California

Rapper murders, cannibalizes roommate

April 10, 2002
Los Angeles, California
Rapper Antron “Big Lurch” Singleton kills and cannibalizes his roommate Tynisha Ysais while high on PCP

Ysais was found by her friend with her chest torn open by a 3-inch knife that was still in her scapula (shoulder blade). Her lungs had been pulled from her chest and bite marks were present on her lungs and face.

When Singleton was arrested, he was naked and covered in blood in the middle of the road, staring at the sky. Witnesses reported hearing a scuffle, an argument, Singleton saying “Tynisha, you’re a sock,” then screaming. Following his arrest, a medical examination was performed and human flesh which was not his own was found in Singleton’s stomach.

Singleton attempted a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, though this was dismissed by the court who determined his intoxication was not grounds for an insanity defense. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2003.

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