Nation: Escaping Dad

Bizarre kidnaping

In darkness and rain, the strapping teenager and the five-year-old boy hitchhiked the 40 miles from Manchester, near the California coast, to Ukiah, a mist-shrouded market town 120 miles north of San Francisco. Arriving at about midnight, Steven Stayner, 14, hesitantly told police the reason for their trip. "I didn't want Timmy to go through what I went through."

So ended one of the most bizarre kidnaping cases in California history. Timothy White, the five-year-old, had been abducted in Ukiah on Valentine's Day, while on his way home from kindergarten. Police...

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