The Yosemite Murders

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Since he was seven, Cary Stayner had dreamed of capturing women . . . and killing them

They were crimes that grabbed headlines around the world and stunned America. Four women dead, their bodies charred and horribly mutilated. Now Dennis McDougal, acclaimed author of the spellbinding true crime tour de force Mother's Day, brings his considerable investigative and narrative skills to the Yosemite murders to give you the most complete account of what really happened. Drawing on ...

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Overview

Since he was seven, Cary Stayner had dreamed of capturing women . . . and killing them

They were crimes that grabbed headlines around the world and stunned America. Four women dead, their bodies charred and horribly mutilated. Now Dennis McDougal, acclaimed author of the spellbinding true crime tour de force Mother's Day, brings his considerable investigative and narrative skills to the Yosemite murders to give you the most complete account of what really happened. Drawing on several personal conversations with the confessed killer and interviews with the victims' families, McDougal presents the definitive story, and answers many lingering questions. What demons drove this quiet handyman and nudist colony habitue to burn, mutilate, and murder four women he didn't even know?  How did he overpower a woman and two teenaged girls?  And most disturbing, did the glory-seeking FBI actually hinder the investigation, leaving the killer free to kill once more before he was caught?

THE YOSEMITE MURDERS offers valuable insight into these savage and senseless murders in the heart of America's most beautiful wilderness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345438348
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 958,575
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis McDougal, an investigative reporter who worked for the Los Angeles Times for ten years, is the author of several true crime books: In the Best of Families, Angel of Darkness, and Mother's Day. He is also the coauthor of Fatal Subtraction: How Hollywood Really Does Business.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Sometimes

    Crimes have a cause• Is it not better for us to examine and validate those causes to better aid in prevention? Or to simply annotate the tragedy of the victims, which, although certainly valid, does nothing but memorialise the loss without doing anything to prevent future victims•
    Imagine, had someone identified Stayner's brain injury beforehand, and knew of the possible effects, perhaps this story might never have been told and all involved might still be alive•
    Punitive measures after the fact have their uses• This country has focussed too much on that though; we've long neglected research and humane prevention in favour of heavy handed justice• If crimes are perpetrated by individuals who can be treated to prevent those crimes then we're doing nothing in the area of public safety; we are only compounding victims - the victims of the crime as well as the offender and his family - needlessly• That is true injustice to an entire society hiding under the guise of false safety•
    Just a thought•••

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    almost like a defense of Cary

    I was disappointed to see that a great deal of this book talks about Cary Stayner's 'frontal lobe injury' that may explain why he killed...I would prefer to read more facts about the case, or more background if the victims. This book almost seems to defend, or justify, these sick tragic deaths.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 9, 2009

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