Jaycee Dugard’s Kidnapper: ‘It’s a Disgusting Thing’ But Also a ‘Powerful Heart-Warming Story’

August 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, gave a rambling and incoherent jailhouse interview with a local television station, after his arrest for the abduction of Jaycee Lee Dugard,18 years ago when she was just 11-years-old. “It’s a disgusting thing that took place with me from the beginning. But I turned my life completely around,” said Garrido.

“And you’re going to find the most powerful story coming from the witness, the victim — you wait,” he told the station. “If you take this a step at a time, you’re going to fall over backwards and in the end, you’re going to find the most powerful heart-warming story,” said Garrido.

While Garrido was busy turning his life around, seeking redemption from God, Jaycee Lee Dugard and her two daughters were kept imprisoned and closed off from the world in tents and makeshift sheds in his back yard, which only opened from the outside. They were forced to use a crude outhouse and outdoor shower.

The three girls never went to school or saw a doctor. They were locked up in a sex offender’s back yard and treated no better than animals. After snatching the blond, blue-eyed 11-year-old dressed in a pink top and pink pants off the street when she was walking to her school bus stop, Garrido sexually molested Jaycee. She gave birth to his first child when she was just 14-years-old.

Jaycee is now 29 and has two girls fathered by Garrido, who are now 15 and 11-years-old. Jaycee was finally rescued from her nearly two-decade ordeal, after Garrido attended an interview with his parole officer, inexplicably bringing Jaycee and her two daughters with him. The convicted sex offender had been ordered to attend the interview after being seen in public with the two girls by police officers.

Garrido served time for kidnapping a woman in the Lake Tahoe area in 1976 and driving her to Reno, where he sexually assaulted her. He was given a 50-year federal sentence and a five-years-to-life sentence to be served concurrently. He was paroled in Nevada in 1988. Just three years after his release from prison, he abducted Jaycee. He met and married his wife, Nancy while in prison, marrying her in a ceremony behind bars.

Garrido spoke continuously during his bizarre 10-minute jailhouse interview, about his personal story of redemption. Not once did he address the cruel and inhumane conditions he subjected Jaycee to for 18 years; her childhood stolen away forever, to satisfy his “disgusting” sexual compulsions.

“In the end, this is going to be a powerful, heart-warming story, one that you’re going to be really impressed by,” said Garrido. “I tell you here’s the story of what took place at this house and you’re going to be absolutely impressed,” added Garrido.

He claims that the birth of the children he fathered by sexually molesting Jayceee turned his life around. As proof of this he said, “Having those two girls – they slept in my arms every single night – from birth – I never kissed them, you have to take this a step at a time.”

Garrido described the kidnapping, imprisonment and sexual molestation of Jaycee for nearly 20 years, as “ a constructive story of turning a person’s life around.”

Garrido has a Web Site devoted to his fanatical religious beliefs; where he claims to speak in tongues and have powers of mind control over sound. Various documents attesting to the legitimacy of his “mental powers” appear on his Web site:

“This document is 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. by using a sound generator to provide the sound, and a headphone amplification system, ( a device to focuc [sic] your hearing so as to increase the sensitivity of what one is listening to) I have produced a set of voices by effectively controlling the sound to pronounce words through my own mental powers.”

Jaycee’s stepfather, Carl Probyn is not impressed with Garrido’s efforts at redemption for his crimes committed against his step-daughter. Probyn was considered a suspect in Jaycee’s disappearance and the strain broke up his marriage.

“It’s pretty sick,” Probyn said. “I feel sorry for Jaycee going through this. The way he’s had her locked up in the backyard for basically 18 years.” He noted that Jaycee, who was renamed Allissa, expressed guilt for bonding with her captor. “She looks very young. She doesn’t look 29 at all,” said Probyn.

“He’s ruined our lives,” Probyn said of Garrido. “Maybe changed his life but it sure screwed ours up. I have no compassion for this guy. He’s just out in left field.”

El Dorado County Undersheriff Fred Kollar said Jaycee “…is in good health, but living in a backyard for 18 years does take its toll.”

Garrido was booked on multiple charges, including kidnapping, conspiracy, rape and committing lewd acts with a minor. Nancy Garrido is accused of kidnapping and conspiracy. Both are being held in lieu of $1 million bail.


7 Responses to “Jaycee Dugard’s Kidnapper: ‘It’s a Disgusting Thing’ But Also a ‘Powerful Heart-Warming Story’”

  1. jacob watson on August 28th, 2009 3:04 pm

    I say burn him

  2. Thomas Jones on August 29th, 2009 12:32 am

    This is crazy, to believe that the search stopped and she was alive accepting the fact that people gave up on her…damn.

  3. Susan D on August 29th, 2009 5:10 pm

    The news reported Garrity’s so-called redemption story along with the report of Jaycees release from captivity, and all I could think was, who the F cares about his story! His conceit that what matters is that God helped him get over his sexual addiction is exactly the kind of thinking that supported his acts of kidnapping, assaulting, and enslaving women: the idea that he is the center of everything. Thank you for voicing what has been bothering me since this story broke.

  4. Lisa Stone on August 29th, 2009 8:08 pm

    It is a miracle that she is alive. I pray that she can recover from this ordeal.

  5. Ryan Morales on August 30th, 2009 12:40 am

    If this ended with death penalty I wouldn’t be the least upset.

  6. kare cas on September 2nd, 2009 9:42 pm

    the wife is only charged with kidnapping & conspiracy????
    she didnt bother to let Jaycee go when her husband was in prison for 4 months in 1993 on a parole violation!!
    she should be charged the same as him, if not more! she ahd the chance to help that poor girl.
    what..is she going to cry “hedda Nussbaum”?

  7. Christina Perez on September 7th, 2009 8:17 pm

    After my son-in-law raped my 13 year old daughter, the day before he went to prison, he got “saved”. Of course, he had been saved and baptized before my older daughter married him, but he confessed to just being a “fake Christian”, then, and now he was a “real Christian”. A friend of his said to us, “I know this has been hard you on all, but since it lead to his salvation, wasn’t it worth it all?” NO!

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