At 11 years of age, Jayce Lee Dugard was snatched from her family in 1991 at a school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, California. Convicted sex offender, Phillip Garrido kept Miss Duggard in a complex of sheds in his backyard for 18 long years. During that time, Mr. Garrido is said to have fathered two daughters, aged 11 and 15 respectively, by Ms. Dugard. He kept all three females hidden within the sheds of his back yard in Antioch, California. Ms. Dugard resurfaced this week, when Mr. Garrido was called into a Concord, California parole office. The Telegraph has posted audio of a jail cell interview with Mr. Garrido (audio below):
Earlier, Mr Garrido gave a bizarre and sometimes incoherent phone interview to KCRA-TV from the El Dorado County jail, in which he admitted that his behaviour to his captive had initially been “disgusting”, but developed into a “heart-warming story”.
Among other disturbing factors in this case, Mr. Garrido became a registered sex offender after kidnapping a woman from South Lake Tahoe in 1976 and raped her in a Reno, Nevada warehouse. The Times Online reports:
The case was a big story at the time, because Garrido and his victim had been found by chance when a patrol officer decided to knock on the warehouse door after seeing a car parked outside at 2.30am. When Garrido answered, the kidnap victim screamed, and the astonished officer walked inside to find rugs on the floor and walls, pornographic magazines scattered around the place, a movie projector, sex toys, a theatrical spotlight, wine, and a tub of hot water.
Of course, the Berkeley security officer had no way of knowing all those details, but she felt compelled to call Garrido’s parole officer — especially when she recalled that his two girls had refused to make eye-contact with her. They also seemed unkempt and uneducated.
The parole officer was surprised to hear that Garrido had been found on the campus with two girls: in spite of repeated visits to Garrido’s home in the town of Antioch, California, about an hour northeast of San Francisco, the officer had never seen any evidence of children.
The Reno Gazette Journal took a look at Mr. Garrido’s 1976 arrest and sentencing in 1977 :
In 1977, Garrido was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for kidnapping and from five years to life on a state charge of sexual assault after the case was heard in Washoe County District Court, said Suzanne Pardee, spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Garrido started his federal prison sentence on June 30, 1977 for transporting a victim over the state line and was turned over to Nevada authorities on Jan. 22, 1988 to serve state time, Pardee said.
He was paroled from the Northern Nevada Corrections Center in Carson City on Aug. 26, 1988. From there, he was paroled to California, Pardee said.
In 1977, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was considered to be unconstitutional for the rape of an adult. The ACLU, along with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., argued for the same rule to be applied to child rapists in the 2007 Supreme Court case Kennedy v. Louisiana. In October of 2008, the high court ruled that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment for crimes not involving murder and overturned a Louisiana man’s death sentence for the rape of his 8-year old stepdaughter. No convicted rapist has been executed since 1964 in this country.
Mr. Garrido was supposed to serve fifty years in prison, but the justice system failed his victims several times over. What does fifty years mean to the public, when a dangerous criminal is released in only eleven years? Those who argue against the death penalty very often say life in prison or long sentences should suffice for horrible crimes. Try explaining that to Jayce Lee Dugard and her family.