CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2003 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2003 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 10, 1985 |
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.