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A sex-crazed death row triple-murderer hacked of his own penis with broken glass in a prison parcel row.
Tennessee death row inmate Henry Eugene Hodges embarked on the shocking act of self-harm after he was refused a special food package by prison guards, who stopped feeding the inmate for smearing faeces in his cell.
The 56-year-old is said to have flown into a rage at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution earlier this month after being denied a special food package he'd ordered after a five month unblemished record.
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He was eligible to receive it for six months good behaviour, but the denial sparked a dirty protest by Hodges in his cell, who slit his wrists and was taken to the prison infirmary.
During a two hour self-harm session, he severed his manhood using broken window shards and razor blades he'd kept hidden.
Surgeons later reattached Hodges' penis, but it is unclear how successful that operation has been.
Hodges was handed the death sentence in 1992 after he was convicted of the strangulation and robbery of Nashville phone repairman Ronald Bassett in 1990.
He was later convicted of killing North Carolina chemical engineer Michael Whisnant in an Atlanta hotel in Fulton County, Georgia, before receiving another life sentence in 1992 for stabbing Inglewood nurse Barry McDonald in 1989.
Reports at the time of the murders claimed the crimes were connected to his repressed homosexuality and a deep desire to seek revenge after he was sexually abused as a child.
Hodges, who is bipolar, denies he is gay, despite reports of multiple sexual relationships with men.
He is said to have been a gay rent boy in Nashville during his 20s who dazzled locals with his hunky looks – but who subsequently developed a reputation for violent behaviour, leading local gay bars to warn prospective lovers off him.
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