Brutal Yosemite murders recalled 20 years later; killer had grown up in shadow of hero brother
A series of killings near Yosemite National Park that rocked Central California is nearing its 20th anniversary.
Between February and July 1999, Cary Stayner killed four women near the majestic park in brutal fashion — highlighting the contrast between him and his deceased younger brother, who was lauded as a hero in life.
I am not sure what it is about this story that makes it newsworthy. There is nothing new about the crime. The defendant is safely locked away in prison. The heroic act discussed, in the article, was done by the defendant’s brother. The brother is long dead. The only reason I bring this up is the money quote, near the end of the article.
When Armstrong’s decapitated body was found, witnesses said they spotted a vehicle that authorities later traced back to Stayner. He fled to the Laguna del Sol nudist colony where he lived in hiding. During a conversation with a woman at the colony, she recognized him as someone wanted by authorities and alerted the FBI.
Stayner, the defendant, was arrested in a nudist colony where he was hiding. Maybe it is just me, but nudist colony and hiding seems to be an oxymoron. On the other hand, I guess any clothing description the police may have relied upon was useless.
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