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I Know My First Name Is Steven 

The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.
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Complete series cast summary:
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 Kay Stayner 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 ...
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 Officer Dickenson 2 episodes, 1989
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 Selfides 2 episodes, 1989
Shane McCabe ...
 Fat Clerk 2 episodes, 1989
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 Customer 2 episodes, 1989
Brenda Hillhouse ...
Robina Suwol ...
Kenneth Zavayna ...
Lyla Graham ...
Nell Heller ...
 Mrs. Alpha 2 episodes, 1989
Anne Faulkner ...
 Mrs. Ditschman 2 episodes, 1989
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 Mrs. Beta 2 episodes, 1989
Lynnsey Ryan ...
 Secretary 2 episodes, 1989
Kenny McMurphy ...
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Karl Wiedergott ...
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Anne Convery ...
 Female Officer 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 ...
Jonathan Perpich ...
 Officer Severeid 2 episodes, 1989
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 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
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 Jim White 2 episodes, 1989
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Whitney Rydbeck ...
 Mr. Craft 2 episodes, 1989
Natividad Vacío ...
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Ron Tank ...
 TV Journalist 2 episodes, 1989
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 TV Reporter 2 episodes, 1989
Jeremy McCollum ...
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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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 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
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 Reporter #4 2 episodes, 1989
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Storyline

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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Steven Stayner's brother Cary murdered 4 women in and around Yosemite National Park. See more »

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Steven Gregory Stayner: I know my first name is Steven. I think my last name is Stayner.
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Poignant
24 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

One of those movies that really sticks with you due to the seriousness of the content.

Every parent, or everyone that will be a parent should see this one. It emphasizes the need to tell your children to NOT TALK TO STRANGERS.

This movie was made with a certain amount of class, they did not go for shock value by being more graphic about the sexual abuse going on. It became more apparent during the movie as it played out, yet thankfully the movie makers were more subtle about it in the midst of the movie.

Lifetime Network features a lot of these true to life movies, and kudos to them. I know it is all entertainment, but it is also informative to keep us on the defense of all of the sickos out there.

Steven in real life perished a few years after his escape, and that is tragic. Just as tragic is that Parnell recently tried to buy a child, like a loaf of bread or gallon of milk, for his sick needs. As a free man. Sad.

In closing, any parent or parent to be must see this movie. I know it is somewhat unpleasant, but in this day and age, it is really important to see the elements of a cancer to the innocent American way of life.

Thank you.


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