The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970's. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
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 Kay Stayner (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Del Stayner (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Dennis Parnell / ... (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Steven Stayner (Age 7) (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Irving Murphy (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Bob Augustine (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Officer Kean (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Officer Scott (2 episodes, 1989)
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 School Counselor (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Cary Stayner (Age 11) (2 episodes, 1989)
Stephanie Walski ...
 Cindy Stayner (Age 9) (2 episodes, 1989)
Sumer Stamper ...
 Jody Stayner (Age 5) (2 episodes, 1989)
Cassy Friel ...
 Cory Stayner (Age 4) (2 episodes, 1989)
Juney Ellis ...
 Miss Rebecca (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Victor (Age 7) (2 episodes, 1989)
Jason Presson ...
 Deke (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Pete (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Bruce (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Officer Dickenson (2 episodes, 1989)
Jacob Gelman ...
 Timmy White (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Fred (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Selfides (2 episodes, 1989)
Shane McCabe ...
 Fat Clerk (2 episodes, 1989)
Al Berry ...
 Customer (2 episodes, 1989)
Brenda Hillhouse ...
 Barbara (2 episodes, 1989)
Robina Suwol ...
 Checker (2 episodes, 1989)
Kenneth Zavayna ...
 Man (2 episodes, 1989)
Lyla Graham ...
 Lady (2 episodes, 1989)
Nell Heller ...
 Mrs. Alpha (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Mrs. Ditschman (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Mrs. Beta (2 episodes, 1989)
Lynnsey Ryan ...
 Secretary (2 episodes, 1989)
Kenny McMurphy ...
 Punk #1 (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Punk #2 (2 episodes, 1989)
Karl Wiedergott ...
 Punk #3 (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Nettie (2 episodes, 1989)
Anne Convery ...
 Female Officer (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Jodie (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Officer Warner (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Pat Hallford (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Chief Johnson (2 episodes, 1989)
Todd Eric Andrews ...
 Cary Stayner (Age 18) (2 episodes, 1989)
Hilary Morse ...
 Cindy Stayner (Age 16) (2 episodes, 1989)
Shantell Stebbins ...
 Jody Stayner (Age 12) (2 episodes, 1989)
Marice Leeds ...
 Cory Stayner (Age 11) (2 episodes, 1989)
Harold Pruett ...
 Birch (2 episodes, 1989)
Jonathan Perpich ...
 Officer Severeid (2 episodes, 1989)
William Frankfather ...
 Judge Sabraw (2 episodes, 1989)
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 George McLure (2 episodes, 1989)
James Ingersoll ...
 Joe Allen (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Dan Smith (2 episodes, 1989)
Billy Ray Sharkey ...
 Sheriff Suggs (2 episodes, 1989)
Shannon Holt ...
 Angela White (2 episodes, 1989)
Mark Tymchyshyn ...
 Jim White (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Don (2 episodes, 1989)
Whitney Rydbeck ...
 Mr. Craft (2 episodes, 1989)
Natividad Vacío ...
 Vicente (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Rosanna (2 episodes, 1989)
Ron Tank ...
 TV Journalist (2 episodes, 1989)
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 TV Reporter (2 episodes, 1989)
Jeremy McCollum ...
 Kleekie (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Boots (2 episodes, 1989)
Robert Balderson ...
 P.E. Teacher (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Victor (Age 14) (2 episodes, 1989)
Wendy Gordon ...
 TV Newscaster (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Debbie (2 episodes, 1989)
Dave Adams ...
 Cashier (2 episodes, 1989)
Annie O'Donnell ...
 Official (2 episodes, 1989)
Dan Kelpine ...
 Court Officer (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Reporter #1 (2 episodes, 1989)
Kim Maxwell ...
 Reporter #3 (2 episodes, 1989)
Jeff Olson ...
 Reporter #4 (2 episodes, 1989)
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7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away, he stays with Parnell for seven years, enduring repetitive sexual abuse the entire time. Finally, at fourteen, he returns home to his family. Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>

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The real Steven was paid $30,000 for the movie. He died in a motorcycle accident shortly after this movie was released. He was 24, with a wife and two children. See more »

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Del Stayner: How'd you forget to come home?
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A Movie That Should Be Aired A LOT
29 June 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This powerful television movie on child sexual abuse, made in 1989, is still timely and incredibly important. Just this week alone the US Supreme Court ruled that hundreds of convicted and confessed child molestors could go free in California (the state where 7 year old Stephen Stayner was kidnapped and sodomized) by a legal decision throwing out legislation allowing prosecution of old sex-abuse cases. This would have affected Stephen's case since he was a teen by the time he escaped Kenneth Parnell, his abductor, and the statute of limitations would have passed for charges of sex abuse to be filed. So much for victims' rights!

Not only that but readers to this comments index may not be aware that now 71 year old Kenneth Parnell was arrested again in California in January 2003 for trying to buy a little boy!

Lifetime Cable TV should show this movie "I Know My First Name Is Stephen" at least once a month, to remind people everywhere that they have Kenneth Parnells living in their own neighborhood. No longer can parents leave their children alone for even a minute. The world is far too dangerous.

I would like to add that I think Corey Nemec's performance in this film was exceptional and effective. What a talented young man.


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