Amber Hagerman

Amber Rene Hagerman (November 25, 1986 – January 15, 1996) was a young girl who became a victim of an abduction and murder. On January 13, 1996, she was riding her bike near her grandparents' home in Arlington, Texas, and was kidnapped soon thereafter. Her murder would later inspire the creation of the AMBER Alert system. Within days, Hagerman's mother, Donna Whitson (now Donna Norris), was "calling for tougher laws governing sex offenders". Whitson testified in front of the U.S. Congress in June, asking legislators to create a nationwide registry of sex offenders. Representative Martin Frost, the Congressman who represents Whitson's district, proposed an "Amber Hagerman Child Protection Act." Among the sections of the bill was one that would create a national sex offender registry. Both of Hagerman's parents were present when President Bill Clinton signed into law the bill creating the national sex offender register. Whitson and Richard Hagerman then began collecting signatures in Texas, which they planned to present to then-Governor George W. Bush as a sign that people wanted more stringent laws for sex offenders.

Personal details

Date of birth
November 25th, 1986
Place of birth
Date of death
January 15th, 1996 at age of 9
Place of death
Cause of death



As movie subject

Title Year Other subjects Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers External resources
Amber's Story
2006 USD 3M
Deboragh Gabler
Keoni Waxman

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