In 1978, 15-year-old Mary Vincent was hitchhiking from Soquel to Corona, CA. After 50-year-old Lawrence Singleton picked her up, he assaulted and maimed Vincent before leaving her for dead. Despite all odds, Vincent managed to survive Singleton's murder attempt and get help from a couple on Interstate Highway 5. 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 his crime.
Today, Mary Vincent is an artist, victims' advocate, and motivational speaker. Below, we'll break down the story of her survival.
Vincent Was Just 15 When She Started Hitchhiking Towards Corona, CA
Lawrence Singleton Offered To Give Vincent A Ride
Vincent Knew Something Was Off, But Singleton Calmed Her Down
Singleton Drugged And Brutally Attacked Vincent
Vincent Walked Out Of The Canyon And Found Help Along The Freeway
Vincent Testified Against Singleton Twice