Wetumpka, AL - Edward Lee Bodkin, 68, attracted the attention of Massachusetts prison officials after sending a 7-page letter to an inmate at a facility for sexual offenders. In it, Bodkin described a litany of attacks on children, including an alleged encounter of a sexual nature he had with a month-and-a-half-old infant. Elmore County Chief Investigator R.T. Ward. described the letter as “horrendous.”
“We learned of him after we were contacted by a representative from the Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons where one of the inmates was receiving sexually explicit mail from (Bodkin),” said Ward.
According to Ward, investigators and deputies found about 100 VHS video tapes and 500 DVDs containing pornographic material. Sheriff Bill Franklin said that even seasoned investigators found the case disturbing.
“He’ll sit down and talk with you about it like he’s talking about the weather,” the sheriff said. “In all my years in law enforcement, I don’t recall a case like this.”
Bodkin was arrested and jailed shortly after sheriff’s investigators searched his home. According to federal court records, Bodkin was indicted by a federal grand jury in November and was arraigned late December.
Ward said, “By his own admission he recorded children as young as one month old in sexual acts.”
In addition to the child pornogrphy, investigators and deputies were surprise to also find medical supplies described as “castration tools” and photographs depicting human castration in Bodkin’s home. This would lead investigators to discover that Bodkin was previously convicted in Indiana of performing unlicensed human castrations on willing male participants. For this, Bodkin is called an ‘American cutter’ which is a term for an underground surgical practitioner.
Huntington County (Indiana) Prosecutor Amy Richison, who was chief deputy prosecutor at the time of Bodkin’s castration prosecution, said that there was no sign at that time of Bodkin’s involvement with child pornography.
“All of the castrations were done to adult males,” she told the Herald. “None of his patients were underage.”
A Wikipedia entry on Bodkin said that Bodkin advertised his services in a magazine called Ball Club Quarterly, and that he castrated his “clients” in exchange for their permission to videotape the procedures. Bodkin reportedly admitted to performing five castrations. In addition to the videotapes, proof was in the form of the preserved testicles – described as “trophies” – sealed in jars with dates written on the labels.
Although no evidence of child pornography was found at the time, the investigation into Bodkin’s ‘business’ was the result of police being called by Bodkin’s roommate – who had become concerned after Bodkin told him that he wanted to castrate young boys.
Bodkin was sentenced to four years in jail for performing medicine without a license in Indiana. Bodkin then reportedly relocated outside of Wetumpka after being released from jail. It is not known why Bodkin relocated to the area.
At the time of this recent child pornography investigation, evidence collected at Bodkin’s house suggested that his castration business was not completely behind him. Court documents describe investigators finding documents showing that a man had made arrangements to have himself castrated by Bodkin – but the man had canceled due to his work obligations. The “procedure” had been rescheduled, but Bodkin was unable to perform the procedure on that date because he was jailed.
Bodkin has pleaded not guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography. Bodkin remains in the county jail with bonds totaling $400,000. Bodkin’s trial is set for Feb. 6.