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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
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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
This is such a heartbreaking story. I knew this story well, since I live in San Diego.Published 28 days ago by Diane Lee Wiscott
The last part of the book was not necessary, and very hurtful to the victims' families. Rother's interview with Gardner in prison gave a detailed description of the murders, as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joann Takata
This is one of those books that upset you, I really don't like books that are about the abuse of children. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paulette p
Excellent book! I could really not put it down. Caitlin manages to tell a very compelling story.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SandraP23
So far, so good. Haven't read much but the book itself was in great condition upon arrival.Published 2 months ago by Megan Pedersen
This was a great read. A lot of investigation went into the book.Published 4 months ago by Regina Younger
Great book easy reading. Will definitely read more books by this author.Published 4 months ago by Wendy M Kurt
This book left me feeling sad at many levels. It highlights the failure of several systems, family, mental health, penal system and law enforcement. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda P.
It's important to capture horrific incidences like this and spread awareness, but you had no right to publish this book without the permissions of the families of Amber and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer