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Lost Girls Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2012
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"The disturbing story of John Gardner, who kidnapped, raped, and murdered two teenage girls in San Diego. . . . Rother addresses the complexity and difficulty of managing paroled sexual predators. This book will be popular with fans of Rother, Ann Rule, and other popular true crime writers." ---- Library Journal
"Well-written, thought-provoking . . . if ever a 'true crime' deserved a book-length study, this is certainly that crime." ----San Diego Union Tribune
About the Author
Please visit her website at caitlinrother.com.
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Her latest release, THEN NO ONE CAN HAVE HER (Kensington/Pinnacle, 2015), is a story of blood money, sex addiction, manipulation and murder in a small mountain town in Arizona, and a roller coaster ride to justice. This complex legal tale involves a deep love gone wrong between Carol Kennedy--a peaceful, loving mother of two, artist and therapist--and her "soulmate" ex-husband Steve DeMocker, an investment broker. DeMocker's family believes he was wrongly convicted for Carol's murder, which occurred just 35 days after their divorce was finalized. (Kensington/Pinnacle).
Rother's debut crime novel, NAKED ADDICTION (WildBlue Press, 2014), unveils a lethal confluence of sex, drugs and the murder of young-beauty school entrepreneurs that oozes into the wealthy beach community of La Jolla. Undercover narcotics detective Ken Goode confronts his own demons as he investigates these homicides, which are complicated by a drug ring, an escort service, a seductive witness, and fears that his missing sister could be the next murder victim. UPDATE: An audio book of this title was just released in October 2015.
I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU is the true story behind the cold case murder of multimillionaire entrepreneur Bill McLaughlin in Newport Beach, Calif., by his femme fatale fiancee, Nanette Johnston Packard, and her NFL-linebacker lover, Eric Naposki. (Kensington, 2014)
BODY PARTS is the true story of Wayne Adam Ford, a serial killer who killed four troubled women, then did the rare deed of turning himself in before he could kill again. (Re-released by Kensington, 2013)
Rother's most controversial true crime book is LOST GIRLS, a behind-the-scenes account of the rape and murder of San Diego area teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois by sexual predator John Gardner (Kensington, 2012).
Her NYT bestseller MY LIFE, DELETED, is the inspirational memoir of former NFL player Scott Bolzan, who rebuilds his life after suffering a brain injury and losing his entire long-term memory. She co-authored the book with Scott and his wife Joan. (HarperOne, 2011)
The updated POISONED LOVE (Kensington, 2011) adds 20 pages of new developments in the Kristin Rossum case, in which the beautiful San Diego toxicologist was convicted of poisoning her husband with powerful narcotics she stole from her lab at the county Medical Examiner's Office, then staging a suicide scene by sprinkling red rose petals over her husband's body.
Before writing books full-time, Rother worked for 19 years as an investigative reporter for daily newspapers, covering issues ranging from addiction, suicide, mental illness and murder to politics and corruption at City Hall and in Congress. She now writes books full-time, teaches writing and works as a book doctor, writing/research/promotions coach, publishing consultant, speaker and event planner.
Rother was a Pulitzer-nominated staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, and also has been published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, The Daily Beast and Huffington Post. Her more than 100 TV/radio appearances include "Nancy Grace," the "Jay Thomas Show," "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren, "Women Who Kill" on E!, "Snapped," and numerous shows on Investigation Discovery, C-SPAN, XM Radio and various PBS affiliates.
Rother, who earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from University of California Berkeley and her master's in journalism from Northwestern University, teaches narrative non-fiction, digital journalism, and author branding/promotions at UCSD Extension and San Diego Writers, Ink. Please visit her website at caitlinrother.com.
Top Customer Reviews
That said, I read the book in just two days. I found the story of John Gardner's evolution into becoming the rapist and murderer he is deeply disturbing. Rother objectively tells of his childhood in which he was described by one doctor as having the worst case of ADD he had ever seen. Some of the most disturbing aspects of Gardner are that he had many facets to his personality, and could be considerate and charming one minute, and then quickly show his evil side. How much safer we would be as a society if people capable of such horrific crimes were one dimensional.
Rother also gives information about Gardner's mother, who was overwhelmed with trying to help her son find appropriate treatment. The reader will see moments in which she could have helped with the search of Chelsea had she offered up the information and opened her eyes. That she was so worried when her 30-year-old son was little late for dinner was very telling. She clearly enabled her son. At the same time, this woman worked hard to try to find a place that would take her son in for psychiatric care which he desperately needed. Gardner wanted to be locked up, and had told doctors he wanted to hurt people, only to be given new medication and sent on his way.
Also, the reader will see the amazing lengths the county and its detectives went through to try to bring Chelsea home alive. People do care, and there are many unsung heroes in law enforcement.Read more ›
Then one day she failed to come home. Her parents began a frantic search for their daughter but found only her car. As Chelsea was a minor and had an impeccable track record of always being in touch with family and friends, police immediately formed search parties and informed residents of the area about the missing girl by way of television and helicopter announcements.
Unfortunately, their efforts were in vain. A few days later Chelsea's body was found in a shallow grave.
But police had arrested one John Albert Gardner, Jr., a bipolar sex offender whose mother lived in the area near Rancho Bernardo Community Park. Several witnesses had seen Gardner on the trials the day of Chelsea's disappearance and soon enough DNA from Chelsea's discarded clothing would be matched to Gardner.
John Gardner realized the death penalty was a very real possibility and made a deal with investigators: he would show them where to find the body of Amber Dubois, another young teen who had disappeared without a trace the year before Chelsea.
Veteran true crime author Caitlin Rother has taken the tough task of recounting Gardner's story in her recently published book Lost Girls.Read more ›
I thought the author did a decent job presenting the chronology of the events leading up to the murders, especially the failure of the system to recognize that Gardner was a ticking time bomb, and I disagree with the family's insistence that she donate all of the profits to the fund.
I recommend this book to anyone who want some insight into why people like Gardner do what they do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading this book made me realize some people in his world is cruel. Lost Girls was another fabulous book by Caitilin Rother who is one of my favorite authors. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Kim Jackson
As I started this book I was disturbed at the amount of attention given to the perpetrator instead of the victims. Read morePublished 18 days ago by S. Priester
Such a sad event yet another great read by Caitlin! I am an avid true crime reader and I am so happy to have stumbled upon her writings. I just can't get enough! Read morePublished 29 days ago by Robin
I thought this book was great! So much information about the killer and the victims. The author did an amazing job.Published 1 month ago by Alison Hungate
I was raised in the same city Amber disappeared from, I graduated from the same high school the year before she became a freshman. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mynameischina
Sounds fishy to me... a organized boycott??
Good book, love this crime writers books. This was my third book by her and look forward to more.