John Gardner Held in Same Prison Unit as Charles Manson

Jails and PrisonsCrime, Law and JusticeSocial IssuesJohn Albert GardnerJuvenile DelinquencyCharles Manson

BAKERSFIELD -- John Albert Gardner III, the man serving life in prison for the murders of two San Diego teens, is sharing a prison unit with another notorious killer -- Charles Manson.

Gardner was transferred to the Corcoran State Prison north of Bakersfield on June 3rd, according to Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Gardner has his own cell, but is able to socialize with other inmates including the famed cult leader and Mikhail Markhasev, the man convicted of killing Bill Cosby's son.

Corcoran is the state's only facility with a Protective Housing Unit, according to jail officials.

Gardner pleaded guilty in April to raping and murding 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois.

Chelsea's body was found days after she was attacked while jogging in a park in February.

Amber's remains were found in March, more than a year after she disappeared while walking to school.

Gardner reportedly led authorities to her remains.

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