You can't really read the passage from Judges without opening your eyes in disbelief, shaking your head in wonder, and scratching your head in confusion. What kind of story is this? Drunkenness, homosexual propositions, gang rape, physical abuse, murder, dismemberment, lying, fighting, and more. The writers of Criminal Minds and CSI can hardly come up with some of the atrocities of today's OT reading.
I did some googling and found this here in which the Pastor attempts to describe the character of the Levite:
The Levite was just looking out for himself. He didn't care about the girl. His further dismemberment of her body and sending it out further indicates his lack of compassion for the woman. He further violates her by lying about what happened:
I think what it really comes down to is summed up in the very last verse of the OT passage:
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Lamentations 1-2; John 6:22-44