Jaycee Lee Dugard, now age 29, was reunited with her family Thursday morning 18 years after sex offender, Phillip Garrido, abducted her as she walked to her school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, California. Read the gruesome details of Jaycee Dugard’s life with the Garrido’s and read Garrido’s crazy-ass blog below.
Phillip Garrido enslaved Jaycee Lee Dugard in a cluster of sheds in a “hidden backyard within a backyard,” raped her and fathered two children with her before he was arrested this week.
Police officials say abductors Phillip Garrido, 58, and his wife Nancy Garrido, 54, of Antioch, CA (mugshot photos below), will be arraigned Friday on charges to include kidnapping, conspiracy, rape by force, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and sexual penetration. Police say Garrido has already admitted to abducting Jaycee Dugard.
Dugard was only 11 years old when she was abducted. Dugard’s younger daughter is 11 years-old, the same age that Dugard was when she was abducted by Garrido. Jaycee’s older daughter is 15.
“None of the children have ever been to school, they’ve never been to a doctor … From what we could tell, they never had any outside contact,” El Dorado County Undersheriff Fred Kollar said. “Living in the backyard for 18 years does take its toll.”
Dugard and her mother, Terry Probyn, and her younger sister, Shana, were reunited Thursday morning in Concord, Calif.
Investigators wonder why that Garrido, who successfully kept Dugard imprisoned, took steps that actually led to her being found. Police say Phillip Garrido recently took his two daughters with Dugard to the University of California, Berkeley, campus to distribute flyers.
Campus police ran a background check and discovered Garrido was a registered sex offender (Garrido was on lifetime parole for an unrelated rape in 1971). Garrido was called before his parole officer the following day and actually brought along the two girls and a young woman he introduced as Allisa – who turned out to be Jaycee Lee Dugard.
“The diligent questioning and follow-up by the parolee’s agent of record led to Garrido revealing his kidnapping of the adult female,” the California corrections department said in a statement. “It was further revealed by Garrido that she was Jaycee Lee Dugard, and that the children were his.”
Phillip Garrido had a blog, reported by CNN, with a series of strange posts.
Garrido’s blog entries are posted by “THEMANWHOSPOKEWITHHISMIND.” He refers to “God’s Desire,” which is a church based out of his home in Antioch, according to CNN affiliate KCRA of Sacramento.
In a post on August 14, he writes that during a “powerful demonstration” in July in Pittsburg, California, “the Creator has given me the ability to speak in the tongue of angels in order to provide a wake-up call that will in time include the salvation of the entire world.”
“You too can witness what the world believe’s [sic] is impossible to produce!” he writes, providing an e-mail address. “DON’T MISS OUT!”
Several news outlets, including The New York Times, have reported on the blog since the case started making international headlines Thursday.
In an interview from jail with KCRA, Garrido repeatedly asks the interviewer to retrieve legal documents he said he recently gave to the FBI, specifically for the news media, that he said will reveal “the most powerful, heartwarming story.”
After listening to the excerpt of that interview, forensic psychiatrist Helen Morrison said Garrido’s “grandiose” statement sounds similar.
“It sounds like so much like so many people that we hear about who have changed their lives because they’ve been visited by something to make them see the ways that they were bad in the past and now they’re perfect,” she told CNN’s “American Morning.”
It may be what he told his alleged victim in an effort to brainwash her, Morron said said. And that could make it difficult to prosecute him on criminal charges.
“If she’s led to believe that this is suddenly become a caring, wonderful, lifesaver, when they have her on a witness stand, they’re going to have to be prepared for some very difficult defense cross-examination,” she said.
In another blog posting last year, Garrido claims to have a “new insight that has the potential of helping people who hear voices to possibly stop and reexamine their thinking before committing a violent act on themselves and/or others.”
This technique, he writes, could help prevent tragedies, such as the woman who threw her three children into the San Francisco Bay in 2006 and later claimed to have been following directions from the “voice of God.”
“This tragic act could have been avoided if my findings were made public before she found herself being led by a powerful internal and external [hearing] process that places the human mind under a hypnotic siege that in time leads a person to build a delusional belief system that drives them to whatever course of action they take,” he writes.
He also posted several “declarations of affirmation” from 2006 allegedly signed by six witnesses “to affirm that I Phillip Garrido have clearly demonstrated the ability to control sound with my mind and have developed a device for others to witness this phenomena.”
Timothy Allen, one of the six people identified as a witness, said Garrido forged his signature on the “declaration.”
Allen — who owns a glass shop in Pittsburg, California — said Garrido printed business cards and letterhead for his company for 10 years.
“I had no personal contact with this guy outside of the front counter of my business,” Allen told CNN. “He’s got a lot of weird stuff going on, that guy … I would have never in a million years thought it was anything dangerous or bad.”
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