SAN DIEGO -- The mother of a 14-year-old Amber Dubois confronted her daughter's killer in a jailhouse meeting.
Fifteen months after the Escondido teenager was murdered by John Albert Gardner III agreed to speak with Amber's mother, Carrie McGonigle at the San Diego Central Jail.
McGonigle received a phone call Wednesday telling her she could go to the jail and meet with Gardner for 30 minutes, according to an e-mail from McGonigle's spokesman.
None of the details of the conversation were released Wednesday, but McGonigle said Gardner answered all her questions, finally giving her a sense of closure she'd been hoping for since Amber disappeared February 13, 2009.
"She is satisfied with the answers to her questions she asked face to face," family spokesman Tommy Sablan wrote. "Carrie says (Gardner's) demeanor was nervous and respectful towards her."
On April 29, KFMB-TV televised a phone interview with Gardner in which he said he was willing to answer questions from the families of his victims.
Since then, McGonigle had been trying to meet with him to find out why he chose Amber and how he abducted her.
In the KFMB-TV interview Gardner claims he was out of control when he murdered the teens.
"I was aware of what I was doing, and I could not stop myself. 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 on the recording.
"I hate myself, I really do. 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 said.
Gardner refused to talk about the specific details of the killings, but says he would tell the girls' families.
"I'm only answering questions to the family in regards to that stuff, anything involving those two and how things happened and whatever, I will not comment on any of that. I will answer questions to them and them only," he said.
Gardner was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 28 for Chelsea King's rape and murder.
After his arraignment, Gardner says he told his public defenders he killed Amber and days later he led investigators to her remains in a remote area of Pala.
Gardner said his lawyers pushed for a plea bargain that spared him the death penalty and that he still doesn't care if he dies.
"The whole deal of 'Oh we'll take the death penalty off', that was all up on the lawyers and the DA and all that. I told them I don't give a [expletive]. I told them with no promise of taking life off. I had no promises and I showed them where Amber was because I felt bad. I had no promise of any deal when I did that," Gardner said.
But the district attorney says there was an agreement: Gardner taking authorities to Amber's remains would not be held against him in court.
Meantime, newly unsealed documents suggest Gardner followed an 11-year-old girl home the day before the he abducted and murdered 17-year-old Chelsea King.
The search warrants, unsealed on Monday, indicate the girl told police on Feb. 24 that a man in a black car drove slowly past her as she walked alone.
A woman saw the man and offered to follow the girl home. The man then drove away.
The records also reveal that two women joggers recalled seeing Gardner on the afternoon of Feb. 25 drinking beer and walking the trails near Rancho Bernardo Community Park.
One woman told investigators she passed Gardner on a trail between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
She said he was sitting on the trail surrounded by beer cans.
As she approached, he warned her about a rattlesnake nearby.
When she passed him again, the snake and Gardner were still there.
She told authorities it was coiled and rattling.
Another woman told detectives that she saw Gardner wearing a Hard Rock Cafe-type shirt walking the trail about 3 p.m.
She believes she saw Chelsea shortly after that at the fork in the trail, she told authorities.
Gardner pleaded guilty April 16 to the abduction and murder of Chelsea and 14-year-old Amber Dubois.
He also pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rape in connection with the Dec. 27 attack on a jogger, Candice Moncayo, near Lake Hodges.
He is set to be sentenced June 1 to life in prison without parole and an additional 33 years to life.
Chelsea disappeared on February 25 while jogging in Rancho Bernardo Park.
Her body was found in a shallow grave on the banks of Lake Hodges, after a massive five-day search.
Amber's remains were found on March 6th near the Pala Reservation, just over a year after she disappeared while walking to school in Escondido.
A decade-old probation report paints a disturbing picture of Gardner who was convicted 10 years ago of molesting a neighbor girl.
The report contained a psychiatrist's conclusion that Gardner had "significant predatory traits toward underage girls and should be kept in prison for as long as possible."
"The defendant does not suffer from a psychotic disorder," a probation officer quoted Dr. Matthew F. Carroll. "He is simply a bad guy who is inordinately interested in young girls."
Carroll further said Gardner's "predilection toward younger girls is a problem. He manifests significant predatory traits and is a danger to the community," the officer wrote.
The report was prepared in 2000 for the sentencing of the then-21-year-old Gardner after he pleaded guilty to committing lewd and lascivious acts on a 13-year-old neighbor girl.
The victim was also punched repeatedly before she was able to escape.
Gardner pleaded guilty in May 2000 to two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child and false imprisonment.
He was sentenced to six-years in prison and served five before being paroled.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times