Years after the abducted brother of Yosemite killer Cary Stayner returned home, the family’s house was preserved as it had been when he was missing. An author who documented the kidnapping and return of Steven Stayner testified yesterday that Cary Stayner acted like a curator in the house where his family lived through years of tragedy. Mike Echols wrote the book “I Know My First Name Is Steven.”
In videotaped testimony played to jurors, he said his visit to the Merced house in 1984 was an odd experience. The house was decorated from an earlier era, with Formica countertops and vinyl-upholstered furniture. Stayner was living there alone. The defense is trying showing how Stayner’s brother’s kidnapping affected the killer and his dysfunctional family. Jurors are deciding whether Stayner should face the death penalty or life in prison for killing three Yosemite National Park tourists in 1999.