Transcript: Dugard details 18 years of terror, rape in captivity
Phillip and Nancy Garrido abducted Jaycee Dugard when she was 11 years old.
June 3rd, 2011
01:09 PM ET

Transcript: Dugard details 18 years of terror, rape in captivity

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’s 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.

Philip Garrido showed her his stun gun and how it worked, Dugard recalled. The sound was familiar. It was the same noise she heard while walking to school, perhaps a sign of how he helped grab her.

"When I didn't want to do something that he wanted me to do, he would - he never used it again, but he would turn it on and say something like, you know, 'You don't want it to happen again. You should be good.' "

It was an emotional brainwashing of sorts. Dugard was kept alone for most of the first year she was held captive by the couple - except for when she was being sexually assaulted.

Dugard remembers that she was forced once a week for three years to have sex with Philip Garrido until she was pregnant.

She remembers a brief reprieve from the torture when Philip Garrido disappeared for a month. That's when she spent more time with Garrido's wife.

"I mean, it was nice because I didn't have to have sex or runs or anything," Dugard said.

Nancy Garrido still kept her locked up, but Dugard said they would have dinner together and watch TV. Sometimes she would even tell Dugard "I'll take this run for you," meaning Nancy would have sex with her husband so Dugard didn't have to - at least when she could.

"Nancy said a lot that she was - she would take - would do it for me," Dugard told the grand jury.

After Dugard's first baby with Garrido was born, things started to change, she said.

"He said he was eventually going to stop having sex with me and that, you know, he's just really trying to change and he wants us all to be a family," Dugard recalls her male captor saying.

And even though they all slept in the same room after that, Dugard didn't know if the door was locked or where she was.

"I didn't know where to go," she said, referring to whether she ever had the chance to escape.

Her captors explained Philip Garrido had a sex problem and Dugard was the solution.

"He said that I was helping him and that, you know, he had a sex problem," Dugard said. "He got me so that he wouldn't have to do this to anybody else. So I was helping him."

So the assaults continued.

"He knew I was really scared about getting pregnant again. He said he just couldn't help himself, but he was really trying to stop," she said. "And then I got pregnant again, and that's the last time he had sex with me was when (the second baby) was conceived."

That second baby changed things, Dugard recalled. Even though she was held captive, she felt the Garridos grip loosen, even just a bit.

"He started a printing business and I started working there. And we had a lot more freedom outside," she said. "The kids could go play out there, and we had a pool."

"We just started acting like a family, and we would celebrate their birthdays together. Just trying to be normal, I guess."

Still, she remained scared most of the time. She was more than 160 miles from home, and her family had no idea where she was. It had been 18 years.

The district attorney asked her if she felt like she had spent all of those years living in captivity.

"I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t leave," she said. "I had the girls. I didn’t know where to go, what I would do for money or anything. I didn’t have anything."

Despite all of the fear, trauma and assaults, she told the grand jury she never once tried to escape.

“I was scared. I didn’t know what I would do," she said. "I was afraid of I guess what he would do."

In August 2009 when Garrido was spotted near the campus of the University of California - Berkeley, trying to hand out religious literature. When the incident was reported, Garrido was forced to go see his parole officer. He arrived with his wife, Dugard and Dugard's two children.

Dugard separated from her children. She lied, telling officials her name was Alissa Franzen and she was an out-of-town relative.

“I was scared," Dugard recalled. "I didn’t know what to say.”

Dugard said she remembers officials threatening to take her kids away from her and arrest her. They said they would find out who "she really was."

"I’m sorry. I just – I can’t. I don’t know what to do," she remembers telling them.

Then an officer came in and told her that they knew the truth about her and her abductors.

"Phillip confessed and said that he had taken you," she remembers an officer telling her.

"I started crying," Dugard said.

The officer told Dugard she could shed her false identity, that she had to tell them what her name really was.

"I said that I can’t because I hadn’t said my name in 18 years," Dugard said.

soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. Kindasorta

    Thank you CNN and especially Jaycee Dugard for telling your story, I am going to have another sit down conversation with my child tonight.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggieb

      Sadly, there isn't much you can tell them. She was targeted and abducted. She was so young that she probably thought what was happening was normal (just like children who are being abused and don't tell their parents). Also, I found, with one of my sons, that even minor explanations about being careful because gave him terrible nightmares and fears. To tell a small child everything he/she needs to survive, is to rob them of their innocence assuming they can even understand you.

      June 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. IndianGuy

    I can only say that what Garrido has taken from Jaycee and her parents' life cannot be described. I have a 2 year old kid and the thought of what happened to this family makes me shiver.

    All my thoughts and prayers to Jaycee and her family. My family and I wish you all the best in your life ahead, and we hope that you are able to put this past behind and shape a bright promising life together. Remember what happened was not your fault and not in your control. Also remember that you are now free and the only way look is forward. Time will try to heal your wounds, and there will be lots of happy moments in your life very soon.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      Awesome response. Thanks!

      June 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. palintwit

    Wow, why does everybody hate the little trigster ?

    June 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • catwoman

      palintwit....your name says it all

      June 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit sound like you might be one of Sarah Palin's " real " Americans.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chrissy

    Honestly you guys, calm someone is making stupid comments..ignore them. This thread is about Jaycee Dugard, and the fact that someone is writing about Casey Anthony is no different than the rest if you writing mean comments to them. You're still not talking about Jaycee Dugard. Please, this article and the story of Dugard is tragic enough, must you all keep the hate and anger going through your pointless comments? If you don't want to read about Casey Anthony, then don't read that person's comments. Problem solved. Now will you all please just calm down and focus on the real issue here which is written in the article? Goodness...God bless you all.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • catwoman

      Kudos to you Chrissy!

      June 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. catwoman

    Can't believe the ignorance in this posting........

    June 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      The 2 Kidnappers / rapists should be dragged into the public square of the town and publically crucified.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Trish

    Hey Guys, will you visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life.... Thanks

    June 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      You know, I don't care about what you think you are doing, have some class. This isn't about your friend. This is about one woman's tragedy.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anthony's Case Posts

    Good gawd how I's luv wachin thos fat a ss itch's an on realite tv an eatin moonpi's. It mi mos favoritist thing ta do. An nancy grace is mi favoritist judge.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jinx

    May Miss Dugard finally begin her healing journey, now that the Garridos are finally where they belong.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh

      She got a big award from the State of California's taxpayer almost immediately, so I'm sure she's okay as opposed to other cases like this.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      No Jinx these monsters did not get what they deserved. The justice system failed this women, me, and you... The 2 got life in prison when they should have recieved public crucifixion.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Are you serious, RH? Do you truly think that Jaycee is "OK" because she got $$$ as allegedly compared to other victims of other crimes?

      June 4, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anthony's Case Posts

    @ALL – You must understand Baez knows his client is guilty; he is a death-penalty qualified attorney. His ONLY GOAL is to INTRODUCE DOUBT TO SAVE CASEY ANTHONY’S LIFE. Thus, the “drowning” theory: you have hit right on it! Her remains had no lungs. Hence the coroner can show no water in them. What does that give the jury? REASONABLE DOUBT, because little Caylee COULD have drowned; cannot prove she DIDN’T. And the murderer’s stony cold demeanor? Baez plants doubt about that by the molestation theory, and how she has been “schooled to hide her pain” (so, jury, do not expect her to show remorse, or feelings, or sound concerned on jail tapes or interrogation tapes – she is “hiding her pain”, not being the sociopath she is!). Baez’s goal is not to set her free, but spare the death penalty. He only needs ONE juror to buy into his daddy abuse / drowning which might have happened theory. And George Anthony’s calm demeanor plays into Baez’s hands – but only because it was trained into George as a cop to be calm and observant in crisis.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • I do

      What in the hell are you talking about. This has nothing to do with Casey Anthony!

      June 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • san

      Umhmmm. She hid her pain over the death of a baby but cries for herself every day in court. Please. She's a monster.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • maryd

      SOBER UP!!!..and then get back on blog...THIS blog is about JAYCEE DUGGAR ...NOT,Kasey Anthony....Drinking and Blogging should be against the law!!!!!

      June 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. trigtwit

    I'm a tard. I just drool, period.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. reply to "anthonys case posts"

    How do you think the family did it and what do you think they know? I agree they are all in on it – the grandfather and the brother, but I do think the mother was left out of it. What do you think happened!?!?

    June 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kayla

    Those freaks deserve to die...painfully!!! I hope someone gets them in prison.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • conradshull

      Somebody will. An easy killer, who none-the-less has kids of his/her own and loves them, will make them hurt.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |

      He wil meet the same fate as Dahmer, if he is left to the prison population. Its now between him and his Maker!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. C rog

    Are you serious???? How do you let people keep you 'captive' fro 18 yrs and never check to see if the doors are left unlocked at night. While I'm glad the kidnapping rapists are in jail, Dugard is a disgrace to human resiliency and survival instincts. Unless she was pumped full of drugs, mentally or physically tortured or restrained 24 hrs a day (which everything in this article indicates she was NOT) grow a pair and get the hell out of there! What's he gonna do, shock you? This whole story sickens me on so many levels.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      Let's see – she was 11 years old at the time – scared, confused and had absolutely no idea where she was. She couldn't drive, had no money, no identification, nothing. If she ran and was caught by her kidnappers, she probably imagined she'd be subjected to some kind of painful punishment. Given the total number pf years of capitivity and depravation, I am not suprized she didn't try to escape.

      We need to give this woman credit – she managed to raise two kids that reports indicate seem relatively normal with no formal guidance and no education beyond what she received until she was kidnapped. She didn't commit suicide – she found a way to survive. I hope she finds happiness after her childhood was forcibly removed from her.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      Most children that are abducted never make it out alive......I imagine there isn't much data on the psychology of abducting and keeping a child into adulthood..........she is a rare case and it makes perfect sense that she wouldn't leave out of terror.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisade

      well said, someone.

      June 4, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
    • djm6285

      Well said. I completely agree with you. I cannot believe some of the unkind things people are posting. Shame on them. This woman is a survivor and deserves our respect and compassion.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amigwyn

      She was TWELVE when she was taken. She was kept under lock and key for a full year – mostly ALONE unless she was being abused. She didn't have anyone to take care of her, to listen to her when she was sad, to love her. She probably shut down before the end of that first year and was no longer even her own person. I can't say ANYONE would be ANY DIFFERENT at that age. Ok, maybe if she was taken at 22 instead of 12 I'd wonder, but not at 12! Especially one that grew up, it seems, pretty sheltered and secure in her home. She wasn't street tough or street savvy. When she finally did feel like she could run, she had two small children to tend to and had been gone from her family for so long probably thought they forgot about her or didn't love her. You don't know what Garrido told her to dominate her. YOU are a disgrace and should not judge unless you are in that situation.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • genta

      oh trust me stockholm syndrome can be true even for adults, they start thinking they can't survive without the captor

      June 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Indeed, named for an incident in 1973 in Stockholm, Sweden, it was ADULT kidnap victims who actually resisted rescue attempts, and afterwards refused to testify against their captors.

      June 4, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      intimidation, control and brainwashing. Elizabeth Smart went through the same behavior. When she was spotted by the police and taken in a police car, she asked about what was going to happen to her captors. She was concerned and worried about them at that time. She since has regained her emotional control as Jayce Dugard has. It takes time and the love of their family as well as acceptance as victims.

      June 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Quincey9

      I think that you're scaring a number of people here and are close to having the police knock on your door. You should probably just stop.

      June 4, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |

      anger with it, please!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • jadedeyez

      Ummm read the article again. She was 11.....

      June 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John


      June 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
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      June 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC in SC

      C rog
      Are you sure your handle isn't "frog" and you've not evolved into a human being yet? Frogs don't know they're in danger until they are squashed by a car tire. You have not a clue how terrified that monster Garrido made Jaycee Dugard feel. She had her same fears at 21 as she had at 11 when she was kidnapped. Notice, her transcript terminology of her ordeal sounds juvenile, yet she is almost 30. You learn in a safe environment how to stay safe, not in an environment where you are fearful 100% of the time. I am amazed that Jaycee stayed alive, much less mentally, emotionally, and psychologically okay with the potential of living a reasonably good life.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elle


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  14. Anthony's Case Posts

    I's don't no I's only woried bout moonpi's an realite tv, specilly thos fat a ss itch's like me. Oh an nancy grady she's mi favoritist.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
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