Kenneth Parnell

 

 

Age: 76

 

Summary: registered sex offender considered as one of California's most notorious child molesters who was convicted of kidnapping 7-year-old Steven Stayner in Merced, California in 1972, where he gave the boy a different name and kept him until Stayner escaped in 1980 and took 5-year-old Timmy White with him to safety when he abducted a second boy in Ukiah that year, in which Stayner told Ukiah police he wanted to save the boy from sexual abuse and whose story was told in the 1989 TV movie I Know My First Name Is Steven (he was killed in a motorcycle accident that year at age 24), and who was paroled after serving prison time for the Stayner and White kidnappings but was sentenced to 25 years to life after trying to abduct another child in 2004.

 

 

Cause of Death: Natural causes

 

Born: September 26, 1931

 

Died: January 21, 2008

 

Location: Vacaville, California