A serial killer who has been on Death Row since 2002 was the brother of a kidnapped boy who was kept as a sex slave for seven years.
Cary Stayner butchered four women in Yosemite Park, California, and seemed to be escaping justice, when a sole FBI agent, Jeffrey Rinek, cracked the case, the Daily Mirror reports.
Stayner was just 11 years old when his seven-year-old brother, Steven, was abducted by paedophile, Kenneth Parnell.
Parnell kept Steven as a sex slave for seven years, changing his name, enrolling him in different schools across California and even pretending to be his father.
The youngster eventually escaped when the twisted paedophile abducted another boy, this time five-year-old, Timothy White.
Steven knew he had to act and escaped along with young ‘Timmy’, getting him to a police station, with Steven being hailed a hero.
Tragically he was killed in a hit and run crash when he was just 24 in 1989.
A decade later in 1999, Cary was working as a handyman at a motel just outside Yosemite National Park when Carole Sund, her daughter Juli, and their teenage travelling companion, Silvina Pelosso, came to stay.
The trio were reported missing on February 14 and at first it seemed as if nothing untoward had happened but then Carole's burnt car was discovered on March 19 in a town 80 miles away.
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When police opened the boot, they found two severely burned bodies.
The fire damage was so bad that the women, Carole and Silvina, had to be identified using dental records.
Officers were then sent a note containing a map which claimed to show the location of Juli's body.
A search was launched and the third body was recovered.
Rinek said: "When all three bodies were recovered, we knew we were definitely dealing with a crime and the question becomes what was the motivation as everyone has a reason for doing what they do."
But two months after the probe into the three women's disappearance was started, no new leads had been discovered and Rinek was removed from the case by his boss.
Then, in July of the same year, the decapitated body of Joie Ruth Armstrong was found close to Yosemite.
Several eyewitnesses had reported a blue car parked outside the cabin where she had been staying and Stayner became the prime suspect.
But police still had no hard evidence to tie him to the murders and they decided to put Rinek back on the case.
The FBI agent was told to go pick up Stayner with his car and take him back to the office.
During the car ride, the two men talked about Stayner's brother's abduction and his love of Yosemite.
The pair had built up a rapport and Rinek had no idea why Stayner was being brought in to speak to law enforcement officers.
He said: "We didn't know what to interview him about, so called for a polygraph.
"One of my colleagues told me Cary wanted to skip the polygraph and wanted to speak to me first.
"We didn't know there was a confession for him to give us.
"We went back in to see what he wanted and he was very emotional and told me that there were days when he had wonderful thoughts and days where he felt he could kill the whole world.
"He said he had been abused as a child and wasn't able to have normal relationships with a girl.
"He told me he could give me closure on what we were there about. I thought he meant he knew something more about the death of Joie.
"He told me that he had killed the first three women and then Joie.
"When we were transcribing the interview, we realised that he had said I was the reason he was confessing."
After getting Stayner to confess, Rinek made him a promise.
He said: "One of the things I promised Cary was that I would try to prepare his family for what was coming.
"I drove up through the night to see them and I spent several hours with them and tried to prepare them for the reality that they would be losing their second son.
"Cary had agreed to take us to Yosemite and on July 25 we uncovered evidence of the murders.
"He pleaded guilty and was given the death penalty.
"People think there are monsters – yes, there are dangerous people, but they are the way they are because something has happened to them."
"It was very emotional when he talked about what he had done.
"It's my opinion he is a person seeking intimacy with another person. He had issues in his childhood that caused problems with him and turned him into something in this life that led him to kill.”
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