Jaycee Dugard was 11 in 1991 when she was abducted from the street in front of her home in South Lake Tahoe. Kidnapped by Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, and his wife; Jaycee was help captive for 18 years in the couples backyard behind a series of fences and sheds, where she lived in a tent with two children she conceived with her abductor. The children, 11 and 15, once believed Jaycee to be their older sister, but found out once she was found that the woman was indeed their mother after being sexually assaulted by Garrido around the age of 14. Last Wednesday Jaycee and her two children were found just 170 miles away from her childhood home.
“None of the children had ever gone to school, they had never been to a doctor, they were kept in complete isolation in this compound, if you will, at the rear of the house,” he said. “They were born there.”
The case broke after Garrido took his 11 and 15 year old daughters to University of California, Berkley campus to pass out religious material. Officers noticed that he was acting suspicious towards the girls, so they questioned him, did a background check and then informed his parole officer of his actions and whereabouts. Ordered to appear at a parole meeting, Garrido brought along his wife Nancy, Dugard and their two children. It was there at that meeting he admitted to kidnapping Jaycee.
In recent years Garrido had become known to those around him as a religious fanatic, often claiming that God spoke to him through a box. Registering a corporation called Gods Desire in 2008 to his home address, Garrido is a strong believer that he can in fact speak to people only using his mind.
In a blog that appears to have been maintained by Garrido, he wrote that he had hired a private investigator to verify his ability to speak to people using only his mind. In an “affadavit” posted there, he said he had the ability to “control sound with my mind and have developed a device for others to witness this phenomena.”
Garrido has a very long list of sexually related crimes including his conviction of kidnapping a 25 year old woman he snatched from a South Lake Tahoe parking lot, handcuffed and tied down in a warehouse in Reno in 1976. In 1991 he was strolling for victims along with his wife Nancy when he snatched Jaycee from a bus stop in front of her home. This case has garnered national attention, even going so far as to being featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted”.
To me, and I’m sure others, what is most surprising about this case is the fact that Garrido was a parolee, a title that suggests and includes random and scheduled visitation from a parole officer. Reports from neighbors and Garrido himself have stated that the way the house was set up the compound lived in my Jaycee and their children was not in sight. But what stopped Garrido’s assigned parole officer from not looking over every inch of that home? Could Jaycee have been found sooner had the house and its adjoining properties been searched?
Jaycee Lee Dugard has retained custody of her children and was staying at a Bay area motel.
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