said.

He said doctors who make mistakes or who are unclean should be held
accountable, but they should not be convicted of murder.

The Associated Press State & Local Wire, October 4, 1999

Belfast Newsletter
September 30, 1999, Thursday

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 9

LENGTH: 267 words

HEADLINE: LEG REMOVED IN FETISH OP

BODY:
PSYCHOLOGIST Gregg Furth took the witness stand in the murder trial of a
former doctor to admit he has had a lifelong desire to have a limb removed.

Furth said he shared the fetish - known as apotemnophilia - with Philip
Bondy, a 79-year-old New York man who paid Dr John Brown pounds 6,000 to have
one of his healthy legs amputated.

Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died last year in a motel
outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning, two days after Brown performed the
procedure in Tijuana, Mexico.

Furth, from New York, testified in San Diego Supreme Court that he also paid
Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but backed out after seeing a doctor
walk into the clinic carrying a butcher's knife.

Brown, 77, could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of killing
Bondy. He has pleaded not guilty, saying he had no intention of harming Bondy
and didn't show a disregard for his health.

Brown lost his medical licence in 1977 after three patients nearly died from
sex-change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel.

He also served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing
surgery to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation.

Furth said that Bondy travelled to San Diego last summer for his surgery.
Furth flew down to join him and said he noticed no complications.

The next morning, Furth said he found his friend dead in his motel bed.
Police found receipts in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments of
pounds 3,000 in cash: one for the operation, one for recovery care.


Midland Independent Newspapers plc
Birmingham Evening Mail

September 30, 1999, Thursday

SECTION: Pg. 7

LENGTH: 200 words

HEADLINE: PSYCHOLOGIST 'SHARED AMPUTATION FETISH'

BODY:
PSYCHOLOGIST Gregg Furth took the witness stand in the murder trial of a
former doctor to admit he has had a lifelong desire to have a limb removed.

Mr Furth said he shared the fetish - known as apotemnophilia - with Philip
Bondy, a 79-year-old New Yorker who paid Dr John Brown pounds 6,000 to have one
of his healthy legs amputated. Mr Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart
disease, died last year in a motel outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning,
two days after Brown performed the procedure in Tijuana, Mexico. Mr Furth, from
New York, testified in San Diego Supreme Court yesterday that he also paid Brown
to amputate one of his legs last year, but backed out after seeing a doctor walk
into the clinic carrying a butcher's knife.

Brown, 77, could be sentenced to life if he is convicted of killing Bondy.
He has pleaded innocent, saying he had no intention of harming Bondy.

Brown lost his medical licence in 1977 after three patients nearly died from
sex-change operations he performed in a garage and a hotel.

He also served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing
surgery to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation.


LEVEL 1 - 20 OF 44 STORIES

Associated Press
AP Online

September 29, 1999; Wednesday 04:20 Eastern Time

SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, general news item

LENGTH: 417 words

HEADLINE: Murder Trial Opens for Fetish M.D.

BYLINE: MICHELLE WILLIAMS

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:
Gregg Furth took the stand in the murder trial of a former doctor to admit
he has had a lifelong desire to have a limb removed.

Furth said he shared the fetish known as apotemnophilia with Philip Bondy, a
79-year-old New York man who paid John R. Brown $10,000 to have one of his
healthy legs amputated.

Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died last year in a motel
outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning, two days after Brown performed the
procedure in Tijuana, Mexico.

Furth, a New York psychologist, testified Tuesday that he also paid Brown to
amputate one of his legs last year but backed out after seeing a doctor walk
into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Brown, 77, could be sentenced to life in prison if he is convicted of killing
Bondy. He has pleaded innocent, saying he had no intention of harming Bondy and
didn't show a disregard for the man's health.

Testimony was to resume today in San Diego County Superior Court.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 after three patients nearly died from
sex-change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel. He
also served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing surgery
to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation.

Furth said that Bondy traveled to San Diego last summer for his surgery.
Furth flew down to join him and said he noticed no complications.

The next morning, Furth said he found his friend dead in his motel bed.
Police found receipts in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments of
$5,000 in cash: one for the operation, one for recovery care.

Before his trial started last week, Brown pleaded guilty to practicing
medicine without a license relating to seven shoddy sex-change operations or
related treatments.

Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two of those transsexuals could
testify at the trial, allowing prosecutors to present the argument that Brown
practiced medicine with disregard to patients' health.

One of the transsexuals, a Los Angeles woman identified only as Camille,
testified that she nearly died after Bondy attempted to change her gender from
male to female, and then sent her home without proper medication and follow-up
care.

''The pain was literally indescribable and never-ceasing,'' said the woman,
who was hospitalized for several days after the botched surgery because of
complications and infections. ''It was like the process of child birth only
child birth ends. This didn't.''
 

John Bondy & Philip Brown (2)


Articles about the Case John Bondy - Philip Brown (2)
A surgeon that performed an amputation on a wannabe. The wannabe died from gangrene.



 

Associated Press

AP Online

September 29, 1999; Wednesday 04:20 Eastern Time

SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, general news item

LENGTH: 417 words

HEADLINE: Murder Trial Opens for Fetish M.D.

BYLINE: MICHELLE WILLIAMS

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

Gregg Furth took the stand in the murder trial of a former doctor to admit

he has had a lifelong desire to have a limb removed.

Furth said he shared the fetish known as apotemnophilia with Philip Bondy, a

79-year-old New York man who paid John R. Brown $10,000 to have one of his

healthy legs amputated.

Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died last year in a motel

outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning, two days after Brown performed the

procedure in Tijuana, Mexico.

Furth, a New York psychologist, testified Tuesday that he also paid Brown to

amputate one of his legs last year but backed out after seeing a doctor walk

into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Brown, 77, could be sentenced to life in prison if he is convicted of killing

Bondy. He has pleaded innocent, saying he had no intention of harming Bondy and

didn't show a disregard for the man's health.

Testimony was to resume today in San Diego County Superior Court.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 after three patients nearly died from

sex-change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel. He

also served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing surgery

to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation.

Furth said that Bondy traveled to San Diego last summer for his surgery.

Furth flew down to join him and said he noticed no complications.

The next morning, Furth said he found his friend dead in his motel bed.

Police found receipts in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments of

$5,000 in cash: one for the operation, one for recovery care.

Before his trial started last week, Brown pleaded guilty to practicing

medicine without a license relating to seven shoddy sex-change operations or

related treatments.

Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two of those transsexuals could

testify at the trial, allowing prosecutors to present the argument that Brown

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practiced medicine with disregard to patients' health.

One of the transsexuals, a Los Angeles woman identified only as Camille,

testified that she nearly died after Bondy attempted to change her gender from

male to female, and then sent her home without proper medication and follow-up

care.

''The pain was literally indescribable and never-ceasing,'' said the woman,

who was hospitalized for several days after the botched surgery because of

complications and infections. ''It was like the process of child birth only

child birth ends. This didn't.''

The Associated Press

September 29, 1999, Wednesday, PM cycle

SECTION: Domestic News

LENGTH: 415 words

HEADLINE: Murder trial under way for ex-doctor accused of murder

BYLINE: By MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

Gregg Furth took the stand in the murder trial of a former doctor to admit

he has had a lifelong desire to have a limb removed.

Furth said he shared the fetish - known as apotemnophilia - with Philip

Bondy, a 79-year-old New York man who paid John R. Brown $ 10,000 to have one of

his healthy legs amputated.

Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died last year in a motel

outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning, two days after Brown performed the

procedure in Tijuana, Mexico.

Furth, a New York psychologist, testified Tuesday that he also paid Brown to

amputate one of his legs last year but backed out after seeing a doctor walk

into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Brown, 77, could be sentenced to life in prison if he is convicted of killing

Bondy. He has pleaded innocent, saying he had no intention of harming Bondy and

didn't show a disregard for the man's health.

Testimony was to resume today in San Diego County Superior Court.

Brown lost his medical license in 1977 after three patients nearly died from

sex-change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel. He

also served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing surgery

to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation.

Furth said that Bondy traveled to San Diego last summer for his surgery.

Furth flew down to join him and said he noticed no complications.

The next morning, Furth said he found his friend dead in his motel bed.

Police found receipts in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments of $

5,000 in cash: one for the operation, one for recovery care.

Before his trial started last week, Brown pleaded guilty to practicing

medicine without a license relating to seven shoddy sex-change operations or

related treatments.

Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two of those transsexuals could

testify at the trial, allowing prosecutors to present the argument that Brown

practiced medicine with disregard to patients' health.

One of the transsexuals, a Los Angeles woman identified only as Camille,

testified that she nearly died after Bondy attempted to change her gender from

male to female, and then sent her home without proper medication and follow-up

care.

"The pain was literally indescribable and never-ceasing," said the woman, who

was hospitalized for several days after the botched surgery because of

complications and infections. "It was like the process of child birth only child

birth ends. This didn't."

The Associated Press, September 29, 1999

Before his trial started last week, Brown pleaded guilty to practicing

medicine without a license relating to seven shoddy sex-change operations or

related treatments.

Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two of those transsexuals could

testify at the trial, allowing prosecutors to present the argument that Brown

practiced medicine with disregard to patients' health.

One of the transsexuals, a Los Angeles woman identified only as Camille,

testified that she nearly died after Bondy attempted to change her gender from

male to female, and then sent her home without proper medication and follow-up

care.

"The pain was literally indescribable and never-ceasing," said the woman, who

was hospitalized for several days after the botched surgery because of

complications and infections. "It was like the process of child birth only child

birth ends. This didn't."

 

The Associated Press State & Local Wire

September 29, 1999, Wednesday, PM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 727 words

HEADLINE: Transsexuals tell of botched surgeries by former doctor

BYLINE: MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

Two transsexuals say they were so desperate to live their lives as women

that they allowed a former sex change doctor to operate on them at a clinic in

Tijuana, Mexico, despite his questionable expertise and demand for advance cash

payment.

The result was pain, suffering and disfiguration, said the women, who

testified Tuesday at the murder trial for John Ronald Brown. Testimony resumes

today at San Diego County Superior Court.

Brown, 77, is accused of second-degree murder in the death of Philip Bondy,

an elderly New York man who paid $ 10,000 to get his healthy leg amputated to

satisfy a sexual fetish. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

Brown performed Bondy's operation in May 1998 at a Tijuana clinic. Bondy, a

man frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died two days later at a suburban

San Diego motel due to gangrene poisoning.

Before his trial started last week, Brown pleaded guilty to practicing

medicine without a license relating to seven shoddy sex-change operations or

related treatments.

Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two of those transsexuals could

testify at the trial, allowing prosecutor Stacy Running to show a pattern of

Brown practicing medicine with disregard to the health of his patients. That is

a necessary legal element for jurors to find him guilty of murdering Bondy.

Defense attorney Sheldon Sherman said that Brown did not perform the

surgeries to commit murder nor did he disregard the seriousness of the

procedures.

A witness referred to only as "Carrie," who had a sex change operation by

another doctor in 1991, testified that she contacted Brown in 1997 about

reconstructing her female genitalia so it would be more attractive for nude

modeling.

She said she knew Brown had lost his California medical license in 1977 for

botching sex change operations, but she went ahead with the surgery. "I was just

desperate," she said.

She went to the Tijuana clinic where Brown removed a layer of skin from the

inside of her mouth to sew onto her genitalia. She was sent home that day

without antibiotics or pain medicine, she said. It took her three months to heal

from the unsuccessful surgery, she said.

Yet, a year later, Carrie allowed Brown to come to her Los Angeles home to

correct the procedure by injecting her genitalia with silicon. She cried as she

described the difficulties caused by that procedure and the extent of her

desperation, prompting the judge to call a short recess.

Another Los Angeles woman, Camille, testified that she nearly died after

Bondy unsuccessfully changed her gender from male to female, and then sent her

home without proper medications and follow-up care.

"The pain was literally indescribable and never-ceasing," said the woman, who

was hospitalized for several days after the botched surgery because of

complications and infections. "It was like the process of child birth only child

birth ends. This didn't."

She said Brown misrepresented himself as a reputable doctor in the sex change

field and seemed more concerned about the money than the well-being and comfort

of his patients.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified earlier Tuesday that he and Bondy

shared a fetish known as apotemnophilia, the desire to remove a limb because the

person doesn't believe it should be part of their body.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but he backed out

after seeing one of the Mexican doctors who was to assist in the surgery walk

into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Two weeks later, Bondy, 79, traveled to San Diego for his surgery, using the

$ 5,000 Furth had given Brown as a down payment on his surgery.

Furth flew to San Diego on May 10 to accompany Bondy back to New York. He

said Bondy's leg was bandaged and he noticed no complications.

The next morning, he found Bondy dead in his motel bed. Furth called police,

but to protect his friend, he told officers that Bondy had been in a car

accident. However, receipts were found in Bondy's room showing he gave Brown two

payments of $ 5,000 in cash: one for the operation, one for recovery care.

Furth later told the truth. In exchange for his testimony, Furth was granted

immunity.

Brown served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction in San Francisco

for an unsuccessful scalp surgery to shift the hairline of a man during a sex

change operation.

AP Online

September 28, 1999; Tuesday 19:48 Eastern Time

SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, general news item

LENGTH: 498 words

HEADLINE: Murder Trial Opens for Fetish M.D.

BYLINE: MICHELLE WILLIAMS

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A former doctor is on trial for murder in the death of an elderly man who

paid $10,000 to get a healthy leg amputated merely to satisfy a sexual fetish.

John Ronald Brown performed the operation in May on Philip Bondy, 79, at a

clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died

two days later at a motel outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning.

Brown, 77, lost his medical license in 1977 after three patients nearly died

from sex-change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel.

He served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing

surgery to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation. Last week, he

pleaded guilty to again practicing medicine without a license by performing

shoddy sex-change operations.

He could receive life in prison if convicted of murdering Bondy. He has

pleaded innocent to murder. His lawyer said he had no intention of killing

Bondy.

On Tuesday, Gregg Furth of New York testified that he and Bondy shared a

fetish known as apotemnophilia, the sexual desire to remove a limb because the

person doesn't believe it should be part of his body.

He said he and Bondy searched for years to find someone to perform their

operations and finally learned about Brown. Furth paid Brown to amputate one of

his legs last year but he backed out at the last moment in part because he saw a

Mexican doctor who was to assist Brown walking into the clinic carrying a large

butcher knife.

Two weeks later, Bondy, 79, traveled to San Diego for his surgery. Afterward,

Furth said, Bondy called him and asked him to accompany him back to New York.

Furth flew to San Diego and arrived at the motel May 10. He said Bondy's leg was

bandaged and he noticed no complications.

The next morning, he found Bondy dead in his motel bed. Police found receipts

in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments of $5,000 in cash: one for

the operation, one for recovery care.

Superior Court Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two transsexuals whose

sex-change operations were botched by Brown could testify at the murder trial.

Prosecutors want to show that Brown had a pattern of disregarding his patients'

health and safety.

One transsexual, referred to only as Carrie, started her testimony with her

long dark hair combed over her face, startling some jurors. The prosecutor

persuaded her to sweep aside her hair after assurances that TV news crews would

not photograph her face.

She testified that she heard about Brown through an underground network of

other transsexuals. She said she knew Brown had lost his license but wanted

someone to improve the appearance of her female genitalia so she could model

nude.

Carrie said her surgery, performed in a Tijuana clinic, wasn't successful and

she was sent home without antibiotics or pain medicine. Even so, a year later

two weeks before Brown's arrest Carrie allowed him to come to her home to

correct the procedure.

AP Online

September 28, 1999; Tuesday 20:03 Eastern Time

SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, general news item

LENGTH: 503 words

HEADLINE: Murder Trial Opens for Fetish M.D.

BYLINE: MICHELLE WILLIAMS

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A former doctor is on trial for murder in the death of an elderly man who

paid $10,000 to get a healthy leg amputated merely to satisfy a sexual fetish.

John Ronald Brown performed the operation in May on Philip Bondy, 79, at a

clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died

two days later at a motel outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning.

Brown, 77, lost his medical license in 1977 after three patients nearly died

from sex-change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel.

He served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing

surgery to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation. Last week, he

pleaded guilty to again practicing medicine without a license by performing

shoddy sex-change operations.

He could receive life in prison if convicted of murdering Bondy. He has

pleaded innocent, saying he had no intention of killing Bondy and didn't show a

disregard for the man's health.

On Tuesday, Gregg Furth of New York testified that he and Bondy shared a

fetish known as apotemnophilia, the sexual desire to remove a limb because the

person doesn't believe it should be part of his body.

He said he and Bondy searched for years to find someone to perform their

operations and finally learned about Brown. Furth paid Brown to amputate one of

his legs last year but he backed out at the last moment in part because he saw a

Mexican doctor who was to assist Brown walking into the clinic carrying a large

butcher knife.

Two weeks later, Bondy, 79, traveled to San Diego for his surgery. Afterward,

Furth said, Bondy called him and asked him to accompany him back to New York.

Furth flew to San Diego and arrived at the motel May 10. He said Bondy's leg was

bandaged and he noticed no complications.

The next morning, he found Bondy dead in his motel bed. Police found receipts

in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments of $5,000 in cash: one for

the operation, one for recovery care.

Superior Court Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two transsexuals whose

sex-change operations were botched by Brown could testify at the murder trial.

Prosecutors want to show that Brown had a pattern of disregarding his patients'

health and safety.

One transsexual, referred to only as Carrie, started her testimony with her

long dark hair combed over her face, startling some jurors. The prosecutor

persuaded her to sweep aside her hair after assurances that TV news crews would

not photograph her face.

She testified that she heard about Brown through an underground network of

other transsexuals. She said she knew Brown had lost his license but wanted

someone to improve the appearance of her female genitalia so she could model

nude.

Carrie said her surgery, performed in a Tijuana clinic, wasn't successful and

she was sent home without antibiotics or pain medicine. Even so, a year later

two weeks before Brown's arrest Carrie allowed him to come to her home to

correct the procedure.

AP Online

September 28, 1999; Tuesday 20:58 Eastern Time

SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, general news item

LENGTH: 507 words

HEADLINE: Murder Trial Opens for Fetish M.D.

BYLINE: MICHELLE WILLIAMS

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A former doctor is on trial for murder in the death of an elderly man who

paid $10,000 to get a healthy leg amputated merely to satisfy a sexual fetish.

John Ronald Brown performed the operation in May 1998 on Philip Bondy, 79, at

a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died

two days later at a motel outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning.

Brown, 77, lost his medical license in 1977 after three patients nearly died

from sex-change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel.

He served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing

surgery to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation. Last week, he

pleaded guilty to again practicing medicine without a license by performing

shoddy sex-change operations.

He could receive life in prison if convicted of murdering Bondy. He has

pleaded innocent, saying he had no intention of killing Bondy and didn't show a

disregard for the man's health.

On Tuesday, Gregg Furth of New York testified that he and Bondy shared a

fetish known as apotemnophilia, the sexual desire to remove a limb because the

person doesn't believe it should be part of his body.

He said he and Bondy searched for years to find someone to perform their

operations and finally learned about Brown. Furth paid Brown to amputate one of

his legs last year but he backed out at the last moment in part because he saw a

Mexican doctor who was to assist Brown walking into the clinic carrying a large

butcher knife.

Two weeks later, Bondy, 79, traveled to San Diego for his surgery. Afterward,

Furth said, Bondy called him and asked him to accompany him back to New York.

Furth flew to San Diego and arrived at the motel May 10. He said Bondy's leg was

bandaged and he noticed no complications.

The next morning, he found Bondy dead in his motel bed. Police found receipts

in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments of $5,000 in cash: one for

the operation, one for recovery care.

Superior Court Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two transsexuals whose

sex-change operations were botched by Brown could testify at the murder trial.

Prosecutors want to show that Brown had a pattern of disregarding his patients'

health and safety.

One transsexual, referred to only as Carrie, started her testimony with her

long dark hair combed over her face, startling some jurors. The prosecutor

persuaded her to sweep aside her hair after assurances that TV news crews would

not photograph her face.

She testified that she heard about Brown through an underground network of

other transsexuals. She said she knew Brown had lost his license but wanted

someone to improve the appearance of her female genitalia so she could model

nude.

Carrie said her surgery, performed in a Tijuana clinic, wasn't successful and

she was sent home without antibiotics or pain medicine. Even so, a year later

two weeks before Brown's arrest Carrie allowed him to come to her home to

correct the procedure. It also failed.

 

The Associated Press

September 28, 1999, Tuesday, AM cycle

SECTION: Domestic News

LENGTH: 502 words

HEADLINE: Murder trial under way for ex-doctor who performed shoddy sex changes

BYLINE: By MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A former doctor is on trial for murder in the death of an elderly man who

paid $ 10,000 to get a healthy leg amputated merely to satisfy a sexual fetish.

John Ronald Brown performed the operation in May on Philip Bondy, 79, at a

clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died

two days later at a motel outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning.

Brown, 77, lost his medical license in 1977 after three patients nearly died

from sex-change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel.

He served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing

surgery to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation. Last week, he

pleaded guilty to again practicing medicine without a license by performing

shoddy sex-change operations.

He could receive life in prison if convicted of murdering Bondy. He has

pleaded innocent, saying he had no intention of killing Bondy and didn't show a

disregard for the man's health.

On Tuesday, Gregg Furth of New York testified that he and Bondy shared a

fetish known as apotemnophilia, the sexual desire to remove a limb because the

person doesn't believe it should be part of his body.

He said he and Bondy searched for years to find someone to perform their

operations and finally learned about Brown. Furth paid Brown to amputate one of

his legs last year but he backed out at the last moment - in part because he saw

a Mexican doctor who was to assist Brown walking into the clinic carrying a

large butcher knife.

Two weeks later, Bondy, 79, traveled to San Diego for his surgery. Afterward,

Furth said, Bondy called him and asked him to accompany him back to New York.

Furth flew to San Diego and arrived at the motel May 10. He said Bondy's leg was

bandaged and he noticed no complications.

The next morning, he found Bondy dead in his motel bed. Police found receipts

in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments of $ 5,000 in cash: one for

the operation, one for recovery care.

Superior Court Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two transsexuals whose

sex-change operations were botched by Brown could testify at the murder trial.

Prosecutors want to show that Brown had a pattern of disregarding his patients'

health and safety.

One transsexual, referred to only as Carrie, started her testimony with her

long dark hair combed over her face, startling some jurors. The prosecutor

persuaded her to sweep aside her hair after assurances that TV news crews would

not photograph her face.

She testified that she heard about Brown through an underground network of

other transsexuals. She said she knew Brown had lost his license but wanted

someone to improve the appearance of her female genitalia so she could model

nude.

Carrie said her surgery, performed in a Tijuana clinic, wasn't successful and

she was sent home without antibiotics or pain medicine. Even so, a year later -

two weeks before Brown's arrest - Carrie allowed him to come to her home to

correct the procedure.

The Associated Press

September 28, 1999, Tuesday, AM cycle

SECTION: Domestic News

LENGTH: 505 words

HEADLINE: Murder trial under way for ex-doctor who performed shoddy sex changes

BYLINE: By MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A former doctor is on trial for murder in the death of an elderly man who

paid $ 10,000 to get a healthy leg amputated merely to satisfy a sexual fetish.

John Ronald Brown performed the operation in May 1998 on Philip Bondy, 79, at

a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. Bondy, frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died

two days later at a motel outside San Diego from gangrene poisoning.

Brown, 77, lost his medical license in 1977 after three patients nearly died

from sex-change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel.

He served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction for performing

surgery to shift a man's hairline during a sex-change operation. Last week, he

pleaded guilty to again practicing medicine without a license by performing

shoddy sex-change operations.

He could receive life in prison if convicted of murdering Bondy. He has

pleaded innocent, saying he had no intention of killing Bondy and didn't show a

disregard for the man's health.

On Tuesday, Gregg Furth of New York testified that he and Bondy shared a

fetish known as apotemnophilia, the sexual desire to remove a limb because the

person doesn't believe it should be part of his body.

He said he and Bondy searched for years to find someone to perform their

operations and finally learned about Brown. Furth paid Brown to amputate one of

his legs last year but he backed out at the last moment - in part because he saw

a Mexican doctor who was to assist Brown walking into the clinic carrying a

large butcher knife.

Two weeks later, Bondy, 79, traveled to San Diego for his surgery. Afterward,

Furth said, Bondy called him and asked him to accompany him back to New York.

Furth flew to San Diego and arrived at the motel May 10. He said Bondy's leg was

bandaged and he noticed no complications.

The next morning, he found Bondy dead in his motel bed. Police found receipts

in the room showing he had giving Brown two payments of $ 5,000 in cash: one for

the operation, one for recovery care.

Superior Court Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two transsexuals whose

sex-change operations were botched by Brown could testify at the murder trial.

Prosecutors want to show that Brown had a pattern of disregarding his patients'

health and safety.

One transsexual, referred to only as Carrie, started her testimony with her

long dark hair combed over her face, startling some jurors. The prosecutor

persuaded her to sweep aside her hair after assurances that TV news crews would

not photograph her face.

She testified that she heard about Brown through an underground network of

other transsexuals. She said she knew Brown had lost his license but wanted

someone to improve the appearance of her female genitalia so she could model

nude.

Carrie said her surgery, performed in a Tijuana clinic, wasn't successful and

she was sent home without antibiotics or pain medicine. Even so, a year later -

two weeks before Brown's arrest - Carrie allowed him to come to her home to

correct the procedure. It also failed.

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The Associated Press State & Local Wire

September 28, 1999, Tuesday, AM cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 703 words

HEADLINE: Transsexuals tell of botched surgeries by former doctor

BYLINE: MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A transsexual wept on the stand Tuesday as she described the pain and

disfiguration she suffered at the hands of former sex change doctor John Ronald

Brown, who operated on the woman at a Mexican clinic and her Los Angeles home.

Brown, 77, is accused of second-degree murder in the death of Philip Bondy,

an elderly New York man who paid $ 10,000 to get his healthy leg amputated to

satisfy a sexual fetish.

Brown performed the operation at a Tijuana, Mexico, clinic. Bondy, a man

frail from pneumonia and heart disease, died two days later at a suburban San

Diego motel due to gangrene poisoning.

Brown was also charged with seven counts of practicing medicine without a

license resulting from shoddy sex-change operations or related treatments. He

pleaded guilty to those charges before his trial started last week.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Bernard Revak ruled Tuesday that two of those

transsexuals could testify at the trial, allowing prosecutor Stacy Running to

show a pattern of Brown practicing medicine with disregard to the health of his

patients. That is a necessary legal element to find him guilty of murder.

Defense attorney Sheldon Sherman said that Brown did not perform the

surgeries to commit murder nor did he disregard the seriousness of the

procedures.

A witness referred to only as "Carrie," who had a sex change operation in

1991, testified that she contacted Brown in 1997 about reconstructing her female

genitalia so it would be more attractive for nude modeling.

She learned about Brown through an underground network of other transsexuals.

She said she knew Brown had lost his California medical license in 1977 for

botching sex change operations, but she went ahead with the surgery.

"I was just desperate," she said.

She went to a Tijuana clinic where Brown removed a layer of skin from the

inside of her mouth to sew onto her genitalia. She was sent home that day

without antibiotics or pain medicine, she said. The surgery was not a success.

Yet, a year later and two weeks before his arrest, Carrie allowed Brown to

come to her home to correct the procedure by injecting her genitalia with

silicon. She cried as she described the pain and the extent of her desperation,

prompting the judge to call a short recess.

Another Los Angeles woman, Camille, testified that she nearly died after

Bondy unsuccessfully changed her gender from male to female.

"The pain was literally indescribable and never-ceasing," she said. "It was

like the process of child birth only child birth ends. This didn't."

She said Brown misrepresented himself as a reputable doctor in the sex change

field and seemed more concerned about the money than the well-being and comfort

of his patients.

New York psychologist Gregg Furth testified earlier Tuesday that he and Bondy

shared a fetish known as apotemnophilia, the desire to remove a limb because the

person doesn't believe it should be part of their body.

Furth paid Brown to amputate one of his legs last year but he backed out

after seeing one of the Mexican doctors who was to assist in the surgery walk

into the clinic carrying a butcher knife.

Two weeks later, Bondy, 79, traveled to San Diego for his surgery, using the

$ 5,000 Furth had given Brown as a down payment on his surgery.

Furth said Bondy called him May 9, the day of his surgery, and asked that

Furth accompany him back to New York. Furth flew to San Diego and arrived at the

motel May 10. He said Bondy's leg was bandaged and he noticed no complications.

The next morning, he found Bondy dead in his motel bed. Furth called police,

but to protect his friend, he told officers that Bondy had been in a car

accident.

However, receipts were found in Bondy's room showing he gave Brown two

payments of $ 5,000 in cash: one for the operation, one for recovery care.

Furth later told the truth. In exchange for his testimony, Furth was granted

immunity.

Brown's medical license was revoked because three patients nearly died from

sex change operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel. He

served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction in San Francisco for a

scalp surgery to shift the hairline of a man during a sex change operation.

The Times (London)

September 25, 1999, Saturday

SECTION: Features

LENGTH: 1186 words

HEADLINE: Straight up with a twist

BYLINE: John Naish

BODY:

(Photograph) - Whatever gets you through the night, be it plastercasts or

midgets, leather or livestock, it's all right. We are a planet of perverts.

Straight up with a twist Fetishism used to be considered the realm of a few

men in raincoats on the hunt for guileless female prey. But now, regardless of

gender, we are all bidding farewell to the 20th century encased in rubber and

spanking ourselves into a fury. Apparently sales figures indicate a revolution

behind the net curtains: suburban civilisation is exploring the wilder fringes

of kinksville. But how naughty are we likely to get?

Ann Summers, the Marks & Spencer of bedroom deviation, is making big money

by surfing the perv-lite wave of fun-fetishism - its latest figures show it sold

28,000 French Maid outfits and 6,000 Sexy Nurse's uniforms in 12 months. This is

just under half the total of real nurses who qualify every year. This Christmas

it will get into the Christian spirit by launching a Bondage Starter Kit

comprising whip, plastic handcuffs and mask. "Most of our customers are women,"

says its marketing executive, Delia Bourne. "Our products are not about men

making women do things they don't want to do - a lot of it is about saucy

fantasy roleplay that women especially enjoy."

Sexual fetishism is a broad church and Ann Summers and its ilk cater to the

'vanilla' end of the market - vanilla being the fetishists' term for

conventionally orientated couples. experimenting with fantasy to put spice in

their love lives. At the other end of the spectrum are the hardcore who cannot

find satisfaction outside the confines of their fixations, and whose conditions

last their adult lifetimes. Their world is characterised by comedy slang -

flashers and peepers - and by medical labels such as klismaphilia (sexual

excitement from enemas), telephone scatalogia (heavy breathing), and frotteurism

(the only way anyone enjoys crowded commuter trains).

It is a world that thrives on the Internet, where there is a website to suit

everybody's trip. Shoe fetishists can monitor live-footage webcams, and

submissive men can sign up for being trampled upon by gangs of massive women.

If orthopaedics are your thing there are videotapes for sale of, "Japanese

women wearing all types of plaster cast and performing everyday activities to

make the action more realistic". Maybe your kick is microphilia - fantasies

about tiny shrunken women. Or perhaps early conditioning has left you lusting

after girls in soft fluffy sweaters. And if you must, and if you know where to

find them, there are sites for illegal practices such as bestiality - sites

explaining in unpalatable detail the illegal mechanics of developing

relationships with everything from a pet dog to a goose.

It's all there - but why? Many medical experts say fetishism is mainly a

male obsession - with the exception of masochism, in which women seem to enjoy

participating. But Elizabeth Coldwell, the editor of the thinking person's

top-shelf magazine, Forum, says that idea is fast going out of date - fetishism

has become far more socially acceptable over the past ten years: "A lot of this

is to do with growth of erotic awareness among women and in couples. Female

domination is increasingly popular with couples, and S&M mostly involves men

wanting women to beat them. It's not about violence - it's about exploring

limits," Coldwell says. "It is about becoming what you would always like to be.

And society's growing openness about fetishism is bringing a lot more of it out:

when we publish articles about less well-known practices we get a lot of letters

from people saying 'I thought I was the only person who felt like this.' "

Social change has resulted in fetish clubs emerging from the underground murk

into the bright light of the mainstream: "If you were around the scene ten years

ago, you would have gone to tiny clubs such as Maitresse Domination and S&M or

Skin Two Rubber, which were not held regularly, had only a few members and were

under threat from the authorities.

Now the Skin Two Rubber Ball has become a big three-day event held in late

autumn." And while fetishism may seem to be going to increasingly bizarre

lengths to explore the fringes of human sexual experience, Coldwell says it is

all a matter of 'plus ca change': "Fetishes such as plaster casts are not new,

but new expressions of things we have seen before. Men of a certain age have

leg-caliper fetishes, as there was a lot of polio around when they were growing

up - it's all about being helpless, about having someone to look after. The

plaster cast is a modern version of that. A similar but more extreme version of

this is amputee fetishism."

There are indeed those who would give their right arm to have an orgasm.

Amputee fetishism, or apotemnophilia, is a prime example of an extreme

fixation that can lead fetishists into difficulties. Some have become so

obsessed that they have blown their legs off with shotguns or sat across railway

tracks to ensure the removal of unwanted limbs. An American lay doctor is

currently facing charges relating to people who have died following medically

unnecessary limb-lopping.

Meanwhile, growing numbers of otherwise happy and law-abiding people seem to

be breaking the law and harming relationships through fetishes, says Padmal de

Silva, the senior lecturer at the Maudesley Hospital's Institute of Psychiatry.

"More people are coming to us for help, and the most common reason is that their

behaviour is getting them into trouble," he says. "Many, many people contain

their desires in very ordinary lives. But they come because, for example, they

have been caught stealing clothes off washing lines. For most people a

fetishistic interest in an object or item would not be a problem," he says.

"It's an additional part of one's repertoire of interest.

It becomes a problem when it dominates someone's sex life to the point where

they cannot have sex without the fetish object. Often it is the partner who has

the problem, because that intensity of fixation makes them feel that they are

unattractive or have something wrong with them".

Modern medicine cannot agree on what causes fetishes, says Professor de

Silva.

"The imprinting theory argues that certain objects get entrenched in a

person's mind, and some people will tell you this is what happened - one foot

fetishist told me he used to play at his mother's feet as a child, and said this

sparked his sexual attraction as an adult. But on the other hand, many patients

cannot tell you why their attachment to an object has come about."

But while the science has not advanced, social attitudes and treatments

have.

"We used to treat fetishists with aversion therapy such as electric shocks.

But we now feel that if their behaviour involves something that is not

illegal or hugely immoral, then we should try to get the patient to incorporate

it into their sexual repertoire by, for example, only wearing a rubber armband

rather than a whole rubber suit. Their partners do not mind if the fetish does

not get in the way."

 

LEVEL 1 - 30 OF 44 STORIES

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The San Diego Union-Tribune

September 24, 1999, Friday

SECTION: LOCAL Pg. B-1:7,8; B-3:1; B-5:2,3

LENGTH: 771 words

HEADLINE: Former doctor's trial over death of amputee begins

SOURCE: STAFF WRITER

BYLINE: J. Harry Jones

BODY:

The members of the jury were warned yesterday that what they would hear over

the next several weeks at trial would be grotesque and virtually unfathomable to

them.

It took prosecutor Stacy Running only minutes to prove the point.

Running said John Ronald Brown, 77, a former medical doctor whose license to

practice medicine in California was revoked in 1977, is charged with the murder

of a 79-year-old New York man whose healthy leg Brown cut off in May 1998 during

surgery in Tijuana at the patient's request.

Running said the man who died, Philip Bondy, paid Brown $10,000 to perform

the amputation, which was the fulfillment of a life-long bizarre fetish to

become an amputee.

The same day the surgery was performed, Running said, Brown drove Bondy to a

hotel in National City. Two days later, Bondy died after gangrene set in.

Running then showed enlarged pictures to jurors, some of whom were visibly

shaken by the sight, of Bondy's frail 130-pound body lying in a Holiday Inn bed

after his death the morning of May 11, 1998. The stump of his left leg was

wrapped in a blood-soaked bandage and lay in a pool of blood.

Brown is charged with second-degree murder and with practicing medicine

without a license causing great bodily harm. He was originally charged with

seven additional counts of practicing medicine without a license but pleaded

guilty to those charges just before his trial began. He faces up to seven years

in prison on those convictions.

Those other charges concerned seven other people, all transsexuals, who had

their sex-change operation performed by Brown or were treated by Brown after

their operations. San Diego Superior Court Judge Bernard Revak ruled yesterday

that those people -- or, in one case, the mother of a transsexual who has since

committed suicide -- can still testify.

Revak said the testimony is necessary so that prosecutors can try to show a

pattern of bad medicine done by Brown.

"The jury needs to know," he said.

Brown's attorney, Sheldon Sherman, told the jury yesterday that they are not

charged with deciding whether Brown is a bad doctor or a bad man.

He said what they must decide is whether Brown's actions constituted murder

-- whether the act of amputating the leg was itself life-threatening. He said

jurors should not conclude that Brown showed a conscious disregard for Bondy's

life, a necessary legal element in order to find him guilty of murder.

Running told jurors that a medical expert will testify that the types of

medicine Brown has performed are "beyond cruel."

She said the transsexuals will testify to myriad horrors -- such things as

that Brown would inject silicone directly into their breasts and, when the

silicone would leak out, he would clog the large holes with Super Glue.

The prosecutor said Bondy spent 20 years of his life trying to find a doctor

to perform the amputation.

"Paul Bondy wanted his leg cut off," she said. "If I say that a thousand

times I'll never understand it.

"He could find only one doctor who would do it. John Brown."

Brown sat quietly yesterday next to his lawyers, coughing loudly at times and

smiling occasionally as Running spoke.

Running said Bondy's best friend, a New York City Jungian analyst named Gregg

Furth, will testify that he and Bondy had been searching for years for someone

to perform the operation. She said both men shared the same bizarre fetish

known medically as apotemnophilia, a sexual desire to have a limb removed.

Furth has been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his

testimony. Running said Furth will tell the jury that he steered Bondy to Brown

after deciding at the last moment not to undergo the surgery himself.

Furth found Bondy's body in the motel, and he initially told police Bondy

that had been in a car accident in Mexico, necessitating the amputation. It was

a story the men had agreed on earlier.

Brown practiced medicine for almost 30 years before the state revoked his

license after he was found negligent and incompetent in many sex-change

operations he performed.

Investigators said he continued to perform the sex changes by operating in

Mexico, but it was not until 1990, while he was living in Chula Vista, that he

was convicted of practicing without a license.

He served a three-year prison sentence, then resumed his illegal practice by

shuttling from his San Ysidro apartment to medical clinics in Tijuana,

authorities said.

Brown has been jailed without bail since his arrest nine days after Bondy's

death

GRAPHIC: In court: Ex-doctor John Ronald Brown (right), stood yesterday during

the opening day of his murder trial. Prosecutors say Brown botched a man's leg

amputation. (B-3:1; B-5:2,3; B-6:7,8) NELVIN CEPEDA / Union-Tribune

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

December 3, 1998, Metro Edition

SECTION: Pg. 5E

LENGTH: 1018 words

HEADLINE: Convict makes nice profit by suing gullible firms, claiming fraud

BYLINE: Chuck Shepherd

BODY:

 

- In San Diego in May, recidivist unlicensed surgeon John Ronald Brown, 75,

was arrested and charged with causing the death of an 80-year-old man who had

consented to have Brown amputate his healthy leg. According to a friend, the

patient suffered from apotemnophilia (sexual gratification from the removal of a

limb). Brown's license was revoked in 1977 after botched transsexual operations,

but prosecutors said records taken from his apartment indicate he had dozens of

patients after that for transsexual and breast augmentation surgeries.

The Times Union (Albany, NY)

November 19, 1998, Thursday, THREE STAR EDITION

SECTION: PREVIEW, Pg. P25

LENGTH: 633 words

HEADLINE: Prison no barrier for prisoner's cash flow

BYLINE: CHUCK SHEPHERD

BODY:

 

Surgeon charged

In San Diego in May, recidivist unlicensed surgeon John Ronald Brown, 75, was

arrested and charged with causing the death of an 80-year-old man who had

consented to have Brown amputate his healthy leg. According to a friend, the

patient suffered from apotemnophilia (sexual gratification from the removal of a

limb). Brown's license was revoked in 1977 after botched transsexual operations,

but in records recovered from his apartment, prosecutors believe he had dozens

of patients after that for transsexual and breast augmentation surgeries.

 

Copyright 1998 Gannett Company, Inc.

USA TODAY

September 21, 1998, Monday, FINAL EDITION

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 3A

LENGTH: 864 words

HEADLINE: Republican closes in on Hawaii governorship

BYLINE: John Bacon ; With staff and wire reports

BODY:

AMPUTATION DEATH: A physician is being held without bail

in San Diego, accused of killing a patient who died after his

healthy leg was amputated. John Brown, 75, is accused of killing

Philip Bondy, 80, who died in May of gangrene from an amputation

performed in Tijuana. Bondy suffered from apotemnophilia, a sexual

desire to have a limb removed, prosecutors said. Brown also is

charged with practicing without a license. His California license

was revoked in 1977 after three patients nearly died from sex-change

operations he performed in a garage and a hotel.

 

THE FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

September 20, 1998, Sunday FINAL AM EDITION

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 8

LENGTH: 1150 words

HEADLINE: International & National Digest

BYLINE: Wire Reports

BODY:

Doctor to stand trial in leg-amputation death

SAN DIEGO - A doctor was ordered to stand trial in the death of a

patient whose healthy leg was amputated.

John Ronald Brown, 75, of San Ysidro was ordered held for trial on

Friday. He will remain in prison without bail, Municipal Court Judge

Leo Valentine Jr. ruled.

Brown is accused of killing Philip Bondy, 80, who died in May of

gangrene from an illegal amputation performed in Tijuana. Bondy

suffered from apotemnophilia, a sexual desire to have a limb removed,

prosecutors said.

Brown, who pleaded innocent in May, is also charged with

practicing medicine without a license. His California license was

revoked in 1977 after three patients nearly died from sex change

operations he performed in places such as a garage and a hotel.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted on all counts.

The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.)

September 20, 1998, Sunday

SECTION: Inside Front; Pg. A9;

LENGTH: 620 words

HEADLINE: THE NEWS IN BRIEF

BODY:

BRIEFLY/NATION

SAN DIEGO -- A doctor was ordered to stand trial for allegedly killing a

patient who died after his healthy leg was amputated.

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John Ronald Brown, 75, of San Ysidro was ordered held for trial on Friday. He

will remain in prison without bail, Municipal Court Judge Leo Valentine Jr.

ruled.

Brown is accused of killing Philip Bondy, 80, who died in May of gangrene

from an illegal amputation performed in Tijuana. Bondy suffered from

apotemnophilia, a sexual desire to have a limb removed, prosecutors said.

-Friom wire reports

The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)

September 20, 1998 Sunday, FINAL EDITION

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. A5; National Briefs

LENGTH: 124 words

HEADLINE: Doctor going to trial for fatal amputation

BYLINE: From Wire Reports

BODY:

SAN DIEGO, California -- A doctor was ordered to stand trial Friday for the

death of a patient who died after his healthy leg was amputated.

John Ronald Brown, 75, of San Ysidro will remain in prison without bail,

Municipal Court Judge Leo Valentine Jr. ruled.

Brown is accused of killing Philip Bondy, 80, who died in May of gangrene

from an illegal amputation performed in Tijuana. Bondy suffered from

apotemnophilia, a sexual desire to have a limb removed, prosecutors said.

Brown, who pleaded innocent in May, also is charged with practicing medicine

without a license. His California license was revoked in 1977 after three

patients nearly died from sex change operations he performed in places such as a

garage and a hotel.

The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

September 20, 1998, Sunday, SUNDAY EDITION

SECTION: A, Pg. 12

LENGTH: 550 words

HEADLINE: NATIONAL REPORT

BYLINE: Wire reports

BODY:

 

Doctor to stand trial in botched amputation

SAN DIEGO - A doctor was ordered to stand trial for allegedly killing a

patient who died after his healthy leg was amputated.

John Ronald Brown, 75, of San Ysidro was ordered held for trial on Friday.

He will remain in prison without bail, Municipal Court Judge Leo Valentine

Jr. ruled.

Brown is accused of killing Philip Bondy, 80, who died in May of gangrene

from an illegal amputation performed in Tijuana. Bondy suffered from

apotemnophilia, a sexual desire to have a limb removed, prosecutors said.

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Brown, who pleaded innocent in May, also is charged with practicing medicine

without a license. His California license was revoked in 1977 after three

patients nearly died from sex change operations he performed in places such as a

garage and a hotel.

 

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Copyright 1998 Bergen Record Corp.

The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

September 20, 1998; SUNDAY; ALL EDITIONS

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. A27

LENGTH: 168 words

HEADLINE: DOCTOR TO STAND TRIAL IN DEATH OF AMPUTEE

SOURCE: Wire services

BYLINE: The Associated Press

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A doctor was ordered to stand trial for allegedly killing a patient

who died after his healthy leg was amputated.

John Ronald Brown, 75, of San Ysidro was ordered held for trial on

Friday. He will remain in prison without bail, Municipal Court Judge Leo

Valentine Jr. ruled.

Brown is accused of killing Philip Bondy, 80, who died in May of

gangrene from an illegal amputation performed in Tijuana. Bondy suffered

from apotemnophilia, a sexual desire to have a limb removed, prosecutors

said.

Brown, who pleaded innocent in May, also is charged with practicing

medicine without a license. His California license was revoked in 1977

after three patients nearly died from sex change operations he performed

in places such as a garage and a hotel.

Brown already served three years in prison for a 1989 conviction in

San Francisco to shift the hairline of a man preparing for his

transformation into a woman.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted on all counts.

The Seattle Times

September 20, 1998, Sunday Final Edition

SECTION: NEWS; Pg. A7; ACROSS THE NATION

LENGTH: 863 words

HEADLINE: ACROSS THE NATION

BODY:

Doctor is charged in death after needless leg amputation

 

SAN DIEGO - A doctor was ordered to stand trial in the death of a patient after

a healthy leg was amputated.

John Ronald Brown, 75, of San Ysidro was ordered held without bail on Friday

pending his trial.

Brown is accused of killing Philip Bondy, 80, who died in May of gangrene

from an illegal amputation performed in Tijuana. Bondy suffered from

apotemnophilia, a sexual desire to have a limb removed, prosecutors said.

Brown, who pleaded not guilty in May, also is charged with practicing

medicine without a license. His California license was revoked in 1977 after

three patients nearly died from sex-change operations he performed in places

such as a garage.

Brown already served three years in prison on a 1989 conviction in San

Francisco for shifting the hairline of a man preparing for his transformation

into a woman.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted on all counts.

The Times-Picayune

September 20, 1998 Sunday, ORLEANS

SECTION: NATIONAL; Pg. A4

LENGTH: 255 words

HEADLINE: DOCTOR CHARGED IN ILLEGAL AMPUTATION

BYLINE: From wire reports

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A doctor was ordered to stand trial for allegedly killing a patient who died

after his healthy leg was amputated. John Ronald Brown, 75, of San Ysidro was

ordered held for trial Friday. He will remain in prison without bail, Municipal

Court Judge Leo Valentine Jr. ruled. Brown is accused of killing Philip Bondy,

80, who died in May of gangrene form an illegal amputation performed in Tijuana.

Bondy suffered from apotemnophilia, a sexual desire to have a limb removed,

prosecutors said.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

September 19, 1998, Saturday

SECTION: LOCAL Pg. B-6:7; B-4:1; B-9:2,4; B-8:3,5; B-3:6

LENGTH: 567 words

HEADLINE: Ex-doctor to face trial in death, maimings

SOURCE: STAFF WRITER

BYLINE: Bill Callahan

BODY:

A compulsion to be something they weren't drove the victims to a rogue

surgeon, who was operating illegally. They all wound up dead or disfigured.

Over the past few days, their stories were laid out in ghastly detail for a

San Diego municipal judge, who ruled yesterday that the former doctor accused of

the gruesome handiwork should stand trial on charges of murder and maiming.

Among the nine scenarios attributed to John Ronald Brown:

** A 79-year-old New Yorker had a healthy left leg amputated to satisfy a

lifelong fetish. He was found dead in a National City hotel room from the

effects of gangrene.

** A sex-change operation on a young Los Angeles man ended in complications

so painful he committed suicide.

** A Los Angeles woman watched as the silicone leaking from her breasts was

plugged with Krazy Glue.

"This has got to be the worst form of purposeful torture and cruelty that I

have ever heard of," said Dr. Jack Fisher, a UCSD professor of surgery who

headed the university's department of plastic surgery for 20 years.

Fisher testified as an expert for the prosecution after watching witness

after witness relate horror stories he said have become too familiar.

"I've been seeing his disasters for 25 years," said Fisher, telling a judge

that emergency rooms across the county have been forced to try to repair the

damage caused by Brown's scalpels.

Brown, 75, had practiced medicine for nearly 30 years before state

authorities lifted his license on grounds of negligence and incompetence in many

of the sex-change operations he performed.

Investigators said Brown continued to operate in Mexico, and in 1990, while

he was living in Chula Vista, he was convicted of practicing without a license.

After serving a three-year prison term, Brown resumed his activities by

shuttling from his San Ysidro apartment to medical clinics in Tijuana, said

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prosecutor Stacy Running.

Brown was arrested May 12 by National City police investigating the death of

Philip Bondy, whose body was found on a bloodstained bed in a National Boulevard

motel room.

Brown is charged with second-degree murder, a crime prosecutors say was

committed when Brown amputated Bondy's leg May 9 in Tijuana in an operation so

crude that the New Yorker died after gangrene set in.

Gregg Furth, a New York City Jungian analyst, testified during the hearing

that he steered Bondy, his longtime friend, to Brown because Furth and Bondy

shared the bizarre fetish known medically as apotemnophilia, a sexual desire to

have a limb removed.

Furth, who testified under a grant of immunity from prosecution, said he knew

Brown was operating illegally, but "when you're on the fringe yourself you have

to find someone in the medical profession on the fringe."

The analyst said he flew from New York to San Diego to be with Bondy after

the operation and admitted he lied to authorities investigating the death when

he told them Bondy lost the leg in a traffic accident in Mexico.

Fisher testified that Brown violated almost every accepted medical procedure

in his treatment of Bondy and the eight other men, women and transsexuals he is

accused of harming.

After the hearing, Judge Leo Valentine ordered that Brown continue to be held

without bail pending the scheduling of a trial date. If convicted of all the

charges against him, Brown could face 26 years to life in prison.

The Associated Press State & Local Wire

September 16, 1998, Wednesday, BC cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 336 words

HEADLINE: Former doctor charged with murder is accused of shoddy surgeries

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

Four transsexuals testified that a former doctor who is charged with the

murder of a New York City man - whose healthy leg he amputated - also mutilated

them during reconstructive surgery.

John Ronald Brown, 75, of San Ysidro, lost his medical license in 1977 and

served a prison sentence for bungling another operation to alter the gender of a

patient.

On Wednesday, a Municipal Court judge heard testimony to determine if Brown

should stand trial for the murder of Philip Bondy, 80, who died in May of

gangrene from an illegal amputation.

Bondy's body was found in a National City hotel room just south of San Diego

two days after prosecutors say Brown operated on him.

Bondy suffered from apotemnophilia, a fetish where someone wants the

amputation of a limb for psychological reasons, prosecutors said.

Brown, who pleaded innocent in May, is also charged with practicing medicine

without a license. His license was revoked in California in 1977 after three

patients nearly died from sex change operations he performed in places such as a

garage and a hotel.

He served three years in prison after a 1989 conviction in San Francisco for

a scalp surgery to shift the hairline of a man preparing for his transformation

into a woman. He was also banned from practicing in Alaska, Hawaii and the

Caribbean because of his dangerous work.

"I looked like a chipmunk for about a month," a woman identified only as

Lauren testified Wednesday. She said her nose was flattened by Brown, who

performed plastic surgery on her face, which left noticeable scars.

Lauren also said Brown was supposed to remove her Adam's apple, but it was

even more pronounced after the surgery.

Another alleged victim, who identified herself as Carrie, said she paid Brown

$ 2,000 in November 1997 for a sex change operation that was unsuccessful and

caused severe bleeding and pain.

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More victims were scheduled to testify Thursday before Judge Leo Valentine,

Jr.

Brown could face life in prison if convicted of all charges.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

September 16, 1998, Wednesday

SECTION: LOCAL Pg. B-2:2,3,4,5,7,8; B-3:1,6

LENGTH: 655 words

HEADLINE: Amputation of healthy leg blamed in death; Victim had fetish;

ex-doctor charged

SOURCE: STAFF WRITER

BYLINE: Bill Callahan

BODY:

When a New York City man died in a National City hotel room in May of

gangrene from a freshly amputated leg, authorities were told the limb was lost

in a traffic accident in Tijuana.

That was a lie, a close friend of the victim testified yesterday in the case

of a former doctor with a history of medical improprieties who is now facing a

murder charge.

The real story is that Philip Bondy, a 79-year-old from Manhattan's tony

Upper East Side, paid to have his left leg amputated at a Mexican clinic to

fulfill a lifelong fetish, according to the friend, a fellow New Yorker.

This bizarre sexual drive, known medically as apotemnophilia, or a desire to

have a limb removed, was described by Gregg Furth, who said he backed out of

having one of his own limbs amputated and then helped Bondy take his place.

"This is a fetish which is incomprehensible to most people, including those

who have it," said Furth.

He took the witness stand, in a hearing that will continue today in downtown

San Diego, after a judge granted a request by the District Attorney's Office

that he be granted immunity from prosecution.

Furth told in detail of his and Bondy's shared compulsion, which he said led

them to John Ronald Brown, a 75-year-old former doctor from San Diego.

Brown's medical license was revoked in 1977 after a lengthy history of

medical wrongs. He later served a prison term for illegally practicing medicine

by performing sex-change operations.

Furth's testimony also shed light on a shadow society of people he said are

sharing their unusual sexual proclivity through the Internet, newspapers and

mailings.

It is illegal for a physician to remove a healthy limb, and Furth said people

like him and Bondy searched for years to find ways of physically altering

themselves.

"If you think of how much trouble it is for the transsexuals, you can imagine

how difficult it is to have a limb removed," he said.

Furth said Bondy paid an English clinic in the early 1980s to amputate one of

his legs. He said the physicians took Bondy's money but did not perform the

operation.

Furth said his friend was eager to take his place on the operating table

after Furth decided against the procedure just minutes before Brown was to

operate in April.

Bondy seemed happy after the May 9 operation, but soon after, his voice

became raspy and he complained of thirst and an inability to move around, Furth

testified. Two days later, Furth went to Bondy's room with breakfast and found

a corpse.

"I saw chaos," Furth said. "I saw a man who had struggled horribly for his

life. I saw the phone knocked over. I saw the wheelchair knocked over. I saw

blood on the pillows. I saw a horrible situation."

Furth said Brown did not examine him or Bondy before operating, did not ask

for their medical records and did not provide pre-or postoperative instructions.

Medication came in packages with Spanish writing which neither he nor Bondy

understood, Furth said.

The two men had agreed before Bondy's death that they would tell Bondy's

relatives he had lost the leg in a traffic accident in Mexico. Furth gave that

explanation initially to authorities he summoned to the hotel.

But National City police Detective Gary Stovall became suspicious after

investigating telephone calls Bondy had made to Brown and two $5,000 receipts

for "surgery" and "hospitalization" Brown had made out to Bondy.

When Brown's San Ysidro apartment was searched, police found bloody towels,

sheets and mattresses as well as anesthetizing drugs.

Investigators said they also found records and videotapes of sex-change

operations. After a multistate follow-up investigation, Brown also was charged

with injuring eight people whose genders were changed.

Prosecutor Stacy Running said Brown is charged with second-degree murder in

Bondy's death, which means he could face a prison term of 15 years to life if

convicted.

Guardian Newspapers Limited

The Guardian (London)

August 14, 1995

SECTION: THE GUARDIAN FEATURES PAGE; Pg. 12

LENGTH: 2080 words

HEADLINE: JACKDAW

BYLINE: Dan Glaister

BODY:

Rousing words

Acrophilia - Arousal by heights.

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Acrotomophilia - Arousal by the thought of having sex with an amputee.

Anasteemaphilia - Arousal by the fact that one's partner is of a different

height.

Arachnephilia - Arousal by sex play involving spiders.

Apotemnophilia - Arousal by the idea of losing a limb or having a body part

surgically removed.

Autogonistophilia - Arousal by being on stage or peforming for a camera.

Dendrophilia - Arousal by trees.

Dysmorphophilia - Arousal by deformities in a partner.

Emetophilia - Arousal by vomit or vomiting.

Harmatophilia - Arousal by mistakes.

Harpaxophilia - Arousal by robbery.

Nasophilia - Arousal by sucking, licking or touching another person's nose.

Nosophilia - Arousal by the knowledge that a partner is terminally ill.

Ochlophilia - Arousal by a crowd.

Odontophilia - Arousal by teeth.

Phallophilia - Arousal by a penis of extraordinary dimensions or endurance.

Spectrophilia - Arousal by intercourse with ghosts, spirits or angels.

Taphephilia - Arousal by being buried alive.

Urophilia - Arousal by acts involving urine.

Entries included in the Encyclopaedia of Unusual Sexual Practices, published

by Little, Brown in the autumn. From For Him Magazine.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

September 28, 1999, Tuesday

SECTION: LOCAL Pg. B-3:7,8; B-2:1; B-4:3; B-5:2

LENGTH: 631 words

HEADLINE: Judge in dead-amputee case may call mistrial; Questions whether to

allow some testimony

SOURCE: STAFF WRITER

BYLINE: J. Harry Jones

BODY:

A bizarre trial in which a former doctor is accused of murdering a New York

man by botching the amputation of his healthy leg may not be decided by the jury

that has been hearing the case for the last week.

The San Diego Superior Court judge presiding over the trial surprised the

lawyers in the case by announcing yesterday that he was reconsidering a legal

decision he made last week and may have to declare a mistrial today.

Judge Bernard Revak said he is having second thoughts about allowing

prosecutors to present evidence of previous botched surgeries performed by the

defendant, John Ronald Brown, 77.

Brown is accused of murdering Philip Bondy, who paid Brown $10,000 to sever

his healthy left leg to satisfy a nearly lifelong fetish to become an amputee.

Bondy, 79, was found dead in a National City hotel two days after the May 1998

operation Brown conducted in a Tijuana clinic.

Six transsexuals were scheduled to testify that they were disfigured in

operations by Brown. At the beginning of the trial, Revak ruled that prosecutor

Stacy Running could call them to bolster her case that Brown knew that he was a

bad surgeon and was aware that he was putting Bondy's life at risk.

Brown's state license to practice medicine was revoked in 1977 for

incompetence, and he spent three years in prison early in this decade after

being convicted of practicing medicine without a license.

Running told the jury at the beginning of trial about the transsexuals and

went into great detail about the ordeals she said they suffered because of

Brown.

However, late yesterday afternoon, after the jury had been dismissed for the

day, Revak told the lawyers that if he decides this morning not to allow the

transsexuals' testimony he will consider granting a mistrial. The basis, he

said, would be that the jury had already heard references to evidence that no

longer would be allowed.

Running, clearly upset, animatedly argued her point.

"How the hell else do I show the jury (Brown's past behavior and conduct)?"

she asked Revak.

"It's the heart and soul of my case," she said. "It's the history, the

baggage that he carries with him.

"He knew he shouldn't've touched a scalpel or a saw or a butcher knife or

whatever he used."

Revak made his comments after a full day of testimony by a New York City man,

Jungian analyst Gregg Furth, who was a close friend of Bondy and shares the same

amputation fetish.

Furth said he paid Brown to amputate one of his healthy legs last year but

backed out at the last moment. He testified yesterday that one thing which led

him to reconsider was seeing a Mexican doctor, who was to help Brown during the

surgery, walk into a Tijuana medical clinic carrying a large butcher knife.

But Furth also testified that it was he who sought out Brown's services and

that Brown never pressured him to have his leg amputated. Two weeks after Furth

decided against surgery, Bondy came to San Diego and used the $5,000 deposit

Furth had paid Brown as a down payment for his own amputation, the court was

told.

Under questioning by defense lawyer Sheldon Sherman, Furth said he never

would have let Bondy go through with the surgery had he thought his friend's

life might be in danger. He said Bondy was "delighted" the night after his leg

had been cut off, although he was upset because he had fallen down several times

in the hotel room where Brown had taken him after the surgery.

Bondy died two days after the surgery from gangrene complicated by pneumonia,

medical experts testified.

Just before the trial started, Brown pleaded guilty to seven counts of

practicing medicine without a license. All the counts dealt with the

transsexuals who were to testify. He faces seven years in prison on those

charges.

 

Copley News Service

September 27, 1999, Monday 23:46 Eastern Time

SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, general news item

LENGTH: 629 words

HEADLINE: Judge in dead-amputee case may call mistrial

BYLINE: J. Harry Jones

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A bizarre trial in which a former doctor is accused of murdering a New York

man by botching the amputation of his healthy leg may not be decided by the jury

that has been hearing the case for the last week.

The San Diego Superior Court judge presiding over the trial surprised the

lawyers in the case by announcing Monday that he was reconsidering a legal

decision he made last week and may have to declare a mistrial today.

Judge Bernard Revak said he is having second thoughts about allowing

prosecutors to present evidence of previous botched surgeries performed by the

defendant, John Ronald Brown, 77.

Brown is accused of murdering Philip Bondy, who paid Brown $10,000 to sever

his healthy left leg to satisfy a nearly lifelong fetish to become an amputee.

Bondy, 79, was found dead in a National City hotel two days after the May 1998

operation Brown conducted in a Tijuana clinic.

Six transsexuals were scheduled to testify that they were disfigured in

operations by Brown. At the beginning of the trial, Revak ruled that prosecutor

Stacy Running could call them to bolster her case that Brown knew that he was a

bad surgeon and was aware that he was putting Bondy's life at risk.

Brown's state license to practice medicine was revoked in 1977 for

incompetence, and he spent three years in prison early in this decade after

being convicted of practicing medicine without a license.

Running told the jury at the beginning of trial about the transsexuals and

went into great detail about the ordeals she said they suffered because of

Brown.

However, late Monday afternoon, after the jury had been dismissed for the

day, Revak told the lawyers that if he decides this morning not to allow the

transsexuals' testimony he will consider granting a mistrial. The basis, he

said, would be that the jury had already heard references to evidence that no

longer would be allowed.

Running, clearly upset, animatedly argued her point.

''How the hell else do I show the jury (Brown's past behavior and conduct)?''

she asked Revak.

''It's the heart and soul of my case,'' she said. ''It's the history, the

baggage that he carries with him.

''He knew he shouldn't've touched a scalpel or a saw or a butcher knife or

whatever he used.''

Revak made his comments after a full day of testimony by a New York City man,

Jungian analyst Gregg Furth, who was a close friend of Bondy and shares the same

amputation fetish.

Furth said he paid Brown to amputate one of his healthy legs last year but

backed out at the last moment. He testified Monday that one thing which led him

to reconsider was seeing a Mexican doctor, who was to help Brown during the

surgery, walk into a Tijuana medical clinic carrying a large butcher knife.

But Furth also testified that it was he who sought out Brown's services and

that Brown never pressured him to have his leg amputated. Two weeks after Furth

decided against surgery, Bondy came to San Diego and used the $5,000 deposit

Furth had paid Brown as a down payment for his own amputation, the court was

told.

Under questioning by defense lawyer Sheldon Sherman, Furth said he never

would have let Bondy go through with the surgery had he thought his friend's

life might be in danger. He said Bondy was ''delighted'' the night after his leg

had been cut off, although he was upset because he had fallen down several times

in the hotel room where Brown had taken him after the surgery.

Bondy died two days after the surgery from gangrene complicated by pneumonia,

medical experts testified.

Just before the trial started, Brown pleaded guilty to seven counts of

practicing medicine without a license. All the counts dealt with the

transsexuals who were to testify. He faces seven years in prison on those

charges.

City News Service

September 17, 1998, Thursday

LENGTH: 398 words

HEADLINE: SD Doctor Prelim

BYLINE: By KELLY WHEELER

SOURCE: City News Service

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

The amputation of a 79-year-old New York man's leg by a former doctor without

a license was ''destined to fail,'' a plastic surgeon

testified today.

John Ronald Brown, 76, is accused in the May 11 death of Philip Bondy, who

died of gangrene in a National City hotel room two days after Brown amputated

his left leg in Mexico.

''This was an amputation that was destined to fail,'' said Dr. Jack Fisher, a

plastic surgeon at the UCSD Medical Center.

Fisher testified that Brown, who lost his medical license in 1977, should

have known that the procedure was dangerous.

''This was a badly done amputation,'' Fisher testified during the third day

of Brown's preliminary hearing. ''Mr. Brown should have known that.''

Bondy was a high-risk amputation patient because of his age and previous

heart surgery, Fisher testified.

''The risk here was sky high,'' the plastic surgeon said. ''This was a set-

up for failure.''

Fisher said it was ''incredible'' that Brown left Bondy alone at the Holiday

Inn the day after surgery -- with just a pair of crutches.

''Leaving this man has to be the worst form of purposeful torture and cruelty

that I can imagine,'' Fisher testified.

A friend who came to National City to check on Bondy found his body, police

said.

Gregg Furth testified that he met Bondy after learning that they shared the

same fetish about becoming an amputee.

A search of Brown's residence turned up what looked like an operating room,

complete with a bathtub full of bloody towels and a ''recovery'' room, said

Deputy District Attorney Stacy Running.

Brown traveled frequently around the country performing mostly sex-change

operations, she said.

The former doctor was convicted in 1990 of practicing without a license and

sentenced to three years in prison. He lost the license 13 years earlier for

botching sex-change operations, Running said.

Brown faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder

and multiple counts of unlawful practice of medicine causing great bodily

injury. The ex-doctor is charged with botching a number of operations,

including sex-change surgeries.

The preliminary hearing is expected to wrap up tomorrow. Municipal Court

Judge Leo Valentine Jr. will then decide if there is enough evidence to send

the case to Superior Court for trial.

City News Service

September 16, 1998, Wednesday

LENGTH: 301 words

HEADLINE: SD Doctor Prelim

DATELINE: SAN DIEGO

BODY:

A friend of a man who died after his leg was deliberately amputated testified

today that the deceased was ''happy'' and ''elated'' when

he learned that his limb-removal fetish was going to be achieved.

Gregg Furth testified at a preliminary hearing for John Ronald Brown, 76, who

is accused of the May 11 death of Philip Bondy, 79. Furth said Bondy

called him after arranging the surgery with Brown.

''He was elated -- he was happy -- because 'Dr.' Brown had said he would go

ahead with the surgery,'' Furth testified.

Furth said he came to National City from New York to check on Bondy after the

surgery. Furth said he saw Bondy the night of May 10, then found him dead

May 11 in his hotel room.

Deputy District Attorney Stacy Running said Bondy met Brown four days

earlier, after arriving from New York City.

Brown was convicted in 1990 of practicing without a license and was sentenced

to three years in prison. He lost his medical license in 1977 for

botching sex-change operations that nearly resulted in death, Running said.

Brown apparently amputated Bondy's leg on May 9, then took him back to the

Holiday Inn in National City, the prosecutor said.

A pair of crutches, a wheelchair and pain medication were found in the hotel

room, National City Detective Gary Stovall testified.

Two $5,000 receipts signed by Brown -- one for ''surgery'' and one for

''hospitalization '' -- were found, the detective said.

Brown faces at least 15 years to life if convicted of second-degree murder,

and multiple counts of unlawful practice of medicine causing great bodily

injury.

At the end of the hearing, Municipal Court Judge Leo Valentine Jr. will

decide if there is enough evidence to send the case to Superior Court for

trial.


The Guillotine Arm

South side man uses homemade guillotine to sever arm.

 


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

October 7, 1999, Thursday Final

SECTION: News Pg. 3

LENGTH: 455 words

HEADLINE: South side man uses homemade guillotine to sever arm

He refused to let doctors reattach it; police say he got blueprint from Net

BYLINE: JAMES H. BURNETT III

SOURCE: Journal Sentinel staff

BODY:

For all the useful information it provides, the Internet is also full of

ideas that are bizarre beyond belief for most of us.

Never was that more evident than Tuesday when a 53-year-old south side man

used a guillotine he'd built from instructions he found on the Internet to

sever his arm.

The man was released from Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital on Wednesday

and was being psychologically evaluated as authorities tried to determine why he

harmed himself.

According to police, the man amputated his arm about 3:30 p.m. at his home in

the Bayview neighborhood.

After removing the arm, the man placed it in a plastic bag, stored it in his

refrigerator and called for an ambulance, said Karen Pride Garvin, police public

relations manager.

Doctors at Froedtert told the man his arm could be reattached, but he refused

treatment beyond the bandaging of the wound and told hospital authorities that

if they reattached his arm, he'd re-amputate it and sue the hospital.

The man initially told police that the accident was caused by tools in his

garage. But he later admitted what he had done to himself. He told police he had

found instructions for the guillotine on the Internet.

A quick search of the Internet on Wednesday found sites offering everything

from scale model guillotines for sale to construction specifications for

medieval execution equipment. Another search found at least 50 sites dedicated

to self-mutilation, including several dealing with so-called amputation

fetishes.

Self-mutilation is not that rare, according to Jon Berlin, assistant clinical

professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin and medical program

director of the psychiatric crisis service of the Milwaukee County Mental Health

Division. But what this man did definitely is.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel October 7, 1999, Thursday

"Self-mutilation is not uncommon, but that usually takes the form of

scratching, burning or cutting yourself. Self-mutilation is often done by people

feeling numb and in great psychological pain. It seems to give them temporary

relief, though in the long run it leads to more problems. They need professional

medical care."

Dick Rolfe, CEO of the Dove Foundation, a non-profit Internet watchdog group,

said parents concerned about Internet access to harmful sites should purchase

filtering software.

"The fact that an adult did something like this to himself just shows how

pervasive it is," Rolfe said of the troubling sites. "I'm not advocating

censorship of the Internet, definitely not. I'm advocating responsible use.

"We're in a technology or media revolution, where we are totally saturated by

information whether we need it or not. The Internet is proof of that. We're in

information overload."
 


George Boyer

A lot of people know about 'the man who shot of his own leg'; George Boyer from the U.S.A., but we want to say you that George didn't shoot his leg of. George had still his leg after shooting, for 14 days. Then surgeons decide to remove his leg.
A lot of people told us already that they find George a weird person, in our eyes he is a honest old man who had to fight a very long time to become his wanted amputation. In all the e-mails, phone calls and letters with him we found out that he is a honest man who is really supportive for other wannabes.



In the beginning... They called wannabe's - 'Apotemnophilia'... Anno +2000 'they' started with the word BDD, Body dismorphic Disorder and went afterwards into BIID.
You can call it whatever you want. BDD, Apotemnophilia, Wannabe, Need-to-be... It all turns around the same subject:
People who want to become an amputee by wish.