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Yosemite killer Cary Stayner sentenced to die
AP / The Fresno Bee ^ | 12/12/2002 | Brian Melley

Posted on 12/12/2002 9:00:38 PM PST by dighton

Edited on 04/12/2004 2:10:07 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

SAN JOSE, Calif.(AP) - A former motel handyman was sentenced to death Thursday for murdering three Yosemite National Park tourists in a 1999 crime that spread fear throughout California until he was arrested for beheading a nature guide six months later.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
Stayner guilty of Yosemite murders

Stayner sought child porn in exchange for his story

1 posted on 12/12/2002 9:00:38 PM PST by dighton
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To: dighton
With 616 other inmates waiting to die, California has the nation's most congested death row. Only 10 inmates have been put to death since the state resumed capital punishment in 1977; 22 have died of natural causes during that time. With appeals, it has taken an average of 16 years to send the condemned to their graves.

Want to bet that natural causes will be the ultimate killer of this pristine piece of humanity?

2 posted on 12/12/2002 9:13:55 PM PST by xJones
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To: dighton
Paging Mike Farrell, paging your Mike Farrell, your broken moral compass is needed right now at the California State Penitentiary.
3 posted on 12/12/2002 10:16:35 PM PST by andrew
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To: dighton
With 616 other inmates waiting to die, California has the nation’s most congested death row. Only 10 inmates have been put to death since the state resumed capital punishment in 1977; 22 have died of natural causes during that time. With appeals, it has taken an average of 16 years to send the condemned to their graves.

Wow. What a deterrent.

This is an area of law where the Saudis are way ahead of us. Televised decapitation of this monster is more than suitable punishment.

4 posted on 12/12/2002 10:18:42 PM PST by Imal
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To: dighton

Remember his brother? Steven Stayner.

Stayner, the man who made world news at the age of 7 when he was abducted and returned home at the age of 14, was killed at the age of 21 when a stalled car caused his motorcycle to crash. His experience inspired the tv movie "I Know My First Name is Steven."

For all the info on him and wondering what impact this had on his murdering brother?:

Cllick Here

5 posted on 12/12/2002 10:51:59 PM PST by JustPiper
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blood brothers- Cary and Steven Stayner were connected by violence. One is a murderer. The other, a victim, is remembered by a childhood friend.

By Sarah Beach (Salon) July 30, 1999 | Cary Stayner has confessed to killing four women in Yosemite and may have committed many more murders, including that of his uncle.

Cary's brother, Steven Stayner, was abducted at the age of 7 by a stranger, Ken Parnell. Cary and Steven were very different -- they didn't even really grow up together. I doubt they knew each other very well.

This is what happened to Steven: In 1972, he was walking in his Merced, Calif., neighborhood when a car rolled up, and Parnell abducted him. Parnell lied to Steven, telling him that the Stayners couldn't afford to keep him anymore and had given Steven to him. He told Steven that his new name was Dennis Parnell. He took Steven to a remote trailer home up a long dirt road in the middle of the woods in Mendocino County. Parnell beat Steven, manipulated him, brainwashed him and raped him over 3,000 times, by Parnell's own reckoning. Eventually he told Steven that the Stayners had died. Steven gave up hope, and the two of them lived alone out there in the woods.

This morning, when I went to a coffee shop in Marin County for a latte, people were discussing the Yosemite killings. "And you know," said the older woman behind the counter, "his brother was the one who got kidnapped by the guy who molested him for all those years. Something's wrong with that family, for sure, because you know that kid could have walked away from the molester any time he wanted. He must have enjoyed it." I was tempted to throw something at this woman. Instead I told her everything I know about Steven, and by the time I left she was offering to help pass out flyers.

Steven Stayner was a friend of mine, but I knew him as Dennis Parnell.

My family lived up behind the general store in Comptche, just a few miles from Ken Parnell's place. My brother and Steven and I were part of a loose-knit group of local kids who sometimes hung out together on weekends and after school.

I didn't know Steven too well, but we bonded the summer I was 10 years old, over a ski cap and a motorcycle. I remember him mostly as a shy kid with a goofy sense of humor and a big, toothy smile. Steven's best friend was a kid I'll call David, who habitually wore a navy-blue ski cap. Steven, David and my brother liked each other but used to get in typical boyish fistfights from time to time, mostly over stupid stuff like who owned which G.I. Joe or whether someone had cheated in a bike race.

Steven and I started hanging out together when one of the kids got a motorcycle and let us all take turns. Steven showed me how to ride it, but mostly I sat on the back while he drove. It was late summer. In the evenings after school, I'd hop on the springy black seat and put an arm around Steven, and we'd go buzzing around on the whiny little one-stroke bike. I think it maxed out at 35 miles per hour. Our goal was to snatch the ski cap off David's head and drive off with it. David ran with both arms clenched over his head, but he let his guard down eventually, and Steven cut the motor. We rolled up behind David in complete silence, one of my hands clutching Steven's corduroy jacket, the other poised in mid-air just about at the height of David's head. He heard us when we got close, but it was too late –- I grabbed the cap, Steven stomped the bike into gear and roll-started it, and we tore off laughing, leaving the capless, swearing David in a cloud of dust.

I went to the Parnell place twice, both times on the back of the little motorcycle. It was a dingy trailer, surrounded by a chain-link fence. Steven would run in to get his coat and run back out, and we'd patch out of there down the dirt road. He wouldn't let me come in.

People have asked me what Steven was like, especially now that his brother is in the news for killing the women in the Yosemite area. Many people think that there must be something wrong with the entire Stayner family -- somber newscasters have already started referring to the "family curse." Maybe there were things wrong with the family, but I would guess there are worse things wrong with other families that don't produce serial murderers.

The abduction and molestation of their brother certainly traumatized the Stayner children, but Cary Stayner, 37, admits that his fantasies about killing women started 30 years ago, so if he's telling the truth, these murder fantasies began in 1969, three years before Steven's abduction. How did he get that way? How are serial killers created? Nature or nurture? Sadistic parents or a genetic aberration? Nobody really knows. But I do know that the abduction of their brother was not enough to turn the other Stayner children into killers. I feel incredibly sorry for them, and for Steven's widow and children, for the scrutiny they will now undoubtedly have to undergo. I hope people leave them alone.

6 posted on 12/12/2002 10:57:51 PM PST by JustPiper
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Wonder if there is a connection between Cary and Parnell?
7 posted on 12/12/2002 11:01:17 PM PST by JustPiper
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"wondering what impact this had on his murdering brother?:"

. I didn't go to your link but I have a theory about the Staynor boys:

a perp looks for victims...he looks for victims that will allow the perp into his life..

we have heard reports that the family life was cold, distant...if that is true, perhaps Steven was the perfect victim for the perp..a little kid that felt distant from his parents and actually could believe that the parents no longer wanted him....he believed every thing the perp told him...

perhaps Cary was the same, except he got thru his childhood and adolescence...only to take out his anger at his cold, distant childhood on other people...

8 posted on 12/12/2002 11:10:43 PM PST by cherry
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To: dighton
I am glad he got death penalty. I was living in LA during the trial and heard the daily report on it on KFI 640am on the John and Ken Show. Laura Ingle reported, she sat in on that horrible trial. The details that came out were horrendous. She also sat in on the Westerfield trial. When you hear the details on trials like that you really hope for death penalty. I know in Calif. the execution may never happen. I am back in Texas now where an execution date really means something.
9 posted on 12/12/2002 11:29:23 PM PST by buffyt
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To: dighton
Cary also forced the two young girls to have sexual relations with each other. He forced the last one he killed to shave her own private area, after he had killed her mother and her friend. He got angry with the SA girl when he was trying to kill her and she was fighting for her life. He is truly evil. Don't know how he got that way or why, but he is evil.
10 posted on 12/12/2002 11:36:38 PM PST by buffyt
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To: buffyt
I read about the details, it was horrifying and it bothered me for some time. I wonder too why some people are that way. Is it evil or a mental illness of sorts? Either way, we can't afford to have such people among us. That was a horrible story what he did to those women. I read too that he would frequent a local bar, and even though he wasn't a bad-looking guy, the women were leery of him and stayed away from him. I wonder if they sensed his evil.
11 posted on 12/13/2002 2:36:39 AM PST by DBtoo
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To: JustPiper
Like you say the abduction wasn't enough to turn Cary, and I most certainly would not want to try and make any excuses for him.
However, I feel so badly for his parent's. If I were them I know I would be thinking if Parnell had not abducted Steven, how differently all of their lives would have been. It makes me angry that he got only a few years in jail for destrying a family.
12 posted on 12/14/2002 12:44:23 PM PST by elooto
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To: dighton; elooto; JustPiper; vikingchick; Grampa Dave
Found this while looking for stories on that missing pregnant woman from California:

Convicted Child Molester Arrested (Kenneth Parnell)

13 posted on 01/03/2003 10:33:41 PM PST by Shermy
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Ugh. I didn't know that sicky was still in this world.
14 posted on 01/04/2003 12:33:12 AM PST by vikingchick
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To: dighton
Thanks for posting this.

Until Stayner struck again and ultimately confessed, the FBI had been focusing on the wrong suspects, declaring they were confident the killer or killers - a group of methamphetamine users in Modesto - were behind bars on unrelated charges.

Personally, I would to see all of the FBI clowns who were in charge of this investigation who used Stayner as a resource while they tried to pin these murders on the meth bikers in Modesto, have to be in the same cell as Stayner until he is killed. That way they would be out of the FBI and could never get in the way of any other criminal investigation.

Stayner should have been a prime suspect and his background should have been investigated immediately as a male who was one of the last people to see and have contact with the missing women. However, these Clintoon/Jake Reno Diversity Queen/Bozos used him as a resource to try and pin the murders on the Meth bikers in Modesto.

15 posted on 01/04/2003 10:02:28 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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