The other Sund children believed their mother and sister Juli would be returned. That same day, Stayner allowed himself to be interviewed by a reporter from KNTV. One brother was subjected to just unspeakable horror for years, but by all appearances he was a happy-go-lucky, jovial kid with a girlfriend. Joie Ruth Armstrong, a naturalist at Yosemite National Park, is shown in this 1998 file photo. Her mother had been dating him and he had decided to kill them on Valentine’s Day. Police found her car in front of her cabin, packed for the trip. In 1997, Stayner got a job as a handyman at the Cedar Lodge, seven miles from the gate of the national park, where he worked for 2 years before the murders.. Stayner was arrested Saturday morning at a nudist colony near Sacramento and questioned for hours about the slaying of Armstrong, an environmental educator whose beheaded body was found Thursday in a densely forested area of the national park, just a few hundred feet from her home and about four miles from the Cedar Lodge. That changed when he met Joie Ruth Armstrong, 26, last week and struck up a chance conversation with her. He also struggled in high school where he was bullied for the abuse he had endured. 'I try to stay strong because I know that's what you'd want your baby to be, but, Mommy, I don't want you to leave me.'". The prosecution team was headed by George Williamson and the defense team headed by Marcia Morrissey. Authorities put out an all-points bulletin, and a woman at the nudist camp who recognized his name from news reports turned him in the next day. But, to no avail. On Monday, July 22, the court heard the Stayner’s taped confession, which he had given to FBI agents. By the end of June, the FBI had reviewed the testimonies of and the evidence linked to the suspects in custody. During the FBI interrogation, Stayner admitted killing Armstrong as well as Carole Sund, Julie Sund, 15, and Silvina Pelosso, 16, said the source close to the case. Stayner’s father, Delbert Stayner, said his son was deprived of a fair trial by a ”kangaroo court” and a judge who ignored defense arguments. A devoted member who served on the Board of Managers, was an Elder, and taught Sunday school for 49 yrs. Ken Parnell went back to what he had been doing for years. Silvina Pelosso’s mother, Raquel, said, ” I just cannot understand how so many people...didn't realize that maybe (Stayner) was the man, since I heard that he was interviewed some time ago. Investigators searched his truck and confiscated his backpack for examination. He then carried Juli to a vista point near Lake Don Pedro, pledged his love and then cut her throat as the sun rose. Concluding the interview, he addressed the victims' families: "I am sorry their loved ones were where they were when they were. Cary was 11 years old at time, and deeply upset about his brother's disappearance. I want a movie-of-the-week made about my story,'" There was a movie made about his brother, Steven Stayner, and he wanted the same and for the world to take notice. He had talked his way into the room under the guise of fixing a leak, and then sexually assaulted both girls and brutally murdered Carole Lund and Silvina Pelosso in the room . Ruth has 1 job listed on their profile. Against the odds, he flourished there. The last victim to be found was Joie Ruth Armstrong– she had been beheaded. She volunteered at the public school, Civic hospital but mostly at her church. "I did murder Carole Sund, Julie Sund, Silvina Pelosso and Joie Armstrong. Authorities were hoping that an investigative grand jury in Fresno would help them gather enough evidence to charge members of the group with the three slayings. More than three hours later, a park ranger and a Mariposa County sheriff's detective interviewed Stayner about the killing. However, all these leads went up in smoke in July when Joie Ruth Armstrong, a twenty-six-year-old Yosemite Park worker, was brutally killed and decapitated near her cabin in the park. Campbell, when first arrested on mail fraud charges, had in her possession Carole Sund's checking account and automated teller machine numbers. I wouldn’t think that he would think of himself as one, but he is a hero.". He abandoned the group's rental car with the bodies of Carole and Silvina inside, returning two days later to burn evidence and retrieve the wallet, which he dumped in Modesto to confuse authorities. Acting on a tip from a caller who was worried about the whereabouts of his friend, Joie Ruth Armstrong, 26, park rangers found her decapitated body on the morning of July 22, 1999. Soon after, he confessed to murdering Carole Sund, Juli Sund and Silvina Pelosso once in custody. "Nothing tied him to the homicide.". ”How frightened the girls must have been when he cut their clothes off.”. More than a month later, Carole Sund's and Pelosso's charred bodies were found in the trunk of their rental car about 50 miles away in the hamlet of Long Barn. He has been questioned about any involvement. Latent fingerprints were also been lifted from the interior of Joie Armstrong's truck, which Stayner admits to touching during his encounter with her. The two hitchhiked to Ukiah, California. Jesse Stayner had come home for lunch from his job as a dispatcher for a hay-chopping operation when he was shot with his own gun. But, says Delbert, puberty-aged Cary endured some emotional hardships because of that incident. For two weeks, Steven watched Timothy suffer the separation from his family. The next morning, Stayner did not show up for work, which Cedar Lodge employees said was unusual. Jeffrey Wayne Keeney, 32, of Modesto. Armstrong was scheduled to visit a friend that night in Sausalito, but she never showed up. The FBI Laboratory has also found possible bodily fluid stains on a bed sheet taken from her residence. On February 12, 1999, Carole Sund, 42, her daughter Juli 15, and Silvina Pelosso 16, left their home in Eureka, California to go on vacation in the area near Yosemite National Park in the same state in the United States. He denied being anywhere near Foresta Road the evening of Armstrong's death and let investigators search his truck, according to court papers. ”I’m so proud of the way Carole and Juli lived, and I’m so ashamed of Stayner.”. Stacy has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle as a reporter since 1997, when she moved to San Francisco after previously working at the Rocky Mountain News, Los Angeles Daily News, San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. He had no criminal record and his only encounter with the law was for marijuana use in 1997. Shortly after Steven’s death, an uncle with whom Cary Stayner was very close was shot and killed in a home they shared together. Members of Armstrong's family said they were not ready to comment. He was known to take refuge in nearby Yosemite, where he’d drive up and get lost in nature. A few hours later, the police found Joie Armstrong's head. On Good Morning America in March 1980, Steven shared with host David Hartman that it felt "great" to be home. But by the middle of March, their hopes faded. Merced County authorities say that in addition to the killings of Armstrong, Pelosso and the Sunds, they want to question Cary Stayner about the Dec. 26, 1990, shooting death of his 42-year-old uncle, Jesse "Jerry" Stayner. Carole and her husband, Jens, 43, owned a realtors business in the Stockton area. Michael "Mick" Larwick, 42, of Modesto, part of a vagabond group of methamphetamine drug users and friends centered in the Modesto area. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "(A witness claimed that) Stayner was angry about authorities seizing his backpack after he was questioned earlier that day. “He loved his brother. Special agent Maddock said "During the last 24 hours, we have developed specific information linking Stayner (also) to the Sund-Pelosso murders.". By the time Steven was 14, he had been abused and manipulated by Parnell for seven years and Parnell and Steven together realized that Steven was growing up and that he was no longer going to be controlled by Parnell and they would need to find someone else that they could sexually abuse. A woman named Lenna learned in 1999 that her mother, her sister and her had nearly been murdered by Cary Stayner. Investigators looking into Armstrong's killing became suspicious of Stayner when someone reported seeing his blue and white International Scout near Armstrong's cabin on Foresta Road on Wednesday about 7:30 p.m. -- an hour after Armstrong was last known to be alive -- according to a criminal complaint filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Fresno. Carole’s parents, Francis and Carole Carrington, appeared on the “Good Morning, America” TV show, to ask for the prayers of Americans and their help in locating their daughter and the children. Stayner demanded that his parents be given the reward money, that he be incarcerated at a prison near his parents’ home, and, to Stayner’s detriment, that he be given a large cache of child pornography. Parnell was convicted on kidnapping and false imprisonment charges. The Joie Ruth Armstrong Murder. We're just drained.". I guess I was jealous. When she did not appear as planned, her would-be host had phoned the park. Had no interest in girls, had no interest in people, he was just a creepy loner. 5-year-old Timothy White walking home from school and they quickly snatched him. He was arrested in May on an unrelated crime charge, but was soon released. Officers were petrified that the bag might contain the head of Joie. Rachel Lou Campbell, 36, of Modesto, who was charged in April with stealing checks and credit cards, and converting them into cash and merchandise worth $365,000. It had been washed there by the current after it was sawed from her shoulders. In February 1980, Parnell decided to kidnap a new victim. You know, hung out with him, played with him.”. ”I’m just horrified when I think of what happened in that room, what my daughter felt when she realized she was in serious trouble,” said Carole Carrington as she asked the judge to sentence Stayner to death. Among other things, the FBI Laboratory has found hairs in vacuum sweepings taken from Room 509 and possibly body fluid stains on a blanket (and) a latent palm print from the window sill. Because he was the handyman at the Cedar Lodge in El Portal where the Sund & Pelosso group had stayed before they were murdered, his questioning at that time seems to have been more routine than anything. They no longer want you.”. The head turned up, 27 feet away. The inn staff claimed that when they cleaned the room the next morning, they had detected no evidence of foul play or anything that made them suspicious. The Bureau relocated its headquarters from Yosemite to Modesto at this point and, on February 28, twelve days after the women's disappearance, hinted that was is no longer treating the Sund incident as a missing persons case, but as murder. Carole Sund, the FBI said Sunday, July 25, 1999. "I've struggled with that issue for the last 24 hours and continue to do so," he confessed. He walked naked and and smoked pot, he could find the peace that he so desperately needed. Eugene "Rufus" Dykes, 32, also of Modesto and Larwick's half-brother was arrested in March. That changed when he met Joie Ruth Armstrong, 26, last week and struck up a chance conversation with her. Simpson case, the Rodney King beating and the Los Angeles riots as well as numerous local stories, ranging from Your Black Muslim Bakery to Fajitagate to the dog mauling death of Diane Whipple and the ensuing trial of the dog's owners. could not say whether Stayner's statements were consistent with what he has told investigators. On the way to his police interview he confessed to a detective in the car to murdering Joie Armstrong, describing the brutal killing "as if he was reading a soup label," said John Boles, another FBI agent on the case. The Sund family's worst fears were confirmed when a hiker wandered onto the site of a burned-out red 1999 Pontiac, hidden off the Highway 108, in the Stanislaus Forest region on March 18. Jens couldn't accompany them on this trip because he needed to prepare for an upcoming business trip. He has also reported extensively on the August 2012 fire that erupted at Chevron's refinery in Richmond. ", Stayner's apartment was searched later in the day and the authorities discovered evidence that linked him to Armstrong's murder. He was also angry about how his truck had been searched. During the session, an unexpected event occurred. It was dark when they arrived and Timmy could remember where he lived so they went to the police station. After several days, the bodies were identified as Carole Sund and Silvina Pelosso through dental records. It was the last time the women were seen alive. Ruth's focus was her children who she adored. A relatively quiet, but friendly, motel handyman called Cary Stayner’s only passions seemed to be nude sunbathing and hiking. Joie Armstrong, a NatureBridge educator at Yosemite National Park in 1999, was a bright light to all who knew her. ”All of it’s been bad,” Delbert Stayner said of his family’s life. "The only time Steve would kill anything like a fish is because we were gonna eat it. Many local residents were convinced that no one person could have created so much horror, "'The logistics of it say it had to involve more than one person, said Letty Carolyn Barry, owner of the Yosemite Rosebud Lodge, west of Cedar Lodge. On February 15, the ladies hiked into Yosemite National Park on one of the many trails. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Joie Ruth Armstrong (20 Dec 1972–21 Jul 1999), Find a Grave Memorial no. Joie Ruth Armstrong, 26, an ebullient, strawberry-blond naturalist at the nearby Yosemite Institute and a casual acquaintance of Kidd's, had been planning to … The Sunds and Pelosso visited the park in February and disappeared from the Cedar Lodge, where they were staying. Cary Stayner -- a 37-year-old maintenance man at the Cedar Lodge, the motel just outside the park where the three tourists were last seen -- knew details about the four slayings that only the killer might know, said one source close to the case. "That’s when I told him, 'You need to go to a doctor, Cary.'" Darrell Gray Stephens, 55, Strange's roommate. @t2yes: Our thoughts are with Joe Armstrong's friends and family as we learn of his passing.Joe joined Ericsson in 1985, a… - 2 years ago @FoodfulSurrey: Music Announcement @GuildfordBeer @GuildfordTweets The line up for the Saturday Evening entertainment 6pm - C… - 2 years ago @thereal_RVa: RT @JohnOwning: Dorance Armstrong, Taco Charlton, Joe Jackson and Jalen Jelks: 4 … "Her mother, sisters and family friend had been missing for a month by the time Gina Sund read her poem in front of a thousand or so people who gathered in Modesto," writes Time. It was badly decomposed and her throat had been cut. Agents arrived at the scene early on the 19th and upon opening the trunk, investigators found two charred bodies. "I wish I could have controlled myself and not done what I did.". !1AQa "q 2 B #r Rb $34s S * !1 "A Qa2B R q ?奚)i X ։ S ] KY T q + -oOeBQ N 5 I v ΩV 3 P } -+ 9 S K 8\ 镓 OH ډ: s 7 K $ L Zt 3 %v wL ; fd V ' @ N 5# x| > 3 [f r 7 | * 0 '@ ~rU 8e j @ n| ) :F j/ ʺ O = Yt@ ˆ > C 0H ! Armstrong was born in Bournemouth, England in 1950. Chief James Maddock said he himself questioned whether the Bureau could have done anything to prevent Armstrong's killing. Timothy White, the kidnap victim, was only 35 when he died. His attempt was foiled when other people were at the house at the time he was planning to commit the crimes. (AP Photo/Courtesy of KPIX-TV). Her headless body was found in a drainage ditch. "He said because of voices in his head, and thoughts in his head the past 30 years, he couldn't help himself, so he acted again, and killed Joie Armstrong, last week." Tragically, Steven Stayner was killed in a 1989 motorcycle accident at the age of 24. Instead, his bag had a copy of a novel about a crazed serial killer named 'Black Lightning' by horror novelist John Saul. She was full of laughter and love, creativity and spunk; she gifted the world with her glowing smile and warm heart. Unofficially, Jens Sund offered a $250,000 reward for information that would lead to the to the return of the missing women. In a voice that seemed relieved to be unburdening from its depth a long-kept secret, Stayner blurted, "I am guilty. After first flying to San Francisco, where Carole rented a red 1999 Pontiac Gran Prix, they stopped in Stockton, where Juli took part in a cheerleading contest at the University of the Pacific. Steven Stayner with his kidnapper Kenneth Parnell. Parnell, along with Murphy, took Steven to a cabin in Catheys Valley, where he was brainwashed to believe his parents no longer wanted him. Out of respect for his family and the victim's family, we don't want to say anymore." FBI agent Nick Rossi said on February 26, "At this point, we have not yet uncovered evidence to allow us to determine conclusively whether this was a tragic accident or a criminal act.” Two weeks later, FBI agent James Maddock, now placed in charge of the investigation, told the press, "We feel almost certain that the women were victims of a violent crime.". Currently, she is a business reporter, covering the food and wine industries, agriculture and tourism. After graduation from Merced (California) High School, Stayner worked as a window installer at a glass company. Her head was found later. Join Facebook to connect with Joe Armstrong and others you may know. He said he strangled Silvina Pelosso and Carole Sund in their rented cabin at the Cedar Lodge in mid-February, then took Julie Sund to a lake, where he killed her early the next morning. Stayner is the older brother of Steven Stayner, who was abducted from a Merced street in December 1972 and sexually abused by his kidnapper for more than seven years. Stayner, clad in a red jail jumpsuit, bowed his head but showed no emotion as Judge Hastings sentenced him to death three times, once for each murder, after returning to the courtroom. He also exhibited some behaviors that made others uncomfortable, including, as he later admitted, exposing himself to his sister's friend. Cary looked out for Steven, according to Cary Stayner's former classmate Jack Bungart. View Ruth Armstrong’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. He was arrested March 5 when he allegedly reported to his parole officer with liquor on his breath. Many in the group, including two half-brothers, were rounded up and jailed on unrelated charges. The hire car company confirmed that Carole had never returned the rented Pontiac, nor told them that they were extending their agreement. John Balazs, an assistant public defender with the U.S. attorney's office, represented Stayner in court and said his mood seemed "fine.". The boys were still in elementary school when on December 4, 1972, a man named Kenneth Parnell took seven-year-old Stephen, whilst walking home from school on Highway 140. "'Deep in my heart I know something my mind does not want to learn,' said Gina,13. He ... Born: October 7, 1978 Although most of the stains were likely to include Armstrong's blood, Stayner was observed to have a laceration on his hand during his interrogation, and therefore may have been cut and bled during the attack. Previously, the defense had maintained that the FBI had coerced Stayner’s confession. He was sentenced to seven years in prison but only served five, less time than he held Steven captive. The issue of whether Stayner’s confession was coerced seemed to be resolved when on July 24, the court heard the recorded demands that Stayner made to the FBI agents that he wanted satisfied before he would give them his confession. Teresa Kay Gray, 36, of Modesto. Learn about Joe Armstrong: his birthday, what he did before fame, his family life, fun trivia facts, popularity rankings, and more. Then on March 25, Juli Sund’s body was discovered near Lake Pedro in Tuolumme County. https://casefilepodcast.com/case-161-the-yosemite-sightseer-murders-part-1/, https://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/stayner-cary.htm, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cary_Stayner, https://abcnews.go.com/US/steven-cary-stayner-tale-brothers-horror-heroism/story?id=60529944, https://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/me-timothy-white10-2010apr10-story.html, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a26040174/cary-stayner-steven-yosemite-murders/, https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/july-25-1999-cary-stayner-arrested-murder-yosemite-60263995, https://abcnews.go.com/US/woman-recalls-moment-family-learned-target-1999-yosemite/story?id=60364987, https://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/stayner-sentenced-to-death/, Tagged: The Yosemite National Park Sightseer Murders, Carole Sund yosemite murders, Juli Sund yosemite murders, Silvina Pelosso yosemite murders, Cary Stayner yosemite murders, Yosemite park murders, Joie Ruth Armstrong, The Yosemite National Park Sightseer Murders and the two faces of evil, The Yosemite National Park Sightseer Murders, The disturbing death of Fiona Torbet in the Scottish highlands, The unsolved Williams and Winans camping murders in Shenandoah National Park, The real Wolf Creek - The Backpacker Murders in the Australian Outback, The disturbing story of David Shearing and the Wells Gray Park camping murders, The mysterious death of Carol Laughlin in Yosemite National Park, The frightening case of the Trailside Killer David Carpenter, The mysterious Koh Tao - Death Island in Paradise, The disturbing disappearance of the Beaumont children on Glenelg Beach, The Kamloops Triangle - The British Columbia murders and disappearances, The Delphi hiking murders - Abigail Williams and Liberty German, The Peter Falconio disappearance in the Australian Outback, Scott Lilly - unsolved murders on the Appalachian trail, James Jordan - The Appalachian Trail Murderer, Previous True Crime posts from the Mysterious Stories Blog. Steven told the police what happened to him and Timothy and he was also able to tell them his real name was Steven, not Dennis. He has reported on the O.J. By this point, Cary Stayner had a couple of nervous breakdowns. In the end, Stayner confessed without the promise of child pornography or reward money for his parents. They then headed out for Cedar Lodge in El Portal on February 14, which is located on Yosemite's western slope. You could see that he wanted to play and be with kids and be normal. After a couple of weeks, he upped the sum to $300,000. named as a suspect in the killings of Silvina Pelosso, Juli Sund, and The issue was no longer who committed the murders but whether Stayner was insane at the time and whether the confession to the FBI agents was coerced. In mid-July of 2002, the trial began in Judge Thomas C. Hastings’ courtroom. You have the other brother who's left at home. During a press conference Sunday, Special Agent James Maddock said agents had been unable to make a link between Stayner and the original suspects in the Sund-Pelosso killings. Stayner's father, Delbert, admitted that he thinks son Cary may have suffered a trauma at age 11,when younger brother Steven, then seven, was abducted in 1972, disappearing for eight years. But instead of seeking mental health treatment he moved to Yosemite. An uncle, who asked to be identified only as Jim, said, "We're exhausted. Joie Ruth Armstrong, a naturalist at Yosemite National Park, is shown in this 1998 file photo. He denied any role in the Yosemite slayings. This portable charger is $14 and can charge your phone 6... Save big during Lululemon's 'we made too much' sale, This is the best J.Crew sale since it exited bankruptcy. Upon release, the FBI warned him not to leave El Portal. Then there was another murder. Timothy Lee White, 5, gets a piggyback ride from 14-year-old Steven Stayner at a news conference in Ukiah, Calif., in 1980. Bee, Naturalist Joie Ruth Armstrong, who was found beheaded July 22, 1999 in Yosemite National Park, is shown in this undated image from television. ''It's very difficult to believe he (Stayner) did this on his own.". Knives were used in the slayings and the weapon suspected in Ms. Armstrong's death was recovered.". Stayner—whose young brother Steven was abducted as a child and later received nationwide attention through the TV miniseries, “I Know My First Name is Steven”—murdered two women and two teenage girls near Yosemite National Park in 1999: Joie Armstrong… It was discovered beyond a campground adjacent to her living quarters in the Foresta community, a group of 30 cabins for use by park workers. The police reckoned that the killer of the three women was someone familiar with the county given the location of the Pontiac. He escaped in March 1980 and was reunited with his family, only to be killed nine years later in a motorcycle crash at age 24. Larwick, who grew up in Tuolumme County near where the bodies of Carole Sund and Silvina Pelosso were found, was jailed March 16 after he allegedly shot a Modesto police office. Steven was told his new name was Dennis Parnell and was enrolled in school. "And I did that almost every clear night from then on until Steve finally came back home. The book was about two brothers — eerily similar to his real life — one of them being a stone-cold killer. When Stayner refused to let them look in his backpack, they seized it, fearing that Armstrong's head -- missing at the time -- might be hidden inside, according to the documents. "I am guilty," said Stayner, who was not interviewed on camera. JFIF C ( % !1"%)+... 383,7(-.+ C ,& $4,4,0,,,,, " ? . Assistant Sheriff Henry Strength of Merced County said Cary Stayner had been living with his uncle at the time but had not been considered a suspect. This time, agents detained him and forced him to answer more questions. What followed turned out to be one of the most shocking crimes in both National Park and American history, involving a man whose family had already been involved in a notorious crime, literally the two faces of evil. The dramatic story was told in the 1989 television movie, “I Know My First Name is Steven.”. Over the next few weeks, a task force including FBI agents and law enforcers from four surrounding counties, arrested several known sex offenders, drug users and ex-convicts with a record of violence from within a 75-square-mile area between Modesto and Sonoma. The country faces a slow rollout of vaccinations and the arrival of a new, more contagious... One of the oldest gay bars in the Castro is in danger of closing. 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