Birthplace: Merced, CA
Location of death: Merced, CA
Cause of death: Accident - Motorcycle
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Boy kidnapped by Kenneth Parnell
Kidnapped at age 7 by Kenneth Parnell, held for seven years as a sex slave under the name Dennis Parnell. He escaped when it was apparent Parnell wanted to use the long-term services of another boy, five-year-old Timmy White. Parnell served only five years in prison for the kidnapping, but was arrested later when he tried to purchase a young boy.
Stayner was killed in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in 1989, for which the other driver served ninety days in jail. His biological brother, Cary Stayner, committed several high-profile murders near Yosemite National Park.
The story was documented in a book by Mike Echols, and made into a TV movie, I Know My First Name Is Steven. In 2003 Echols died under suspicious circumstances in jail. Timmy White died in 2010 from a pulmonary embolism, aged 35.
Father: Del Stayner
Mother: Kay Stayner
Brother: Cary Stayner (serial murderer)
Slept with: Kenneth Parnell (kidnapper, statutory rape)
Wife: Jody Edmondson (m. 13-Jun-1985, two children)
Kidnapped 4-Dec-1972 by Kenneth Parnell, escaped 1-Mar-1980
Raped 3,000 times, by Parnell
Is the subject of books:
I Know My First Name is Steven, 1991, BY: Mike Echols
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