Cary Stayner is an American serial killer. His life was marked by the abduction of his younger brother Steven by sex offender Kenneth Parnell.
He was convicted of the murders of four women; in February to July 1999, in Mariposa County, California, near Yosemite National Park, Carole Sund, her teenage daughter Juli Sund, her teenage traveling companion Silvina Pelosso and the naturalist Joie Ruth Armstrong Yosemite Institute. He was sentenced to death for the four murders and remains on death row at San Quentin Penitentiary in California.
Cary Stayner Early Life
This is the true story of Cary’s Murders and His Brother Steven’s Legacy. Brothers Cary and Steven Stayner grew up sharing a home with their parents and three sisters, according to the SFGate, in Merced, California — a small farming town near Yosemite National Park. Although there is not much information as to what Steven was like as a child, there is some insight into the early life of Cary.
Cary, the oldest of the two, is described as a loving brother who enjoyed spending time with Steven in the 20/20 special. According to the Berkeley Daily Planet, their mother, Kay, knew that Cary was “artistic, rarely in trouble and quiet.” On December 4, 1972, at the age of seven, Edward Ervin Murphy, who claimed he was collecting money for the church, approached Steven after school. Murphy offered to take the boy home after Steven said his mother would be interested in donating.
It was then that the nightmare of Steven started as Murphy brought him to a known pedophile, Kenneth Parnell. Parnell and Murphy took Steven to a cabin in Catheys Valley, where he brainwashed into believing that he was no longer wanted by his parents. An investigation was launched immediately into his disappearance, but the investigation was flawed according to some.
At the time, Cary was 11 years old and deeply disturbed by the death of his father. He told Mike Echols, author of the book I Know My First Name Is Steven that, he remembers going out one night after Steve was gone and wished that his brother would return home on a star. He continued to say that, he did that almost every clear night from then on until Steve returned back home. He did not tell anybody about it but remembered wishing on a star that his little brother would come back home Meanwhile, in the hands of Parnell, Steven had undeniable sexual, emotional, and psychological abuse.
Cary Stayner Age
Cary was born on as Cary Anthony Stayner on 13 August 1961 in Merced, California, United States. He celebrates his birthday on August 13, every year
Cary Stayner Body Measurements
- Height:6′ (1.83 m)
- Weight: Not Available
- Shoe Size: Not Available
- Body Shape: Not Available
- Hair Colour: Not Available
Cary Stayner Family
He is the son of Kay Stayner and Delbert Stayner. He has one sibling Steven Stayner, his known niece Ashley Stayner and Nephew Steven Stayner Jr. His elder brother was behind the Yosemite murders that rocked the small farming town of Merced, California in 1999.
Cary Stayner Book
The book Cary Stayner: The True Story of The Yosemite Park Killer: Historical Serial Killers and Murderers (True Crime by Evil Killers Book 4) written by Jack Rosewood. In the book, he describes the childhood life of Stayner and how he began committing crimes.
Cary Stayner Survivor
A strange lady Lenna told ABC News’ “20/20” in an exclusive interview that Cary was her mothers boyfriend when she was 11, hiding her full identity, she said that her family(her mother, her sister and her self) was very close to him and he taught them a lot of things like swimming. Her dream was shut in 1999 when she learned from authorities that Cary was a murderer and had planned to kill them.
Cary Stayner the Yosemite Murderer
Cary’s life continued throughout the years that Steven was missing, but it was never the same. The then 11-year-old felt responsible for the loss of his father, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet, and felt ignored by his family, who were overwhelmed by the abduction of their son.
Cary was known to be creative in high school, but he could not escape the story of Steven. According to TIME, Cary saw his brother’s attention after returning home and their friendship was never the same.
“We never really got along that well after he came back … All of a sudden Steve got all those gifts, got all those clothes, got all that attention. I guess I was jealous. I’m sure I was … I was the oldest and all that. Then all of a sudden it’s gone. I got put on the back burner, you could say,” Cary told J.P.Miller, a filmmaker who wrote a screenplay about the abduction of Steven.
Cary’s adult life would have trouble with the law. But he wasn’t going to become a murderer until the age of 37. In 1999, at Cedar Lodge, where Cary worked as a handyman, Carole Sund, her teenage daughter Juli, and Juli’s friend Silvina Pelosso lived. Cary went into their room under false pretenses and sexually harassed both women. He later killed all three brutally, according to History.com.
Although he was investigated, a police investigation did not trace the deaths back to Cary. Five months later, Joie Armstrong, an employee of the Yosemite Institute, was killed by Cary. Initially wanted as an eyewitness, in July 1999, Cary was questioned by police and finally confessed to all four assassinations.
Cary Stayner Death
He was sentenced to death in 2002 and is currently on death row at San Quentin Penitentiary in California.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cary Stayner
Who is Stayner?
He is a known American Serial killer
How old is Cary Stayner?
He is 57 years old as of 2019. He was born in 1961
How tall is Cary Stayner?
He stands at a height of 1.83 m
Is Stayner married?
He is neither married nor dating
How much is Stayner’s worth?
He is net worth is not estimated
How much does Stayner make?
Where does Stayner live?
He lives at San Quentin Penitentiary in California.
Is Cary Stayner dead or alive?
He is still alive and in good health.
Where is Cary Stayner now?
He is death-sentenced