In 1978, 15-year-old Mary Vincent was hitchhiking from Soquel to Corona, CA. After getting a ride from 50-year-old Lawrence Singleton, he brutally assaulted and maimed Vincent before leaving her for dead. Despite all the odds seemingly against her, Vincent managed to survive the attempted murder and get help from a couple along the interstate. Vincent would go on to testify against Singleton, who served less than a decade for his crimes.
Despite Vincent’s extensive physical and mental trauma, she testified against Singleton a second time years later when he was tried for murder. With the help of Vincent’s testimony, Singleton got the death penalty for the murder.
Today, Mary Vincent is an artist, victims' advocate, and motivational speaker. Below, we'll break down the story of her survival.