Jaycee Dugard's Memoir Top-Seller on Amazon
A tell-all memoir from kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard is currently the number one bestseller on Amazon in its first day of release. A Stolen Life recounts Jaycee Dugard's 18 year ordeal, from the time she was captured by paroled sex-offender Phillip Garrido, until her rescue in 2009.
Jaycee Lee Dugard was an 11 year old schoolgirl in 1991, residing in South Lake Tahoe, California when she was shot with a stun gun while on her way to school. The man who captured her, Phillip Garrido, was on parole for a rape which took place in 1976. Shortly after being captured, Garrido begins sexually abusing the young girl, and her horrifying ordeal begins in earnest. She must endure repeated rape at the hands of a 42-year old man, old enough to be her father. Garrido constructed an elaborate network of tents and shacks in the backyard of his home in Antioch, California, which served as a place to hide the young girl he had captured. Garrido and his wife Nancy, who aided in Jaycee's abduction, held the scared young girl captive in their backyard prison, periodically emerging to feed her and bring her basic amenities.
After repeated sexual abuse at the hands of Phillip Garrido, Jaycee Dugard became pregnant twice; once at the age of fourteen, and a second time at the age of seventeen. The birth of her two daughters helped Jaycee to survive her tortuous survival in the backyard prison; all three girls live in the backyard, and soon Jaycee began homeschooling her daughters, using lesson plans she found on the internet.
After several years of captivity, the Garrido's eventually decided to venture out in public with Jaycee (who they called Allissa, to conceal her identity) and her two daughters. By this time, Dugard had been essentially brainwashed, and mostly feared the outside world, as she had been taught to do by her captors. Eventually, in 2009 the University of Berkeley police identified Phillip Garrido as a sex offender, and he was brought in for questioning with his wife Nancy, Jaycee (who he identified as his daughter) and the two younger girls (who he and Nancy also identified as their daughters). At this time, Jaycee Lee Dugard finally admitted to police interrogators her true identity, and she was rescued after a long 18 years in captivity.Continued on the next page