‘I would be happy if he went to prison for the rest of his miserable life and rotted there,’ says the mother of Jeffrey Vargo, a 6-year-old killed in
Connie Vargo keeps the yellowed newspaper clippings neatly tucked away in a photo album, only retrieving them when she is asked to relive a parent’s worst nightmare.
“We never really get them out and look at them,” she told a reporter of the old articles, replete with screaming headlines such as “Worker discovers body of missing boy” and “The cruelty that lasts a lifetime.” “We’ve kept them because the event changed our lives forever.”
Kenneth Kaston Rasmuson after his arrest in Idaho in 2015. (Bonner County Jail via Orange County Register)
It’s been nearly four decades since that dreadful day in July 1981 when Connie and Bob Vargo’s idyllic life was upended by the kidnapping and killing of their happy-go-lucky 6-year-old son, Jeffrey. And it’s been six years since cold-case detectives arrested violent child predator Kenneth Kasten Rasmuson for the slaying.
Rasmuson, 59, remains in the Los Angeles County jail still awaiting trial on two counts of murder for Jeffery’s death as well as the subsequent 1986 slaying of a 6-year-old boy in an Agoura Hills.