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Vincent walks her two dogs, Danny, left, and Mikey. Vincent and her two sons also have hamsters, fish and an ill-tempered parrot. Photo: Ron Wurzer/Seattle Post-Intelligence

Victims Get A Life Sentence

Shared DNA is Not a Reason to have a Relationship with a Monster

One night when she couldn’t sleep,?Mary Vincent?got out of bed and drew her face. Within an hour, her large, dark eyes were looking back at her, drawn in pencil and accompanied by handsome high cheekbones, firm jaw and generous mouth. She even drew the tiny dent on the tip of her nose.

Considering that she hadn’t drawn anything more demanding than a shopping list since childhood, her proficiency was remarkable, but not to her.

“I’ve always been good with my hands,” she said.

True — except she doesn’t have hands.

In a nation beset by violent crime, even the most spectacularly vicious acts often fade quickly from the public consciousness, as if some sort of collective repression simply buries images too ghastly to retain. Certain horrors, however, seize the imagination and provoke public outrage years after the hideous drama has been concluded.

Larry Singleton was convicted of raping 15-year-old Mary Vincent, hacking her forearms off, and leaving her for dead in a California canyon. It was an act so barbaric that it was never forgotten; when Singleton, was paroled he was hounded out of one community after another. Not one town would have him, and the outcry forced him to accept refuge within the walls of San Quentin Prison, where he remained for the duration of his parole.

Lawrence Singleton?s daughter didn?t want to believe her father was a monster, but the evidence was there and she said she had ?no doubt that he was guilty.? He had also physically attacked her as a teen so she knew first hand what his temper was like. She was 15 years old at the time of the crime.

The family of Singleton as well, and many others whose crimes become national and world news do have to face the public?s scorn.

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Ayla Hutchinson’s kindling cracker is an award winner. I used to cut the kindling when I was a teenager and this invention would have made it so much easier. My Dad actually taught me a safe way to do it that this invention perfects. One of the dangers beside cutting off your finger when chopping kindling is the axe bouncing off the wood. My Dad taught me to with as little force as possible wedge the tip of the blade into the end of the wood and then with the wood now attached to the blade, hammer it down onto the stump underneath. Ayla’s clever invention reverses the process as it allows you to hammer the wood onto the stationary axe blade.

The Tariki teen sold out of the product at last week’s Fieldays and won the Vodafone People’s Choice Award for her simple invention that makes chopping kindling easy and safe.

“We ordered about 400 before and took half of those with us and left the other half at home for online sales,” Ayla’s father Vaughan told the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.

“We sold out in 2 days and were telling people to order online and that sold out too,” he said.

Kiwi inventor Ayla Hutchinson

Kiwi inventor Ayla Hutchinson

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Photo: Google-Street-View

Photo: Google-Street-View

Google Street View captures fake ?axe murder?

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Just in time for winter

imageRebecca Borison writes

The ax ? or axe, if you?re slightly European ? isn?t typically something we think of as modern or revolutionary. It?s one of the oldest tools in the prehistoric human toolbox.

But some guys at Vipukirves in Finland have discovered a huge flaw with the tool: it?s really hard to use. As a matter of physics and engineering, splitting wood with an axe requires a huge amount of power to drive the wedge into the wood and split it without getting the ax stuck. Traditional axes can also be dangerous since they can hit your leg if you miss the target. This is why using an ax is such a macho test of strength, and not a simple household task you can assign to a child. Read more »