Cary Stayner

The Yosemite Killer

  Active for 1 year
(1999) in United States




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  5. Characteristics
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  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 10 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 16 Books About Cary Stayner
  14. 7 External References
  15. Internal References

Cary Stayner an American serial killer known as The Yosemite Killer. Stayner killed four women in Yosemite, California in 1999. Stayner decapitated the body of his fourth victim. His brother, Steven Stayner was a kidnapping victim of sex offender Kenneth Parnell. Stayner was frequent at Laguna Del Sol, a nudist colony in Sacramento County. He was arrested at Laguna Del Sol in 1999 after witnesses identified his vehicle to authorities. In 2002, Stayner was convicted of four counts of first degree murder. Cary Stayner is currently awaiting execution on death row at San Quentin Penitentiary in San Quentin, California.

Cary Stayner Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Cary Stayner (aka) The Yosemite Killer, was active for 1 year in 1999, known to have ( 4 confirmed / 4 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Cary Stayner was born on August 13th 1961 in Merced, California, US. He was born 1st of 2 children and raised by both parents. Stayner was raised as a oldest child and had one sibling, Steven Stayner. His father, Delbert Stayner. His mother, Kay Stayner. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems including being teased or picked on. Cary Stayner was sexually and abused at some point of his life.

Stayner a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. Stayner completed 12 years of school, received a high school diploma. Stayner never married. He had no children.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes. He was known to abuse alcohol and drugs. He saw a psychologist.

In 1999 (Age 37/38) Cary Stayner started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, stalk, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. Cary Stayner used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He would keep personal items from the victim after the crime. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with alone as a handyman at the Cedar Lodge a motel in El Portal, California, US, where Stayner was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on July 24th 1999 (Age 37), convicted on August 27th 2002 (Age 41), sentenced to death at San Quentin Penitentiary in San Quentin, California, US. Stayner was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Profile Completeness: 92%
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Cary Stayner has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 5 years ago.

Cary Stayner a known:

Cary Stayner
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-23 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Cary Stayner
Nickname: The Yosemite Killer
Victims: 4 - 4
Years Active: 1999 - 1999
Ages Active: 37/38 - 37/38
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1961 -     
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Leo
Jul 23 - Aug 23
Birth Month: August
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children
Living With: alone as a handyman at the Cedar Lodge a motel in El Portal, California, US
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Aug 13, 1961
Family Name: Stayner
Given Name: Cary
Birth Location: Merced, California, US
Birth Order: 1st of 2
Siblings: one younger brother Steven Stayner
Raised By: both parents
Birth Category: oldest child
Mother: Kay Stayner
Father: Delbert Stayner

Cognitive Ability
Highest School: 12 years of school
Highest Degree: high school diploma

Arrested: Jul 24, 1999 (Age 37)
Convicted: Aug 27, 2002 (Age 41)
Sentence: death
Prison Location: San Quentin Penitentiary in San Quentin, California, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
10 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Cary Stayner

The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Cary Stayner. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Aug 13 1961Cary Stayner was born in Merced, California, US.  #19610813
Aug 13 1981
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Aug 13 1991
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
(Age 37/38)
Cary Stayner started his serial killing spree. #1999
Jul 24 1999
(Age 37)
Cary Stayner arrested. #19990724
(Age 38/39)
Cary Stayner ended his serial killing spree. #1999
Aug 13 2001
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Aug 27 2002
(Age 41)
Cary Stayner was convictedand sentenced to death at San Quentin Penitentiary in San Quentin, California, US.  #20020827
Aug 13 2011
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Aug 13 2021
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Back to top Serial Killers Active During

The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Cary Stayner (1999-1999).

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Boolean Questions:
teased in school TRUE 218
sexually abused TRUE 226
drug abuse TRUE 226
alcohol abuse TRUE 226
psychologist TRUE 258
previous crimes TRUE 367
used weapon TRUE 453
used gun TRUE 451
rape TRUE 453
stalk TRUE 418
bound TRUE 406
strangle TRUE 443
mutilated TRUE 447
totem personal item TRUE 354
living with children FALSE 268
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
problems in school FALSE 221
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
forensic hospital FALSE 257
previous jail FALSE 352
previous prision FALSE 336
previous killed FALSE 208
kill at killers home FALSE 320
kill at victims home FALSE 323
torture FALSE 426
blindfold FALSE 363
sex with body FALSE 430
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365
robbed FALSE 418

Books that Mention Cary Stayner

Book: Serial Killer Stranglers (mentions serial killer Cary Stayner)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer Cary Stayner)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists
Book: Fatal Vision (mentions serial killer Cary Stayner)
Joe McGinniss
Fatal Vision
Book: I Know My First Name Is Steven (mentions serial killer Cary Stayner)
Mike Echols
I Know My First Name Is Steven
Book: The Only Living Witness (mentions serial killer Cary Stayner)
Stephen G. Michaud
The Only Living Witness
Book: The Country Boy Killer (mentions serial killer Cary Stayner)
JT Hunter
The Country Boy Killer
Book: The Yosemite Murders (mentions serial killer Cary Stayner)
Dennis McDougal
The Yosemite Murders
Book: From Victim to Hero (mentions serial killer Cary Stayner)
Jim Laughter
From Victim to Hero

16 Books that mention Serial Killer
Cary Stayner

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
1101608633 Fatal Vision 5
0786011041 I Know My First Name Is S... 1
1928704115 The Only Living Witness 2
151507658x The Country Boy Killer 4
0307493539 The Yosemite Murders 1
0937660868 From Victim to Hero 1
1517256356 Robert Berdella: the True... 2
1429903457 Death Cruise 1
1516893085 Cary Stayner: the True St... 1
1466885009 Murder At Yosemite 2
1305446348 Serial Murderers and Thei... 27
1438428847 Suffering Will Not Be Tel... 1
0765613336 Roads to Reconciliation 1
1317460766 Roads to Reconciliation 1

Cary Anthony Stayner (born August 13, 1961) is an American serial killer and the older brother of kidnapping victim Steven Stayner. He was convicted of the murders of four women between February and July 1999: Carole Sund, her teenage daughter Juli Sund and their teenage traveling companion Silvina Pelosso; and Yosemite Institute naturalist Joie Ruth Armstrong. The murders occurred in Mariposa County, California, near Yosemite National Park.

External References
  1. Cary Stayner on, Retrieved on Sep 20, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Cary A. STAYNER on, Retrieved on Sep 20, 2018.
  3. Martin Chavez, Katie Clark, Cary Stayner on, Retrieved on Sep 20, 2018.
  4. Stacy Finz, Yosemite killer sentenced to death on, Retrieved on Jan 21, 2019.
  5. Cary Stayner Biography on, Retrieved on Jan 21, 2019.
  6. Sister Tells of Stayner's Troubled Childhood on, Retrieved on Jan 21, 2019.
  7. Q722082 on, Retrieved on May 23, 2019.
Internal References

Cary Stayner is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #25 of 40[ Page 2 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in August
  2. #32 of 46[ Page 3 ] of Leo Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #34 of 53[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killer Stalkers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #106 of 651[ Page 8 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  5. #184 of 250[ Page 13 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #224 of 327[ Page 15 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  7. #224 of 307[ Page 15 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #460 of 651[ Page 31 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #566 of 651[ Page 38 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  10. #602 of 651[ Page 41 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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