PDA

View Full Version : Woman kidnapped as child resurfaces 18 years later


mykarma
Aug 28th, 2009, 03:41 AM
Woman kidnapped as child resurfaces 18 years later
By JULIET WILLIAMS and SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer Juliet Williams And Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer 10 mins ago

PLACERVILLE, Calif. – Joyous, miraculous news that a little girl kidnapped nearly two decades ago was found alive gave way Thursday to the horrifying details of how police say she has lived all those years: kept by a convicted rapist in his backyard as a sex slave and forced to bear two of his children.

Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was 11 in 1991 when she was snatched from her school bus stop, was locked away from the outside world behind a series of fences, sheds and tents in the back of a suburban home.

Her abductor, investigators said, raped her for years and fathered two children with her, the first when Jaycee was about 14. Those children, both girls now 11 and 15, also were kept hidden away in the backyard compound.

"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."

Dugard, now 29, appeared at a parole office Wednesday with her children and the couple accused of kidnapping her. She was reunited Thursday with her mother, but the family was also learning that their smiling, blue-eyed, blonde ponytailed little girl had spent most of her life in captivity.

"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.

Convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido, 58, was being held for investigation of various kidnapping and sex charges. His wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, was also arrested, and authorities said she was with Garrido during the kidnapping in South Lake Tahoe.

Garrido was on lifetime parole and his arrest raises questions about how closely parolees are monitored. But Kollar said a parole officer who had visited Garrido's house previously had not noticed anything amiss — the compound was well concealed by shrubs, garbage cans and a tarp.

"You can't see over the fence with the shrubbery and the trees. You can't see the structures," Kollar said.

Neighbor Helen Boyer, 78, described the Garridos as nice and friendly and said they cared for Phillip Garrido's elderly mother.

"If I needed something, they would be the first I would call on," Boyer said.

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. The officers said he was acting suspiciously toward the children. They questioned him and did a background check, determining 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 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.

Dugard's stepfather, who witnessed her abduction and 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 Carl Probyn, 60, told The Associated Press at his home in Orange, Calif.

Garrido's compound was located in Antioch, a city of 100,000 about 170 miles from her family's home in South Lake Tahoe. The house was cordoned off with police tape as it was searched by FBI agents and the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.

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 Pittsburgh, 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 Gods Desire at his home address, according 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.

Garrido would talk about holding events at UC Berkeley and mentioned the names of important people as if he knew them. Allen said he had no inkling of Garrido's criminal record.

"We never thought anything bad about the guy," Allen said. "He was just kind of nutty."

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 Associated Press 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 back to the 1970s.

He has a conviction for rape by force or fear and was paroled from a Nevada state prison in 1988, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

He was also 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. A detective at the time said he found the woman with Garrido in a warehouse that had rugs on the floor and walls, pornographic magazines, a movie projector, a spotlight, wine and hot water.

In 1991, police believe he was trolling for victims in South Lake Tahoe in a Ford Granada and 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.

Her stepfather said he saw someone reach out and grab her before the car sped away.

"As soon as I saw the door fly open, the driver's door, I jumped on my mountain bike and I tried to get to the top of the hill but I had no energy," Probyn recalled. "I rode back down and yelled at my neighbor, 911!"

Probyn said his wife, from whom he is separated, 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.

Probyn eventually lost hope that he would ever see his stepdaughter alive. In the interview he gave before details about her captivity emerged, he said he was struggling to understand why Dugard didn't come forward earlier.

"I don't know if she was brainwashed, I don't know if she was walking around on the street, I don't know if she was locked up under key for 18 years, I have no idea."

Dugard retains custody of her children and was staying at a Bay area motel, authorities said.

At the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, employees huddled around television sets and computers to watch the news conference. Their tears of joy that Jaycee was alive became tears of horror and anger when details of her abduction and long captivity were recounted by police.

"Oh my God," murmured Superintendent James Tarwater.

Resident Angie Keil said the Lake Tahoe community rallied around the family, holding candlelight vigils, and in the early days organizing searches.

"Jaycee has always been in our minds, all these years," she said, her eyes moist with tears.

égalité
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:39 AM
oh my god I just saw this on the news :speakles:

I can't imagine how messed up those kids must be :sobbing: At least the guy will never see the light of day again :wavey:

Scotso
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:43 AM
Those poor people. :sad:

Scotso
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:44 AM
oh my god I just saw this on the news :speakles:

I can't imagine how messed up those kids must be :sobbing: At least the guy will never see the light of day again :wavey:

What are the chances the guy survives prison? Child rapists usually don't fare well.

young_gunner913
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:44 AM
ugh i read about this early. absolutely horrible. :help: it reminds me of the case that happened in Austria. :tape:

darrinbaker00
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:47 AM
AMEN!!!

égalité
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:55 AM
What are the chances the guy survives prison? Child rapists usually don't fare well.

Yeah that's true. Oh well, I'll try not too lose sleep over it. :awww:

Kworb
Aug 28th, 2009, 05:04 AM
Josef Fritzl all over again :speakles:

Infiniti2001
Aug 28th, 2009, 05:13 AM
And his wife was a part of this? I don't condone violence, but I hope the pair are beaten to a pulp in prison :fiery:

Scotso
Aug 28th, 2009, 05:23 AM
I don't condone violence, but I hope the pair are beaten to a pulp in prison :fiery:

Then obviously you do condone violence. :shrug:

skanky~skanketta
Aug 28th, 2009, 05:27 AM
Fucking morons! OMG I'm furious!

That said, I'm relieved that Jaycee has been reunited with her family. I hope she and her daughters are able to put this behind them and move on.

Matt.
Aug 28th, 2009, 05:57 AM
Stories such as these haunt me. This reminded me of the movie Gardens of the Night. I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it, but it's extremely moving and parallels this closely.

drake3781
Aug 28th, 2009, 06:59 AM
Great background info on the suspect.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/27/MNHQ19EU4O.DTL

Bijoux0021
Aug 28th, 2009, 07:16 AM
Dugard's stepfather, who witnessed her abduction and 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 Carl Probyn, 60, told The Associated Press at his home in Orange, Calif.

Poor guy! He's very fortunate he didn't go to his grave being called a suspect.

mykarma
Aug 28th, 2009, 01:26 PM
Poor guy! He's very fortunate he didn't go to his grave being called a suspect.
I really feel sorry for him. I can't imagine how difficult that must have been on him.

So Disrespectful
Aug 28th, 2009, 01:45 PM
:lol: I read the title as; "Woman kidnapped, as child resurfaces 18 years later". As if they were two separate incidents.

Kart
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:10 PM
What a terrible story.

Mrs. Peel
Aug 28th, 2009, 04:37 PM
Kudos to the keen eyes and swift action of the Berkeley Campus Police. I hope this sicko hasn't abused the daughters!

I am even more shocked that his wife, another woman, was complicit in this tragedy. She is just as sick as he is.

This is not a typical ending for a kidnapping case. THANK GOODNESS JC DUGARD IS ALIVE!!!!

M-K
Aug 28th, 2009, 05:44 PM
God!! Seriously, how can people be so messed up?!?!?! Thats just beyond me!!! :sad::speakles:
Its so sick. I, too, hope that the girls can get past it and surround themselves with good people.

Crazy Canuck
Aug 28th, 2009, 05:50 PM
:lol: I read the title as; "Woman kidnapped, as child resurfaces 18 years later". As if they were two separate incidents.
That could be a real headline on CNN. Pure quality, over there.

HRHoliviasmith
Aug 28th, 2009, 06:07 PM
God bless that poor woman and her family. I will be on the lookout for a fund or something to donate to for her. I am really touched by this. Just cannot imagine.

My dream, hope and prayer is that one day this crime (pedophilia) becomes death penalty eligible.

Seyz
Aug 28th, 2009, 09:04 PM
I feel sorry for the stepdad. I mean being a suspect for all this time must suck, Well, at least the truth is out.

LoveFifteen
Aug 28th, 2009, 09:34 PM
No words ... no words. Such a tragedy.

mykarma
Aug 28th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Kudos to the keen eyes and swift action of the Berkeley Campus Police. I hope this sicko hasn't abused the daughters!

I am even more shocked that his wife, another woman, was complicit in this tragedy. She is just as sick as he is.

This is not a typical ending for a kidnapping case. THANK GOODNESS JC DUGARD IS ALIVE!!!!
The oldest girl is the same age as she was when he snatched her.

mykarma
Aug 28th, 2009, 10:42 PM
ANTIOCH, California (CNN) -- Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, will face 28 felony counts after being accused of kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard when she was 11 and keeping her in their backyard since 1991, the district attorney of El Dorado County, California, said Friday.
Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, was arraigned in California on Friday.



The Garridos are each facing charges of kidnapping someone under 14 years of age, kidnapping for sexual purposes, forcible rape and forcible lewd acts on a child.

The maximum penalty for both defendants would be life imprisonment.

Authorities were are looking into Garrido's possible connection to other crimes.

A search warrant was issued for Garrido's home in connection with killings that occurred in the 1990s, a spokesman for the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department said Friday. Pittsburg, California, police obtained the search warrant, said the spokesman, Jimmy Lee.

Earlier Friday, a California sheriff also admitted that his organization "missed an opportunity" nearly three years ago to find Dugard.

Someone called 911 on November 30, 2006, to say that a woman and young children were living in tents in the backyard of Phillip Garrido, said Sheriff Warren E. Rupf of Contra Costa County, California, on Friday.

"This is not an acceptable outcome," he said.

The responding sheriff's deputy spoke with Garrido, a registered sex offender, in the front yard of his house.

"None of us, particularly law enforcement, should believe a word that one of these animals utters," Rupf said when asked about the lessons learned from the missed opportunity. "If there's a sophistication [about sex offenders] in any regard, it's in misrepresenting who they are and what motivates them. Video Watch Rupf talk about the 'missed opportunity' »

"We took things he said obviously at face value and did not properly brand him."

Rupf also said that "to the best of his knowledge," the deputy didn't know that Garrido was a sex offender.

The deputy determined that no crime had been committed even though he did not enter or ask to enter the backyard, the sheriff said.

"We should have been more inquisitive, more curious, and turned over a rock or two," the sheriff said. "We missed an opportunity to bring earlier closure to this situation."

Dugard lived for 18 years in a shed and other outbuildings behind her abductor's house, where she gave birth to two girls whom he fathered; the girls are now 11 and 15, police said.

CNN does not generally publish the names of victims when there are allegations of sexual assault. But in this case, Dugard has been the subject of a 20-year public search, and her image and name have been widely disseminated, making protection of her identity virtually impossible.
Don't Miss

* Read the complaint (PDF)
* Accused kidnapper's blog boasts of mental powers
* KCRA: Suspect says he's turned his life around
* Shed hidden in accused abductors' backyard

Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 as her stepfather watched, helpless, in front of her house in South Lake Tahoe, California. Learn about some missing children who have been found alive »

Investigators arrested Garrido on charges of kidnapping and abusing her after police discovered Dugard on Wednesday.

"The last 18 years have been rough, but the last two days have been pretty good," her stepfather, Carl Probyn, told CNN's "American Morning" on Friday. Video Watch Probyn describe getting the news »

Phillip Garrido, 58, and 54-year-old Nancy Garrido were arraigned Friday in Placerville Superior Court in Placerville, California.

During their time living in Garrido's backyard, Dugard and her two children apparently rarely ventured out of their compound, investigators said.

Dugard "was in good health, but living in a backyard for the past 18 years does take its toll," El Dorado County Undersheriff Fred Kollar said.

He described her as "relatively cooperative, relatively forthcoming" in discussions with detectives. She was "in relatively good condition," neither obviously abused nor malnourished, he added. "There are no known attempts by her to outreach to anybody."

The children didn't go to school or to the doctor's office. Now they and their mother are being thrust into a strange new world.

On Friday, Dugard began the long process of reuniting with her family.

Terry Probyn, who is separated from Carl, spoke with her daughter Thursday and learned that she had two daughters of her own, he said.

Carl Probyn said he expects Dugard and her two children to come back to Southern California, since "that's where we all live."

Garrido apparently maintained a blog in which he claimed to control sound with his mind. The blog now has numerous profanity-laced responses from people outraged over his alleged actions.

In a rambling telephone interview from jail, Garrido told CNN affiliate KCRA of Sacramento that he was relieved at being caught.

"I feel much better now," he said. "This is a process that needed to take place."

The investigation went years without apparent progress until Tuesday, when Garrido showed up on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley with his two daughters and tried to get permission to hand out literature and speak, Kollar said. He did not know the subject of either the literature or the planned talk.

Police officers "thought the interaction between the older male and the two young females was rather suspicious," so they confronted them and performed a background check on him, Kollar said.

That check revealed that Garrido was on federal parole for a 1971 conviction for rape and kidnapping, for which he had served time in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.

The two female police officers contacted Garrido's parole officer, who requested that he appear Wednesday at the parole office. Video Watch police talk about why they arrested Garrido »

Garrido did just that, accompanied by his wife "and a female named Allissa," Kollar said.

The presence of Allissa and the two children surprised the parole officer, who had never seen them during visits to Garrido's house, Kollar said.

"Ultimately, Allissa was identified as Dugard," Kollar said.

Scott Kernan, undersecretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said Garrido admitted having abducted Dugard.

Dugard's presence behind Garrido's home since apparently went unnoticed in the neighborhood, where homes on one-fourth to one-half-acre lots typically sell for less than $200,000, said Kathy Russo, whose father has lived two houses away from the Garridos for 33 years. Video Watch aerial view of backyard compound »

"My dad said he never saw a young woman," Russo said, adding that her 94-year-old father considered Garrido to be a "kind of strange, reclusive, kind of an angry kind of guy."

She said the one-story house's backyard was obscured by trees and ringed by a wooden fence.

In his jailhouse interview, Garrido told KCRA that he could not go into detail about why he chose to abduct Dugard. "I haven't talked to a lawyer yet, so I can't do that," he said. Video Hear interview with Garrido »

But Garrido said he had "completely turned my life around" in the past several years. "You're going to find the most powerful story coming from the witness, from the victim," he promised. "If you take this a step at a time, you're going to fall over backward, and in the end, you're going to find the most powerful, heartwarming story."

He added, "Wait till you hear the story of what took place at this house. You're going to be absolutely impressed. It's a disgusting thing that took place with me in the beginning, but I turned my life completely around."
advertisement

Describing his two daughters, he said, "Those two girls slept in my arms every single night from birth; I never kissed them."

In a later comment, he said that, from the time the youngest was born, "everything turned around."

Rocketta
Aug 28th, 2009, 10:53 PM
:speakles::speakles::speakles:

doni1212
Aug 29th, 2009, 01:13 AM
Wow, he raped someone before and was allowed back on the streets. Sick.

Fingon
Aug 29th, 2009, 03:23 AM
oh my god I just saw this on the news :speakles:

I can't imagine how messed up those kids must be :sobbing: At least the guy will never see the light of day again :wavey:

don't count on that,

blame the justice system, the guy was freed even though he was a convicted rapist.

That's where rehabilitation goes, now, how are they going to give the girl those years back? how about these children that at 15 don't know anything about the world, and the girl's parents lost their child for 18 years.

oh, but they were kind with a convict rapist, they tried to make him "useful" for society, that's their uselfulness.

Yes, you can lock him away, but he is 60, too little, too late.

Fingon
Aug 29th, 2009, 03:25 AM
God!! Seriously, how can people be so messed up?!?!?! Thats just beyond me!!! :Sad:
Its so sick. I, too, hope that the girls can get past it and surround themselves with good people.

they won't,

they didn't have a childhood, you can't get that back.

the mother lost her teenage years.

thanks the rehabilitation system.

darrinbaker00
Aug 29th, 2009, 04:43 AM
they won't,

they didn't have a childhood, you can't get that back.

the mother lost her teenage years.

thanks the rehabilitation system.
As long as there's life, there's hope. Don't ever forget that.

Fingon
Aug 30th, 2009, 03:01 AM
As long as there's life, there's hope. Don't ever forget that.

yes, that woman though lost 18 years of her life, and her children did not have a childhood, all because a convicted criminal was left free unchecked, because the rights of criminals are more important than those of normal people.

If you steal an orange, you can be rehabilitated, if you rape or kill someone, you cannot, when someone does that, they cross a line, if nothing else, the risk of them reoffending is too great, too dangerous, they have already demonstrated they can kill, or rape, either lock them down or keep checking on them for the rest of their lives.

There is nothing humanitarian in ruining someone's life by giving a criminal a second chance, nobody gives the victims a second chance.

I am not a very forgiving person as you can notice.

Svetlana.
Aug 30th, 2009, 03:11 AM
yes, that woman though lost 18 years of her life, and her children did not have a childhood, all because a convicted criminal was left free unchecked, because the rights of criminals are more important than those of normal people.

If you steal an orange, you can be rehabilitated, if you rape or kill someone, you cannot, when someone does that, they cross a line, if nothing else, the risk of them reoffending is too great, too dangerous, they have already demonstrated they can kill, or rape, either lock them down or keep checking on them for the rest of their lives.

There is nothing humanitarian in ruining someone's life by giving a criminal a second chance, nobody gives the victims a second chance.

I am not a very forgiving person as you can notice.

They would not be forgiving either if something like that would happen to their child or a member of their family.

darrinbaker00
Aug 30th, 2009, 05:35 AM
yes, that woman though lost 18 years of her life, and her children did not have a childhood, all because a convicted criminal was left free unchecked, because the rights of criminals are more important than those of normal people.

If you steal an orange, you can be rehabilitated, if you rape or kill someone, you cannot, when someone does that, they cross a line, if nothing else, the risk of them reoffending is too great, too dangerous, they have already demonstrated they can kill, or rape, either lock them down or keep checking on them for the rest of their lives.

There is nothing humanitarian in ruining someone's life by giving a criminal a second chance, nobody gives the victims a second chance.

I am not a very forgiving person as you can notice.
I was referring to Jaycee and her children.

SvetaPleaseWin.
Aug 30th, 2009, 05:42 AM
crazy shit. thats all i have to say.

apart from, lets not be all 'KILL HIM!' i believe people can change, i believe some cant, i guess you just have to find out but to condemn all as shits is a bit crap really aint it