DNA Evidence Cracks Yakima Cold Case After 16 Years

May 22, 2009 Full story: KNDO 14

There'd be no murder charges for Clayton Stafford without advances in DNA technology that link him to the 1993 murder of Shawna Yandell.

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Victim Number What

Salt Lake City, UT

#1 May 22, 2009
Clayton raped me when I was 15. That was 36 years ago. I hope they can put him away permanently. I was under the impression he was already serving life but apparently not. This sickens me to know he has been continuing his criminal career. I feel like I have been punched in the stomach.
Enough

Memphis, TN

#2 May 27, 2009
I think it is ridicules that you would even put that comment on here. Clayton will get his time in court, he doesn't need people bashing him!! Enough!!!
Day in court

Salt Lake City, UT

#3 May 27, 2009
What about my rights? And all his sisters, he raped them, too. What about the dead girl that ties him into rape and murder? What about all the other victims in the last 40 years that we don't even know who they are? His day in court? What about all of our lives, he ruined lives, lots of lives, because he is a sick human being!! What is wrong with you?
Buttershots

Yakima, WA

#4 May 28, 2009
Enough wrote:
I think it is ridicules that you would even put that comment on here. Clayton will get his time in court, he doesn't need people bashing him!! Enough!!!
Holy crap! You have got to be kidding me?!?! "He doesn't need people bashing him"???!!! Are you serious?
Thank goodness he will be getting his day in court & how dare you even suggest that that womans' comment was even close to "bashing".
A "bashing" which he most certainly deserves...
Enough

Memphis, TN

#5 May 29, 2009
Wow.......you are out of your minds
Buttershots

Yakima, WA

#6 May 29, 2009
Enough wrote:
Wow.......you are out of your minds
Somehow, I doubt you would say that if it was you who had been raped...
Neighborhood

Yakima, WA

#7 Jun 5, 2009
I grew up in the same neighborhood he was much older about 8 years older than me. We were told to stay away from him and his brothers because at that time which was in the late 70's he had already had a reputation. I believe victim number what. There is no telling how many other victims there are. I know for a fact that he can be charming if he wants something,. I was luckey that my boyfriend showed up when he did because I think I could have been a victim number what also.
sick n tired

Victorville, CA

#8 Jun 6, 2009
clayton has been a friend of my fathers for the past 15 years now, there have been times were he has been there to babysit me, been alone with me, my younger siblings, my neighbors and other friends and not ONCE was this something any of us would ever imagine. all you over dramatic liars out there need to just shut your mouths and let justice run its own course, regardless he will answer to the lord one day not you, not the court judges, not me, but GOD! stop making a bad situation worse with your 'what ifs' and nonsence of 'oh he used to stare at my kids' SCREW YOU AND YOUR DRAMATIC CHILDREN, people like you NEED to be raped and thrown in a river, not the poor girl it happened to. whatever he may or may not have done isnt up to anyone but the good lord to say what is to happen to him from there. you people have too much time on your hands. get a life and stop putting yourselves in a position where you CAN be raped, it's up to YOU where you are and who you hang around. common sence is up to YOU!
to sick n tired

Salt Lake City, UT

#9 Jun 6, 2009
You are entitled to your opinion but using God and talking like you do, is not selling your point. This is when religion is used for evil not good, if there is a God, he would not want you talking to anyone like that over something you apparently are not versed enough to know about. The way you talk, and the way you come across is that you are illiterate so how could you know the psychology of rapist? Count yourself fortunate you were not a victim and find some compassion for those that were.
Neighborhood

Yakima, WA

#10 Jun 8, 2009
Sick n tired is "sick"! People don't asked to be raped or killed and thrown in the river. I beleive that he is very capable of doing such a crime. I knew everyone of his brothers and sisters, in fact one of his brothers was a boyfiend of my cousins. I know how screwed up that whole family was. I think that your father was a fool to leave any kids in his care. You are just lucky that you were not one of his prey,.(Or maybe you were and just don't remember.) You need to thank the good lord for watching out for you. Unfoutunully that was not the case for Shawna. I hope he gets the chair!
Buttershots

Yakima, WA

#11 Jun 8, 2009
sick n tired wrote:
clayton has been a friend of my fathers for the past 15 years now, there have been times were he has been there to babysit me, been alone with me, my younger siblings, my neighbors and other friends and not ONCE was this something any of us would ever imagine. all you over dramatic liars out there need to just shut your mouths and let justice run its own course, regardless he will answer to the lord one day not you, not the court judges, not me, but GOD! stop making a bad situation worse with your 'what ifs' and nonsence of 'oh he used to stare at my kids' SCREW YOU AND YOUR DRAMATIC CHILDREN, people like you NEED to be raped and thrown in a river, not the poor girl it happened to. whatever he may or may not have done isnt up to anyone but the good lord to say what is to happen to him from there. you people have too much time on your hands. get a life and stop putting yourselves in a position where you CAN be raped, it's up to YOU where you are and who you hang around. common sence is up to YOU!
I can see that you feel very strongly about this because you knew him personally. However your ONE statement that "people like you NEED to be raped and thrown in a river" negates any point you could have made in his favor.
Someone MIGHT have read your post & thought - hmmm.. maybe there is more to this story. But after your angry, violent rant, probally not.
The Aunt - Tennessee

Franklin, TN

#12 Jul 15, 2009
Unless you all sit and wait for 16 years to hear that they have finally caught the person that did this to someone you loved, you will never understand. My heart goes out to all the lives that he brutally affected with his hideousness and total insanity. Thank the Lord above for watching over you. May he get everything the law can possibly throw at him. And most of all, may Shawna finally rest in peace.
josh

Hesperia, CA

#13 Jan 24, 2013
I knew Clayton for about 7 years when he lived in hesperia CA.. he was always nice and good to my family and would be there at a drop of a hat if ya needed help. That being said .. knowing Clayton I believe he is guilty of this crime and im sure many others
Jonnie

Barstow, CA

#14 Apr 3, 2014
I also knew Clayton, I worked with his then girlfriend, he was very abusive to her and the cops were called often. To ' Victim Number What' I'm sad and horrified about what you went through at the hands of this person and I hope it helps you a little bit that he is put away forever. And to ' Sick N Tired' did you know that John Wayne Gacy had a wife and kids and dressed up like a clown to entertain children at their birthday parties but yet the police unearthed several bodies in his yard that after he killed thats where he buried them? Ted Bundy was also a "swell guy" but was executed for his brutal killing spree? As far as Clayton being pals with your father doesn't surprize me one bit because men that rape and murder women have no balls and would never stand up to another man being the cowards that they are. I think that you should be thanking God that you were not a victim of Clayton's. Clayton is where he should have been years ago and I think that you should not be posting your heartfelt feelings for him on a forum like this where his victims can read them but better on a shrinks couch. I am so happy that my friend is safe and away from him forever.

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