Jaycee Dugard vividly remembers the morning 20 years ago when she was kidnapped. A car crept up behind her as she walked to the bus stop for school.
"I didn't think it was weird at the time, but it kind of pulled in close to me," she told a grand jury in September 2010, according to redacted transcripts released today. In them she describes her encounters with her convicted captors Philip and Nancy Garrido.
She was asked for directions. In a flash, her life took a turn that would change her forever.
Dugard would go from an 11-year-old, blue-eyed, freckle-faced blonde to a 29-year-old with two children - all while she was kept locked away in a backyard compound of sheds and tarps owned by Garrido. The couple both pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, where Dugard would have to publicly testify and describe the nearly two decades she spent in captivity. Philip Garrido was sentenced this week to 431 years in prison. His wife Nancy got 36 years for Dugard's kidnapping. Dugard‚Äôs description of the events comes from grand jury testimony in the case against the couple. It is the first time she Dugard has told in full detail what happened during her kidnapping.
Dugard told the grand jury about the exact moment her walk to school turned into 18 years of captivity.
"All of a sudden his hand shoots out and I feel tingly and like losing control, and I'm in the bushes, trying to go back, and somebody is dragging me," she said.
She felt as if her body wouldn't work - like she had no control, according to the transcripts. Then she found herself inside a car on the floorboard with someone putting pressure on her body.
"I could feel the pressure. I could feel legs moving," she said.
She remembers the sound of the car door slamming. She was offered a drink and then heard a man laughing.
"I can't believe we got away with it," she recalls the man, Philip Garrido, saying.
Covered with a blanket, hot, and nervous, Dugard remembers pleading with her captors to release her.
"I kept telling him that, you know, 'I don't know why you're doing this. If you're holding me for ransom, my family doesn't have a lot of money.' "
Dugard said at one point she "lost control of her bladder and then blacked out."
At one point he said they were going to walk - he would lead the way, and she would hold on to him and follow.
Led by Garrido, she walked with a blanket over her head and wearing only a towel and no shoes to the building where she was held.
That would only be the beginning of her torturous 18-year ordeal in the Antioch, California, compound.
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