Jaycee Dugard describes horrifying kidnapping story in memoir
By David Crary July 7, 2011 7:20PM
ABC News’ Diane Sawyer speaks with Jaycee Dugard. The interview is set to air Sunday. | ABC news
Updated: October 25, 2011 12:29AM
NEW YORK — In an often wrenching memoir, Jaycee Dugard recounts in unsparing detail the rapes, isolation and heartbreak she endured during 18 years as a kidnap victim twice impregnated by her captor.
Titled A Stolen Life, the memoir is scheduled to go on sale next week. The Associated Press purchased a copy Thursday.
Dugard, 31, was kidnapped from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 1991, when she was 11, then sexually abused and held captive for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. She gave birth to two daughters by Phillip Garrido. The couple pleaded guilty and received lengthy prison sentences this year: 431 years to life for Phillip Garrido and 36 years to life for his wife.
Dugard describes how she was abducted as she walked up a hill toward her school bus stop in June 1991 — paralyzed by a stun gun wielded by a man who then bundled her into his car and covered her with a blanket. Before long, she was forced to shower naked with Garrido and placed in handcuffs in a locked room.
She writes of how little she knew about sex when Garrido began raping her, about a week after the abduction. The word “rape” was not even in her vocabulary. But even if she had been worldly, she writes, no amount of preparation could have helped her understand “why another human being would do what he did.”
The rapes continued — with Garrido often getting high on drugs before indulging in his fantasies, some of which he videotaped.
Yet Dugard writes that she started to feel deeply dependent on Garrido, who initially was her only human contact. He told her she should be amenable to having sex because it meant he wouldn’t have to molest anyone else. She writes that she had no choice. She talked about her dependency on Garrido in her grand jury testimony.
Eventually, Dugard says in her grand jury testimony and in the book, he gave her a kitten, which she named Tigger. Then he took the cat away because he didn’t like the smell. Later, he introduced Dugard to his wife, Nancy. Dugard recalls being glad to have another human contact, yet she was ambivalent about the relationship. For her 12th birthday, Dugard got a Barbie doll from Nancy.
In spring 1994, Dugard realized she was pregnant. She recalls being stunned, yet — as she felt the baby moving inside her — vowed that she would never give the child away. She recounts the painful delivery in her bedroom, giving birth to a baby girl on Aug. 18, 1994. She was 14 and “very, very scared.”
The rapes subsided after the baby was born, but occurred sometimes when Garrido took drugs, she writes, and she became pregnant again. The second daughter was born on Nov. 13, 1997.
In grand jury testimony and in the book, she says one of the reasons she stayed with Garrido, rather than trying to escape, was because she wanted to be sure her daughters were safe with her. She was afraid of the “outside world,” she writes. AP