LOST GIRLS reveals new and exclusive details that never appeared in the media as New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother, take readers behind the story of the rape and murder of teenagers Chelsea King (the victim Chelsea’s Law was named after) and Amber Dubois by sexual predator John Gardner.
The story about Gardner and these two San Diego area teenagers not only rocked all of Southern California, it also sparked a national debate over the laws governing sexual predators and missing children. Even before Gardner’s arrest in 2010, the story received national coverage on Nancy Grace and in People, which featured his first victim, Amber Dubois, on its November 2009 cover. Later, the case was also discussed on Today, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, Dateline, Larry King Live, and Jane Velez-Mitchell.
This story has implications that are California specific, but the issues are also relevant nationally. LOST GIRLS discusses the pros and cons of Chelsea’s Law and explores issues illustrating the state’s flawed “system” of corrections, parole and mental health agencies, which allowed Gardner to roam free after numerous parole violations and enabled him to commit these violent crimes.