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OPINION
August 1, 1999
The story of Mary Vincent has lingered in my mind since that terrible and traumatic experience, and so with great comfort I was pleased to have read "From Victim to a Voice for the Suffering" (July 25). More power to Vincent, indeed a courageous person on a courageous crusade and journey. May she prosper and may the foundation be forever blessed. ROYAL F. MORALES Gardena
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OPINION
August 1, 1999
The story of Mary Vincent has lingered in my mind since that terrible and traumatic experience, and so with great comfort I was pleased to have read "From Victim to a Voice for the Suffering" (July 25). More power to Vincent, indeed a courageous person on a courageous crusade and journey. May she prosper and may the foundation be forever blessed. ROYAL F. MORALES Gardena
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NEWS
December 30, 1988 | PAUL DEAN
In summer, Mary Vincent celebrated a new beginning. She was married. This winter, there was a greater joy. Mary Vincent gave birth to a son, Alan. "He's like (husband) Matt, very quiet, rather serious and a thinker," she said. "Then he bursts into fun and devotes his waking hours to keeping me busy." Until 1988, fun was never the substance of Mary Vincent's young life. In 1978, as a teen-ager hitchhiking near Sacramento, she was raped by retired merchant seaman Lawrence Singleton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than two decades ago, Mary Vincent first tried to tell her story. During a speech at a high school, she remembers, one student shouted, "You deserved to get your hands cut off." Her reception was much different Monday night at the Port Hueneme Community Center when she gave her first speech in her new role as a victim's rights advocate and chairwoman of a foundation for victims of abuse. About 200 people gathered, some driving for hours, to hear Vincent speak.
NEWS
February 25, 1997 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawrence Singleton, say his Florida prosecutors, killed a prostitute with a dozen enraged stabs of a boning knife. Mary Vincent is not surprised. He took her life 19 years ago. "He really did," she says with a slight shudder, with awful pain in her words. "He destroyed everything about me. My way of thinking. My way of life. Holding on to innocence . . . and I'm still doing everything I can to hold on." Singleton also devastated a young dream.
NEWS
August 1, 1988 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
In one moment, by vows exchanged, with tears staining her bridal satin, the marriage of Mary Vincent moved her public life closer to a private peace. "It (life) just began all over again," she said. In fact, "everything that has been happening lately seems like the beginning of another life, a better life." Anything would be better.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than two decades ago, Mary Vincent first tried to tell her story. During a speech at a high school, she remembers, one student shouted, "You deserved to get your hands cut off." Her reception was much different Monday night at the Port Hueneme Community Center when she gave her first speech in her new role as a victim's rights advocate and chairwoman of a foundation for victims of abuse. About 200 people gathered, some driving for hours, to hear Vincent speak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Because Mary Vincent doesn't have hands, she can't wear a wedding ring. So her new husband bought a big diamond on a thick silver chain she can wear around her neck. When they go for romantic walks in the park, he holds one of the metal hooks attached to each of her 5-pound prosthetic arms. It was 21 years ago when Vincent, then a 15-year-old hitchhiker, was picked up by the now-notorious Lawrence Singleton.
NEWS
February 25, 1998 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking across a spellbound courtroom--and into a nightmare she cannot forget--Mary Bell Vincent raised one of her two prosthetic arms Tuesday and pointed at the man who raped and mutilated her nearly 20 years ago in California. "Do you see your attacker in the courtroom?" Judge Bob Anderson Mitcham asked Vincent. "Yes," she said, pointing with a gleaming metal hook that now serves as a hand. Lawrence Singleton, 70, seemed not to blink.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Because Mary Vincent doesn't have hands, she can't wear a wedding ring. Her new husband bought a big diamond on a thick silver chain she can wear around her neck. When they go for walks, he holds one of the metal hooks attached to each of her 5-pound prosthetic arms. It was 21 years ago that Vincent, then a 15-year-old hitchhiker, was picked up by Lawrence Singleton, who hit her head with a hammer, raped her and cut her forearms off with a hatchet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Because Mary Vincent doesn't have hands, she can't wear a wedding ring. Her new husband bought a big diamond on a thick silver chain she can wear around her neck. When they go for walks, he holds one of the metal hooks attached to each of her 5-pound prosthetic arms. It was 21 years ago that Vincent, then a 15-year-old hitchhiker, was picked up by Lawrence Singleton, who hit her head with a hammer, raped her and cut her forearms off with a hatchet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Because Mary Vincent doesn't have hands, she can't wear a wedding ring. So her new husband bought a big diamond on a thick silver chain she can wear around her neck. When they go for romantic walks in the park, he holds one of the metal hooks attached to each of her 5-pound prosthetic arms. It was 21 years ago when Vincent, then a 15-year-old hitchhiker, was picked up by the now-notorious Lawrence Singleton.
NEWS
February 26, 1998 | Associated Press
Lawrence Singleton, who raped a California teenager and chopped off her hands 20 years ago, should be executed for stabbing a prostitute to death last year, a jury recommended Wednesday. Singleton, 70, showed no emotion as the verdict was read after an hour of deliberations. He was convicted last week of murdering Roxanne Hayes, a 31-year-old prostitute and mother of three.
NEWS
February 25, 1998 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking across a spellbound courtroom--and into a nightmare she cannot forget--Mary Bell Vincent raised one of her two prosthetic arms Tuesday and pointed at the man who raped and mutilated her nearly 20 years ago in California. "Do you see your attacker in the courtroom?" Judge Bob Anderson Mitcham asked Vincent. "Yes," she said, pointing with a gleaming metal hook that now serves as a hand. Lawrence Singleton, 70, seemed not to blink.
NEWS
March 27, 1997 | PAUL DEAN
Americans have again opened their hearts to Mary Vincent. A final total has yet to be counted, but more than 1,500 personal contributions have been received to date for the 34-year-old Washington woman, who 19 years ago lost her hands when raped and mutilated by Lawrence Singleton. Singleton, who served eight years of his 14-year sentence for the California attack, was arrested in Florida last month and charged in the stabbing murder of a prostitute.
NEWS
March 16, 1997
Here is an alternative view of Mary Vincent, the woman mutilated by Lawrence Singleton ("He Destroyed Everything About Me," Feb. 25). I was swimming laps in a public pool near Tacoma, Wash., a couple of years ago when Vincent strode across the pool deck in her bathing suit, wearing no prostheses. She made no attempt to conceal the fact that her arms had been amputated. Despite the uncomfortable stares of bystanders, she walked over and checked on her kids in the kids' pool before sliding into the lane next to me and proceeding to swim laps with a kick board.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 1990
I found the analogies used by Jim Washburn in his review of Marie Osmond's performance to be tasteless and vulgar. I have followed the story of Mary Vincent since the tragedy, and I am no less appalled today by Lawrence Singleton's heinous crime than I was when it happened. I find it very difficult to believe that Mr. Washburn could not have found a more appropriate way to convey his point. What is next? A reference to David Rothenberg? It's a shame that Mr. Washburn could not display some of the feeling and sensitivity that he felt was lacking in Marie Osmond's performance.
NEWS
March 16, 1997
Here is an alternative view of Mary Vincent, the woman mutilated by Lawrence Singleton ("He Destroyed Everything About Me," Feb. 25). I was swimming laps in a public pool near Tacoma, Wash., a couple of years ago when Vincent strode across the pool deck in her bathing suit, wearing no prostheses. She made no attempt to conceal the fact that her arms had been amputated. Despite the uncomfortable stares of bystanders, she walked over and checked on her kids in the kids' pool before sliding into the lane next to me and proceeding to swim laps with a kick board.
NEWS
February 25, 1997 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawrence Singleton, say his Florida prosecutors, killed a prostitute with a dozen enraged stabs of a boning knife. Mary Vincent is not surprised. He took her life 19 years ago. "He really did," she says with a slight shudder, with awful pain in her words. "He destroyed everything about me. My way of thinking. My way of life. Holding on to innocence . . . and I'm still doing everything I can to hold on." Singleton also devastated a young dream.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 1990
I found the analogies used by Jim Washburn in his review of Marie Osmond's performance to be tasteless and vulgar. I have followed the story of Mary Vincent since the tragedy, and I am no less appalled today by Lawrence Singleton's heinous crime than I was when it happened. I find it very difficult to believe that Mr. Washburn could not have found a more appropriate way to convey his point. What is next? A reference to David Rothenberg? It's a shame that Mr. Washburn could not display some of the feeling and sensitivity that he felt was lacking in Marie Osmond's performance.
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