The Yosemite Park Murders: How an FBI Agent Took Down a Serial Killer

The Yosemite Park Murders: How an FBI Agent Took Down a Serial Killer

Date: May 18, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. in the Oscar B. Goodman Room
Cost: Free for Members or with Museum Admission

In recognition of Law Enforcement Week, retired FBI agent Jeff Rinek will explain how he got serial killer Cary Stayner to confess to all four of the killings known as the Yosemite Park Murders, an accomplishment made more extraordinary by the fact that the FBI nearly pinned the crimes on the wrong suspects. Rinek’s recounting of the confession and what he learned about Stayner provides one of the most revelatory looks ever inside the psyche of a serial killer and a privileged glimpse into the art of interrogation. During his 30-year career with the Bureau, Rinek worked hundreds of investigations involving crimes against children: from stranger abduction to serial homicide to ritualized sexual abuse.

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Jeff Rinek  

Jeff Rinek


Jeffey Rinek served 30 years as a Special Agent with the FBI primarily investigating cases of missing and murdered children. In the Sacramento office of the FBI, he was responsible for assisting police and sheriff’s departments throughout Northern California in active and cold-case investigations involving missing children, child kidnappings, and the abuse, exploitation, and murder of children. He also served as a certified profiler for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. He and his work have been featured on numerous TV documentary crime shows including A&E’s American Justice, TruTV’s Crime Stories, and Investigation Discovery’s Real Detective.