Nothing could make me want to read a memoir by 16-year-old Justin Bieber. Nor am I interested in Demi Moore’s life story. Or Anne Heche’s, or Laura Bush’s, or basically 90 percent of the famous folks who have released autobiographies in recent years. But Jaycee Lee Dugard? Yep, that is a memoir I would like to read. Keep reading »
Phil Garrido‘s trial begins on Feb. 26. In the meantime, he is trying to force prosecuters to reveal where Jaycee Lee Dugard, the woman he kidnapped and than held prisoner for 18 years, fathering two children with her, is hiding. Apparently, Garrido had set up a plan in case Jaycee was ever found—she was supposed to go to a specific lawyer, who would communicate with Garrido off the record. Luckily, she didn’t and prosecuters are seeking a protective order to make sure Garrido stops trying to contact her.
To this end, they’ve released some excerpts of a diary Jaycee kept during her ordeal. They’re pretty wrenching, and show just how much psychological power this dude wielded over her. Keep reading »
Ladies, meet Shane Ryan. He’s a crap human being. Like, crappier than Joe Francis, that “Girls Gone Wild” dude. Just how crappy is he? Ryan, a porn actor/director whose past work includes klassy flicks like “Vaginal Holocaust” and “Amateur Porn Star Killer,” is at work on a film based on Jaycee Dugard called “Abducted Girl: An American Sex Slave.” Yeah, Jaycee Dugard. As if getting kidnapped, locked in a backyard and repeatedly raped by some psycho wasn’t bad enough. According to IMDb, “Abducted Girl” is presently filming.
In an interview with CBS13, Ryan claimed, “We want to capture how sad this story is, but also how interesting. We’re trying to figure out a way to do this so it’s not exploitative.” Uh-huh. Riiiight. You just thank your lucky stars for the First Amendment! [Mercury News] Keep reading »
Really, people? Or maybe I should say really, People? Kidnapped for 18 years, Jaycee Lee Dugard and her two children finally escaped their lives as prisoners of Phillip Garrido this August, much to the joy of the Dugard family. But not two months have passed before Jaycee is on the cover of People magazine. Keep reading »
You know what Oprah wants for Christmas? Well, besides world peace, chocolate that makes you lose weight, and copies of The Secret for everyone in the universe? She is jonesing to interview Jaycee Lee Dugard, who returned home a week and a half ago after being kidnapped and held captive for 18 years. “I want that interview,” Oprah told “The Insider.” “Obviously, like everybody else in this business, I have ‘my people’ working on that. It’s the first time I have ever called up a producer and said, ‘Are we on this story? Because I want that interview!’” [Celebitchy]
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By now, you all know the story of Jaycee Lee Dugard—kidnapped for 18 years, completely isolated in a series of structures in her captors’ backyard, raped repeatedly. OC Register columnist Mark Whicker took a rather unique approach to covering Jaycee’s story. Rather than focus on the horrible abuse, Whicker chose to talk about … all the sports Jaycee missed in those 18 years. He expressed deep sadness that while in captivity, the girl couldn’t “spike a volleyball … or pitch a softball … or smack a forehand down the line.” Whicker then opined, “Now, that’s deprivation.” He goes on to provide Dugard with a list of all the sports happenings she missed while she was, oh, having her rapist’s children. Keep reading »
While it’s wonderful that Jaycee Lee Dugard was found alive, after spending 18 years of her life as a prisoner of Phillip and Nancy Garrido, many are starting to question why on earth she wasn’t found sooner. Law enforcement missed multiple opportunities to find Dugard. In 2006, an anonymous caller phoned police and said that Garrido was “psychotic” and that they had heard children’s voices in the backyard — where Dugard was being held — yet police never even searched his property. And then in 2008, the police did a sweep of registered sex offenders in Garrido’s area, yet they only visited his home but never searched it.
There may have been a third opportunity as well. Police are now searching for forensic evidence which links Phillip Garrido to the deaths of 10 prostitutes in the mid-to-late-90s. Several of the bodies were found near an industrial park where Garrido worked at the time. For the sake of argument, let’s say Garrido is responsible for these killings. Had Garrido been caught, Dugard likely would have been rescued 10 years ago. But unfortunately, when prostitutes are victims of violent crimes, their cases are not treated as high priority. How else to explain why the search for a serial killer has gone unsolved for so long? Keep reading »
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. Keep reading »