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(born August 13, 1961) Stayner
is an American serial killer currently on death row for the 1999
murders of four women in Yosemite, California. Stayner's victims
were Carole Sund, her daughter Julie, Argentine exchange student
Silvina Pelosso and park employee Joie Armstrong.
Stayner claimed after his arrest
that he had fantasized about murdering women since the age of
seven. Stayner's family life was fairly traumatic; his younger
brother, Steven, was kidnapped by child molester Kenneth Parnell
in 1972 and held captive for more than seven years before escaping
and being reunited with his family. Stayner would later say he
felt neglected as his parents grieved over the loss of Steven.
Although he confessed to all four
murders, Cary pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers
cited a family history of sexual abuse and mental illness, manifesting
itself not only in the murders but also in Stayner's admitted
pedophilia (he at one point requested child pornography in return
for his confession) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He was
nevertheless found sane and convicted of four counts of first
degree murder by a jury in 2001. In 2002, during the penalty
phase of his trial, he was sentenced to death.
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