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Missing Mary C. Robinson
Robinson, circa 1976; Leonard Lipsky
Missing Since 06/10/1976
Rochester, New York
Classification Endangered Missing
Age 23 years old
Height and Weight 5'2, 115 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A black dress with red trim, a black vest with red trim, and white open-toed shoes. Carrying a white vinyl purse.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Red hair, brown eyes.
Details of Disappearance Robinson was last seen in her hometown of Rochester, New York on June 10, 1976. Her life was troubled at the time of her disappearance. Her husband had left her for her sister, although she was still legally married. She had worked as a waitress, but about two weeks before she went missing she fell into prostitution.
In October 1978, a man named Leonard Lipsky was arrested for aggravated assault in Provo, Utah. In February 1979, while still in custody in Utah as the charge was pending, he told a social worker and a probation officer that he had strangled Robinson in his apartment on Brooks Avenue in Rochester and dumped her body in a gully three hours south of town.
Her case was reopened and after it was featured in the local news, Lipsky's former girlfriend went to police and gave them Robinson's purse, identification, sandals and socks, which she had found in Lipsky's apartment in 1976. Police also found a poem Lipsky wrote which said, "by my hand one has died."
His conviction was overturned for lack of evidence in April 1980, reinstated on appeal in December 1981, and overturned again in July 1984. A photo of Lipsky is posted with this case summary.
Foul play is suspected in Robinson's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.
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