California: A Pariah On Parole

A Pariah On Parole

The crime was so stunningly brutal that the years have done little to calm public outrage. Lawrence Singleton, 59, was convicted in 1979 of kidnaping and raping a 15-year-old hitchhiker, then chopping off her forearms with an ax. He left her to die in a culvert beside a rural Northern California road. But the girl survived the attack, managed to seek out assistance and later helped convict her tormentor. When Singleton was paroled two weeks ago, after serving nearly eight years of a 14-year, four-month sentence, local officials across the state took court action to ensure that he would not settle...

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