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The Mad Chopper

How the Justice System Let a Mutilator Free, This Time to Kill

by Fred Rosen


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The author of the true crime "masterpiece" Lobster Boy traces a brutal killer's history across two decades of slipping past the legal system (The Guardian).
When police in Tampa, Florida, arrested Larry Singleton in 1997 for brutally murdering prostitute Roxanne Hayes, they soon realized it wasn't the man's first violent attack. Back in 1978 he had gained notoriety as "the Mad Chopper" for raping and cutting off the arms of 15-year-old Mary Vincent on a patch of desolate, sun-scorched land 5 miles off the highway near Modesto, California.

When Singleton was let out of prison on supervised parole after serving only 8 years for his crimes, no community in California would accept him. He eventually moved back to his home in Florida, where he killed Hayes nearly 20 years after his original crime. But his first victim, Vincent, had survived, walking nearly a mile to get help after the assault, and testified against him at his trial for murdering Hayes.

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Fred Rosen (Author)

A former columnist for the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times, Fred Rosen is an award-winning author of true crime and history books, including Lobster Boy, Did They Really Do It?, and Gold! He can frequently be seen on the Investigation...

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