The Serial Killer who cut off his Penis on Death Row: Henry Eugene Hodges

Fraulein Motte
11 min readJan 19, 2024

In October 2022, Henry E. Hodges, a convicted serial killer, who has been on death row for over 30 years for killing three men, severed his penis while on suicide watch.

Henry E. Hodges in 1992 & in 2021 | Credit: The Tennessean / TDOC

Henry Hodges was born in Florida on August 16, 1966. Details about his upbringing and childhood are not well-documented.

On January 26, 1984, Henry was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon and attempted kidnapping, offenses he committed a year earlier in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the age of 17. He was released on parole in September 1988.

Following his release, Henry, a self-proclaimed prostitute, became active in the Nashville gay community. He would often engage with men in bars or parks, who would offer him money in exchange for oral sex. Despite his involvement, Henry denied identifying as gay. However, some members of the Nashville gay community described him as a confused individual grappling with his sexuality.

In 1990, at the age of 24, Henry lived with his 15-year-old girlfriend, Trina Brown, and Henry’s brother in Smyrna, Tennessee. Trina had previously run away from her Ohio foster home and was residing on the streets of Nashville when she met Henry in 1988. According to Trina, her mother was serving a 5–25 year prison sentence in Ohio for aggravated assault, and her father had reportedly abandoned her.

Around May 7, 1990, Henry and Trina made the decision to relocate to Florida. In an effort to gather funds for their move, Henry decided to rob and kill the next person who propositioned him.

The Murders

On May 14, 1990, Henry and Trina visited Centennial Park in Nashville, a well-known meeting place for gay men. While at the park, Ronald A. Bassett, a 36-year-old telephone repairman and artist, approached Henry.

As per court records, Henry and Ronald left together in Ronald’s car and headed to Ronald’s apartment, which was just a 6-minute walk from the park. Approximately 15 minutes later, Henry walked back to the park to pick up Trina and his car. Upon their return to Ronald’s apartment, Trina witnessed Ronald in his bedroom, “lying face down on the bed with a pillow over his head,” his hands and feet bound and handcuffed, but still…

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Fraulein Motte

I'm an independent journalist and writer based in Tennessee, USA. I specialize in covering true crime and other related topics.