Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
Executive producer
CinematographyJoe Rivera
Production companies
  • High Five Content
  • Wonderburst
Original release
ReleaseApril 21, 2022 (2022-04-21)

Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story is a 2022 three-part true crime docuseries directed by Jessica Dimmock and executive produced by The Russo brothers,[1] which premiered on Hulu April 21, about the 1972 kidnapping and eventual 1980 return of Steven Stayner and the impact it had on the Stayner family (especially older brother Cary who would later commit murder in 1999).[2][3][4]


Steven Stayner, then 7 years old, was kidnapped and molested by serial predator Kenneth Parnell to the point of changing the boy's name to Dennis (which became the premise to the 1989 Emmy Award-nominated miniseries I Know My First Name is Steven).[5]


Rotten Tomatoes gave the docuseries a 92% rating.[6]


The program was nominated for Outstanding Crime and Justice Documentary at the 44th News and Documentary Emmy Awards.[7]

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