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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - July 27, 1999, Darmstadt, Hesse THE STARS AND STRIPES U.S. NEWS Tuesday, July 27, 1999Handyman admits slayingConfesses to killing woman,suspect in 3 earlier deathsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A motelhandyman confessed to the beheading of anaturalist at Yosemite National Park, the FBIsaid in an affidavit filed Monday.Cary Stayner, who was arrested Saturday,provided details aboutthe slaying of 26-year-old Joie Ruth Arm-strong that only policeknew about, the affi-davit said.Stayner, 37, also hasbecome the prime sus-pect in the slayings ofthree Yosemite sight-seers in February, theFBI said, even thoughhe originally was ques-tioned and ruled out asa supect in thosekillings.ArmstrongStaynerStayner caught the attention of park rangersagain last week after someone spotted hissport utility vehicle near Armstrong's resi-dence an hour after she was last seen thereWednesday night.Armstrong's decapitated body was foundThursday nearby. Her head wasn't found untillater.FBI agents had questioned Stayner after thebody was found - even searching his back-pack for her head - but let him go. They de-cided to take him in again after learning thathe had failed to show up to work at the CedarLodge in El Portal.He was arrested Sat-urday at a nudistcolony near Wilton af-ter someone thereheard news reportsand called authorities.James Maddock,FBI special agent incharge of Sacramento,said Sunday thatStayner also is be-lieved to have played arole in the killings ofCarole Sund, 43, her15-year-old daughter,Juli, and family friendSilvina Pelosso, 16, ofArgentina.The three were lastseen alive in Februaryat the Cedar Lodge.Carole Sund's andSilvina's bodies werefound in the trunk oftheir rental car. Juli'sbody was later foundhidden off a lightly traveled highway."We have developed specific informationlinking Stayner to the Sund-Pelosso murders,"Maddock said.FBI agents wondered whether they mighthave prevented Armstrong's murder if theyhad linked Stayner earlier to the three killingsin February."I struggled with that issue for the last 24PelossoCarole Sundhours, and I continue todo so," Maddock said."I'm confident we'vedone everything thatreasonably could havebeen done."Stayner previously wasquestioned in the slay-ings but ruled out as asuspect, Maddock said.He did not elaborate.Investigators in thatcase had focused on aloose-knit band of ex-cons in Modesto whohave histories of sexand drug offenses. Au-thorities had said theywere confident thatmost of those responsi-ble in the sightseerkillings were already incustody on unrelatedcharges.Maddock said there isno evidence linkingStayner to the otherpeople who have comeunder scrutiny."We are looking atwhether (Stayner) issolely responsible (for the sightseers murders)or if others are involved," Maddock said.The parents of Carole Sund, Carole andFrancis Carrington, were at the FBI's newsconference Sunday."We're happy that it looks like maybe thecase is over," Ms. Carole said afterward."It brings some closure, no question," herhusband said.Julie SundBrother was kidnapped childMERCED, Calif. (AP) - The FBI'ssuspect in the brutal slaying of awoman at Yosemite National Park isthe brother of a young man whoshocked the nation with his story ofbeing kidnapped.Murder suspect Cary Stayner is abrother of Steven Stayner, who in1972 was snatched off a Mercedstreet at age 7. He remained missingfor seven years.Steven Stayner was reunited withhis family in 1980, hailed as a herofor finally going to police when hisabductor kidnapped another boy.But as if he lived his short life undera cloud, he died in 1989 in a colli-sion with a hit-and-run driver.. Hewas 24.It was as if Stayner's life was splitin three - his early years growing upin a working-class family of seven,his lost years with kidnapper Ken-neth Parnell and the time back withhis family.Parnell, a convicted child molester,kept his hold on Stayner by shower-ing him with gifts and telling him hisparents could no longer afford him.Steven's siblings ranged from age 4to 12 when he was kidnapped andlived their own ordeal."When Steve came home, every-body else all got shoved in the back-ground and here's this hero," said hismother, Kay.When Steven died, Kay Staynersaid she felt like her son had been"loaned to us."AP file photoSteven Stayner testi-fies about his abduc-tion and captivity.IN THESTARS AND STRIPES10 YEARS AGOJuly 27,1989-A study bythe Institute of German Eco-nomics in Cologne said acomplete withdrawal of U.S.troops from West Germanywould mean economic dis-aster for several regions.20 YEARS AGOJuly 27, 1979 - RetiredNATO commander Gen.Alexander M. Haig Jr. Urgedthe Senate to postpone ap-proval of the SALT II treatyuntil its-serious flaws wereresolved.30 YEARS AGOJuly 27, 1969 - Meeting inManila, President Nixon andPhilippine President Ferdi-nand Marcos agreed Ameri-can bases should remain inSoutheast Asia.40 YEARS AGOJuly 27, 1959 - DefenseSecretary Neil McElroy saidthe Soviet Union might havealready beaten the UnitedStates in the race to supplycombat units with the first in-tercontinental ballistic mis-sile.50 YEARS AGOJuly 27, 1949 - In the faceof a mounting economic cri-sis, Britain informed the Or-ganization for EuropeanEconomic Cooperation thatit needed an additional $400million in 1949 to carry outits national recovery pro-gram.One World. One CardOne Plan.The ATAT Military Saver Plus"1 Plan and the AT&T Calling Card.Whether you're based in the U.S. or abroad,it's the only plan you'll ever need.For more information and to iif n up, call toll-freeI 177 171.74*7 ext. II3Z9.©1999 AT&TLaunch analysis suggests leakSPACE CENTER, Houston(AP) - Photographs taken sec-onds into space shuttle Colum-TIRED OFINFLATION?LET OUR LOW PRICESON CONTACT LENSESPICK YOU UP.No Shipping and HandlingNo Membership FeeSIX TOLL FREE NUMBERS:Belgium: U8GCK73195Italy: 1670-154BOGermany: 0150-822591Spain: 900-WMW7Holland: (MHM)22H-I7UK: 0000-89727")ORE-mail: eurolens@mailboxxlMwt.itInternet: $bia's launch suggest that hydro-gen escaped from one or morecooling tubes in its right engine,the space agency said.Such a fuel leak could havecaused the shuttle to shut downsuddenly if more hydrogen hadescaped, forcing the first-evershuttle emergency landing, eitherin Florida or West Africa, NASAsaid Sunday.In spite of the suspected mal-function and an unrelated electri-cal short five seconds into launchFriday, Columbia and its cargo -the world's most powerful X-raytelescope - safely reached orbitunder the control of Air ForceCol, Eileen Collins, the firstwoman to command a U.S. spaceflight.The suspected problem will notaffect the rest of the flight, saidWayne Hale, NASA's mission op-erations representative, becausethe three main engines are notused after propelling the shuttleinto orbit. Columbia is scheduledto land in Florida tonight.Early Monday, Collins and hercrew continued to work on sci-ence experiments while groundcontrollers kept track of the free-flying Chandra X-ray Observato-ry, successfully executing the sec-ond of five rocket burns to adjustthe telescope's orbit.Hale said as yet there is noproof of a hydrogen leak. Butsuch a leak could have been thereason Columbia's engines shutdown a second or two early dur-ing the 8'/2-minute climb to orbit,leaving the shuttle seven mileslower than expected. Columbia'sengines will be inspected afterlanding."Obviously, when you're deal-ing with main engines, and theyhave a lot of energy flowingthrough that system, you wantthem to operate exactly down themiddle of the pike because badthings might happen," Hale said."We don't think this is a case thateven approaches that."On a couple of other shuttlelaunches, hydrogen has leakedfrom cracked tubes in engine noz-zles but at a smaller rate than ap-pears to have happened this time,Hale said.The cooling tubes, if split,would have begun leaking one ortwo seconds before liftoff andcontinued throughout the ascent,he said.^ /J J''1':J':*>l,/A«'./j^l,A'V'-:/'.j'V:»|1'l*: i'V'V' . *'••* J* t'' I
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