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Mary Vincent
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0545.  Wednesday, 7 May 1997.

From:           Don Foster <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 May 1997 10:35:02 -0500
Subject:        Mary Vincent / cross-posted to WWP Listserv

Friends:

In 1978, Larry Singleton picked up Mary Vincent-then a 15-year-old
runaway-and offered her a ride to Los Angeles.  Instead he raped her
repeatedly, chopped off her forearms with an axe, and left her for
dead.  Mary survived to testify against him, but he received early
parole for "good behavior," serving only 8 years, 4 months.  When
Singleton was released from prison, several California communities
refused to accept him as a resident, which led to a spate of
"man-without-a-country" stories in the popular press, with Singleton
being represented as a tragic figure.  In 1988, he moved to Tampa.

In Florida, Singleton has had repeated scrapes with the law, with
multiple shop-lifting offenses and various attempts to pick up teenaged
girls.  Then, in February of this year, Singleton murdered Roxanne
Hayes, the mother of three children.  (Police arrived 34 minutes after a
911 call alerted them that Singleton was beating Hayes in his home.)
Journalists writing about this story sought out Mary Vincent for comment
and found her, nearly destitute, in Washington state.  She lives in a
travel trailer with her 10-year-old son, Luke.  (A second child lives
with her former husband.)

Her artificial limbs are obsolete, one of which has been held together
with yarn for the past year.  Years ago, Mark Edwards (a California
attorney) assisted Mary in a civil suit against Singleton.  She was
awarded $2.56 million but never collected.   For most of the past twenty
years she has been silent and invisible, reduced to a Lavinia-like
existence, fearful that Singleton would come back "to finish the job."
For a time she spent much of her money on bodyguards while living in her
car.

A trust fund has been set up for Mary and her children by Mark Edwards:

The Mary Vincent Fund
c/o Mark E. Edwards Trust Account
1800 E. 17th St., Suite 101
Santa Ana, CA 92705-8604

I hope that members of the SHAKSPER discussion group will not think this
an inappropriate use of the Listserv.  Please give generously.  Our own
cultural traditions, from  Shakespeare to Hollywood, helped to write
this sad story-but we can help, at least, to rewrite the ending.

Don Foster
Vassar College
 

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