Not In My Town: No one wants a paroled rapist

No one wants a paroled rapist

Though he has paid his legal debt to society, Lawrence Singleton spends his days in a vortex of unmade restitution. A convicted rapist who hacked off the forearms of his 15-year-old hitchhiker victim, Singleton, 59, was paroled from a California jail last month after serving nearly eight years of a 14-year four-month sentence. But Singleton, a model prisoner who maintains his innocence, immediately found himself to be a pariah, staying in a string of motels as authorities tried in vain in California, Florida and Nevada to find a welcoming town.

The state department of corrections announced last week that it had...