Who could have thought that the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park in California would one day serve as the backdrop for a heinous series of sexual murders? Well it did, and Cary Stayner was the culprit behind it.
The author of this book, Jack Rosewood, has skillfully taken us back through the book’s pages to a story which had gripped the nation for months. Instead of getting each bit of the story on a daily basis we’re presented with a complete detailed timeline, from the first sadistic killing of his first victim, his ultimate capture, his copping a plea deal at his first trial for the death of one of his victims, thereby avoiding an arduous trial [for his victim’s families and himself] and a possible death sentence which had been surprisingly encouraged by the mother of one of his victim, Julie Armstrong.
Luckily Cary Stayner eventually met his fate, proven guilty and sentenced to death.
In addition to this we’re given details about this depraved individual’s background and life so we can see, at least to some extent, what made this individual tick. An interesting part of this is that his younger brother, Steven, who most of us already knew about since his abduction by a pedophile and held as a sex slave for 7 years had been made into a miniseries, I Know My Name is Steven.
As an individual who has written numerous items for a community newspaper, I can understand and appreciate the efforts the author has made in putting everything into the organized and insightful manner he has; which is why I’m giving this book 5 STARS.