The Yosemite Murders

By Dennis McDougal
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345438348, 336pp.)

Publication Date: January 4, 2000

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Since he was seven, Cary Stayner had dreamed of capturing women . . . and killing them

They were crimes that grabbed headlines around the world and stunned America. Four women dead, their bodies charred and horribly mutilated. Now Dennis McDougal, acclaimed author of the spellbinding true crime tour de force Mother's Day, brings his considerable investigative and narrative skills to the Yosemite murders to give you the most complete account of what really happened. Drawing on several personal conversations with the confessed killer and interviews with the victims' families, McDougal presents the definitive story, and answers many lingering questions. What demons drove this quiet handyman and nudist colony habitue to burn, mutilate, and murder four women he didn't even know?  How did he overpower a woman and two teenaged girls?  And most disturbing, did the glory-seeking FBI actually hinder the investigation, leaving the killer free to kill once more before he was caught?

THE YOSEMITE MURDERS offers valuable insight into these savage and senseless murders in the heart of America's most beautiful wilderness.




About the Author
Dennis McDougal is the author of eleven books, including "Dylan: The Biography", "The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood", and the true-crime books "Angel of Darkness" and "Mother s Day". He is also a coauthor of "Blood Cold: Fame, Sex, and Murder in Hollywood". Formerly an investigative reporter for the "Los Angeles Times", McDougal began covering movies and media for the same newspaper in 1983 and, more recently, for the "New York Times". His journalism has won over fifty honors, including the National Headliners Award and the Peabody Award.
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