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Post by Justice4all on Wed May 05, 2010 9:25 pm

Another Gardner incident with police revealed

By Kristina Davis, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
Published May 5, 2010 at 12:27 p.m.
Updated May 5, 2010 at 4:27 p.m.

An Escondido police officer contacted John Albert Gardner III in April 2009 after a young woman complained that he’d been following her in a car all day, according to a search warrant affidavit unsealed Wednesday.

It is unclear what, if any, action was taken against him.

The information was among four search warrant affidavits unsealed by a judge in San Diego Superior Court Wednesday following a request by The San Diego Union-Tribune and other local media.

The search warrants, filed in March, were seeking cell phone records of calls Gardner made or received between Feb. 1, 2009, and Feb. 29, 2010. The result of the phone searches was unclear. Documents returned with the search warrants say, “No evidence recovered.”

The stalking incident is the latest to be disclosed in a string of similar reports possibly involving Gardner, a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty to raping and murdering Amber Dubois, 14, of Escondido, on Feb. 13, 2009, and Chelsea King, 17, of Poway, on Feb. 25. Gardner, 31, is set to be sentenced May 14 to life in prison without the chance of parole.

On April 2, 2009, a woman who looked to be about 20 years old flagged down an officer and pointed to a gray vehicle, saying it had been following her around all day for no reason, according to the affidavit.

The officer quickly contacted the driver as the vehicle tried to drive away, and the officer identified the man as Gardner.

The officer went back to talk to the woman but found she’d left without giving her name. The warrant does not mention what happened to Gardner or if he was investigated further. A police report was made on the incident, the warrant states.

Escondido police declined to comment on any aspect of their investigation into Amber or Gardner, saying it is still considered an ongoing investigation until next week’s sentencing.

Amber’s father, Moe Dubois, said Wednesday that he doesn’t blame the police officer but instead looks at the incident as another failure of the criminal justice system that needs to change.

“There were so many times when he could have been put back in prison,” Dubois said.

“It wouldn’t have mattered in Amber’s case. Could it have helped Chelsea? Who knows?”

The document also mentions that there have been other prior incidents involving Gardner and females, including one in Escondido in February 2010. The circumstances of that incident have not been made public.

Gardner lived in an apartment complex on Rock Springs Road in Escondido — about two miles from Escondido High School — from August 2008 to January 2010. There are reports he’d also spent some months as a transient in the area, living out of his truck. Gardner is required to register every year with local police, or every 30 days as a transient, due to his sex offender status for a 2000 molestation conviction.

Escondido police has said previously that officers had made contact with Gardner at least eight times since January 2008 as part of his offender status in the city. The contact involving the stalking report was never mentioned.

Amber disappeared while she walked to Escondido high the morning of Feb. 13, 2009. Gardner confessed to authorities that he raped and stabbed her to death that day and buried her in a remote hilltop north of Pala. Amber’s whereabouts were a mystery for more than a year until Gardner led investigators to her body after his arrest in Chelsea’s death.

Gardner told authorities that he snatched Chelsea as she jogged near Rancho Bernardo Community Park on Feb. 25 and raped her and strangled her. Her body was found in a grave on the shore of Lake Hodges five days later.

Numerous reports of Gardner possibly stalking other victims have also surfaced.

Gardner has pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rape in the attack of a jogger, Candice Moncayo, near Lake Hodges on Dec. 27.

In the days after Chelsea went missing, an 11-year-old girl told San Diego police that she was possibly being stalked by a man in a black car as she walked home from Bernardo Heights Middle School on Feb. 24. She identified the driver as Gardner.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating a kidnapping attempt in October in Lake Elsinore, about four miles from Gardner’s grandmother’s house. The driver of a gold Pontiac reportedly pulled up to a girl as she was walking to a friend’s house, asked for directions, then pointed a gun at her and demanded she get in. She ran away. The composite sketch closely resembled Gardner, and he had a similar car at the time.

Riverside sheriff’s officials said Wednesday that no arrests have been made in that case, and it was unknown if Gardner has been named a suspect.

Staff writer J. Harry Jones contributed to this report.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri May 07, 2010 4:32 am

California law mandates chemical castration of certain offenders

Posted: May 06, 2010 10:21 PM EDT

The debate over chemical castration of sex offenders is back in the public eye following the murders of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. In fact, California already has a law on the books that mandates chemical castration of certain offenders.

In 1996, Gov. Pete Wilson signed into law a bill that mandated chemical castration of repeat sex offenders in California. The law says, in part:

"Any person guilty of a second conviction of any (forcible sex) offense… where the victim has not attained 13 years of age, shall, upon parole, undergo (chemical castration)."

The term "chemical castration" is actually a misnomer, because the offender is not physically castrated. Instead, he receives monthly injections of the same hormone women take for birth control -- Depo-Provera -- which lowers testosterone levels and sex drive.

Psychiatrist Michael Lardon says it can be effective for some sex offenders.

"Sometimes we'll find individuals with very high testosterone levels and they don't know how to control their sex drive. That's the group that chemical castration is effective in decreasing recidivism and re-offense," Dr. Lardon said.

By law, the Department of Corrections is supposed to administer chemical castration of sex offenders. A spokesperson told News 8 she has no information showing the program is actually being implemented on a widespread basis. Doctor Lardon says that's a good thing.

"When we make some broad law that says everybody that has committed any level of pedophilia is automatically chemically castrated, we start to move into an era of Nazism," Dr. Lardon said.

The hormones can also have serious side effects, like bone loss or liver damage.

"If you look at 100 sexual offenders, it's only a very small percentage that chemical castration is really effective," Dr. Lardon said.

Chemical castration is not permanent. Once the injections stop, testosterone levels go back up, and the offender's sex drive returns.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri May 07, 2010 5:13 pm

Judge Slams Other Judge Over Chelsea King, Amber DuBois Deaths

Judge DeAnn Salcido Says She 'Can No Longer Remain Silent'

By: LAUREN PEARLE
May 7, 2010



A San Diego judge accused her fellow judges today of mishandling criminal cases and said the murders of Chelsea King and Amber DuBois might have been prevented if their killer had been kept in prison for a prior sex offense.

Superior Court Judge DeAnn M. Salcido, during a news conference today, put particular blame on supervising judge Peter Deddeh who approved the sentence of convicted sex offender John Gardner, who has since pleaded guilty to raping and killing the two young women. She provided ABC News with a copy of her prepared comments.

Deddeh "put two young girls on a deadly collision course with a convicted child molester," Salcido said of the tragedies she believes might have been prevented by a tougher sentence.

In 2001, Deddeh signed off on a plea deal that gave Gardner a six year prison sentence for molesting and beating a 13-year-old neighbor he lured to his house. He was released after five years despite a probation report that called Gardner a predator and risk to society.

While on parole, he committed several crimes, including marijuana possession, and violated his parole by opening a MySpace account and living too close to a school. Those offenses could have sent him back to prison.

Shortly after his release, Gardner raped and killed King, 17, and DuBois, 14. He has confessed to both murders and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Salcido announced today that she is taking the unprecedented step of asking a California appellate court to force San Diego judges to "follow the law" and stop harassing her for trying to do so.

She accused Deddeh and other colleagues of rubber-stamping too lenient plea deals and failing to impose mandatory probation conditions such as protective orders, firearm prohibitions, and anger management counseling that are designed to protect public safety.

"This pattern of behavior by Judge Deddeh and others shows a reckless disregard for human life," Salcido said.

"I can no longer remain silent," the judge said in a press conference.

Salcido said that from her first days on the bench, she was told by seasoned judges to "go along to get along" and quickly dispose of sex abuse and domestic violence cases by accepting hurried plea deals and ignoring mandatory probation conditions for violent offenders.

"Chevy Justice" Versus "Cadillac Justice"

When she complained to Deddeh, he told her to just "dispense of 'Chevy justice' and let the other courtrooms dispense of 'Cadillac justice,'" she alleged in court filings. Deddeh explained that they need to get through numerous trials with limited resources and save money and time for "more important" cases, Salcido said.

But Salcido said that even with misdemeanor domestic violence cases, "everyone is entitled to the same justice or it is not justice. The administration cannot tolerate such distinctions."

In an email Salcido included in her legal papers, Deddeh allegedly wrote: "As we discussed the other day, our goal in D-3 is to expeditiously move defendants through the calendar and resolve their cases with the fewest # of court hearings possible….we need to do what we can to limit the # of times our staff has to touch a file." Salcido told ABC News that although her actions today might cost her her job, "public safety is the issue, not my career."

"I hope to increase judicial awareness and prevent judges from recklessly disregarding the laws as they have been," Salcido told ABC News.

Deddeh was not immediately available for comment.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri May 07, 2010 5:21 pm

Signatures Sought for Chelsea's Law

By GENE CUBBISON
Updated 11:45 AM PDT, Fri, May 7, 2010



Governor Schwarzenegger is on board with it. Ditto for Assembly Speaker John Perez.

The Assembly's Public Safety Committee endorsed it last month on a 5-0 bipartisan vote.

And there's such popular momentum that behind it that Assembly Bill 1844, known as "Chelsea's Law", would seem a slam dunk to become part of the California Penal Code.

It targets violent sexual predators for longer prison terms -- including one-strike, life without parole for child molesters whose victims are under 14 -- and stricter parole conditions.

AB 1844 is named for 17-year-old Chelsea King, the Poway High cross-country runner and band musician who was raped and fatally strangled in late February by 31-year-old John Albert Gardner III, a paroled sex offender who's pleaded guilty to King's murder and that of 14-year-old Amber DuBois of Escondido last year.

Gardner faces a plea-bargained, no-parole life prison term when he's formally sentenced May 14th.

But backers of "Chelsea's Law" aren't presuming it'll get the Legislature's stamp of approval and the governor's signature -- at least in its present form.

They're now taking their case to the court of public opinion, because "pushback" is materializing as the bill heads for an Assembly Appropriations Committee later this month.

Concerns about its potential costs, along with criticism that it emphasizes punishment over treatment and rehabilitation, have been raised by groups such as the California Coaltion Against Sexual Assault, American Civil Liberties Union and California Public Defenders Association.

Their lobbyists are looking to shape the measure in ways that better suit their objectives.

So the bill's author, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-75th District), has just launched a petition campaign seeking at least 20,000 signatures in support of Chelsea's Law.

"The petition drive has just been amazing," Fletcher marveled in an interview Friday. "Our office has been overwhelmed with an outpouring of support. I've talked to people that are going to their doughnut shops, the malls, to circulate petitions."

Fletcher said he's open to suggested improvements in the bill.

"If there are refinements that we can make that are better and are consistent with the intent, we'd certainly look to go in that direction," he said. "But we are not going to water down this bill just to get a bill passed. It has to be real and it has to be substantive ...

"At the end of the day, if the Legislature is unresponsive, we'll do an initiative. But legislation is a better way to go. You get a better law that way."

Fletcher is teaming up with "Chelsea's Light" -- a nonprofit foundation created by King's parents, Brent and Kelly -- in sponsoring the petition drive.

The petition and its signatures will be submitted to upcoming Assembly and State Senate committee hearings as official testimony on behalf of AB 1844.

"This petition," the Kings said in a statement, "will enable Californians to gather our voices behind a singular initiative for children who don't have a voice of their own in our legislative process."


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Post by Justice4all on Sat May 08, 2010 8:00 am

Memorial Takes Shape at Site Where Chelsea Was Found

By ERIC S. PAGE and TONY SHIN
Updated 4:02 PM PDT, Fri, May 7, 2010



A slain Poway teenager is still being memorialized at a spot in Rancho Bernardo Community Park.

Chelsea King, 17, was murdered in the park after she went out for a run on Feb. 25. Her body was found a few days later, on March 2, by searchers in the park not far from the shore of Lake Hodges. At the time she was found, the area was largely overgrown, but as crime-scene investigators worked the site, the area where the shallow grave was located was denuded.

Since then, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mourners and curiousity-seekers have sought out the spot, some leaving crosses and flowers at the scene. On a recent night, many of the people walking by stopped and spent a few quiet moments before they moved on.

One woman who stopped by with her husband said Chelsea's killing has "torn this community into shreds." She said she had to go to the spot just to "let Chelsea know that she will always think about her."

John Gardner, who was arrested shortly after Chelsea's body was found, later confessed to the teen's murder and also to the killing of Escondido teenager Amber Dubois, 14, who was killed on Feb. 13, 2009. He is expected to be sentenced next week to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun May 09, 2010 11:41 am

Gardner can’t count on an early demise

By Michael Stetz, UNION-TRIBUNE COLUMNIST
Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.

John Albert Gardner III thinks he’ll be dead within five years of going to the Big House.

Baloney.

Gardner raped and killed two teenage girls, Escondido’s Amber Dubois and Poway’s Chelsea King. He’s considered scum, not just by us, but by his soon-to-be neighbors at one of California’s fine incarceration spots.

But there’s a good chance he won’t be dispatched by anyone, regardless of what he said during a recent interview with Channel 8.

That’s when he made his big claim about his imminent death. Asked why he expects that, he replied, “You don’t know how prison works, do you?”

Gardner, 31, spent five years in state prison for molesting and beating a 13-year-old Rancho Bernardo girl in 2000, so he does know life behind bars. But is he overstating his likelihood of a sharp spoon to the spleen?

“In the old days, he wouldn’t last a month,” said Paul Sutton, a criminal justice professor at San Diego State University who has studied state prisons extensively.

But in today’s prison system, there are “sensitive-needs yards.” Inmates who are targets — such as child molesters and former gang members and convicted cops — are housed there.

“They can put him in places where he’ll be relatively safe,” Sutton said. “He’s going to be with people who hate his guts, but nobody’s going to mess with him, not in there.”

That’s because being locked up in a sensitive-needs yards is considered “soft time” and inmates think twice about jeopardizing that, Sutton said.

Since his arrest, Gardner has been in isolation in the San Diego County Jail downtown. He’s slated to be sentenced to life without parole on Friday, a deal brokered by his attorneys to avoid the death penalty.

Gardner, in the TV interview, said he had nothing to do with that legal move. He even said he would have been better off on death row because he’d be in a single cell.

Sutton scoffed at that. Prisoners on death row do hard time because they’re so isolated and constrained.

“There’s nothing nice about it,” he said. “He’s an idiot if he thinks they have it better.”

Molesters have been whacked by fellow inmates, no question, particularly if they are kept in the general population.

Shannon Lee Graling had his throat slashed by an inmate in a Sacramento prison in February 2008 as he was pushing a laundry cart through a yard. He was serving 400 years for sodomizing a 10-year-old boy, which was his second sex-offense conviction. He had survived 11 years in prison.

In May of 2008, Donald Jones, who was doing 20 years for sodomizing a child younger than 14, was stabbed to death by six fellow inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison. He had served 13 years.

The molesters aren’t just killed. In an Indiana prison, Anthony Stockelman, who sexually assaulted and then drowned 10-year-old Katie Collman, had the words “Katie’s Revenge” crudely tattooed on his forehead by another inmate four years ago.

So, yeah, maybe Gardner has something to fear. Or maybe not.

“They (inmate murders) don’t happen that often,” said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

California has a prison population of 166,000. In 2006, the last year for such statistics, 14 inmates were murdered. The year before, it was 17.

Like Sutton, Thornton noted that Gardner probably won’t be housed with the general population but in the sensitive-needs yard, given his notoriety and crimes.

Not every sex offender is housed in such yards, she added. Inmates who feel threatened or have come under attack can seek the protection. Famous and rich people are housed there, too.

Phil Spector, the music producer convicted of killing actress Lana Clarkson, is in such a yard. So is Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Robert Kennedy in 1968.

And they’re still with us.

So is Craig Peyer, a former CHP officer who pulled over 20-year-old San Diego University student Cara Knott in 1986 and then beat and strangled her. He is serving 25 years to life.

Gardner could ask to be transferred to a prison out of state, Thornton said. Some notorious prisoners do that. The prison population in a different state might not be as aware of the crimes they’ve committed.

Gardner knows how the system works. When doing time originally, he was placed in the general population. But he told authorities he felt threatened and got moved to a different prison.

“He knows what to do,” Thornton said. “I think that’s a safe assumption.”

Forget what Gardner says. He won’t last five years? Oh please. He knows he may very well live to be an old man.

And if I’m wrong, well … good.


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Post by Piper on Sun May 09, 2010 11:52 am

Backing up to the judge stepping forward and speaking her mind, more power to her. I hope the process will be changed and they stop hurrying these cases through the system with a plea deal for shorter prison sentences. The laws are there, use them. Making light of these monsters actions is a crime in itself.
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Post by Justice4all on Fri May 14, 2010 3:34 pm

Livestream of John Gardner sentencing.

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Post by Snaz on Fri May 14, 2010 5:45 pm

J4A... thank you so much for posting the link to the sentencing. I watched and it broke my heart for these young girls and their families.

I particularly appreciated parts of Chelsea's father's comments during his victim impact statement. How hard that must have been for all of them. They are all very brave facing this evil monster.

When Candace Moncaya made her comment something to the effect of "how is your nose?", the look of rage on Gardner's face was frightening.... and it happened so quickly. Probably just a taste of what Amber, Chelsea, and even Candace, experienced..... Only moments before, he was crying during Amber's video tribute.

My heart is so heavy now.

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Post by Snaz on Fri May 14, 2010 5:50 pm

John Gardner Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murders, Rapes
Gardner Pleaded Guilty To Killing Amber Dubois, Chelsea King

POSTED: 4:01 am PDT May 14, 2010
UPDATED: 2:40 pm PDT May 14, 2010



SAN DIEGO -- A sex offender convicted of killing two teenage girls in San Diego County has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

John Albert Gardner cried Friday as the girls' families took turns at the podium addressing him during his sentencing hearing in San Diego.

Gardner reached a plea deal last month that spared him a possible death penalty. He admitted raping and murdering 14-year-old Amber Dubois last year and 17-year-old Chelsea King in February.

He also pleaded guilty to attempting to rape a jogger near the spot where he attacked Chelsea.

Gardner's guilty plea last month to killing Dubois and King has sparked a far-reaching review of how California deals with sex predators, a campaign that advocates hope to take to Washington and other state capitols.

Calls to stiffen penalties for child sex offenders began almost the moment Gardner was arrested Feb. 28, three days after he attacked Chelsea on an afternoon run in San Diego, strangled her, and buried her in a shallow, lakeside grave.

Gardner served five years of a six-year prison sentence for beating and molesting a 13-year-old girl in San Diego in 2000. He faced a maximum of nearly 11 years in prison, but prosecutors called for six years.

A court-appointed psychiatrist urged the maximum sentence allowed by law. He said in court documents that Gardner was a "continued danger to underage girls" and "an extremely poor candidate" for treatment.

Maurice Dubois, Amber Dubois's father, says in a statement to be read Friday that psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Carroll "was the only one who saw Gardner for what he is, a dangerous predator interested in young girls."

In the statement, Dubois likens his daughter's killer to a mountain lion, whose instincts are to stalk and attack. If the zoo keeper frees the lion from captivity, he asks, who is responsible for the killings that come after?

Dubois heaps blame on the criminal justice system.

"It's obvious the legal system failed us here, with all of the missed opportunities that ultimately allowed this monster to stalk our streets and harm our loved ones," Dubois writes in his statement, released Thursday in San Diego Superior Court.

The case has put California's parole system under the microscope.

Gardner lived little more than a football field's length from a San Diego preschool for at least 16 months while on parole from 2005 to 2008. That violated a condition of parole that prohibited him from living within a half-mile of a school.

A corrections department official let him stay until his lease expired in 2006 but no one noticed he was still living there until a year later. The parole board could have sent him back to prison but kept him on parole, where he had six other less serious potential violations.


Amber Dubois Retrospective:


Chelsea King Retrospective


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered a state board to review the parole system.

Brent and Kelly King, Chelsea's parents, are leading a campaign for "Chelsea's Law" to allow life sentences for some convicted child molesters in California and lifetime electronic monitoring of others. The bill, which cleared its first legislative committee last month, would also ban sex offenders from parks.

"I will channel my rage and commit to spending my life to making our society safe from the incurable evil," Brent King said at a memorial service in March. "Known sexual predators are not curable ... If anyone -- anyone -- believes that this evil is treatable, let them live next door to you and your children, not ours."

Chelsea was a straight-A student who ran on the cross-country team in suburban Poway, played French horn in a youth symphony and was active in her school's peer counseling program.

The discovery of Chelsea's stained clothing during a massive search quickly led authorities to Gardner. Days later, he led investigators to Amber's remains in a remote, mountainous area north of San Diego.

The investigation into Amber's disappearance had gone nowhere since the Future Farmers of America member disappeared walking to school in suburban Escondido in February 2009.

Gardner led authorities to Amber's remains on condition that the information not be used in court. Investigators were unable to independently link him to the crime, and his guilty plea to that murder was a big reason why the death penalty was dropped.

Gardner also pleaded guilty to attempting to rape a jogger on Dec. 27, near the spot where he attacked Chelsea.


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Post by Snaz on Fri May 14, 2010 6:13 pm

Updated 10news.com article:

John Gardner Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murders, Rapes
Gardner Pleaded Guilty To Killing Amber Dubois, Chelsea King

POSTED: 4:01 am PDT May 14, 2010
UPDATED: 2:54 pm PDT May 14, 2010

SAN DIEGO -- A registered sex offender who raped and murdered 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life prison terms without parole, plus an additional 33 years to life.

John Albert Gardner III, 31, pleaded guilty in April to attacking King while she was jogging behind Rancho Bernardo Community Park and taking her to a remote area, where he raped her, strangled her and buried her in a shallow grave.

He also admitted killing Dubois, who vanished while walking to Escondido High School in February 2009.

Gardner said nothing during the sentencing hearing, mostly staring straight down at the table in front of him.

Two emotional videos were played in court during the hearing -- celebrating the lives of Chelsea and Amber. During the first, Gardner openly wept, his shoulders quaking as tears streamed from his eyes.

Chelsea's father, Brent King, addressed Gardner in court, telling him he wanted him to live in fear every day of his life in prison.

"I know you think your time in prison will be hell on Earth," he said. "I hope you're right."

"I want you to feel every day, every moment, the same fear Chelsea must have felt," King said. "Unlike you, Chelsea was no coward. I can assure you she showed more courage in her final moments than you showed in your entire life."

King described how he would interact with Chelsea as an infant and young girl.

"I loved feeding her, playing with her, changing her diapers, just being her dad," he said.

He concluded his remarks telling Gardner, "You can go straight to hell."

Chelsea's mother, Kelly King, told Gardner "nothing, and no one, can save you."

"Chelsea was a sweet, loving and innocent soul who could not have fathomed the wretched piece of evil that ended her life that day," she said. "... You have taken a life that was worth an infinite number of yours."

At one point during her statement, Kelly King told Gardner, "Look at me," and after several quiet moments during which Gardner continued to look downward, she added, "Why am I not surprised?"

Three days after Gardner, 31, was arraigned on charges he murdered King, he led authorities to Dubois' body in Pala. To avoid the death penalty, he later agreed to plead guilty to both murders and the December assault of a woman -- Candice Moncayo -- in the same Rancho Bernardo Park where Chelsea died.

Moncayo tearfully asked the judge "to make us a little safer by locking him up permanently."

Moncayo said she had deep sympathy for the Dubois and King families.

"Their sacrifices are utterly unimaginable and truly there are no words to describe the depths of despair and sorrow we have all experienced because of this man," she said.


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John Gardner Sentenced for Murders of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King

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SAN DIEGO - A registered sex offender who raped and murdered 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life prison terms without parole, plus an additional 33 years to life.

John Albert Gardner III, 31, pleaded guilty in April to attacking King while she was jogging behind Rancho Bernardo Community Park and taking her to a remote area, where he raped her, strangled her and buried her in a shallow grave.

He also admitted killing Dubois, who vanished while walking to Escondido High School in February 2009.

Gardner said nothing during the sentencing hearing, mostly staring straight down at the table in front of him.

Two emotional videos were played in court during the hearing -- celebrating the lives of Chelsea and Amber. During the first, Gardner openly wept, his shoulders quaking as tears streamed from his eyes.

Chelsea's father, Brent King, addressed Gardner in court, telling him he wanted him to live in fear every day of his life in prison.

"I know you think your time in prison will be hell on Earth," he said. "I hope you're right."

"I want you to feel every day, every moment, the same fear Chelsea must have felt," King said. "Unlike you, Chelsea was no coward. I can assure you she showed more courage in her final moments than you showed in your entire life."

King described how he would interact with Chelsea as an infant and young girl.

"I loved feeding her, playing with her, changing her diapers, just being her dad," he said.

He concluded his remarks telling Gardner, "You can go straight to hell."

Chelsea's mother, Kelly King, told Gardner "nothing, and no one, can save you."

"Chelsea was a sweet, loving and innocent soul who could not have fathomed the wretched piece of evil that ended her life that day," she said. "... You have taken a life that was worth an infinite number of yours."

At one point during her statement, Kelly King told Gardner, "Look at me," and after several quiet moments during which Gardner continued to look downward, she added, "Why am I not surprised?"

Three days after Gardner, 31, was arraigned on charges he murdered King, he led authorities to Dubois' body in Pala. To avoid the death penalty, he later agreed to plead guilty to both murders and the December assault of a woman -- Candice Moncayo -- in the same Rancho Bernardo Park where Chelsea died.

Moncayo tearfully asked the judge "to make us a little safer by locking him up permanently."

Moncayo said she had deep sympathy for the Dubois and King families.

"Their sacrifices are utterly unimaginable and truly there are no words to describe the depths of despair and sorrow we have all experienced because of this man," she said.

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Post by Justice4all on Sat May 15, 2010 12:57 pm

John Albert Gardner's Tears an Act, Expert Says
Criminal Profiler Says His Reaction to Statements From Parents of Slain Teens Chelsea King, Amber Dubois a "Sympathy Ploy"

May 15, 2010

(CBS) John Albert Gardner III wept openly in court Friday as he was verbally skewered by the parents of two San Diego area teens he'd confessed to raping and murdering.

Gardner was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole for killing Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14. He also got a 25-year minimum for the attempted rape of Candice Moncayo, a jogger who was able to escape by smashing him in the nose with her elbow.

"You now have to spend the rest of your life, an eternity in the worst and deepest parts of hell," said Kelly King, Chelsea's mother, in a statement typical of what Gardner heard from the families whose lives he shattered.

In recent telephone statements to CBS affiliate KFMB in San Diego, Gardner asked, "Do you think that I don't have guilt and I don't hate myself for what I did? I was not in control." He also predicted he'd be killed by fellow inmates within five years.

But criminal profiler Pat Brown was having none of that on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning."

"For some families," she told co-anchor Betty Nguyen, "just the ability to be able to get that rage out, to get it out to the public as well as to the person who victimized their children, it feels good for them to do that. But they don't want to make a mistake to believe that he actually gives a darn.

"Everything that John Gardner did in that courtroom is an act. He doesn't care what they say to him. He's not feeling bad about what they say to him. He doesn't feel bad about what he did to their children. In the words of the serial killer Clifford Olson, 'If I gave a damn about the parents, I wouldn't have killed their children.' John Gardner does not care. He's looking for sympathy. And that's what his whole game in the courtroom was -- a sympathy ploy.

"That sobbing," Brown continued, "think about it -- this is a man who brutally murdered two beautiful little girls and, while they were looking up at him, screaming, 'No, don't do this to me. I want my mommy,' he didn't care one bit. Do you think he really feels bad for them now? No, no, no, he feels bad for himself, and he wants everyone out there to realize he's a victim, too. (He wants people to think) he's suffering, too, and he's going to have as to go to prison and he might get killed in prison. Feel sorry for me. Ladies, you can write me in prison, you can help me out."

Brown said Gardner "absolutely" enjoys the limelight. "He knows he's caught," Brown observed. "He knows he's not going to be outside anymore. So this is his new game. He's going to prison, and he's going to get as much sympathy (as he can) on the way.

"He's (acting as if he's) a victim of society, he's a victim of his raging chemicals in his brain. He feels bad about what he did, so everyone have some pity on me. So now, he's gonna play his new game in prison and he will get lots of letters from ladies. I can guarantee you. (He) may get a girlfriend. May get married. He's gonna have his fun in prison, and that's the sad part about it all. Don't feel sorry for John Gardner. He doesn't feel sorry for anything he's done."

Can confronting their daughters' killer help bring closure to the parents?

"There's really no such thing as closure," Brown replied. "It's a really silly word in a sense. You don't close the door on your child who's been murdered. What you have are answers and a level of acceptance. ... But when you wake up in the morning, your daughter's not there, and you still have to live with it and all you can hope is at they find some way to deal with this, maybe to help other families and fight against the criminal justice system and keep guys like this behind bars (Gardner served five years of a six-year sentence for beating and molesting a 13-year-old San Diego girl in 2000) ... So maybe they'll get some good, positive feelings from that. But it's a long road and closure never really happens."


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Post by Justice4all on Sun May 16, 2010 11:30 am

Mom Shames Killer in Court

John Albert Gardner teared up at his sentencing after being confronted by the mother of Chelsea King. Gardner kept his head bowed in court until the mother of murdered teen Chelsea King told him to look up. Katie Couric reports.


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Post by sitemama on Sun May 16, 2010 11:52 am

I really admire Mr. & Mrs. King, but especially Mrs. King for demanding that POS look up at her. When my SIL was on trial for murdering my daughter, we were instructed to sit behind him during the trial so he couldn't look at us without turning around, and the judge instructed his atty to make sure he did not turn around.

When the verdict was brought in, we were instructed to sit on the opposite side of the court room, as he had treatened to run, if they found him guilty of Murder. All the street-clothed detectives were present, in case he tried to run, they were instructed to shot him. The DA did not want us in the line of fire. But they only found him guilty of Vol/Manslaughter. He was able to look at us then, and he laughed and said he would get the rest of us when he got out. However, we were not allowed to say anything to him during the sentencing portion.

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Post by Justice4all on Sun May 16, 2010 11:57 am

I'm sorry to hear that sitemama. I think the relatives of all victims should be allowed to make a victim impact statement against their loved one's killer.
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Post by Julie on Sun May 16, 2010 3:22 pm

Mama-I'm so sorry you had to go through all of that. I also agree with J4A that your family should have gotten a chance to speak your minds.

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Post by Justice4all on Mon May 17, 2010 3:17 pm

Possible details to emerge Monday in Gardner investigation

By Staff, City News Service
Sunday, May 16, 2010

More about the investigations into the murders of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King might be learned on Monday when representatives of several law enforcement agencies gather for a news conference.

Members of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand, along with the Escondido Police Department, San Diego Police Department, San Diego District Attorney’s Office and FBI. The sheriff’s contingent will include homicide detectives and personnel from the crime lab and search-and-rescue team.

There was little for detectives to share after Amber disappeared on Feb. 13, 2009, as she walked to Escondido High School as, for a time, it was unknown whether they were dealing with a case of foul play or a runaway.

At one point, they released to the media a grainy surveillance tape of a vehicle that appeared near campus but it turned out there was no connection with the Dubois case.

Law enforcement was mostly tight-lipped after King disappeared on Feb. 25, often responding with “no comment” when questioned about specifics during news briefings.

Much was learned after convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner III pleaded guilty last month to the murders.

Search warrants subsequently unsealed by area judges revealed the discovery of underwear that contained DNA that linked Gardner to Chelsea, and that he apparently followed other girls or women in his car as they walked down the street.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis refused to comment until Gardner, 31, was sentenced, and she asked other agencies to follow suit.

Gardner was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life terms plus 49 years, freeing up officials to discuss particulars.

Chelsea’s parents have fought to keep certain details of her killing confidential.


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Post by Justice4all on Mon May 17, 2010 8:39 pm

Official: California killer told of other crimes

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Monday, May 17, 2010 | 2:41 p.m.

A man who pleaded guilty to raping and murdering two teenage girls admitted involvement in other "assault-type" crimes but did not implicate himself in additional killings, authorities said Monday.

John Albert Gardner III spoke with investigators for more than two hours after he was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the attacks on 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois, San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos said.

"He didn't shed a lot of light, but he did speak about other cases," said Brugos, who declined to elaborate about victims or provide other details.

The remarks came during a news conference involving a number of San Diego County's top law enforcement officials who had repeatedly refused to answer questions about the case since Gardner, 31, was arrested Feb. 28 in suburban Escondido.

Sheriff Bill Gore said the news conference was intended to fill in the blanks, but authorities revealed little new information about the case that sparked widespread calls to change the way California tracks and punishes child sex predators.

Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher did acknowledge a misstep after an officer was flagged down by a woman motorist who reported she was being followed by a man in a nearby Ford Focus.

The officer approached the car and questioned Gardner, who was with his girlfriend's 3-year-old son. However, the officer didn't pursue the stalking report further because the woman left the scene and has never been identified.

Gardner was cited for driving with an open container of alcohol in the April 2009 incident, but the information was not given to detectives investigating the disappearance of Dubois nearly two months earlier while she was walking to school.

"Revisiting this, it certainly would have been better if the officer had made personal contact with the detective," Maher said. "He didn't."

Neighbors had described seeing a red truck near the spot where Dubois vanished. But Maher noted that Gardner was not driving a red truck when he was cited for having the open container.

The officer "did everything he could under the law," Maher said.

Gardner, a registered sex offender in Escondido at the time, didn't become a suspect in the Dubois case until he was arrested nearly a year after her disappearance by police investigating the King abduction.

Days after his arrest, Gardner led authorities to the remains of Dubois in a rugged area north of San Diego.

Also Monday, San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins defended his department's response to a jogger's report that she was tackled by a man in December near the spot where King was attacked two months later.

Some critics have said police should have done more to alert residents about the first attack, which was initially treated as an attempted robbery because the assailant demanded money.

Gardner pleaded guilty to attempting to rape the jogger, who escaped after smashing his nose with her elbow and later spoke at his sentencing hearing.

Collins said police attempted to have the jogger meet with a sketch artist, but there were scheduling conflicts on both sides before she returned to college in Colorado.

Police collected DNA from the woman's elbow that was tested after King disappeared but showed no link to Gardner, police said.

"We didn't have a lot of information on the suspect," Collins said.

King's disappearance unleashed a massive investigation in which the FBI said it searched 363 homes near the park with the consent of residents.

Authorities declined to detail how Gardner abducted King and Dubois.

Carrie McGonigle, the mother of Dubois, appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" and said Gardner told her in a jailhouse interview that he trapped the girl on a fenced street and forced her into his car.

Gardner was previously convicted of molesting a 13-year-old girl in 2000.


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Post by Justice4all on Tue May 18, 2010 3:46 pm

The Kings Appear on Today Show

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Updated 7:41 AM PDT, Tue, May 18, 2010

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In their first interview since their daughter's killer was sentenced, Brent and Kelly King talked about the moment they faced John Gardner in court Friday and what they hope to gain from a trip to Washington, D.C.

In a dramatic moment during Friday’s sentencing, Kelly King demanded that Gardner look at her. In an interview on NBC’s Today Show, Kelly King said she wanted him to be able to look and see all the pain and the anguish.

She said there was no way to prepare for her victim’s impact statement.

“The minute he walked into that courtroom there was a complete and total wave of disgust,” she said. “There’s an element of shock to be that close to someone who has done what he’s done to our daughter and our family.”

“There was no preparation. There was just a lot of anger and disgust and that seemed to carry it,” she said.

The Kings are in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with lawmakers and White House representatives to gain support for Chelsea’s Law.

“One strike is enough. It shouldn’t take two children to go through a terrible violent act before we lock someone away,” said Brent King.

”We also want to bring them a vision and a picture of who Chelsea is and how much we lost as not just parents but as a community,” he said.

Gardner received a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the rape and murder of both Escondido teenager Amber Dubois and Poway teenager Chelsea King as well as the sexual assault of Candice Moncayo.

Amber,14, was reported missing in Feb. 13 2009. She was killed by Gardner about an hour and a half after the two met.

Her body wasn't found until Gardner was arrested for the rape and murder of Chelsea King, the Poway High School student who disappeared during a run around Lake Hodges in February 2010.

Gardner admitted dragging Chelsea to a remote area where he raped, strangled and buried her.

After Gardner's arrest, Candice Moncayo identified him as the man who jumped her while she was jogging around Lake Hodges on Dec. 27, 2009.

Moncayo talked about the experience on cable television and described how she managed to escape from Gardner with a punch in the nose.

Prior to entering Gardner's guilty plea on April 16, his attorneys negotiated a deal with prosecutors for a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.


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Post by Justice4all on Tue May 18, 2010 10:23 pm

Killer tried to abduct Inland girl, police say

03:53 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Riverside County prosecutors are considering whether to file charges against convicted murderer John Albert Gardner III in a case involving the attempted abduction of a 16-year-old Lake Elsinore girl in October, authorities said today.

Gardner, 31, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for raping and murdering Amber Dubois, 14, of Escondido, and Chelsea King, 17, of Poway, and for assaulting Candice Moncayo, 22.

After Gardner was arrested in February, a family member of the victim in the Lake Elsinore incident reported Gardner as a suspect, Riverside County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Joe Borja said. The girl recognized Gardner from a photograph in television news reports.

Borja said Gardner is suspected of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted kidnapping in the Oct. 28 incident.

At the time, the girl told police she was walking about 7 a.m. in the 32900 block of Machado Street when she was approached by a man in a gold, 1990s, four-door sedan.

The man asked the girl for directions and, after a brief conversation, he showed her a gun and demanded that she get into his car, sheriff's officials said. The girl refused and ran away.

Investigators released a sketch of the man, who was described as 30 to 35 years old, unshaven, with a fair complexion, brown eyes and a blond crew cut. The sketch bears a resemblance to Gardner.

The Oct. 28 incident was one of several reports of men approaching children and teenagers around Lake Elsinore and Wildomar last fall.

The suspect description in the Oct. 28 case was different from the other reports. Some involved a man in his 20s with dark hair and driving a new-model silver or gray compact car, who was reported approaching children on their way to and from school.

During their investigation into the murder of Chelsea King, San Diego county authorities seized an older gold car that belonged to Gardner.

San Diego County sheriff's officials said in a news conference Monday that Gardner admitted involvement in other "assault-type" crimes, but not any other killings. He spoke with investigators for more than two hours following his sentencing Friday, officials said. Authorities said he might be responsible for other attacks in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, but did not release details.

Borja said his department submitted the results of its investigation to the district attorney's office on May 6.

District attorney's officials requested that sheriff's investigators seek an interview with Gardner, Borja said. Investigators requested the interview, but Gardner, through his attorneys, declined, Borja said.

Sheriff's investigators resubmitted the case to prosecutors Tuesday, Borja said.

Borja said the department does not suspect Gardner in any other incidents in Riverside County.

John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office, said today that he does not know when a decision in the Gardner case will be made.

After Gardner's arrest, Riverside County sheriff's officials said they had considered registered sex offenders in the area as possible suspects in the abduction attempt, but Gardner was not among them because at the time he was registered as living in San Diego County.

Gardner registered as a sex offender at the sheriff's Lake Elsinore Station in January. He reported a home address on Gillette Street in the unincorporated Lakeland Village neighborhood near Lake Elsinore.


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Post by Justice4all on Tue May 18, 2010 10:25 pm

Gardner transferred to state prison

FOX 5 San Diego Staff
1:55 PM PDT, May 18, 2010

 
SAN DIEGO - The man who admitted raping and murdering teenagers Amber Dubois and Chelsea King began serving his lifelong prison term Tuesday at a state prison in the Central Valley.

John Albert Gardner III, 31, was transferred Tuesday morning from San Diego County Jail to North Kern State Prison in Delano, about 240 miles north of San Diego, according to a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The former Lake Elsinore resident pleaded guilty last month to the sex- assault slayings of 14-year-old Amber on Feb. 13, 2009, and 17-year-old Chelsea on Feb. 25 of this year. He was sentenced Friday to consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole, plus 49 years.

A special task force is charged with determining whether Gardner -- who was sent to prison in 2000 and served about six years for sexually assaulting a neighbor girl -- is responsible for any other unsolved kidnappings, rapes or homicides.

Riverside County authorities are investigating him in connection with the attempted abduction of a girl in Lake Elsinore last October.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun May 23, 2010 12:18 pm

'Chelsea's Law' would cost millions

By the Associated Press
Posted: 05/23/2010 01:00:14 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO (AP) -- A state corrections department analysis of a bill being considered by California lawmakers found that mandating life sentences for some child molesters and lifetime parole for others would cost tens of millions of dollars annually after the first decade.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst puts the ultimate tab much higher: hundreds of millions of dollars each year, some of it to build new cells for sex offenders serving longer terms.

The projections come as the Assembly Appropriations Committee prepares to consider on Friday whether the state can afford the bill named after 17-year-old Chelsea King. Convicted child molester John Albert Gardner III was sentenced to life in prison this month after pleading guilty to raping and murdering King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois in San Diego County.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, said Assembly Bill 1844, nicknamed Chelsea's Law, would have a relatively low cost for the first decade. He said it is worth the money to protect children.

The annual cost would top $1 million in 2015, $9 million by 2020, and $54 million by 2030, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

It would add nearly 400 inmates and increase the number of parolees by more than 7,300 by 2030, the department projects.

"We would consider this to be a conservative estimate," Jay Atkinson, chief of the department's Offender Information Services Branch, said Saturday. "The impact won't truly be seen until way far out in the future."

The legislative analyst said increasing penalties would cost "at least a few tens of millions of dollars annually within the next decade" and "at least in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually after several decades."

Backers, who include Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez, have not suggested any funding source beyond taking the money from the existing state budget, which faces a $19 billion deficit this year.

"There's virtually no cost for a decade," said Fletcher. "If you look at a budget that annually exceeds $100 billion a year, that's a small price to pay to protect our children."

His bill would allow life sentences for a first offense of forcible sex crimes involving a child under 18, up from the current 15-year to 25-year sentence. The life term would be reserved for cases with aggravating factors that include kidnapping, using a weapon, torture, binding or drugging a victim or a previous sex crime conviction.

It would double sentences for some other sex crimes involving children and double parole to 10 years for felons released after serving sentences for forcible sex crimes.

The bill also would require the state to use GPS tracking for lifetime monitoring of those convicted of forcible sex crimes against children under 14. Currently, most tracking ends when offenders leave parole, despite an existing state lifetime monitoring law.

It would ban sex offenders from parks, going beyond the state law that already limits how close offenders can live to schools and parks.

The Assembly analysis suggests deleting provisions that could potentially send offenders to prison for life for inflicting a bruise during a sex crime, or subject them to lifetime parole for acts that could include touching a child over his or her clothing. That would cut the bill's costs substantially, the analysis said.

"I think it's undeniable there are significant costs," said Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who chairs the Senate Public Safety Committee. "It's clearly a very important issue, a highly emotional issue, and we need to be grounding ourselves in fact."

Fletcher said he is open to minor changes. But he said backers will go to voters with an initiative before they accept major amendments.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun May 23, 2010 12:19 pm

I don't think any price is too high to protect our children.
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Post by Justice4all on Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:13 pm

State Assembly Passes "Chelsea's Law"

By: Marianne Russ
Thu Jun 3, 2010

In a rare display of bi-partisanship, the state Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a bill that increases penalties for violent sex offenders. The legislation is known as “Chelsea’s Law.”

The measure would lock up the most violent sexual predators for life. GOP Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher wrote the bill after San Diego-area teenager Chelsea King was raped and murdered in a local park. A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty to the crime. Republican Assemblyman Steve Knight says “Chelsea’s Law” sends an important message:

“What Assemblymember Fletcher is doing is saying to the State of California is that we believe there are crimes that you’re done. That’s it, that’s the end. You’re behind bars and you don’t get to come back into our community.”

The bill requires lifetime GPS monitoring for some sex offenders. It also bans them from visiting places where kids congregate, like parks. Governor Schwarzenegger supports Chelsea’s law and says he will sign it if it makes it to his desk. The bill moves next to the Senate.


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Post by Justice4all on Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:18 pm

Family of Murdered Teen Chelsea King Moving Back to Illinois

The move comes four months after the disappearance of 17-year-old Chelsea while running in a park and the subsequent discovery of her body.

KTLA News
8:10 AM PDT, June 19, 2010



POWAY -- The father of murdered teen Chelsea King said Friday that he and his family are leaving San Diego and moving back to Illinois.

Brent King said in a letter posted Friday on the website chelseaslight.com that he, his wife Kelly and 13-year-old son Tyler will move next month to Naperville, Ill., where they lived for 10 years before moving to the San Diego suburb of Poway in 2007.

The move comes four months after the disappearance of 17-year-old Chelsea King while running in a park and the subsequent discovery of her body.


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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:09 pm

On my FB I am a fan of Chelsea's law and they released this photo of her today that was brought to her parents by a friend of Chelsea's during a rally - It's really quite chilling.
Her parents didnt' know it existed until just recently.


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Post by Justice4all on Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:10 pm

That picture is chilling Tish. I wish the system had protected Chelsea and Amber by keeping Gardner locked up like the psychiatrist recommended or by sending him back to prison for one of the several times he violated his parole.
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Post by Justice4all on Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:42 pm

Murdered girl's family returns to Naperville
After Calif. tragedy, 'It was like walking into a great big hug'

August 14, 2010
BY SUSAN FRICK CARLMAN
Naperville Sun

The parents of Chelsea King, a former Naperville teen who was murdered in the San Diego area by a paroled sex offender, have returned to DuPage County to raise their son.

Kelly and Brent King moved from Naperville to San Diego in 2007.

They said they returned to their old neighborhood in Naperville mostly for their son, Tyler, 14. The heavy media attention after Chelsea was killed in California took a toll on them there, they said.

"I can't imagine raising my children anywhere else," Kelly King said of Naperville.

"It was like walking into a great big hug. [Tyler] is probably the happiest we've seen him in a very long time," she said.


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Post by Piper on Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:57 pm

Schwarzenegger signs California's 'Chelsea's Law'

By Alan Duke, CNNSeptember 9, 2010 2:18 p.m. EDT

CNN) -- Anyone convicted of a violent sex offense against a child in California will get life in prison without parole starting Thursday, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed "Chelsea's Law."

The law was named for 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was murdered earlier this year by a registered sex offender who also admitted killing 14-year-old Amber Dubois.

"Because of Chelsea, California children will be safer," Schwarzenegger said. "Because of Chelsea, this never has to happen again


http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/09/09/california.chelseas.law/?hpt=Sbin
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Post by Justice4all on Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:17 pm

Chelsea King Remembered In Skywriting Message

By Erik Anderson
September 9, 2010



SAN DIEGO — Two big hearts flanking the initials C.K. graced the sky over Interstate 15 today. A skywriter drew the five mile long message to remember Poway teenager Chelsea King, who was killed last fall by a convicted child molester.

Worldwide Sky Advertising owner Christina Kuiper says it is a fitting remembrance for a young lady who’s disappearance and death touched an entire community.


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Post by Ann - Tx on Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:24 pm

Piper wrote:Schwarzenegger signs California's 'Chelsea's Law'

By Alan Duke, CNNSeptember 9, 2010 2:18 p.m. EDT

CNN) -- Anyone convicted of a violent sex offense against a child in California will get life in prison without parole starting Thursday, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed "Chelsea's Law."

The law was named for 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was murdered earlier this year by a registered sex offender who also admitted killing 14-year-old Amber Dubois.

"Because of Chelsea, California children will be safer," Schwarzenegger said. "Because of Chelsea, this never has to happen again

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/09/09/california.chelseas.law/?hpt=Sbin
Thanks for the Link! I saw this on CNN today! Excellent law.

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Post by Piper on Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:26 pm

Hi Ann! I totally agree. Lock them up for life the first time they are caught. I know some people feel it's a drain on the taxpayers but the safety and lives of our children are more important than that. No more probation after serving 3 to 7 years only to reoffend.
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Post by Justice4all on Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:24 pm

Calif told to reject claim by father of slain teen

The Associated Press
Updated: 10/20/2010 11:53:23 AM PDT

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The rejection would clear the way for Brent King to sue the state over the Feb. 25 murder of 17-year-old Chelsea King.

His claim seeks more than $25,000. It says his daughter would be alive had parole agents done a better job tracking John Gardner, who has since pleaded guilty to the murder.


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Post by Julie on Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:14 pm

Chelsea King's Father Loses Compensation Bid in Daughter's Death

October 22, 2010 11:59 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS/AP)

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On Thursday, a board that considers compensation for California crime victims rejected Brent King's claim, but that doesn't mean that the battle is over. The decision actually clears the way for the King family to sue the state in court.

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Post by Justice4all on Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:44 am

Killer of San Diego teens: 'I am the most dangerous type of sexual predator'

November 5, 2010 | 8:18 am

The man who killed San Diego County teens Amber Dubois and Chelsea King described himself in his first interview since pleading guilty as "the most dangerous type of sexual prediator."

"I am the type that needs to be locked up forever," John Albert Gardner III, 31, told CBS News in an interview to be broadcast Saturday on "48 Hours".

Gardner pleaded guilty in April to strangling King during a rape attempt and stabbing Dubois during a rape attempt. He also admitted attacking another female jogger, who escaped.


Read more: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/11/killer-of-san-diego-teens-john-albert-gardner-i-am-the-most-dangerous-type-of-sexual-predator.html
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Post by Justice4all on Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:41 am

Today Marks 1-Year Anniversary Of Chelsea King Abduction

John Gardner Pleaded Guilty To Murdering King, Amber Dubois

UPDATED: 4:41 am PST February 25, 2011

SAN DIEGO -- It was one year ago Friday that 17-year-old Chelsea King disappeared while jogging on the trails above Rancho Bernardo Community Park, touching off a frantic search by hundreds of volunteers that ended with the discovery of her body on the shore of Lake Hodges.

Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III later pleaded guilty to murdering the Poway High School senior and Amber DuBois, a 14-year-old freshman at Escondido High School, in 2009. He is imprisoned for life.

The bright-eyed Chelsea was an avid long-distance runner, a straight-A student with a quirky sense of humor and member of the San Diego Youth Symphony.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:57 am

EXCLUSIVE: Attorney describes '78 days' of defending John Gardner

By TERI FIGUEROA
Posted: Saturday, March 5, 2011 8:54 pm

It was not law enforcement investigators who coaxed John Albert Gardner III to share the whereabouts of missing teen Amber Dubois. It was Gardner's defense attorneys.

The confession happened in a jailhouse meeting between Gardner and public defense attorneys Michael Popkins and Mel Epley on March 4, 2010, the morning after Gardner was formally charged with 17-year-old Chelsea King's rape and murder.


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Post by Julie on Thu May 12, 2011 9:39 pm

What is the connection between one of Casey's prospective jurors and this guy? I think it went like this: On Tuesday or Wednesday, defense asked him if he knew John Gardner. He said yes. They asked him if he knew that JG posted about him (the juror) on his FB page. He said no. Other people blogging said it was this John Gardner.

Anyone know?

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Post by Justice4all on Thu May 12, 2011 9:55 pm

I don't know for sure Julie. I will post if I find more information about this.
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Post by Julie on Fri May 13, 2011 9:28 am

Thanks, J4A. I'm thinking it's probably a different John Gardner. That seems like it could be a pretty common name.

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Post by Ann - Tx on Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:57 am



CRIME: 'Lost Girls' takes a hard look at man who killed Amber Dubois and Chelsea King

New book offers insight into rapist-killer John Gardner

By TERI FIGUEROA
North County Times - Escondido, CA

July 1, 2012




Cover art of Caitlin Rother's new book, "Lost Girls," which details
the life and crimes of John Gardner.



John Albert Gardner III said he enjoyed raping. As for killing, it was more of a necessity.

Gardner's admissions came during his interview with local author Caitlin Rother for her new book, "Lost Girls," which takes a hard look at Gardner, his lack of impulse control and the genetic and environmental factors that served as a recipe to make a monster, as well as the failures of the criminal justice system to stop him.

"Lost Girls" offers new insight into Gardner, now 33, who raped and stabbed to death Amber Dubois in February 2009 and raped and killed Chelsea King a year later.


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