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February 18, 1988
John Albert Vieg, professor emeritus at Pomona College and a state constitutional scholar, died Friday at his Claremont home. Vieg was 83 and had retired in 1970 but continued to teach some government courses at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He had come to this area in 1945 and in 1946 was named chairman of Pomona College's government department. By 1949 he had become the first director of the college's Institute of Public Affairs.
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October 14, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Lost Girls Caitlin Rother Pinnacle: 420.pp, $6.99 (paper) On the day in 2010 when a San Diego judge sentenced John Albert Gardner to life in prison for the rape and murder of two teenage girls, the fathers of his victims referred to him in court as a monster and a predator. "Lost Girls" by veteran journalist and true-crime writer Caitlin Rother is a deeply reported, dispassionately written attempt to determine what created that monster and predator. It is a cautionary tale and a horror story, done superbly by a writer who knows how to burrow into a complex case without becoming captive to her sources.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Amid anguished and angry comments from the parents of his victims, registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III was formally sentenced Friday to life in prison without the chance of parole for the murder and rape of two teenage girls in northern San Diego County. The families of Amber Dubois, 14, and Chelsea King, 17, spoke in court of the bright, hopeful, innocent lives that were violently destroyed by Gardner and of how their broken bodies were discarded like trash. The courtroom in San Diego County Superior Court was packed with family members, investigators and reporters — many of whom had tears in their eyes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego Convicted killer and rapist John Albert Gardner III is being investigated as a suspect in assaults against women and teenage girls in San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, law enforcement officials said Monday. "We believe he's involved in other cases, not necessarily murder," said Lt. Dennis Brugos, head of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department homicide detail. A multiagency "Gardner task force" is at work, he said. Brugos said investigators talked to Gardner for two hours Friday after he was sentenced for the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14, in northern San Diego County.
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July 30, 1986 | Associated Press
Three-time collegiate All-American Val Rosas of Buena Park scored the biggest victory of his career by winning the gold medal in archery at the U.S. Olympic Festival Tuesday. Rosas, who entered the final round in fourth place, upset two-time Olympic champion Darrell Pace and seven-time national titlist Rick McKinney. He shot a perfect 60 for six arrows to start the 30-meter portion and finished with 89 points.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
The 13-year-old girl wanted to ditch school to avoid some bullies. So when her older neighbor, John Albert Gardner III, offered her a ride, she hopped in. They went to his place, he turned on a movie, and then attacked her. Gardner, a former lifeguard, heaved the girl onto the couch and pulled down her pants. When she resisted, he choked her and hit her repeatedly in the face and head, leaving her heavily bruised and vomiting. Gardner eventually pleaded guilty to molestation and false imprisonment charges.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Lost Girls Caitlin Rother Pinnacle: 420.pp, $6.99 (paper) On the day in 2010 when a San Diego judge sentenced John Albert Gardner to life in prison for the rape and murder of two teenage girls, the fathers of his victims referred to him in court as a monster and a predator. "Lost Girls" by veteran journalist and true-crime writer Caitlin Rother is a deeply reported, dispassionately written attempt to determine what created that monster and predator. It is a cautionary tale and a horror story, done superbly by a writer who knows how to burrow into a complex case without becoming captive to her sources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III is a focus of the investigation into the death of Amber Dubois, the high school freshman whose skeletal remains were discovered Saturday in northern San Diego County. The Escondido Police Department's announcement Monday was the first time authorities have acknowledged that Gardner, 30, may be linked to the case. Gardner is being held without bail after being charged last week in connection with the slaying of Chelsea King, a 17-year-old from nearby Poway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2010 | By Tony Perry
A 31-year-old registered sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two teenage girls in northern San Diego County in a deal that spares him from the death penalty. John Albert Gardner III, who previously served five years in prison for beating and molesting a 13-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14, both during rape attempts. In exchange for his plea at the hastily arranged hearing, Gardner will be returned to prison for life, without the possibility of parole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego Convicted killer and rapist John Albert Gardner III is being investigated as a suspect in assaults against women and teenage girls in San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, law enforcement officials said Monday. "We believe he's involved in other cases, not necessarily murder," said Lt. Dennis Brugos, head of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department homicide detail. A multiagency "Gardner task force" is at work, he said. Brugos said investigators talked to Gardner for two hours Friday after he was sentenced for the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14, in northern San Diego County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Amid anguished and angry comments from the parents of his victims, registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III was formally sentenced Friday to life in prison without the chance of parole for the murder and rape of two teenage girls in northern San Diego County. The families of Amber Dubois, 14, and Chelsea King, 17, spoke in court of the bright, hopeful, innocent lives that were violently destroyed by Gardner and of how their broken bodies were discarded like trash. The courtroom in San Diego County Superior Court was packed with family members, investigators and reporters — many of whom had tears in their eyes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2010 | By Tony Perry
A 31-year-old registered sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two teenage girls in northern San Diego County in a deal that spares him from the death penalty. John Albert Gardner III, who previously served five years in prison for beating and molesting a 13-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14, both during rape attempts. In exchange for his plea at the hastily arranged hearing, Gardner will be returned to prison for life, without the possibility of parole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
The sex offender charged with murdering Chelsea King violated parole in 2007 by living near a school, but state officials opted against sending him back to prison because he complied with orders to relocate, according to a summary released Thursday by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. John Albert Gardner III was barred from residing within half a mile of an elementary school when his parole officer found him living near a college's day-care center in San Diego County in September 2007.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
The 13-year-old girl wanted to ditch school to avoid some bullies. So when her older neighbor, John Albert Gardner III, offered her a ride, she hopped in. They went to his place, he turned on a movie, and then attacked her. Gardner, a former lifeguard, heaved the girl onto the couch and pulled down her pants. When she resisted, he choked her and hit her repeatedly in the face and head, leaving her heavily bruised and vomiting. Gardner eventually pleaded guilty to molestation and false imprisonment charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III is a focus of the investigation into the death of Amber Dubois, the high school freshman whose skeletal remains were discovered Saturday in northern San Diego County. The Escondido Police Department's announcement Monday was the first time authorities have acknowledged that Gardner, 30, may be linked to the case. Gardner is being held without bail after being charged last week in connection with the slaying of Chelsea King, a 17-year-old from nearby Poway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2010 | By Richard Marosi and Amina Khan
The joggers returned Wednesday morning to the winding trails around Lake Hodges, along with the bird-watchers and the hikers swinging their long walking sticks. They came for the same reason as always, to enjoy a rural retreat amid the bustle of suburbia. But the park had changed. Down a worn path and around a bend was where Chelsea King, a high school senior from nearby Poway, was believed to have been attacked, killed and buried in a shallow grave. Her presumed death -- the coroner has yet to positively identify the body -- has shaken people in a place where many felt sheltered against the grimmer side of life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2010 | By Richard Marosi and Amina Khan
The joggers returned Wednesday morning to the winding trails around Lake Hodges, along with the bird-watchers and the hikers swinging their long walking sticks. They came for the same reason as always, to enjoy a rural retreat amid the bustle of suburbia. But the park had changed. Down a worn path and around a bend was where Chelsea King, a high school senior from nearby Poway, was believed to have been attacked, killed and buried in a shallow grave. Her presumed death -- the coroner has yet to positively identify the body -- has shaken people in a place where many felt sheltered against the grimmer side of life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
The sex offender charged with murdering Chelsea King violated parole in 2007 by living near a school, but state officials opted against sending him back to prison because he complied with orders to relocate, according to a summary released Thursday by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. John Albert Gardner III was barred from residing within half a mile of an elementary school when his parole officer found him living near a college's day-care center in San Diego County in September 2007.
NEWS
February 18, 1988
John Albert Vieg, professor emeritus at Pomona College and a state constitutional scholar, died Friday at his Claremont home. Vieg was 83 and had retired in 1970 but continued to teach some government courses at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He had come to this area in 1945 and in 1946 was named chairman of Pomona College's government department. By 1949 he had become the first director of the college's Institute of Public Affairs.
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