Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lost Girls Book Review

I have another great book to tell you guys about called Lost Girls by Caitlin Rother. This book is about a true story that will give you chills. I am going to do this book a little different than I normally do because it is based on a true story.

Here is the author's notes that were at the back of the book:

Because this case was so high-profile, the crimes were primarily against minors, and John Gardner's family members and friends were extremely worried about their privacy, safety and job security. I used pseudonyms, first names or maiden names for a number of people so I could tell this story without putting them in jeopardy. Pseudonyms * are marked with an asterisk, like so.

Those include the minors involvedin the 2000 case, who I have used only firt name pseudonyms: Monica for the victim, Erika for her friend, and Sarah for the fourteen year old with whom Gardner had consensual contact. I also used the same for Gardner's two half sisters on his father's side, whom I named Mona and Melissa. I am gonna skip over what other names she used because you get the picture.

This case was one of the most, if not the most, challenging true crime projects I have undertaken to date. I thought it would be simple to research because of the plea bargain, because the case never went to trial and Gardner gave up his right to an appeal, but that actually made it more difficult for me to get access to documents and other information I normally would have access to through the court system. She also wanted to make sure that everyone understood that no one was paid for any interviews or photo's for this book, and neither Gardner nor his family will profit from it. She does not pay for interviews.
Now, the true story centered around Chelsea King, who was a popular high school senior, an outstanding achiever determined to make a difference. Fourteen year old Amber Dubois loved books and poured her heart into the animals she cared for. Treasured by their families and friends, both girls disappeared in San Diego County, just eight miles and one year apart.

The community's desperate search led authorities to John Albert Gardner, a brutal predator hiding in plain sight. His mother and his doctors kept telling the authorities before these girls came up missing, that they thought John needed to be hospitalized where he would do no damage. This is a question that no one will ever be able to answer because despite their efforts, he never got any help and thus one day something triggered his violent nature and he killed women/children/teens with such chilling clarity!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I provided the picture of the book with my trusty old camera.