“New Jersey woman pleads guilty in man’s penis enlargement death,” read the headline that scrolled across my screen. As a fan of the tv show Botched, I was familiar with stories of amateur plastic surgery gone wrong, but the (scarcely) six-paragraph brief on the topic left me wanting more…so much more, that I fell down a dark and disturbing penis enlargement hole and didn’t emerge for ages.
OK, I’m exaggerating: all I did was google the names of the accused (38-year-old Kasia Rivera of East Orange, New Jersey) and the deceased (Justin Street) and 3/4 down page one, I got everything I wanted, but I’m really good at googling compared to, like, those guys on Catfish and pretty much every internet commenter (excepting you guys!) ever.
I mean, you want to laugh at this, right? Penis enlargement is funny. But it’s actually really sad, if this NJ.com report from 2011 is to be believed: Rivera apparently advertised her services as a silicone injector at New Jersey bars, which is where all the best plastic surgery decisions are made. One of her ads reached 22-year-old Justin Street, a father of two, who in May 2011 made an appointment with the [then] 34-year-old woman at her Glenwood Avenue home for a penis enlargement.”
The next day, Street was dead, because “the injection, shot directly into Street’s bloodstream, spread the silicone through his body and shut down his organs.”
“He talked to me about it but I didn’t think he would do anything like that,” his dad, Kysung Mills, told NJ.com. “I don’t think he knew what he was doing.”
“I told him that stuff don’t work,” Mills said. “You got to be blessed for what you have.”
Let’s unpack this for a moment:
- Street was apparently prolific enough with his penis to have two children at the tender age of 22
- So we know that the damn thing WORKED
- And yet he was concerned enough about its size that he gambled with his life to make it bigger
- But before that, he talked to his dad…about his dick size?
- And of course this all happened in New Jersey
I don’t have a penis to enlarge, so maybe I should just shut up, and I certainly don’t want to sound like I am blaming the victim. But this is just bonkers — man with working member goes to woman’s house to get unknown substance SHOT INTO HIS DICK and…honestly, it’s a miracle no one had died before now, I guess.
And that’s not the only strange aspect of this story: according to the NY Daily News, during her trial this summer, “three jurors said they were approached by a man associated with Rivera. Two of the jurors claimed they were offered $5,000 bribes as a means to influence the trial’s outcome.”
The judge ended up having to dismiss all the jurors and restart the trial. This time around, with jury selection about to start last week, Rivera took a plea deal, agreeing to charges of reckless manslaughter. Between Street’s death and the trial, she’d also been accused of “possession of a stun gun and injecting silicone into another woman’s buttocks and breasts up to four times,” but those charges will be dropped as part of the deal.
So at the end of the day, we have a dead guy, two fatherless kids, a bunch of lumpy breasts and butts, and Rivera gets a likely five years in jail. “You got to be blessed for what you have,” indeed.