I Know My First Name Is Steven by Mike EcholsIN 1972, THE STEVEN STAYNER STORY SHOCKED THE NATION. NOW, THE NEXT TERRIBLE CHAPTER UNFOLDS AS HIS BROTHER CARY ADMITS HES THE YOSEMITE KILLER.
Bright and likeable, seven-year-old Steven Stayner always listened to his mother. Especially about talking to strangers. But when soft spoken Reverend Parnell asked to speak with his mother about church, Steven guessed it would be okay. Until he got into the mans car. By then, it was too late.
Held captive by convicted child molester Kenneth Eugene Parnell for seven years as his son Dennis, Steven was forced to endure abuse so terrible that he forgot his own name. Parnell evaded a statewide search for Steven, keeping his young prisoner moving from one cheap motel to the next. Finally, Steven made a desperate escape with five-year-old Timmy White, another kidnapped boy, return home to their parents, then courageously testifying to convict Parnell for his inhuman crimes.
The basis for the blockbuster TV movie, I KNOW MY FIRST NAME IS STEVEN is the compelling true account of Steven Stayners seven years of horror and of his parents who never gave up hope for his safe return. It is also the complete, updated story of how Cary Stayner made headlines of his own - as the cold-blooded killer who terrorised Yosemite.
He was The cause was a pulmonary embolism, said his stepfather, Roger Gitlin. White was 5 years old when he was kidnapped in by Kenneth Parnell, a convicted child molester. Steven Stayner, then 14, had been kidnapped by Mr. Parnell seven years earlier and was still being held captive. Two weeks after Mr.
The first time he lost his childhood. The second time, just last week, he lost his life. In , when Stayner was 7, he was approached on his way home from school in Merced, Calif. He was led to a car, where a year-old Texas-born drifter named Kenneth Eugene Parnell was waiting. Telling Stayner his parents had abandoned him and ordering the boy to call him Dad, Parnell for the next seven years secreted Stayner in a series of remote California cabins and trailers and abused him psychologically and sexually. Finally, in , when Parnell forcibly brought home another victim, 5-year-old Timmy White, Stayner, then 14, grabbed the boy and escaped, hitching 40 miles to the nearest police station. Last week, back in Merced, year-old Stayner was again heading home when a man in a car loomed in front of him.
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He was held by his abductor miles away in Mendocino County, California until he was 14, returning to his family after he was discovered while returning another of Parnell's victims, Timothy White , to his own family. On the afternoon of December 4, , Stayner was approached on his way home from school by a man named Ervin Edward Murphy, who had become acquainted with convicted child rapist Kenneth Parnell as they both worked at a resort in Yosemite National Park. Acting on instructions from Parnell, Murphy passed out gospel tracts to boys walking home from school that day   and, after spotting Stayner, claimed to be a church representative seeking donations. Stayner later claimed that Murphy asked him if his mother would be willing to donate any items to the church; when the boy replied that she would, Murphy then asked Stayner where he lived and if he would be willing to take Murphy to his home. After Stayner agreed, a white Buick driven by Parnell pulled up, and Stayner willingly climbed into the car with Murphy. Parnell then drove a confused Stayner to his cabin in nearby Catheys Valley instead. Parnell molested Stayner the first night at the cabin.
Cary Anthony Stayner born August 13, is an American serial killer and the older brother of kidnapping victim Steven Stayner. Stayner was sentenced to death for the four murders, and is still on death row at San Quentin Penitentiary in California. Cary Stayner was born and raised in Merced , California. His younger brother, Steven Stayner , was kidnapped by child molester Kenneth Parnell in , when Cary was 11, and held captive for more than seven years before escaping and being reunited with his family. When Steven escaped from Parnell and returned home in , he received massive media attention. Steven died in a motorcycle accident in The following year Stayner's uncle Jesse, with whom he was living at the time, was murdered; Stayner later claimed that his uncle molested him at the same period as when Steven was kidnapped.