Budding pop star Antron Singleton became a drug addict after a painful car crash and when he couldn’t get his fix he turned cannibal – part two of cannibal series by crime author Ryan Becker
Antron Singleton was a rapper
Alisa Allen looked through the window of her East Los Angeles apartment and witnessed something shocking.
She saw a black man running naked in the street. His face, chest, and stomach were covered in blood.
As he ran, he was looking up to the sky. She called the police. When she hung up the phone, Allen ran to her friend’s apartment.
Tynisha Ysais had been spending time with Antron Singleton; the man Allen had seen running in the street. When Allen entered Ysais’s apartment, she let out a blood-curdling scream upon seeing what had happened to her 21-year-old friend.
Antron Singleton was born on September 15, 1976, in Fort Worth, Texas. However, he grew up in East Dallas. From the time he was a child, Singleton revealed his creative ability.
By age seven, he started to write poetry and became inspired to become a rap artist. By 15, he started to perform his music to the public any time the opportunity presented itself. He started performing under the name G-Spade but would later change it to the Big Lurch. His new stage name was inspired by the 1960’s television comedy, the Addams Family.
The show depicted a ghoulish family, where the character of Lurch was the family’s butler. Just as with Lurch, Singleton was of formidable size, measuring 6 feet 6 inches tall.
Singleton moved to California as he felt it held greater promise for making it in the music business. Through the years, Singleton achieved some musical success by performing on his own and as a member of a group.
He worked with other rappers such as Luni Coleone, Mac Dre, RBL Posse, and the Oakland, California rap group known as the Cosmic Slop Shop. The Cosmic Slop Shop’s 1998 album, Da Family, yielded the song Sinful, which became a minor hit.
Tynisha Ysais had been spending time with Antron Singleton
However, the group was not tight, and they broke up shortly after the release of Da Family.
Singleton kept trying, but he was getting discouraged. Establishing himself as an artist was more difficult than he had thought.
His dreams of becoming a success became more elusive with each year that passed. In 2000, Singleton was driving home from his 24th birthday celebration when a drunken driver crashed into him. His injuries included a broken neck.
During his stay in the hospital, he was heavily medicated for pain. The pain that he experienced would stay with him long after being discharged from the hospital. It also would play a role in a gruesome murder.
Thomas Moore and his 21-year-old girlfriend, Tynisha Ysais, lived in South East Los Angeles. Their apartment on 108 Street and Figueroa were in a distressed area of the city. It was located next to the Harbor Freeway, two liquor stores, and a cheap hotel.
On April 19, 2002, Moore and Singleton got together to smoke PCP. Singleton used PCP because it relieved him from his lingering pain.
Singleton knew Moore from the music business and was visiting the area to record an album. Ysais was not at the apartment at the time as she and her two children were visiting a friend.
On April 20, in the afternoon, Singleton experienced a powerful pain. The painkilling comfort from the night before was rapidly fading. Looking around his shabby apartment, he realized he was out of drugs.
A horrific feeling rushed over him. It was a feeling that surfaced from the darkest part of him; a darkness that could no longer be contained.
This darkness was now screaming at him, and he could not silence it. Every pain and disappointment he’d ever had was now presenting itself to him in full force. Singleton drove back to Moore’s apartment to get more PCP from him.
Ysais was alone in the apartment. Her two children were in school and Moore was out.
When she heard a knock on the door, she slowly opened it just enough to see who it was. There was Singleton with a crazed look in his eyes. She immediately felt a chill rush through her as she knew this man was not all right. Before she knew it, Singleton plowed his way into the apartment, knocking her down.
When she started screaming, Singleton beat her until she was quiet; the sounds of her screaming only intensified the fear he felt. He searched the apartment for the PCP but could not find any.
The feeling of desperation, fear, and anger overwhelmed him. He grabbed a large kitchen knife from the kitchen and plunged it into Ysais, causing her to scream before she grew quiet. He stabbed her repeatedly in the chest.
At some point, while stabbing her, he realized it was not enough to satisfy his urge to destroy. Using the knife, he sliced open her chest cavity, grabbed her right lung, and began to feast on it.
When he finished his morbid feast, he stripped off his clothes and ran out of the apartment. Ysais’s friend and neighbor, Alisa Allen, saw Singleton running down the street and called the police.
The police arrived and arrested Singleton, who growled at them like an animal.
Allen rushed to Ysais’s apartment to make sure she was alright. It was then she was confronted with the most horrific sight that would haunt her for the rest of her life.
When the coroner examined her body, he found that she had multiple stab wounds, her neck and jaw were broken, and a fractured eye socket.
Her chest had been ripped open, and she was missing her right lung. A three-inch knife blade had broken off near her left shoulder.
When Singleton was examined, blood and pieces of human flesh were found inside his stomach. The blood and flesh was a match for his victim.
Singleton’s trial was arraigned on June 13th, in Compton Superior Court. Upon hearing the evidence, Superior Court Judge Jack W. Morgan ruled that Singleton was sane at the time of the murder and would stand trial.
His defense attorney was Milton Grimes, the owner of Singleton’s record label, Black Market Records.
During his trial, his defense attorney argued that he had been under the influence of PCP at the time of the killing.
A psychiatrist testified that Singleton suffered mental impairment due to his drug habit.
In less than an hour, the jury reached a guilty verdict. He was convicted of first-degree murder, torture, and aggravated mayhem.
Singleton is serving a life without the chance of parole.
The judge added a second consecutive life sentence. He is serving his time at the California State Prison, in Lancaster, and has spent four of his last five years in solitary confinement.