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I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  22 May 1989 (USA)
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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,... See full summary »

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Kay Stayner
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Del Stayner
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Steven Gregory Stayner / Dennis Parnell (as Corin 'Corky' Nemec)
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Irving Murphy
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Bob Augustine
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Officer Kean
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Officer Scott
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Miss Rebecca (as June C. Ellis)
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Victor (Age 7)
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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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In the scene where Parnell escorts Steven into Highland Elementary School, a dubbed woman's voice says, "Mr. Teaney says you're failing his history class. I can help you!" Ken Teaney was the supervising sound editor for this film. See more »

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Timmy White: Good night Dennis.
Steven Gregory Stayner: Steve.
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Heartbreaking
30 August 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I read a book on Stevens ordeal and the author said that the Stayner's of Merced were as cursed as the Kennedys of Massachusetts. I cannot believe that so much horror could happen in one family. Steven was abducted for seven years and came home maimed mentally for life and died at 24 in a terrible accident. I think in a way death was kind to him and then in the last few years his brother Cary was convicted of murdering four women in Yosemite National Park. What got me is that Cary tried to use Stevens disappearance as an excuse. He said he was so traumatized by it.


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