Sunday 25 February 2018

Jaycee Lee Dugard: kidnapper cast an 'evil spell' over me

Jaycee Dugard in her first interview since she was rescued from Phillip Garrido's home in California. Photo: People magazine

Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped and held captive for 18 years, has spoken about how her abductor cast an "evil spell" over her that stopped her trying to escape.

In a new book about her ordeal to be released next week, she said that she never gave up a “dim hope” that she would be reunited with her family.

The blonde haired eleven-year-old, who is now 31, was abducted as she walked to a school bus in South Lake Tahoe, California, on June 10 1991.

She was shot with a stun gun in broad daylight by Philip Garrido accompanied by his wife Nancy. He is currently serving 413 years in jail and his wife is serving 36 years for the kidnap and sexual assault of the child.

They kept her in their overgrown garden in Antioch, California where she lived in a tent and gave birth to his two daughters.

On August 26, 2009, Dugard, her daughters, then aged 11 and 15 accompanied Garrido to a meeting with his parole officer. Their unusual behavior sparked an investigation that led to her positive identification.

On July 12 Miss Dugard publishes her memoir "A Stolen Life”.

In extracts published by People magazine she tells how, shortly after the abduction, Garrido made her shower with him. He then tried to comfort her but it was "like a rabbit being comforted by a lion."

She was kept in handcuffs and given a bucket for a toilet. After a week he began raping her while high on drugs.

She gave birth to her first daughter at the age of 14 having spent the pregnancy watching birthing videos and "Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman," according to People.

Miss Dugard said she later had access to the internet but Garrido monitored her computer use and convinced her the outside world was full of rapists and paedophiles. Garrido’s wife Nancy was complicit in the ordeal she suffered.

Even when he began taking her outside "I had no voice and I didn't shout to the world 'Hey, it's me, Jaycee!' even though I longed to," she wrote, according to the magazine.

She previously told her story in 135 pages of testimony to a grand jury, which was released by a judge in early June.

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