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September 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
Steven Stayner, who as a child was kidnaped from his Merced home and held captive until he escaped seven years later, died Saturday in a motorcycle accident, a coroner's spokesman said. Stayner, 24, was pronounced dead at Merced Community Medical Center shortly after the 5:30 p.m. accident outside a meat company on Santa Fe Avenue between Merced and Atwater, a coroner's spokesman said. No other details were immediately available, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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January 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Kenneth Eugene Parnell, whose abduction and confinement of a California boy in the 1970s became the basis of a TV movie, died of natural causes while serving a life sentence, state prison authorities said Tuesday. Parnell, 76, died at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville on Monday night. One of California's most notorious child molesters, he was convicted of kidnapping Steven Stayner as the 7-year-old walked home from school in the Central Valley town of Merced in 1972. Parnell gave the boy a different name and kept him until Stayner escaped in 1980.
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NEWS
September 22, 1989 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
He knew his first name was Steven. But emotionally he never really came home and privately he couldn't become whole because publicly he was always Steven Stayner, an abduction victim, someone in a miniseries, one missing kid among tens of thousands on flyers and milk cartons who, miraculously, a decade ago, did return alive and apparently well. "When he came back he was a jolly kid, a jokester, happy-go-lucky," said Sandy Hawkins, a friend with the seniority of any natural aunt.
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August 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A group of residents is raising funds to erect a memorial for Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped from his home as a child in 1972 but escaped eight years later. The effort began after the City Council voted against a proposal in April to name a park after Steven. Some residents had objected to the renaming because Steven's brother, Cary, was convicted of murdering four women. Steven died in a motorcycle accident in 1989.
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March 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A city committee has voted to retain the name of Steven Stayner Park despite complaints that the name will be associated with Steven's brother, Cary, a convicted murderer. The Merced City Council sent the proposal back to the committee last month after some council members expressed concern over the Stayner name. Cary Stayner was convicted of killing four women in the vicinity of Yosemite National Park. Steven Stayner was kidnapped in 1972 and held for seven years before he escaped.
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August 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A group of residents is raising funds to erect a memorial for Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped from his home as a child in 1972 but escaped eight years later. The effort began after the City Council voted against a proposal in April to name a park after Steven. Some residents had objected to the renaming because Steven's brother, Cary, was convicted of murdering four women. Steven died in a motorcycle accident in 1989.
NEWS
June 12, 1985
The one-time victim of a nationally publicized kidnaping is to be married today in Merced. Steven Stayner, now 20, was 7 when he vanished from a Merced street. Seven years later he appeared at a Ukiah police station with a 5-year-old boy who had been abducted in that community two weeks earlier. Stayner told Ukiah officers he didn't want the younger boy to go through what he had experienced.
OPINION
January 7, 2003
Kenneth Parnell has again been arrested, this time for allegedly trying to buy a child in Berkeley (Jan. 4). In 1972 he kidnapped Steven Stayner and held him in slavery for seven years. Then in 1980, just before Stayner's escape from Parnell, he kidnapped little Timmy White. And served only five years in prison! No wonder we have no faith in the judicial system. Maybe it's time to give some of those bleeding-heart judges a good horsewhipping until they come to their senses. James Kadokan Valmy, Nev.
NEWS
June 18, 1989
I enjoyed "I Know My First Name Is Steven," the TV movie about Steven Stayner, not only because it was emotionally touching but because instead of finishing with a storybook happy ending, as many movies do, it dealt with the hard and painful problems he had to face once he returned home. In fact, the problems he had to deal with once he was home again were almost as difficult as when he was a "captive," as he was not only cruelly teased but had to get used to living an entirely new life style.
NEWS
March 10, 1985 | CATHERINE WILSON, Associated Press
Despite a seven-year kidnaping ordeal that ended five years ago, Steven Stayner is described by his parents as a "fairly normal" teen-ager. Delbert and Kay Stayner admit that Steven, 19, has his troubles. He ran up $1,100 in traffic fines, lost his driver's license and is working off his penalties raking leaves and splitting wood for Merced County.
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March 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A city committee has voted to retain the name of Steven Stayner Park despite complaints that the name will be associated with Steven's brother, Cary, a convicted murderer. The Merced City Council sent the proposal back to the committee last month after some council members expressed concern over the Stayner name. Cary Stayner was convicted of killing four women in the vicinity of Yosemite National Park. Steven Stayner was kidnapped in 1972 and held for seven years before he escaped.
OPINION
January 7, 2003
Kenneth Parnell has again been arrested, this time for allegedly trying to buy a child in Berkeley (Jan. 4). In 1972 he kidnapped Steven Stayner and held him in slavery for seven years. Then in 1980, just before Stayner's escape from Parnell, he kidnapped little Timmy White. And served only five years in prison! No wonder we have no faith in the judicial system. Maybe it's time to give some of those bleeding-heart judges a good horsewhipping until they come to their senses. James Kadokan Valmy, Nev.
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January 4, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Kenneth Parnell, the child molester who became infamous after kidnapping and sexually torturing Steven Stayner in the 1970s, was arrested in Berkeley on Friday night in a police sting operation after allegedly trying buy a child. Berkeley police said a tip led them to Parnell's home, but offered no further details. "We became aware of his desire to purchase a child ... and we intervened," said police Lt. Dennis Ahearn.
NEWS
August 4, 1999 | LEE PAGNI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The last time I had visited Yosemite, I spent three incredible days with Joie Armstrong. We swam in a peaceful stream, talked about our goals and reveled in our friendship and time together in a beautiful place where Joie would be killed just four days later. Last week I returned there, and this time I left in tears, a week of healing not being enough for the lifetime of loss her family and friends and I will endure. On the way home I heard a radio report about the confessed killer.
NEWS
January 5, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Antonio Loera, who accidentally killed childhood kidnap victim Steven Stayner in a traffic crash, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, despite a plea by an attorney for Stayner's widow that Loera should get the maximum four-year sentence. Merced County Superior Court Judge George Barrett also placed Loera on 12-months probation and ordered him to pay $100 to a restitution fund. Stayner, 24, was a second-grader when a child molester kidnaped him and held him for seven years.
NEWS
December 4, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The family of former kidnap victim Steven Stayner has filed a $5-million claim against Merced County alleging negligence in Stayner's fatal accident. The claim, filed by San Francisco attorney Melvin Belli, alleges that Stayner, 24, died because the county and the public works department improperly maintained the road on which Stayner was killed when a car pulled into the path of his motorcycle in September. The driver of the car has been charged with felony hit-run driving.
NEWS
January 5, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Antonio Loera, who accidentally killed childhood kidnap victim Steven Stayner in a traffic crash, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, despite a plea by an attorney for Stayner's widow that Loera should get the maximum four-year sentence. Merced County Superior Court Judge George Barrett also placed Loera on 12-months probation and ordered him to pay $100 to a restitution fund. Stayner, 24, was a second-grader when a child molester kidnaped him and held him for seven years.
NEWS
December 4, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The family of former kidnap victim Steven Stayner has filed a $5-million claim against Merced County alleging negligence in Stayner's fatal accident. The claim, filed by San Francisco attorney Melvin Belli, alleges that Stayner, 24, died because the county and the public works department improperly maintained the road on which Stayner was killed when a car pulled into the path of his motorcycle in September. The driver of the car has been charged with felony hit-run driving.
NEWS
November 12, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
A prosecutor requested dismissal of a manslaughter charge against the man accused in the hit-and-run death of kidnap victim Steven Stayner. Antonio Loera, 28, still faces a charge of felony hit-and-run driving to which he is expected to plead no contest at a hearing on Dec. 14, Merced County Dist. Atty. Frank Dougherty said. The decision to dismiss the manslaughter charge was based on evidence that a defective carburetor and loose throttle caused the Sept. 16 accident, Dougherty said.
NEWS
October 25, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Students at Modesto's continuation high school set a goal to raise $150 for the children of Steven Stayner, the former childhood kidnaping victim killed in a traffic accident. But the students of Elliott Alternative Education Center did not know how persuasive they could be. They raised $1,300 in the Modesto area and presented the money to Stayner's widow, Jody, at her home in Atwater. The money will go into a trust fund for the Stayners' children, Ashley, 3, and Steven Jr., 2.
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