Jaycee Lee Dugard, kidnapped and held prisoner while being raped for eighteen years, was recently awarded twenty million dollars from the State of California after the Dept. of Corrections released a report indicating that parole officers spoke with her and one of her daughters (A product of rape by her captor) while she was being kept prisoner in the backyard of his home.
Phillip Garrido was on parole at the time for the 1977 abduction and violent rape of Katie Callaway Hall. Garrido was married to his first wife, Christine Garrido, at the time he kidnapped Katie, took her to a warehouse storage unit and raped and tortured her for hours. Police finally rescued Katie when they investigated suspicious activity in the warehouse.
(Nancy and Phillip Garrido, taken a few years before they kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard)
Garrido was sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping Katie, but the parole board released him after serving only eleven years.
The report reveals that state parole agents spoke with Jaycee and her daughter at Garrido’s home and that they “failed to investigate their identities or their relationship to Garrido.”
It makes you wonder what kind of people are working for the Dept. of Corrections. This guy was on parole for kidnapping and raping a woman for hours and they didn’t even bother to find out who the young woman with the two young daughters were and why they were living at the convicted rapist’s home.
It was a University of California at Berkeley police officer, who led to the rescue of Jaycee Lee and her daughters. The officer became suspicious when Garrido and the two girls began passing out religious pamphlets on campus.
The Department of Justice stated, “…no amount of money could compensate [Jaycee and her family] for what they have endured… But the settlement was made with the intent of providing the financial support that they will need to rebuild their lives and also acknowledging the risk of a much higher jury award should Ms. Dugard or her daughters prevail on any claim.”
To see Katie’s interview with Larry King, click here.