Locked Away

Jaycee Dugard’s life in captivity for the past 18 years was lived out in a combination of sheds and tarps set up in the backyard of the couple alleged to have abducted her, Phillip and Nancy Garrido of Antioch, CA. The backyard compound created to hide away Jaycee and her two young children was so overgrown that no one ever noticed anything amiss. No one, not even Phillip Garrido’s parole officer, bothered to check out the backyard’s contents. Had someone intervened, rather than ignoring the massive eyesore in the Garrido’s backyard, Jaycee’s ordeal possibly would have ended much sooner, and a serial kidnapper and rapist would finally be off the streets. Instead, she was locked away, while her alleged perpetrator was free to do as he pleased. Considering his rap sheet, that is a frightening thought.

Abducted at the age of 11, Jaycee Dugard was held captive for 18 years in a complex backyard compound.
Abducted at the age of 11, Jaycee Dugard was held captive for 18 years in a complex backyard compound.

8 thoughts on “Locked Away

  1. audiegrl

    What’s amazing is that this creep had a lifetime GPS anklet. It’s a real shocker. If it wasn’t for the campus police deciding he was a fishy character, that poor girl and her children would still be in his backyard. That’s a damn shame.

    1. The system failed Jaycee, her children, the Antioch community, and wherever else this dude traveled to. How many women suffered from the abuse of this serial rapist and kidnapper while the system stood idly by and let it slide?

  2. very snazzy layout here @ Life of Crime… I’k impressed.

    found this on topic:

    Experts: Abductees such as Jaycee stay out of fear

    “Why didn’t Jaycee Dugard escape, reach out, scream for help?
    Experts say Garrido most likely controlled Dugard by making her completely dependent on him. By isolating the victim and making them dependent on everything — food, clothing, shelter and affection — the kidnapper comes to completely control them, Behrman-Lippert and other experts say. con’t


  3. Glad to see you Geo! Thanks for your kind words about the site, it’s nice to have some company! I also appreciate your contribution to the topic, especially since it has become a touchy subject. Have you heard the haters out there? Not for the kidnappers, but for the survivors!

    My POV? STFU until you walk a mile in her shoes. No one knows the emotional torment this woman experienced. She was abducted at the age of 11, for Pete’s sake! I noticed you mentioned the Stockholm Syndrome somewhere–that’s definitely a possibility–plus, people in abusive situations do what they can to survive. How can you condemn a child for that? And as for escaping as an adult–she was too far gone–completely under her captor’s control–to betray him. Plus, how could she escape with two young children to care for? Again, unless you been there and done that, you’re never gonna know just how you’d react.

    1. audiegrl

      This will be a great site for victims advocacy. Sometimes people try to judge the victims who are just trying to survive.

    2. Yes, 100% correct it’s a survival mechanism, please the captor live to see another day, repeat.

      Remember, sweet and innocent Patty Hearst was toting an AK-47 and robbing banks and calling her Father a capitalist pig just 2 months after she was kidnapped and locked in a closet by Cinque and friends.

  4. betham37

    What a great site bluedog. But I have a question. What does POV mean. I was reading what you said in a reply and that’s where I saw it. 🙂

    This is so horrible, I just can’t imagine what that child went through. Here’s the link to LK’s blog. Katie Hall tells her story there.


    I have a hard time understanding how he got out on parole especially as a sex offender.

    1. Welcome! Thanks for stopping by. POV = point of view. I just watched the Larry King program. I feel a bit sick to my stomach now. I agree with you on the parole issue, and I had it wrong on the 44 diaries, he was sentenced in Nevada, and due to the laws there, that’s how he was able to be released w/out doing at least 1/2 of his sentence. Mind-boggling, I know. Frightening to think that there are violent felons walking around free while people who have committed lesser crimes are still locked up. The punishment should fit the crime. And now they’re saying he may be connected to additional kidnappings, rapes, and possibly murders. Had he completed his full term, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

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