As every day goes by, we learn more absolutely terrifying details about Phillip Garrido, the man who kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard and held her for 18 years. The latest: Garrido’s first wife, Christine Murphy, did an interview with “Inside Edition” where she said Garrido beat her and kidnapped her when she tried to leave him; police think Garrido also may have been involved in the disappearance of another little girl in Lake Tahoe named Michaela Garecht who looked remarkably like Jaycee; and a bone fragment was found on his property that could be human.
Perhaps most disturbing was an interview on “Good Morning America” this morning with Katie Hall, whom Garrido kidnapped and raped in 1976. He was sentenced to 50 years for the crime, but only served 11.Click here to see Katie’s interview in full. She was 25 years old at the time, and had just gone grocery shopping when a man knocked on her window in the parking lot and asked for a ride because his car wasn’t starting. Everything seemed fine at first, until she pulled over to drop him off. Then he slammed her head into the steering wheel, and while she was caught off guard, handcuffed her and threw her in the passenger seat where he covered her with a blanket. He took her to a storage unit, where he’d set up a mattress, spotlights, and loads of porn and disguised the front of the unit using hanging rugs and boxes of dishes. There, he raped her.
A police officer happened to notice the car in front of the unit, and knocked on the door. Garrido finally opened it, and while the two were talking, Katie ran out. “He said, ‘I just want a piece of ass. Be good, and I won’t hurt you.’ I could have been in that unit for a while,” she said to Diane Sawyer. “I don’t know what he would have done with me. He had intended to keep someone there. I just happened to be the one he got.”
After Garrido was released early from prison, she didn’t get notification. He showed up at the casino where Katie worked and approached her. “He asked, ‘Katie, how long have you been a dealer?’” She’s lived in fear ever since.
Now, Katie can live a semi-normal life. “I don’t have to stay under the radar anymore. I don’t have to always be looking over my shoulder,” she says. “I can go on Facebook, silly little things I couldn’t do before. But for me, it’s big.”