King, Dubois Parents Ask Author to Donate Proceeds

Caitlin Rother, author of “Lost Girls,” published the unauthorized book detailing the murders of the two teenage girls

By Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, Jul 5, 2012  |  Updated 2:16 PM PDT
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King, Dubois Parents Ask Author to Donate Proceeds

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The parents of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, teenage girls who were killed by John Gardner, are asking the author of a new book detailing the murder to donate 100 percent of the profits to a victims support charity.

Caitlin Rother, author of “Lost Girls,” published a book detailing the murders of the two teenage girls. The book was written without the permission of the families and includes a 15-page interview with Gardner. “Lost Girls” was released on July 3.

“With the publication of an unauthorized new book, our families are being driven backwards at a time when we’re all working so hard to move forward,” Brent King and Carrie McGonigle said in in a joint statement on Wednesday. “We have already been through the most devastating storm of our lives so, although weathering this new one pales, we are deeply hurt. “

The statement continues, saying Rother portrays her book as an effort to help others.

"I felt compelled to write about this," Rother said in an interview with our media partner North County Times. "I saw this opportunity to really educate people about sexual predators."

Brent King and McGonigle said they are asking Rother to donate 100 percent of her personal profits to a victims support charity of her choice.

“This is how she can truly help others rather than simply helping herself to personal profit gained from our daughters’ deaths,” they write. “We believe that one of the ways character is defined is by whether we do what we say we’re going to do in an authentic manner, so we call on Ms. Rother to do the right thing.” 
 

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