"We never really got along that well after he came back ... All of a sudden Steve was getting all these gifts, getting all this clothing, getting all this attention. "Privately, some members of the Sund-Pelosso task force were saying the same things to the media. In the final moments of her life, Joie Armstrong, who grew up in Orlando and graduated from Dr. Phillips High School, might have saved other lives, sources close to the investigation said. On Monday, July 22, the court heard the Stayner’s taped confession, which he had given to FBI agents. An uncle, who asked to be identified only as Jim, said, "We're exhausted. More than three hours later, a park ranger and a Mariposa County sheriff's detective interviewed Stayner about the killing. Kenneth"Soldier" Stewart, 24, a former cellmate of Dykes who was charged with attempted murder. He told Hartman that his parents "didn’t change that much," but his brother and sisters, "they changed a lot. "That’s when I told him, 'You need to go to a doctor, Cary.'" "Cary Anthony Stayner (August 13, 1961) is an American serial killer convicted of the murders of four women between February and July 1999: Carole Sund, her teenaged daughter Juli Sund and their teenaged traveling companion Silvina Pelosso, and Yosemite Institute naturalist Joie Ruth Armstrong. He died in jail in 2008 at the age of 76. 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. Timothy White, the kidnap victim, was only 35 when he died. Steven Stayner with his kidnapper Kenneth Parnell. The next morning, Stayner did not show up for work, which Cedar Lodge employees said was unusual. Upon release, the FBI warned him not to leave El Portal. Bee, Naturalist Joie Ruth Armstrong, who was found beheaded July 22, 1999 in Yosemite National Park, is shown in this undated image from television. By Friday, July 23rd, Stayner, in the meantime, had disappeared from the area, by the time agents came to arrest him. The head was later found near her body. In an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, the FBI said Stayner confessed killing Joie Ruth Armstrong, 26. 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. Members of Armstrong's family said they were not ready to comment. Ruth has 1 job listed on their profile. . Its manager had seen a story on television, recognized Stayner's photo as one of his guests, and notified the FBI. ", Stayner's apartment was searched later in the day and the authorities discovered evidence that linked him to Armstrong's murder. Joie Ruth Armstrong, a naturalist at Yosemite National Park, is shown in this 1998 file photo. ", Steven Stayner and Cary Stayner in the baseball cap in the background. Instead, his bag had a copy of a novel about a crazed serial killer named 'Black Lightning' by horror novelist John Saul. Many in the group, including two half-brothers, were rounded up and jailed on unrelated charges. Hastings rejected new defense claims that juror misconduct prevented a fair trial. on July 22, with the disappearance of another woman — Joie Ruth Armstrong, 26, a pretty redhead who worked for the Yosemite Institute teaching children about nature. 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. Then Carole's wallet turned up in Modesto, which included money and credit cards. Armstrong was born in Bournemouth, England in 1950. They lived in the farming town of Merced, California, the “Gateway to Yosemite”. 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. The friend called police early the next morning to report Armstrong missing, and at 1 p.m. park rangers and FBI agents found her body. He was charged with attempting to purchase a child and attempted child molestation in 2004, that he was sentenced to 25 to life. 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. 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. Maria Ledbetter, 24, of Modesto, an admitted methamphetamine addict and former girlfriend of Dykes, about whom she was questioned extensively. You have the other brother who's left at home. He denied any role in the Yosemite slayings. However, there were warning signs during his younger years. Agents arrived at the scene early on the 19th and upon opening the trunk, investigators found two charred bodies. The hire car company confirmed that Carole had never returned the rented Pontiac, nor told them that they were extending their agreement. A woman named Lenna learned in 1999 that her mother, her sister and her had nearly been murdered by Cary Stayner. Management found him a hard-worker and honest. She was full of laughter and love, creativity and spunk; she gifted the world with her glowing smile and warm heart. He said he abandoned the group's car with the bodies of Silvina Pelosso and Carole Sund in it, returning two days later to burn evidence and retrieve Carole Sund's wallet, which he dumped in Modesto to confuse authorities. I got put on the back burner, you might say," Cary told J.P. Miller, a filmmaker who wrote a screenplay about Steven's abduction. "I wish I could have controlled myself and not done what I did.". I guess I was jealous. He said he could not resist the urge to kill her when he realized she was alone. The two hitchhiked to Ukiah, California. ", FBI sources claimed that he had already confessed his guilt during the Saturday evening interrogation. In (the) interview, Stayner said he had fantasized about killing women for the last 30 years and described in detail how he murdered all the women, He had strangled Pelosso and Carole Sund in their rented cabin in the Cedar Lodge motel, then took Juli Sund to a lake, where he killed her early the next morning. Earlier yesterday, Stayner stood silently in U.S. District Court in Sacramento as he was being charged with a single count of murder in last week's slaying of Armstrong. He has been questioned about any involvement. 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… The FBI pushed for Strange's arrest, but he denied any part in the triple murders. This time, agents detained him and forced him to answer more questions. In May, 2002, Stayner pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1999 murder of Pelosso and the Sunds. 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. That evening, the group grabbed some videos from the lodge's service desk to watch in their room. After Steven said his mother would be interested in donating, Murphy offered to take the boy home. On days off he would escape to Laguna Del Sol, a nudist colony in Sacramento County. 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. ''It's very difficult to believe he (Stayner) did this on his own.". I wouldn’t think that he would think of himself as one, but he is a hero.". ”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. 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. Her stories include full coverage of the Yosemite murders and the Scott Peterson case, the beleaguered California olive industry and farming and ranching issues. Cary Stayner, a hotel maintenance man was arrested in the Chief James Maddock said he himself questioned whether the Bureau could have done anything to prevent Armstrong's killing. AP Photo by The Modesto By this point, Cary Stayner had a couple of nervous breakdowns. Angelia Dale, who testified before the federal grand jury. 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.". He had no criminal record and his only encounter with the law was for marijuana use in 1997. He walked naked and and smoked pot, he could find the peace that he so desperately needed. According to Special Agent Christopher Hopkins , both the FBI's Evidence Response Team and the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office collected items of potential interest from Room 509 at the Cedar Lodge Motel, the room in which Stayner sexually assaulted Juli Sund and Silvina Pelosso and murdered both Carole Sund and Silvina Pelosso. On March 1, 1980, Steven waited until Parnell was at work and then fled the house with Timothy. The head turned up, 27 feet away. For years, Parnell traveled around California with Steven. Shortly after Steven’s death, an uncle with whom Cary Stayner was very close was shot and killed in a home they shared together. 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. He had given the FBI details "only the killer would know in such specificity that agents were able to recover evidence confirming his confession. 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. View the profiles of people named Ruth Joie. "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. View the profiles of people named Joe Armstrong. View Ruth Armstrong’s profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community. "I did murder Carole Sund, Julie Sund, Silvina Pelosso and Joie Armstrong. Cary looked out for Steven, according to Cary Stayner's former classmate Jack Bungart. Agents descended on the colony and returned him to El Portal on Saturday where he was put through a more lengthy interrogation. Steven was a national hero. The FBI Laboratory has also found possible bodily fluid stains on a bed sheet taken from her residence. 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. By the end of that evening, the FBI felt it had gathered enough evidence to arrest Cary Stayner for murder, Sunday morning, they rushed him to Fresno to officially lodge a complaint, then to Sacramento on Monday where he was put before the courts. . Julie Sund was discovered on the banks of Lake Don Pedro a few days later -- and authorities said her head was nearly severed from her body. 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 . More than a thousand leads, they confessed, produced nothing. 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. Teresa Kay Gray, 36, of Modesto. One of those arrested, and later released, was Cary Stayner, who worked at the Cedar Lodge as the handyman. '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.'". . He is best known as one of the co-designers of the Erlang programming language Early life and education. Emotionally, Cary Stayner had a tough time during his childhood. On February 15, the ladies hiked into Yosemite National Park on one of the many trails. None of the women were sexually abused in any way. "The only time Steve would kill anything like a fish is because we were gonna eat it. He was arrested in May on an unrelated crime charge, but was soon released. "'Deep in my heart I know something my mind does not want to learn,' said Gina,13. He then carried Juli to a vista point near Lake Don Pedro, pledged his love and then cut her throat as the sun rose. You know, hung out with him, played with him.”. 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. See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Ruth’s connections and jobs at similar companies. They had been hosting Silvina, who was a foreign exchange student from Argentina and a friend of Juli's, She was spending three months with the family. In a jailhouse interview yesterday with a San Francisco television station, Stayner said he had dreamed about killing women for 30 years. Steven Stayner helped another child escape from a pedophile, after enduring years of abuse and not wanting to see the child experience the same fate. He said he thought he had gotten away with the crimes and did not leave the area for fear of drawing attention to himself. That same day, Stayner allowed himself to be interviewed by a reporter from KNTV. Those sources say it is difficult for some investigators to believe Stayner could have gotten the jump on all three women without any help, let alone dispose of their bodies.". 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. How can one family, contain two completely contrasting children? Larry Duane Utley, 41 an associate of Dykes and Larwick, first picked up during a March parole sweep. "He had a great personality," said Lori Duke, who dated Steven in high school but knew him as Dennis. In recent years, Jaxon has explored the circumstances behind the explosion and fire of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s San Bruno gas pipeline in September 2010, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. The last victim to be found was Joie Ruth Armstrong– she had been beheaded. 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. Stayner told KBWB he was the person who tipped the FBI to the whereabouts of Julie Sund's body by sending an anonymous letter. I never did tell anybody about it, but I remember wishing on a star that my little brother would come back home.". Concluding the interview, he addressed the victims' families: "I am sorry their loved ones were where they were when they were. They no longer want you.”. 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. "They're not off the hook yet," said the source. Something was clearly very, very wrong. Parnell worked at the Yosemite Lodge, located about two hours away from the Stayner home. He also exhibited some behaviors that made others uncomfortable, including, as he later admitted, exposing himself to his sister's friend. "In his statement to the interviewing agents, Stayner provided details about the (Armstrong) crime that are not generally known outside law enforcement, and which corroborate his confession," court records say. "It’s difficult for me to picture what Cary has done and knowing Steve because their personalities are completely opposite," Duke, Steven’s former girlfriend, said. . "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." A large search turned up nothing. Jens had scheduled to meet them at the San Francisco airport that evening on his way to Arizona, to where the others were to accompany him. Check-out had apparently been done in advance and the keys were left on the room desk. He did feel, however, that the FBI spared nothing to investigate the earlier killings. He has also reported extensively on the August 2012 fire that erupted at Chevron's refinery in Richmond. In February 1980, Parnell decided to kidnap a new victim. She volunteered at the public school, Civic hospital but mostly at her church. 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 … Stayner was already serving a life sentence for the murder of Joie Ruth Armstrong. could not say whether Stayner's statements were consistent with what he has told investigators. He was arrested March 28, 1997, in a drug raid on the home of a friend in Atwater, near Merced, but was released without being charged. They were looking for the missing red 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix as well as the women. 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. !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 ! 1999-07-27 04:00:00 PDT SACRAMENTO -- The handyman charged yesterday with decapitating a Yosemite naturalist has confessed that slaying as well as the February killings of three park sightseers, authorities said. The prosecution team was headed by George Williamson and the defense team headed by Marcia Morrissey. 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. The Sunds and Pelosso visited the park in February and disappeared from the Cedar Lodge, where they were staying. During the session, an unexpected event occurred. But instead of seeking mental health treatment he moved to Yosemite. Some who knew Cary were shocked at his arrest. Special agent Maddock said "During the last 24 hours, we have developed specific information linking Stayner (also) to the Sund-Pelosso murders.". Local police and Yosemite Park Rangers began to search the area where the missing three were last seen. Previously, the defense had maintained that the FBI had coerced Stayner’s confession. Join Facebook to connect with Ruth Joie and others you may know. Still, the Bureau intensified its search, recruiting the use of more high-tech equipment and air support. 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.. The FBI task force investigating Yosemite issued a federal warrant for her arrest after she failed to appear in Stanislaus County drug court in June. Victims Carole & Juli Sund, Silvina Pelosso and Joie Ruth Armstrong I never recognized either one of them.". But he was surprised that did not find his wife at the airport and assumed she had flown ahead, The next day, he tried to contact them again and failed and he called the police. ”I’m so proud of the way Carole and Juli lived, and I’m so ashamed of Stayner.”. 6753355, citing Pleasant Hills Cemetery, Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California, USA ; Maintained by Ja Nell Harris Daddy's Girl (contributor 46528798) . Jens couldn't accompany them on this trip because he needed to prepare for an upcoming business trip. Then all of a sudden it's gone. Sandy Cox, whose husband owned the window company where Stayner worked for in Atwater, says, "We've known Cary since he was a little boy...It just doesn't match up. We're just drained.". The death-penalty trial of Cary Stayner was moved from Mariposa County to Santa Clara County, CA. Kenneth Parnell stops the car and goes to a payphone, he comes back and tells Steven, “Your parents, I just spoke to them. After graduation from Merced (California) High School, Stayner worked as a window installer at a glass company. While Steven was a freshman at Mendocino High School, some 300 miles to the south, his older brother Cary was an upperclassman at Merced High School. Had no interest in girls, had no interest in people, he was just a creepy loner. 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. Parnell, along with Murphy, took Steven to a cabin in Catheys Valley, where he was brainwashed to believe his parents no longer wanted him. 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. Vacuum sweepings taken from inside Joie’s house, where Stayner claims to have bound her with duct tape, yielded hair evidence. July 24th Cary Stayner is arrested at Laguna Del Sol Nudist Camp. Tragically, Steven Stayner was killed in a 1989 motorcycle accident at the age of 24. 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. 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. It was then that Steven's nightmare began as Murphy brought him to Kenneth Parnell, a known pedophile. 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. 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. Upon examination by the FBI Laboratory, some items have yielded trace evidence. But now they are questioning whether the men were involved at all. He had an long criminal record and had been questioned extensively by the FBI. The police reckoned that the killer of the three women was someone familiar with the county given the location of the Pontiac. 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. At that time, the Bureau stated that, while no one had yet been charged, it felt that those responsible for killing the three women at Yosemite were already behind bars. Arrested on an unrelated drug charge, he has been questioned about the Yosemite case. White’s stepfather, Roger Gitlin, said White died April 1, 2010 of an apparent pulmonary embolism. Cary Stayner, a hotel maintenance man was arrested in the murder of Armstrong and named as a suspect in the killings of three tourists earlier this year, the FBI said Sunday, July 25, 1999. In this he calmly reviewed how he strangled 16-year-old Silvina Pelosso in the motel bathtub and how he sexually assaulted Juli Sund for hours before brutally cutting her throat. At a press conference outside the Stayner house everyone was smiling, but Cary in his baseball cap, wasn’t smiling at all. Eugene "Rufus" Dykes, 32, also of Modesto and Larwick's half-brother was arrested in March. Then on March 25, Juli Sund’s body was discovered near Lake Pedro in Tuolumme County. That changed when he met Joie Ruth Armstrong, 26, last week and struck up a chance conversation with her. July 21st Joie Ruth Armstrong is decapitated after Cary ties her up and rapes her. The car was hidden off a spur road where locals dump old refrigerators, cars and washing machines. I did murder Carole Sund, Juli Sund, Silvina Pelosso and Joie Armstrong ...None of the women were sexually abused in any way.". It had been washed there by the current after it was sawed from her shoulders. Ruth's focus was her children who she adored. He was also angry about how his truck had been searched. Cedar Lodge, 9966 CA-140, El Portal, CA 95318. For four weeks, police, family and volunteers searched the area in and near Yosemite National Park by helicopter, foot and skis. The judge said there was overwhelming evidence against Stayner and that the devastating emotional toll justified execution. 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. Armstrong was scheduled to visit a friend that night in Sausalito, but she never showed up. Despite this, he never appeared to behave lewdly nor perversely in public. 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. Steven Stayner had a new father figure, and it was Kenneth Parnell , who by day, was his father, and by night, was his rapist. When she did not appear as planned, her would-be host had phoned the park. Restrictions will remain in effect in San Francisco even if the state order is lifted on Jan.... 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Four men were considered the main murder suspects in the initial inquiries. Carole Sund, the FBI said Sunday, July 25, 1999. “He loved his brother. For two weeks, Steven watched Timothy suffer the separation from his family. Out of respect for his family and the victim's family, we don't want to say anymore." He was awarded Journalist of the Year for his San Bruno pipeline reporting and an investigative reporting prize by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She was subpoenaed because she is a friend of Dykes and Larwick. 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. The Cedar Lodge hired him as handyman in 1997 and gave him the use of a small apartment on the top floor. The Joie Ruth Armstrong Murder. In mid-July of 2002, the trial began in Judge Thomas C. Hastings’ courtroom. Agents are trying to corroborate Stayner's statements that he killed the tourists, said a federal official who asked not to be named. Carole and her husband, Jens, 43, owned a realtors business in the Stockton area. 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 was buried Thursday in the town of Newhall, where he had worked as a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. A few hours later, the police found Joie Armstrong's head. You know what I mean? Three weeks after Angela Armstrong, a mother of three from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, went missing, police discovered her body in an apartment garage near her home. According to The Yosemite Horror, Armstrong’s mutilated body “spread fear through Yosemite.” Ruth Armstrong Head of content and social strategy at iceberg-digital.co.uk London, United Kingdom 135 connections Masks aren't going anywhere even if you get the COVID... 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