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February 18, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John W. Gardner, educator's educator, Cabinet secretary who served as the midwife for Medicare and--most memorably--the founder of Common Cause, who preached grass-roots citizen participation in government and became known as "the father of campaign finance reform," has died. He was 89. Gardner, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, died Saturday at his home in Palo Alto on the campus of Stanford University, where he had taught since 1989.
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July 18, 2013 | By Caitlin Rother
I didn't know much about the bizarre U.S. market in "murderabilia" until I became an unwitting part of it. But I now know more than I'd like to about the buying and selling of souvenirs linked to gruesome murders. My encounter with the market came after a copy of my book, "Lost Girls," which chronicles the rape and murder of San Diego-area teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, showed up on a website fittingly called darkvomit.com. It was autographed by the murderer. On the page opposite my dedication to his two victims, sexual predator John Gardner had written: "I'm sorry for all the pain that I have caused," and signed his name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2007 | Martin Weil, Washington Post
John Gardner, a British novelist who had been a magician, a clergyman and a Royal Marine before giving new literary life to one of fiction's most famous secret agents, the legendary James Bond, has died. He was 80. The Daily Mail reported that he collapsed near his home and died Aug. 3 at a hospital in Basingstoke, England. A report on his website said he had been in ill health and had suffered a mild stroke last year. Bond, celebrated as Agent 007, was created by Ian Fleming, who died in 1964.
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.
BOOKS
September 28, 1986 | Shelly Lowenkopf
"Stillness" and "Shadows" are two long fiction pieces John Gardner worked on sporadically before his death in September, 1982. They appear here in book form for the first time, exhumed, edited, and introduced by Gardner's long-time friend and literary executor, Nicholas Delbanco. "Stillness," the more complete of the two works, explores Gardner's first marriage as part of the psychotherapy process he underwent. He subsequently cannibalized portions of it for shorter works.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 1990 | WILLIAM HUCK
When American Ballet Theatre dancers John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow first heard of Mikhail Baryshnikov's decision to resign after 10 years as artistic director of the company, they went into shock. "I thought my world was shattered when I heard the announcement last June," recalls company principal McKerrow. "I came into the company in 1982, two years after Misha had taken over.
BOOKS
January 7, 1990 | John H. Taylor, Taylor is former President Nixon's chief aide. and
Many people sneer unfairly at books about leadership. "Did De Gaulle need one?" they ask. "Did Churchill?" No, although each did write one while languishing in the political wilderness before World War II. John Gardner, languishing at Stanford after long service in government and business and as founding chairman of the citizens' lobby, Common Cause, has written one as well, and sneer I must.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2001 | MARK SACHS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 35 years after helping launch the Public Broadcasting System, activist extraordinaire John Gardner is the subject of a PBS special Sunday (KCET, 9 p.m.) that wonders why the distinction was so long in coming. Where do you begin with a man who in a single year--1968--was being considered as a possible running mate for Republican presidential nominee Richard M. Nixon and was offered the remaining Senate term of Democrat Robert F. Kennedy after his assassination?
OPINION
July 18, 2013 | By Caitlin Rother
I didn't know much about the bizarre U.S. market in "murderabilia" until I became an unwitting part of it. But I now know more than I'd like to about the buying and selling of souvenirs linked to gruesome murders. My encounter with the market came after a copy of my book, "Lost Girls," which chronicles the rape and murder of San Diego-area teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, showed up on a website fittingly called darkvomit.com. It was autographed by the murderer. On the page opposite my dedication to his two victims, sexual predator John Gardner had written: "I'm sorry for all the pain that I have caused," and signed his name.
SPORTS
April 16, 1994 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
Jelani Gardner, considered the state's top high school basketball player, was not swayed by a national title or an early exit from the tournament when he announced his college decision Friday. The prep All-American from Bellflower St. John Bosco High said it was the opportunity to play immediately that made him sign a letter of intent with California.
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
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.
SPORTS
December 15, 1993 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
Jelani Gardner scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead Bellflower St. John Bosco to a 60-50 victory over Servite in a first-round game at the Tournament of Champions Tuesday at Ocean View High. Gardner, a 6-foot-6 forward who is being recruited by UCLA, Arkansas, Arizona State and California among others, also had 12 rebounds and eight steals for the Braves.
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
August 13, 2007 | Martin Weil, Washington Post
John Gardner, a British novelist who had been a magician, a clergyman and a Royal Marine before giving new literary life to one of fiction's most famous secret agents, the legendary James Bond, has died. He was 80. The Daily Mail reported that he collapsed near his home and died Aug. 3 at a hospital in Basingstoke, England. A report on his website said he had been in ill health and had suffered a mild stroke last year. Bond, celebrated as Agent 007, was created by Ian Fleming, who died in 1964.
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