Friday, August 28, 2009

New Details Emerge of Life Led in Secret Compound by California Kidnap Victim-from Fox news

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THIS MAKES ME FURIOUS!! I DO NOT HAVE ONE OUNCE OF COMPASSION TOWARD THIS GUY OR HIS WIFE. They are sick. The guy is a sex offender and the authorities had no clue that he had a compound in his backyard and father 2 kids with the girl he abducted ...and his wife went along with it?!?! This is why there should be stiffer penalties for sex-offenders. Clearly he was a repeat offender. Then, the woman in the story that lived next door...FORGET what your husband said and call the stinking authorities. I don't care what Rod says if I felt there were some kids in danger with a sex offender...I would in no way care about the repercussions on my part in calling the authorities. The husband next door was too concerned for his own well-being to reach out over something that was clearly horrifying! He said they should just leave them alone. This is what makes me furious as well...people do not want to get their own hands dirty because it might cost them something.

New Details Emerge of Life Led in Secret Compound by California Kidnap Victim
Friday, August 28, 2009

Jaycee Lee Dugard, shown in this family photo, was kidnapped at age 11 and allegedly held as a sex slave for 18 years until her release this week.

Jaycee Lee Dugard, shown in this family photo, was kidnapped at age 11 and allegedly held as a sex slave for 18 years until her release this week.

A clearer picture is emerging of the life led by a young woman allegedly kidnapped when she was 11 and held prisoner by a convicted sex offender for the past 18 years.
Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 29, was allegedly held captive in an intricate backyard compound of tents, sheds and fences belonging to Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy. Authorities say Garrido repeatedly raped her and fathered her two children.
She was 11 when she was abducted in 1991 as she waited for her school bus on a street in South Lake Tahoe. Her stepfather, who was watching from his driveway, said he saw a car pull up next to her. Someone inside grabbed the little girl and sped away.
Dugard was taken directly to the house less than 200 miles from her childhood home and sheltered from the world in a secret, leafy backyard, investigators said Thursday.
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Her abductor, investigators said, raped her and fathered two children with her, the first when Jaycee was about 14. Those girls, now 11 and 15, also were kept hidden away in the backyard compound behind the Antioch home, according to authorities.
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"None of the children have ever been to school, they've never been to a doctor," El Dorado County Undersheriff Fred Kollar said. "They were kept in complete isolation in this compound."
Even a parole agent who visited Garrido's home didn't have an inkling about the hidden compound, Kollar said. Garrido is a registered sex offender on federal parole for rape and kidnapping convictions.
"The way the house is set up, the way the backyard is set up, you could walk through the backyard, walk through the house, and never know," Kollar said.
But neighbors said there were clues even before a parole agent on Wednesday noticed Dugard, who accompanied Garrido, his wife and the children to a parole office.
Neighbor Diane Doty said she could see the tents and often heard children playing in the backyard, the corner of which abuts her own backyard. She said she even suspected the children lived in the tents, but her husband said she should leave the family alone.
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"I asked my husband, 'Why is he living in tents?"' she said. "And he said, 'Maybe that is how they like to live."'
Investigators searching the compound found a bicycle and a few other children's toys there.
Police said they had no evidence that Dugard had ever reached out to anyone beyond the compound walls.
"She was in good health, but living in a backyard for the past 18 years does take its toll," Kollar said.
The backyard compound had electricity from extension cords and a rudimentary outhouse and shower, "as if you were camping," Kollar said.
Earlier Friday, Dugard's the stepfather said she was reunited with her mother and the family was "doing great."
Carl Probyn told CBS' "Early Show" Friday morning that he spoke to his wife Terry, from whom he is separated, late Thursday after she was reunited with her daughter.
"I think they're pretty happy," Probyn said, counting out the six people who were at the reunion: Dugard, her two daughters born during her alleged captivity, her mother, her sister and another relative.
He said the most surprising thing to his wife was that Dugard looks almost like she did when she was taken.
"She looks very young, she looks very healthy," Probyn said. "She told me that Jaycee feels really guilty for bonding with this guy. She has a real guilt trip."
Suspect Garrido, 58, was due in court Friday. He is being held for investigation of various kidnapping and sex charges.
Authorities said his 54-year-old wife, Nancy Garrido, was with him during the kidnapping and also has been arrested.
Dugard's stepfather, who was a longtime suspect in the case, said he was overwhelmed by the news after doing everything he could to help find her.
"It broke my marriage up. I've gone through hell, I mean I'm a suspect up until yesterday," a tearful Probyn, 60, told The Associated Press at his home in Orange, Calif. He said her family felt troubled by learning the facts of how she was forced to live for 18 years.
The case broke after Garrido was spotted Tuesday with two children as he tried to enter the University of California, Berkeley, campus to hand out religious literature. Officers said he was acting suspiciously toward the children. They questioned him and did a background check, determined that he was a parolee and informed his parole officer.
Garrido was ordered to appear for a parole meeting and arrived Wednesday with Dugard, who identified herself as "Allissa," his wife, and two children. During questioning, corrections officials said he admitted to kidnapping Dugard.
Investigators said he did not yet have an attorney.
Authorities said they do not know if Garrido also abused his daughters, but they are investigating.
Garrido's compound was located in Antioch, a city of 100,000 about 170 miles from the Dugard family home in South Lake Tahoe.
People who knew Garrido said he became increasingly fanatic about his religious beliefs in recent years, sometimes breaking out into song and claiming that God spoke to him through a box.
"In the last couple years he started getting into this strange religious stuff. We kind of felt sorry for him," said Tim Allen, president of East County Glass and Window Inc. in Pittsburg, Calif., who bought business cards and letterhead from Garrido's printing business for the last decade.
Three times in recent years, Garrido arrived at Allen's showroom with two "cute little blond girls" in tow, he said.
In April 2008, Garrido registered a corporation called God's Desire at his home address, according to the California Secretary of State. During recent visits to the showroom, Garrido would talk about quitting the printing business to preach full time and gave the impression he was setting up a church, Allen said.
"He rambled. It made no sense," he said.
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 gave a rambling, sometimes incoherent phone interview to KCRA-TV from the El Dorado County jail Thursday in which he said he had not admitted to a kidnapping and that he had turned his life around since the birth of his first daughter 15 years ago.
"I tell you here's the story of what took place at this house, and you're going to be absolutely impressed. It's a disgusting thing that took place from the end to the beginning. But I turned my life completely around," he said.
In addition to kidnapping allegations, court records showed both Garridos were being held for investigation of rape by force, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and kidnapping someone under 14 with intent to rape. Phillip Garrido also faces allegations of sexual penetration.
The AP, as a matter of policy, avoids identifying victims of alleged sexual abuse by name in its news reports. However, Dugard's disappearance had been known and reported for nearly two decades, making impossible any effort to shield her identity now.
Garrido has a long rap sheet dating to the 1970s.
He was convicted of kidnapping a 25-year-old woman whom he snatched from a South Lake Tahoe parking lot, handcuffed, tied down and held in a mini-warehouse in Reno, according to a November 1976 story in the Reno Gazette-Journal.
He also has a conviction for rape by force or fear stemming from the same incident, and was paroled from a Nevada state prison in 1988, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
In 1991, police believe he was trolling for victims in South Lake Tahoe in a Ford Granada when he snatched Dugard from a bus stop outside her home. The case attracted national attention and was featured on TV's "America's Most Wanted," which broadcast a composite drawing of a suspect seen in the car.
Probyn said his wife was devastated by the kidnapping. He said for 10 years after the crime, she would take a week off work at Christmas and on the anniversary of the abduction and spend the time crying at home.
Jaycee Lee Dugard has retained custody of her children and was staying at a Bay area motel, authorities said.
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Steve said...

This just breaks my heart to hear this. All we can do now is pray for the (now) woman, and her two kids. I know this may sound strange, but we as Christians, also need to pray for the man and woman that did this. Jesus has ask us to pray for the one that spitefully use us, and to pray for your enemies. If it were just my way, I'd say hang em.Please pray for me also about this, my flesh came out so quick, and I know thats not the way God would have me to be. Bless you

Anonymous said...

You go girl..This is nothing but sickening. What is wrong with people???
Nancy in NC

Anonymous said...

I have no idea what clicked in that poor girl's head and allowed her to tell who she really is but thank God that finally she was able to escape.

The hiding in "plain sight" is truly scary.

Still Learning said...

Can I just share from experience with the "system" and sex offenders,namely child molesters, that it is very difficult to convict them so they just keep doing it. My daughter's molester has been raping his own child, molesting mine and countless others. But of course, the lawyers are able to get the cases thrown out. My daughters offender still walks the streets free to torture other little girls as he wills and he knows it.
If we could actually jail these guys they would be where they belong. In our group counseling which was a large group there was only one conviction. ONE. And it was probably only for a few months. YUK, I have ached for this poor family all day. I can't even imagine....