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Confessed killer says he was in uncontrollable rage when he murdered Chelsea King and Amber Dubois

John Confessed killer John Albert Gardner III says he was in an uncontrollable rage about his unhappy life when he killed two teenage girls in northern San Diego County.

In a telephone interview from jail with San Diego television station KFMB-Channel 8, Gardner said he did not stalk Chelsea King, 17, or Amber Dubois, 14, but was overtaken suddenly by "a major rage."

"I was aware of what I was doing, and I could not stop myself," he said. "I was in a major rage and pissed off at my whole life and everyone who had hurt me and blew up and hurt the wrong people."

Gardner said he is consumed with self-loathing.

"I hate myself, I really do," he said. "There is no taking back what I did, and if I could, yes I would, are you kidding me? But I was out of control. If I was able to stop myself in the middle of it, I would have, and I could not. I was out of control."

Gardner, 31, is set to be sentenced May 14 in San Diego Superior Court for the murders, committed during rape attempts. In a plea bargain, he will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Gardner said that the idea of a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty was designed by the defense attorneys and the district attorney's office. "I didn't care," he said. "I still don't."

He suggested that he will be killed in prison where inmates who have victimized children are often targetted by other inmates. "II'll be dead in five years," he said.

Gardner served five years in prison for attacking a 13-year-old. He also confessed to the attempted rape in December of a woman in a San Diego park. He said he would provide details of the King and Dubois killings to the families if they want.

Asked by the television reporter if "there are other victims," Gardner declined to answer. "Nice try," he said, with a laugh.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: John Albert Gardner III. Credit: Associated Press

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"Asked by the television reporter if "there are other victims," Gardner declined to answer. "Nice try," he said, with a laugh.


Whoa, scary.
Makes me want to lock up my house and never let my kids out of my site.
There are monsters out there...

I actually feel bad for this guy. It's obviously not the life he would have chosen for himself. I know what it's like to feel rage at humans. Reading all the self-righteous comments out there fortifies it. I think if humans as a whole quit judging and were more willing to have compassion and help others, then people like this young man would have a better life and those beautiful innocent girls would still be alive. Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for a tragic situation such as this. Reflect on how you treat your fellow man, and how you judge others.

@A. Russell: Studies time and again have proven that pedophiles (and the like) can NOT be rehabilitated. What part of that don't you understand? You certainly wouldn't be saying this if this guy beat, raped and mercilessly killed YOUR daughter.

"II'll be dead in five years," he said.
Nonsense, I've worked in several prisons for the last 12 years... He says that to appease people, but the fact is he'll be fine, provided he plays by the rules....unfortunately.

@A Russell You're kidding, right? People infuriate me on a daily basis, it doesn't mean that I'm going to go out and rape and murder someone. Don't make excuses for this guy and try to blame it on people being insensitive to him. It's called being an adult and being human. Neither of which he is.

A Russell .... wrong. Again, society is at fault in your opinion. You are clueless.

Gardner did not just suddenly become a "monster". I'm sure he showed signs that he was mentally disturbed as a young man. He obviously had some tragic situation going on in his life, somebody ( a counselor, a teacher, a family member) should have gotten him help. This monster was created over time because he was not treated as a adolescent. We as a community need to pay attention to children, it does not take a professional to see that a child is depressed.

It's obvious that this guy is a danger to society if he is unable to control his rage to prevent himself from murdering two innocent victims. Although I feel bad for his tormented soul, he needs to be locked away to prevent future victims of his uncontrollable rage.

I can't believe people are actually trying to find some sort of RIGHT in this scenario. Why was he allowed out of jail after the 2000 case where he tried to rape a little girl? What is the world coming to?


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