Anger, frustration, and guilt are the emotions John Gardner says he has felt since he committed two murders, according to the Interview John did with CBS’s Channel 8. But do we care? Does the Chelsea King and Amber Dubois families care either?
John Garden Gave Interview: Pt 2 More of Same With Rekha Muddaraj
In part 2 of the John Gardner CBS Interview with Rekha Muddaraj, we get to hear the sex offender, rapist and murderer talk about his anger at the criminal justice system (can you hear the sarcasm dripping from my words?). We also get to hear murderer John Gardner talk about his frustration; What about the frustration of law enforcement, the DA, and the murdered victims’ families, John?
And lastly, John tells about his guilt. I would hope so! But the problem is that John Gardner’s anger and frustration are misplaced. They should be directed at him; not at the people who worked to put him behind bars. And John’s guilt…what about that?
John Gardner’s Guilt: A Figment of John’s Imagination
“They sat wondering for a year,” John says of Amber Dubois’ family. “It just ate me up every single day,” he continued. But what John didn’t say was that he could easily have picked up the phone, anonymously, and told law enforcment where Amber Dubois’ body was. But John didn’t. So telling people now that it ‘ate me up every single day’ is quite a stretch.
“I have nightmares of them,” John says in the CBS interview with reporter Rekha Muddaraj. And we would hope that he would, after what all he has done. “…and I’m sitting here feeling all this guilt for so long and it finally just caught up.”
Gardner’s Guilt and Your Guilt Two Different Kinds of Guilt
Did you catch John’s last sentence? Let me repeat it, “…sitting here feeling all this guilt for so long–and it–finally–just–caught up.” I broke that sentence down for you so you can see what I’m about to talk about. First of all, John’s incarceration hasn’t been ‘so long’. Amber Dubois’s father Maurice and her mother Carrie McGonigle know all about ‘for so long’. John Gardner does not.
Secondly, John goes on to say ‘finally’; the guilt ‘finally’ caught up to him. Hmmm…he was doing everything in his power to outrun that guilt, obviously, if it was having to ‘catch up’ to him.
And lastly, John says the guilt ‘just caught up’. Gee, John makes guilt sound like a friend chasing you down the road. Like it is perfectly natural to avoid it. And he gives no explanation of why that guilt finally ‘caught up’. I’m guessing its the same with all criminals: saying he has ‘guilt’ now works for him.
Back Room Deals, Police Stalling, DA Conniving: John Gardner Talks Fiction
To hear John Gardner tell it, he’s the victim and the DA, police, and his lawyers are all guilty as sin. And the Chelsea King and Amber Dubois families shouldn’t be mad at poor ole John, he wanted to tell them where Amber’s body was, honest he did, but the police and DA wouldn’t let him.
John thinks that pointing his finger at these legal entities now will somehow buy him sympathy from the press and the public. John is delusional. Sure, lots of people want to believe in police brutality and governmental coverups (sometimes that is true), but that just isn’t the case here.
No one forced John Gardner to keep his mouth shut for over a year about Amber Dubois’ remains. And no one made John keep silent as police searched for Chelsea and her attacker either.
John Gardner the Saint–Or So He Tries To Say He Is, Since He Is Willing to Talk Now
The district attorney’s office has a hard job. Police officers have a hard job. And defense attorneys have hard jobs. They all have to deal with the lowest of the low on a very regular basis. So when I tell you that they have no desire to sweep anything under a rug–including telling parents they’ve found their dead child’s body; you can believe it.
There wasn’t a desire to hide information about the victims’ bodies from the parents–or the press, or anyone else. But law enforcement does have to protect the sanctity of potential evidence and the case information if they don’t want to get it thrown out when they do go to court. They can’t have John Q Public, or the press, tainting a crime scene, or talking to witnesses. And no matter how naive John is acting now; he knows all about all of that.
Rekha Muddaraj Talks to a Killer: And He Laughs At Her
I think one commentator summed it up nicely when describing the interview of John Gardner by Rekha Muddaraj. This commentator remarked that she hadn’t expected to hear such a soft voice from John. She was expecting a cold-blooded killer like John Gardner to have a more manly and deep voice. And the fact that he didn’t sound like what she thought a killer should sound like was scary to her.
And it should have been. Because that’s exactly why people are more apt to be victims of such predators: they never see them for what they are. And that’s a good way to close this article: John Gardner is painting you a picture in his interview with reporter Rekha as a demure, guilt-ridden, man just trying to right a horrible wrong.
But you need to remember what John Gardner did when Rekha asked if any more bodies were out there. John Gardner laughed. That ought to send chills up your spine.
Here is What John Gardner Said About Chelsea and Amber
What the Public Didn’t Know John Did
CBS8 Pt. 2