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March 5, 2010

TONIGHT ON LKL!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

PETS OR PREDATORS?

Tigers…poisonous snakes…and chimpanzees! Inside the lives of people who love wild animals that could hurt or even KILL them! We'll explore fatal animal attractions with Jeff Probst.

Plus! Jaycee Dugard – seen and heard for the first time on tape after 18 years of captivity. Reaction from Ed Smart and a woman who suffered at the hand’s of Jaycee’s alleged captor.

DO YOU THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO OWN EXOTIC ANIMALS?

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October 14, 2009

Jaycee Dugard opens up after 18-year kidnapping ordeal

Posted: 11:44 AM ET

NOTE: We'll be discussing this TONIGHT on LKL – we've got Jaycee's spokesperson on the show – let us know what you want to hear from her!

The first images are emerging of an adult Jaycee Dugard, the woman who was kidnapped when she was 11 and allegedly held captive for 18 years by a couple in an elaborate compound hidden in the backyard.

Dugard is featured on the cover of the new issue of People magazine, smiling brightly in the photo, her face framed by long brown hair.

"I'm so happy to be back with my family," Dugard told the magazine.

She lives in seclusion with her mother Terry Probyn and her two daughters, who police say were fathered by her captor Phillip Garrido. Video Watch how Jaycee Dugard is adjusting »

"They live a surprisingly normal life, considering the circumstances," said Terry Probyn's stepmother, Joan Curry, according to the magazine.

Dugard spends her time riding horses and cooking and is considering collaborating on a book, People reported.

Garrido and his wife are accused of abducting Dugard in 1991 from a bus stop near her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, and keeping her in the compound behind their home in Antioch, California.

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Filed under: Jaycee Dugard • Justice • Larry King Live


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September 15, 2009

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 06:54 PM ET

We'll have the latest on the developing story in California, where officials have just searched the home of Jaycee Dugard's alleged kidnappers. Investigators say the search was in connection to two additional unsolved abductions. Katie Callaway, Phillip Garrido's 1976 rape victim, talks about why she thought Garrido would strike again.

art.swayze.giPLUS – a look back at Patrick Swayze's life. We may know him for his hot dance moves with Baby in "Dirty Dancing" or as the unforgettable Sam in "Ghost", but what do his friends remember most about him? His co-stars and close friends join Larry tonight.

And last but not least, it's Dr. Phil! He'll weigh in on Kanye West's outburst at the VMA and his apologies to Taylor Swift - are they enough? That's all tonight on Larry King Live at 9pmET/6pmPT!

And we want to hear from you:

What's your favorite memory of Patrick Swayze?

Filed under: Celebrity News • Crime • Jaycee Dugard • Larry King Live


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September 9, 2009

Sheriff: Bone fragment found near Garrido home 'probably human'

Posted: 07:59 AM ET

Bone fragment found near the California home where Jaycee Dugard is said to have been confined for 18 years is "probably human," a sheriff's spokesman said Tuesday.

Investigators said they found the bone last week on a neighbor's property in an area that Dugard's accused captor and rapist, Philip Garrido, had access to.

The fragment, which was analyzed by an outside expert, will go on to the state DNA lab for testing, Jimmy Lee, director of Public Affairs for the Contra Costa County's Sheriff's Office said in an e-mail.

"The expert has determined that the bone fragment found in the backyard of Garrido's neighbor is probably human," Lee said.

"We will be requesting the state to see if it can develop a DNA profile on the fragment. It should be noted that it is not uncommon to find Native American remains in Contra Costa County," he said.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, have pleaded not guilty to 29 felony charges, including rape and kidnapping, stemming from Dugard's disappearance when she was 11 years old.

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Filed under: Crime • Jaycee Dugard • Justice


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September 8, 2009

Jaycee Dugard kidnap suspect used bondage, captivity in past

Posted: 07:21 AM ET

The following story, based on testimony in Phillip Garrido's trial for a 1976 kidnapping, contains some sexually explicit material.

(CNN) - Fifteen years before the girl was held captive in the shed, there was the woman in the warehouse - and at least one other woman who escaped capture.

Phillip Garrido, who with his wife is charged in the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, had been convicted of kidnapping before.

When he stalked, kidnapped and raped Katie Callaway Hall on November 22, 1976, he fulfilled an overpowering sexual fantasy that he had methodically planned for weeks, according to court records obtained by CNN.

He told police it was his second kidnapping attempt of the day.

Those facts came to light in Garrido's 1977 trial, in which he was convicted and sentenced to 50 years for kidnapping and rape. In her testimony, Hall said Garrido asked for a ride in her car, then bound and handcuffed her before taking her to a small warehouse in Reno, Nevada, where he repeatedly raped her for 5½ hours.

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September 4, 2009

Jaycee Dugard's aunt: 'This is a joyful time'

Posted: 07:40 AM ET

A California woman who turned up alive 18 years after being kidnapped at age 11 is reconnecting with her family after nearly two decades apart, her aunt said Thursday.

Police said Thursday that the man charged with abducting and raping Jaycee Lee Dugard had been accused of raping a 14-year-old in 1972, but those charges were dropped for unknown reasons.

"I think there's a good chance of that, yes," Antioch Police Lt. Leonard Orman said when asked whether he believed that other victims would be found.

Dugard is spending time in "a secluded place, reconnecting" with her mother and younger sister, said Jaycee's aunt, Tina Dugard, who spent time with them.

The two children born to her during her captivity are "clever, articulate, curious girls," she said.

"This is a joyful time for my family," she said. "Jaycee remembers all of us."

Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 from a bus stop near her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, and discovered last week. Authorities say a couple kidnapped her and raised her in a compound of tents and outbuildings in the backyard of their Antioch, California, home for 18 years.

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September 1, 2009

Garrido victim: 'He had me for 8 hours. He had her for 18 years'

Posted: 08:20 AM ET

Katie Callaway Hall trembled for four hours when she heard Phillip Garrido was arrested.

His name sent a flurry of emotion running through her mind.

"I screamed," she told LKL on Monday night. "I started screaming 'Oh my god, Oh my god, it's him.' "

She has thought about him every day since November 22, 1976 when he asked her for a ride at a supermarket in California, before handcuffing her, binding her and taking her to a mini-warehouse in Reno, Nevada, where he raped her.

Garrido was convicted for kidnapping and raping Hall, but was released after serving just over 10 years of a 50-year sentence. He was labeled a sex offender and put on lifetime parole.

"In many ways, the capture of Phillip Garrido has closed a chapter in my life," Hall wrote for a Larry King blog. "I don't have to hide anymore. I don't have to live every day of my life wondering if he is looking for me. I am finally free from the fear I have lived with since the day I learned he was paroled."

(Read More from CNN.com)

You can also click HERE to read Katie Callaway Hall's exclusive LKL Web commentery

Filed under: Jaycee Dugard • Larry King Live • Phillip Garrido


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August 31, 2009

LKL WEB EXCLUSIVE: Another Garrido Victim's Story

Posted: 05:00 PM ET

Katie Callaway Hall was abducted and raped by Phillip Garrido in 1976.  He was convicted and served time for that crime.  This is the same man who allegedly kidnapped Jaycee Dugard and held her captive for 18 years.  Katie will be our exclusive guest on Larry King Live tonight.  Below, she shares some of her terrifying experience, and how she is still working to overcome it.

art_garrido_justiceIn many ways, the capture of Phillip Garrido has closed a chapter in my life.  I don't have to hide anymore.  I don't have to live every day of my life wondering if he is looking for me.  I am finally free from the fear I have lived with since the day I learned he was paroled.

With all the joy I should feel, I want to scream from the depths of my soul.  Scream because my fears turned out to be justified - he struck again.

I trembled for about four hours after I heard the news.  I always knew he was capable of this, but he should not have been able to do it.  Phillip Garrido was not scheduled to be released from prison for abducting and assaulting me until 2006, but he was free long before that.

By 1988 he was out on parole.  I did not come by that information easily.  Despite being told I would be notified upon his release, I wasn't.  I had to find out myself, calling from prison to prison, before I finally got in touch with his parole officer.

Soon after I learned of his release, a man came to my table.  I was working in a Tahoe casino.  He said he wanted a drink, and started asking me about myself.  I suspected right away it was Phillip Garrido, but I couldn't be sure.  I had blocked out so much about that cold night in November 1976.

Katie-HallNovember 1976.  I was sitting in my car in a supermarket parking lot.  A man tapped on my window and asked for a ride.  I agreed.  Soon after, I was cuffed, bound, gagged, and taken to a warehouse.  I remember there were large carpets hanging from the ceiling.  Most of the details about what happened to me after I entered that warehouse have been repressed.

My recollections begin around 3 a.m.  Someone banged on the door.  I remember thinking, "oh my God, his friends are coming."   Garrido said, "Do I have to tie you up or are you going to be good."  I told him I would be good, but thought to myself "if that's the police, I have to try something."

I barrelled my way out of the warehouse completely naked.  I could see the officer and Garrido standing there.  They both looked at me like I was crazy.  I couldn't see the officer's car.  I thought "oh God, he's not a real cop."  My state of mind was such that I couldn't fully embrace what I was seeing.  Finally, I saw his police car.

Garrido said I was his girlfriend.  I screamed, "no I'm not - help me, help me."  The officer told me to back in and put my clothes on.  When I went inside, Garrido must have convinced the officer we were both on drugs, because he let Garrido go back into the building alone.  I had already put some of my clothes on.  Garrido came back in and begged me not to turn him in.

I managed to maneuver past him, half dressed, and told the police to keep him away.  By then other officers had arrived.  I was in shock.  They told me to go sit in the back of a police car.  They asked whose car was abandoned outside the warehouse.  "It's mine."  They asked if I was brought there against my will.  I told them I was, that he had handcuffed and bound me.  An officer shined a light on my wrists, saw the sores from the handcuffs, and arrested Garrido.

12 years later - at my table in the casino I was working in - I was pretty certain I was looking at the man who changed my life.  He was the right height and had the same hair color.  He put some money down on my wheel.  He tried to engage in small talk, but I was guarded.  After he got his drink, he cashed out, leaned towards me, and said "I'll see you again Katie."

I will never know if that man was Phillip Garrido, but I think of what he did to me every day.  It's become a part of me.  When you're victimized like that, your personality changes.  For years, I walked around like a zombie.  I had to tell everyone I met what had happened to me - because I didn't feel like myself.  It was as if I had to explain why I wasn't "normal."

That's what I hate most about what Garrido did to me.  I was a good person.  I lived right, and treated others well.  He changed my life in an instant.  I don't feel like I can ever be that person again.  Being victimized is something that only a victim can understand.  I hate that he did this to me, and I doubt I'll ever get over it.

My heart goes out to Jaycee and her family.  The only thing I can think of worse than what happened to me, is it happening to my child.  I can't imagine what Jaycee is going through.  He had me for 8 hours.  He had her for 18 years.  I was an adult, with instincts that helped me deal with the situation.  She was a child.  This is going to be with her for the rest of her life.  I can only wish her the best.

Filed under: Jaycee Dugard • LKL Web Exclusive • Phillip Garrido


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