Archive for Friday, November 10, 2000

Paternity of victim’s daughter confirmed

November 10, 2000


— DNA tests have confirmed that Carl Stasi fathered the child born to a woman who disappeared 15 years ago and is one of the six people John E. Robinson Sr. is accused of killing.

Stasi complains about being denied access to the girl, born Tiffany Stasi but raised as Heather Robinson by the brother and sister-in-law of the man accused of killing her mother.

"The only thing I can assume is that they are trying to stall and delay all they can," said Seth Shumaker, Carl Stasi's attorney from Kirksville, Mo.

Robinson's brother and sister-in-law have declined to be interviewed.

Carl Stasi and Lisa Elledge were dating, although not exclusively, in late 1983 and early 1984. They married in August 1984 when he was 24 and she was 19 and eight months pregnant. On Sept. 3, 1984, Lisa Stasi gave birth to Tiffany, with Carl listed as the father on her birth certificate.

By the end of that year the marriage dissolved, and Carl left the Kansas City area to re-enlist in the Navy. Lisa and her daughter were staying at a battered women's shelter when, by several accounts, John Robinson approached the young mother.

Last summer Robinson was charged with murdering six women, including Lisa Stasi, over several years. The bodies of the other five victims were found in barrels, but Lisa Stasi's body has never been found.

The bodies of two of the women were discovered on land Robinson owned in Linn County, Kan. Those of the other three were in Cass County, Mo., in a storage locker.

Robinson is also charged with aggravated interference with parental custody for allegedly taking then 4-month-old Tiffany Stasi out of Kansas and concealing her whereabouts.

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