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March 23, 1992 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They were the children of privilege. As boys, they went to school together, joined the same Scout troop and passed their teen-age years around the pool at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club or sailing in Tampa Bay. They dressed a certain way, in khaki and Polo shirts, and met at the same bars. They did the same drugs. They went to college but felt no pressure to finish. They were boys who grew older but who never grew up.
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June 6, 2002 | From Associated Press
A severely mentally retarded woman who was raped while in state care will receive $7.6 million under a bill signed by Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday, more than 10 years after the assault. Kimberly Godwin was raped and impregnated in 1991 while living in a group home operated by what is now the Department of Children & Families. Her family later learned she had been abused and neglected in the home for at least three years.
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December 20, 1991 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman who accused William Kennedy Smith of rape told a television audience Thursday night that she wants her identity known now so that she can urge rape victims to tell their stories and can defend herself against claims she is psychologically troubled. In her first interview since her allegations were disclosed nine months ago, Patricia Bowman told ABC-TV's "PrimeTime Live" that she is "terrified that victims everywhere who have seen my case . . .
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August 5, 1999 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They met in church, fell in love and married. And for 11 months they enjoyed a happy conjugal life. But now, says Ana Margarita Martinez, every time that she and her husband made love, she was raped. Not by her husband, Juan Pablo Roque. By Cuba.
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April 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police in Palm Beach, Fla., were investigating a report by a 30-year-old woman that she had been raped when visiting the Kennedy family compound there. No charges have been filed and no details were released by the police. In Washington, the office of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) issued a statement saying that Kennedy had been in Palm Beach at the time but had no involvement with the alleged incident.
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May 31, 1991 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
William Kennedy Smith, facing an AIDS test at the request of the woman who accuses him of rape, asked Florida authorities on Thursday to give her the same examination, citing previously undisclosed testimony about her "reputation of promiscuity." In a cross-motion filed with the trial court here, Smith's lawyers, on the eve of his arraignment, accused prosecutor Moira K. Lasch of seeking a headline when she asked the court Wednesday to authorize testing his blood for AIDS.
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May 16, 1991 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police said Wednesday that their investigation is proceeding into whether obstruction of justice hampered their probe into an alleged rape of a woman at the Kennedy family's oceanfront estate here. Despite the insistence by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.
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April 13, 1991 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman who charged that the nephew of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy raped her, told police that she attempted to escape but that the nephew, William Kennedy Smith, tackled her, held her down and forced himself on her as she struggled vainly, a police report released Friday discloses.
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December 11, 1991 | BARBARA A. BABCOCK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. Babcock teaches criminal procedure at Stanford University Law School and previously practiced criminal law for nine years
Cross-examination, trial lawyers say, is the greatest test of an advocate's skill. If so, then Moira K. Lasch, the prosecutor in the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, failed dramatically on Tuesday. Although a trial is deadly serious business, it is also a show, a production in which each attorney is scripting and directing a drama for presentation to a select audience--the jury. And in a criminal case, the heart of the show is when the defendant takes the stand and confronts the prosecutor.
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December 7, 1991 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) told a jury Friday how he had taken his son and nephew for a late-night drink March 30 to overcome a melancholy mood, but denied that he heard screams or saw any evidence that his nephew had raped a woman later on the lawn of the family's oceanfront estate. In the fifth day of the William Kennedy Smith trial, the senator's son Patrick, 24, also took the stand to say that he had seen a woman at the family estate later that night with his cousin.
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August 14, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Florida prosecutors dropped charges against a man thought to be a serial rapist targeting international tourists, citing DNA tests that failed to link him to the attacks. Kenneth Taylor, 39, said he might have spent the rest of his life in prison, simply because he looks like "hundreds of black males in the area." He was charged July 16 with raping a British tourist in Kissimmee, Fla.
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July 17, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A man was arrested in connection with a rape and robbery in the Kissimmee hotel room of two British tourists, and investigators were looking into whether nine other similar attacks in the Orlando area might be related. Kenneth Taylor, 39, was identified by one of the victims as being the man who attacked them Monday in their room. Police said the pair were robbed and forced to perform sex acts with each other before the woman was raped.
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April 15, 1998 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty years after he raped a California teenager, chopped off her forearms and left her naked in a ditch, Lawrence Singleton was sentenced Tuesday to die in Florida's electric chair for the fatal stabbing of a Tampa prostitute in his own living room. Singleton, 70, showed no emotion as he listened to Judge Bob Anderson Mitcham seal his fate in words laden with undisguised disgust.
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February 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A 14-year-old girl who was raped, stabbed nearly 30 times and beaten so badly that her eyes swelled shut was found staggering down a road four days after she says a family friend attacked her. The girl said she had stayed hidden in the woods because she was terrified that her assailant would return to kill her. She identified the attacker as 22-year-old Scott Christopher Malsky, who was arrested later in Delaware after police stopped him for speeding.
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May 7, 1997 | Reuters
After a high-speed chase through this Florida city, police arrested a man suspected of murdering a tourist and raping two women near the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, officers said Tuesday. "I don't know why I do the things I do," James Sears Hartsock told reporters after his arrest Monday night. Hartsock, 25, was charged with raping a tourist and murdering her male companion last week in a hotel across from Universal Studios.
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May 6, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The suspect in a series of crimes that included rape, kidnapping and one slaying was captured after a 15-mile car chase. James Sears Hartsock, 25, was spotted in the small town of Holly Hill driving a car stolen from a woman who was abducted last week and held captive for four days, police said. The woman was freed late Sunday near downtown Orlando. Hartsock also was wanted in connection with last week's bludgeoning death of a man and the rape of a woman near Universal Studios in Orlando.
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April 8, 1991 | From United Press International
Florida police detectives questioned Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) Sunday regarding the alleged rape at the Kennedy family's Palm Beach, Fla., home. They told the senator he was not a suspect in the case, a Kennedy spokesman said. "The Palm Beach police have informed Sen. Ted Kennedy that neither he nor his son, Patrick, are suspects," spokesman Paul Donovan told reporters waiting outside Kennedy's suburban Washington home.
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December 12, 1991 | BARBARA BABCOCK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. Babcock teaches criminal procedure at Stanford University Law School and previously practiced criminal law for nine years
The trial of a major case is in part a drama and in part a love affair in which your job as a trial lawyer is to woo the jurors and convince them to identify with you and, through you, with your client. The fact that the jury in the William Kennedy Smith case returned its verdict after less than two hours of deliberation proved dramatically that prosecutor Moira K. Lasch failed utterly to establish such a relationship. A verdict so quick goes beyond being a defeat; it is an insult.
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August 10, 1996 | From Associated Press
Just a day after his release from prison, the man known as the "Vampire Rapist" was back in jail Friday, accused of violating probation by using marijuana. John Crutchley, 49, had been sent to a halfway house Thursday after finishing 10 years of his 25-year sentence for raping and kidnapping a hitchhiker in 1985. "I'm very pleased about it," said the sister of Crutchley's victim, who almost died when Crutchley drained nearly half of her blood and drank it over a 22-hour period.
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August 7, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prison officials are scrambling to find a home for the "Vampire Rapist," who served 10 years for raping a hitchhiker and drinking her blood. John Crutchley will be free to leave prison but no one wants him. West Virginia, where his mother lives, has told Florida to keep him away. Crutchley, 49, was charged with kidnapping and raping a 19-year-old California woman he picked up hitchhiking in 1985.
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