Kennth Eugene Parnell who became the focus of worldwide attention for the bizarre kidnapping of Stephen Stayner has died in prison at the age of 76. Parnell kidnapped Stayner in 1972 and kept him a prisoner until Stayner escaped with another kidnapped child in 1980. The ordeal became the subject of a television movie, "I Know My First Name Is Stephen". Parnell served five years for the double kidnapping before being released on parole. He was later sentenced to an additional sentence in 2004 following an attempted abduction of a child that prosecutors described as the "last hurrah of an aging pedophile".
Stayner died in a motorcycle accident in 1989 at the age of 24. His brother, Cary, is in prison awaiting execution for the murder of four women.