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.

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carol kesling   August 31st, 2009 5:13 pm ET

katie calloway hall, god bless you for sharing your story ! this man is a MONSTER and should be shot on sight ..... i wish you all the best in your life........

Ted   August 31st, 2009 8:03 pm ET

You are one brave person to tell that story and it goes to the heart of what is wrong with our judicial system in this country. People like him should never have been released and I can only hope that his incarceration will give you some peace. God bless you...

lorraine lau   August 31st, 2009 8:04 pm ET

too bad this is america, him and his wife deserve to be beheaded.

Amy C, Jamestown NC   August 31st, 2009 8:05 pm ET

God bless you Katie. I can't imagine your suffering from this creep.

Sexual predators need to be locked up for good.

You are a brave person. It takes great strength to survive what you did.

Jenny   August 31st, 2009 8:06 pm ET

Only a victim can understand...

I think you have come so far and I am so glad you can be at peace with him locked up for good!

Oh man, I am waiting for this peace in my life! Thanks for sharing your story.

tony   August 31st, 2009 8:07 pm ET

why can't the courts see these people (including rapists and child moesters) for the freaks they are – no chance for rehabilitation as most psychologists and psychiatrists tell us – and put them away for life. Had this freak been put away permanently when he so viciously attacked Katie, we would not be seeing the agony of three young women who will be scarred for the rest of their lives. and who knows how many other victims there have been.

Fish   August 31st, 2009 8:08 pm ET

Can't believe how stupid the parole officers were. What where they thinking all this time that they went to his door but never into the back yard. They had complants but never really looked into them. They did the min that they had to do to get paid and this poor child and her children suffered for it.

Mary   August 31st, 2009 8:10 pm ET

I feel so angry when I hear about a prisoner that does not have to serve the full sentence and is let out long before they have paid. Angrier when it is a sexual predator. The proof is in, they can not be rehabilitated.
The victim is victimized over and over again by a system that does not work..That puts the criminal ahead of the victim.And potential victims.Because there is always more victims.
This girl had to live in fear, not notified of his release.
It's cruel and so unfair. And so infuriating.
When will we be human enough to be able to say, some of us don't qualify or deserve the right to walk among us...?
We need to protect innocent people..Not the criminal.

Insomniac   August 31st, 2009 8:10 pm ET

Reading stories like this makes my blood boil. Sexual predators should get life in prison all huddled in a cage like animals because that's what they are. If Garrido proved anything, it was that our system failed. Our senators need to do something.

larry b.   August 31st, 2009 8:10 pm ET

What ever this other symdrom, they want to call this, so the TV Jourliast can justify her action, sasying now she must revent herself and her kids into society, yes that tru, why, because now that her single mother, who left her stepfather becasuse she thought that he had something to do with it, is now poor herself. Well now this grown woman now has to support herself and her kids, by any mean avaviable. Her babies daddy will be in prison for life, so no welfare. But she can run a printing service, and run it good and make money. So all of these pysc, that want to say she is mess-up, she is grown now, she had kids, like most women do, has no remorse, toward him, until the system bring it up. But she will survive like most women do. But at least she hasn't thrown her babies off bridges, give her credit, let her go back and run the business, at the house, nobody there.

James Balster   August 31st, 2009 8:10 pm ET

This man needs to be put away for life, and I hope that if there are missing girls persumened dead are found to be on his property that he is tried convicted and he should get (life) as long as that might be in general population. He will find justice there much quicker than he would on death row.

Alicia   August 31st, 2009 8:11 pm ET

Katie my heart and prayers go out to you. May God always watch over you and comfort you. And may he make sure that that sob rots in hell this time around.

Katherine   August 31st, 2009 8:12 pm ET

It is an outrage when stories like this bring attention to the faults in a judicial system that allow people like this to walk free among us only to commit the same or worse crimes again. This person (person is too good a word for him) slipped through the cracks again and again. Why didn't the parole board monitor him more closely? Why didn't the officer that was sent to his home to investigate a neighbor's suspicions about the tents and buildings in his back yard look closer at what was reported to him? I hope that he is put away this time for good. My heart goes out to these deranged individual's victims.

Jennifer Belk   August 31st, 2009 8:14 pm ET

if only the victims of violent crimes could choose the offenders punishment. Eye for an eye. No not shot on sight tourtured for years tourtured until we can get passed our pain

Deb   August 31st, 2009 8:17 pm ET

Katie Calloway, I know writing about your rape causes you to relive it. I know because I've been there. Thank you for having the courage to share your story. Each time you do, you take back a part of that horrible night. I find myself enraged at what happened to Jaycee because an animal like Garrido was released from prison. There's only one way to treat rapist and child molesters. They need to die.

anotherkatie   August 31st, 2009 8:17 pm ET

This man is a demon. Its absolutely unthinkable that there are monsters such as him roaming free and ruining lives of decent people. I am so sorry to read this and it is very sad and horrible. I hope that a$$hole rots in jail miserable and gets a slow rotting cancer or disease that makes him feel alot of pain because he feels no pain for the way he hurt other people. Its very very sick. I know there are many others like him wandering around and probably many others currently being held hostage. All sex offenders should be searched without cause and without warrant, without warning randomly and frequently... they need to keep these animals locked up!!!

Jeff   August 31st, 2009 8:18 pm ET

The real monsters are the judges who put so many people in prison for marijuana but let monsters like this out among us.

Shelly smith   August 31st, 2009 8:19 pm ET

A lot of people speculate about how she could have escaped, but until and unless you are victimized by evil like this, you cannot comprehend the self preservation that consumes you. I applaud her for choosing to live. The harm that has been done to her and her children can never be erased. I hope she can achieve some semblance of normal. I was imprisoned and raped for a terrifying night by an ex-husband for 10 hours on the evening our divorce was final. The police treated me like I was a vindictive ex-wife and basically told me to forget about it. Rape would be hard to prove because a lot of people have sex after getting divorced. I felt as though I had been raped twice, by the police and my ex. Can you imagine how she must have felt to have the police and a parole officer visit the home and not care enough to go further than the porch? She already had the slave mentality. I'm sure she didn't believe anyone could help her.

Rose   August 31st, 2009 8:21 pm ET

I think the reason this woman and Jayee were here today is because they kept their wits about them . Jayee was there for her girls and thats why she had to keep them as safe as she could form that monster ! What woman would standby and see her husband do what he has done ? She should go to jail ofr life.

Rich   August 31st, 2009 8:21 pm ET

Katie, wow, this guy is a monster and rapist. Our so called Justice system allows guys like this to go free early from prison. Our Justice system don't care about the victims. Look how the cops treated you when you walk out of the warehouse. they let this rapist go back into the building with you. How dare they? We don't have Justice in this country. I feel for what you going through. The citizens of this country has to put pressure on our justice systems to change laws, no parole, life in prison. Parole officers are in a job where they get paid for doing nothing. They are a big zero. It is a system just to make us feel safe. Our Justice System has so declined and continuing to do so. God Bless and knowing he will be back in prison for a few years unless they again let him out early.

Cherry Simpson   August 31st, 2009 8:21 pm ET

He abducted Jaycee just 5 miles from where he abducted Katie.

This man started out as a rapist and a batterer and has slipped through the cracks of our justice system.

Why in this day and age are not the different divisions of our justice system not in sync?

He's not the only one out there. Next time it could be your child that's taken.

Our justice system is due for an overhaul!!

Bernard   August 31st, 2009 8:21 pm ET

I know I am supposed to be more forgiving... but I think people that abusing children in any way should be made to suffer in the worst ways imaginable. It's just completely heartless and sick! Can't even completely describe how much this type of crime bothers me!

Rose   August 31st, 2009 8:21 pm ET

I think the reason this woman and Jayee were here today is because they kept their wits about them . Jayee was there for her girls and thats why she had to keep them as safe as she could form that monster ! What woman would standby and see her husband do what he has done ? She should go to jail for life.

RK   August 31st, 2009 8:23 pm ET

So Garrido is pleading not guilty? Looks like the the taxpayers will be victimized next while we support his trial with hard-earned tax dollars. I have a better idea – put a bullet in his head, send his family a bill for the cost of the ammunition, and let's call it a day.

Brian Crider   August 31st, 2009 8:23 pm ET

The problem with sexual criminals is that it's impossible to change them. They like what they like and therefore will commit the same or worse crimes again and again, if given the chance.

They should either be killed or imprisoned for life. There is no acceptable alternative.

Danna   August 31st, 2009 8:24 pm ET

Katie, God bless you and never forget, you and Jaycee did everything survived. I wish all of this terrible man's victims peace as they navigate the aftermath of this horror.

casual observer   August 31st, 2009 8:25 pm ET

There must be changes to the system. When, if ever, a person gets out of jail after serving time for a sexual crime, they should have to pass a normalcy test. Fail it and back you go....tests are twice a month for life..

mar   August 31st, 2009 8:25 pm ET

who made the decision to let this guy out earlier? That person or persons should be pursued.

Charles   August 31st, 2009 8:25 pm ET

The cop who failed to investigate this three years ago should be locked up beside him.

Luis Castillo   August 31st, 2009 8:26 pm ET

The evidence against Mr Garrido is very strong and I think he should be executed immediately for causing these women so much pain and as a deterrent for people like him.

Cheryl   August 31st, 2009 8:26 pm ET

And what's with the idiot cops in 1976 who are going to doubt a naked woman screaming help me, over the guy who says, "oh, that's my girlfriend, she's on drugs." Geez, he could have gone back in there and killed her. I hope those cops were disciplined.

Celmira9   August 31st, 2009 8:27 pm ET

The police is always doing things like this. I remember the Jeffrey Dahmer case where one of his victims was seen by police running in the street naked trying to get help and the police did nothing but take the poor victim right back to Dahmer's apartment. They believed the criminal and not the victim. It happens all the time. Victims and their families must do the work themselves. The police will not do a good job.

On other ocassions the police will be told that there is problem in a house and they arrive at the door and ask the criminal if everything is ok and they walk away leaving the poor victims inside to die at the mercy of the criminal. They always do this. God help us since we cannot count on the police in this country.

Citizens Sane   August 31st, 2009 8:28 pm ET

I am a pretty strong liberal and lean just left of center but seriously – no joke – DEATH PENALTY!!!

I seriously do not care if these folks on their death bed with 1 day left – in this situation, I strongly urge the State to help them along to their meeting with the Great Almighty.

These people are vermin and should not spend another day in this life – but hey, that's just me talkin'.

dirk   August 31st, 2009 8:29 pm ET

Larry KING of sleaze journalism

corky   August 31st, 2009 8:29 pm ET

OMG what an incredible saga it has been for you. We all have bad memories, but victims of vicious sick people like this become those memories. The memories define them with the constant haunting fear of it happening again. It is the worst kind of crime because it steals the lives those victims were meant to have.

I pray you can get back to the life you were meant to have.

Carol K.   August 31st, 2009 8:29 pm ET

I'm sorry for Katie becoming a victim and experiencing everything she went through. One question: Why in the world would she give a ride to someone she didn't know?

L   August 31st, 2009 8:30 pm ET

What's up with cops leaving the victim with the perpetrator. She almost died because the first cop did not believe her. Just like the two cops that let that Asian kid be taken back by Dahmer because he told them that "He is my lover." He later took him back to his apartment and killed him. Now Dugar where a neighbor called 911 to report children living in the backyard. The officer did not even ask to see the back yard or do a well fare check. So so sad. What kind of IQ level do you need to past these police exams. So incompetent.

Liz Smiley   August 31st, 2009 8:31 pm ET

Katie – I cannot express how sorry and enraged I am for the horrors you and other women have endured from Garrido and all the other pond-scum that do this type of thing. My eyes filled with tears reading your article. I hope you have found support in dealing with your trauma and finding some sense of peace and normalcy, although I'm sure nothing can ever make it "right" again.

Luke Brown   August 31st, 2009 8:31 pm ET

Thank you for being so courageous and speaking out. God bless you.

patty cleary   August 31st, 2009 8:32 pm ET

We need to make a law that keeps convicted pedophiles and rapists from ever being able to get a drivers license in our state again. it may not have helped this woman but it would have helped Jaycee and countless others.

Agnes   August 31st, 2009 8:32 pm ET

American Justice is so afraid that we will punish the innocent and we have. Sad to say that is to be expected. In doing this, the guilty goes free so often to rape, kill, murder etc. again. There are certain people (crimes) that can never be cured. Garrido is one of these. How could this type of sicko been released? Can someone explain that to me

Blake   August 31st, 2009 8:32 pm ET

This gentleman should be facing execution, and likely will once incarcerated, albeit in the form of vigilante justice.

Julie   August 31st, 2009 8:33 pm ET

Why or why doesn't our system institute the death penalty for offenders like this? i can't think of anyone who would deserve it more.

carlos   August 31st, 2009 8:34 pm ET

the question here is: how was this sicko released on parole after serving 18 of a 30 year sentence? there were no financial problems in the state of california or in the they are now, why that ealy release? can anybody answer that question; and not notifying the victim? that's california folks!

Steve   August 31st, 2009 8:34 pm ET

That guy is a monster. I have two grandaughters, and worry all the time about them being abducted somewhere. Some may say I'm overly cautious, but so be it. This is a very sick society we live in today.

Robert Howe   August 31st, 2009 8:34 pm ET

You are so brave for sharing this.

The judicial system sometimes TRULY STINKS. (Not news to you.)

I am so sorry it added to your misery like that. I wish you nothing but the best.

jimmy   August 31st, 2009 8:35 pm ET

Ted Kennedy killed that girl on the bridge. Why are people honoring him?

Thomas Roy   August 31st, 2009 8:36 pm ET

What the hell were the police thinking when they allowed him to go back into the warehouse with you?

Thank God times have changed, I hope that sort of thing wouldn't happen today.

Terry   August 31st, 2009 8:36 pm ET

Moral of this story. Don't pick up hitch-hikers.

paula   August 31st, 2009 8:36 pm ET

Although I did not experience anything near this. I completely agree sexual abuse in itself changes a person. I can't imagine how strong Katie must be to even get up in the morning. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I know without a doubt that I am not the person I would have been if it had not happened. God Bless you Katie !!

Roberta   August 31st, 2009 8:36 pm ET

At the age of thirteen I managed to grapple with a man who was trying to rape me until he gave up. I pulled his hair, bit him, scratched him and kicked him. He never actually penetrated me and because I knew him he was busted for statutory rape (meaning I gave him permission). It still makes me so livid to think that. Anyway, even though I managed to fight him off I was still afraid of him until I was full grown and realized I'm now bigger than him (he is a small man). I cannot imagine having to live with the thought of someone you couldn't fight being out there after he assaulted you. I'm so sorry for you.

Tasha   August 31st, 2009 8:37 pm ET

How incredibly sad. I'm sorry for your suffering and in awe of your courage, Katie. You are a survivor. I wish you the best in your healing and recovery.

Ngozi   August 31st, 2009 8:38 pm ET

if the authorities are dead serious about protecting the public, most especially females, Phillip Garrido should be taken off the street for LIFE!!

Donna   August 31st, 2009 8:39 pm ET

These predators should be physically castrated, locked up and the key thrown away. To heck with civil rights. These people cannot be cured.

Mike   August 31st, 2009 8:39 pm ET

I honestly think this guy should be castrated and left to bleed out. I'd really say what I think but the good Christian side of me is kind of holding me back.

Brett   August 31st, 2009 8:41 pm ET

That is so's like a true-life horror movie! The man is despicable and I agree with Carol he SHOULD be shot on sight. Thanks for being brave enough to tell your story.

Karen   August 31st, 2009 8:42 pm ET

How hard it must be for you to share but at the same time, more closure. Too many women end up victims because of a man's need for sex and dominance (but all those little playboy bunnies keep on posing)

Without even realizing it, you may be a lifeline for that poor woman and her 2 children. She will have somone to relate to and confide in. This would be the only good that came from what happened to you. God Bless you, Katie.

Joyce   August 31st, 2009 8:43 pm ET

Aww, Katie. I'm sitting here crying for you. I don't know what else to say. I'm glad they caught him. How can one man do this to women? I hope your life has gotten better since then.

Michele   August 31st, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Thank you Katie for being brave enough to share your story. Stay strong! And bless you on your journey of healing. You are not alone.

dominique   August 31st, 2009 8:45 pm ET

This story illustrates the need to be vigilant because of depraved selfish monsters like this guy. Dirk, don't you think people should be aware of stories like this, which pop up regularly? That way, when our instincts tell us something is not right, we would be more apt to contact the police, rather than tell ourselves that such things just don't happen.

lhicks1010   August 31st, 2009 8:47 pm ET

This is sad he should die along with his nasty wife. Good for the 2 lady cops who question him they knew something wasn't right.

DontGetIt   August 31st, 2009 8:47 pm ET

Where is the outrage at the judicial system, and the inept law enforcement. Can we ever get it right to put the children and the law abiding citizens first. Lets worry about mainstreaming these monsters after we castrate them and kill them painfully. Why spare them and give them all these second chances. Absurd!!!

CWDC   August 31st, 2009 8:47 pm ET

What a horrible thing to have happened. Please, someone make sure that monster stays in jail. No other girl should have to go through that monster's evil ways again.

James   August 31st, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Something has to be done!! the fact that this man was even free should be criminal!! OUTRAGEOUS! california is getting ready to release thousands!! our society is breaking down, we are all to blame for this tragedy

Jim   August 31st, 2009 8:50 pm ET

Another near-miss by the cops, I see...

Betsy   August 31st, 2009 8:51 pm ET

Horrible, horrible, horrible. It's shocking that this piece of garbage was paroled, unthinkable that his first victim was not notified, and outrageous that nobody was paying attention for eighteen years as he held a girl captive. It's incredibly disheartening and scary that our system is this flawed.

Cyn   August 31st, 2009 8:52 pm ET

When when when are they going to get that sexual predators are incurable and repeat offenders????

Ronnie   August 31st, 2009 8:52 pm ET

Dirk, that's your twisted opinion. Larry King is a journalist who INFORMS people. Those who choose to listen and learn are given tools to protect their loved ones and themselves.

dina levine   August 31st, 2009 8:53 pm ET

Why do they not treat rape and kidnapping like they do murder. In essence they killed the person they raped and kidnapped. Also, pedophiles cannot be cured, they should never be let out on the street again.

God Bless you Katie.

Katy   August 31st, 2009 8:53 pm ET

What happened to Jaycee, it is part of Police officers' fault...

Carole   August 31st, 2009 8:54 pm ET

I agree, the system is not made to protect any but the offenders...all we have to do is read the headlines. I have survived bad things too and have had no recourse through the system as the police who responded to my 911 call didn't believe me. I cannot imagine being so horribly abused and have to prove handcuff marks in order to be taken seriously. Thank God you got away and this digusting example of a human being has been jailed. I hope Jaycee and her daughters will fully heal from this horrific experience....and wish the same for you.

Greg Byrd   August 31st, 2009 8:56 pm ET

The story of this girl is so sad. My heart goes out to her and her family after hearing about how her father saw her being abducted and then had to endure the trauma of watching the perpetrators get away with her and then dealing with the imcompetent police investigators fumbling over the facts of this crime. What a tragedy this has been, but at least this girl and her two children now will have an opportunity to live a normal life. Let's hope the justice system will put both of the Garrido's away for the rest of their lives-I suspect general population in the average prison will suffice. Even criminals like to take care of these kind of people at no charge to the tax payer.

Rob   August 31st, 2009 8:57 pm ET

For Carol, I so much agree but then disagree, he should be shot but his life should not be ended. He should feel the pain that those poor children felt – and I have to believe others – yet to be identified – had felt. For Katherine, I suggest you re-focus your anger. It is so easy to point to 'the man' , 'the Establishment', or whatever, as fault, until you are the one who has to do the job that they are doing. I am not defending ineptitude and I am not saying there is or is not 'failure in the system', I am just saying you should focus your anger at those who really deserve it. Those demons in human clothing that want to harm our children.

Mary   August 31st, 2009 8:58 pm ET

God bless you, Katie for sharing your story. You were brave that night and you are brave to share your story again. My daughter went through something similar and it has been a long, long road for her, too. Every day she worries that he will find her – every man that looks like him makes her relive that night two years ago. He didn't go to jail because they both were in the military – he got "punished" – only someone who has been through a beating and rape can understand just how much my daughter lost. Thank you so much for being brave enough to talk about your experience.

k9 lover   August 31st, 2009 8:59 pm ET

These wastes of space have been out of the primordial ooze & among us forever. It's too bad they don't glow in the dark, he should've had the key thrown away after 1971; it would've spared this woman, who knows how many others and this poor kid. She is lucky to be alive but I can't imagine she'll ever get back what she had. Throw both of them in the general population. They don't deserve proctive custody.

I never forgot the man who tried to snatch my twin brother & I in LA area 1968 from a park @ night & we never will. (we were 7.) I don't know which one he wanted but he put his arm around us and told us we were not going home. We ran, he could not catch 2 kids which is why we got away; never trusted anyone since & that was only an attempt.

lashonda mayshack   August 31st, 2009 8:59 pm ET

i feel like the system is so backward because they let him out somebody need to vote and change the system if to take somebody life or rape any one you should never let them out nor give them another chance because they will strike again because they feel they can be the charge but if you sale drugs or try to sale drugs they give you almost life and you never see the streets again so somebody need change the system i think god she was able to be found

Julie Johnson   August 31st, 2009 8:59 pm ET

Dear God do I know what it is like to be a victim. I am not a rape victim but I am a victim of a corrupt law firm and insurance company. I had been a very well person before a dentist took two of my teeth out and ruined my bite. All six front teeth are cracked and a local dentist has offered to replace them for $80,000. But he will not testify against the dentist who did the bad work. Says he will lose his malpractice insurance. is there help for a victim anywhere? My life has been changed forever. yes, I am now an invalid because of the abnormal dentistry and the refusal of local dentists to help me. I HAVE BEEN VIOLATED JUST AS IF I WERE A RAPE VICTIM. BELIEVE ME IT IS A NIGHTMARE. I CAN CERTAINLY SYMPATHIZE WITH BOTH OF THESE WOMEN. AND, i CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE FOR THOSE TWO YOUNG GIRLS. THEY SHOULD LOCK THAT GUY UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY. HOW ABOUT THIS WOMAN WHO IS HIS WIFE? She is a real sleaze herself it seems.

Judi Scercy   August 31st, 2009 9:00 pm ET

My heart goes out to you for what you have been through all these years. I pray to God that he gets everything that he deserves and then some. His wife should also get the most that the law can give and let someone on the inside take care of both of them.

Blue   August 31st, 2009 9:01 pm ET

I want to know WHO was responsible for letting this monster out on parole in 1988 (!!!!!!!) when he wasn't even supposed to be considered for parole until 2006??? 18 YEARS BEFORE HE WAS EVEN ELIGIBLE???

THAT PERSON should also be sent to prison for the rest of their life!!!! And BOTH of these women should be allowed to sue and win settlements against the legal system that so miserably failed them and took their lives.

thumper11   August 31st, 2009 9:06 pm ET

I pray this young lady will be able to reconcile her experiences. To this piece of garbage Garrido and his concubine he calls a wife I wish notning good for them out of all of this except to be extradited to another state that USES the death about Texas or Florida? This pathetic excuses claiming to be human CAPTURED A CHILD...TO THEM NO DIFFERENT THAN TRAPPING A WILD ANIMAL. Put them to death and be done with this mess!

Stephanie   August 31st, 2009 9:06 pm ET

So sad that these criminals will get a safe place to stay, meals, clothes, warmth, everything which was denied their captives. Too many mistakes let these two remain free. Sex offenders can always lie their way through entanglements with police. That is what they do.

Ted   August 31st, 2009 9:08 pm ET

California is about to let the prision doors swing open. God help us.

Nora   August 31st, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Ho w is it 'allegedly. There is no way he is not guilty of those crimes against all those girls imo.

Martin   August 31st, 2009 9:10 pm ET

What happened to old fashion journalism... Why hasn't anyone done their homework and found out who the wife of this maniac is? I have heard that now they are looking to see if Phillip Garrido is connected to some murders that happened some time ago. I understand that women usually don't commit crimes like this, but it is possible that she is as guilty as her husband. Furthermore, child molesters have to register. If he was running a family business from his home, didn't the parole officer interview all of the family members? Whether or not the shed was hiddent in the back yard it seems that there were other clues that the parole officer missed. He should be questioned as well. This parole officer should be fired. The parents of Jaycee should sue the state.

Lorraine Ochoa   August 31st, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Aside from the heinous deeds this man committed and allowed to commit again, the thing that bothers me the most is that the judicial system enabled this animal in his quest to demonstrate his hatred of women.

In a society where the rights of the criminals are placed about the rights of the victim, no decent, law-abiding person is safe. Habitual criminals and morally bankrupt psychotics are treated with kid gloves lest their precious civil rights are violated by a vigilant police officer who, listening to that voice in the back of his mind screaming that something is not right, searches without a warrant and finds that terrible acts have been committed. No matter how unthinkable the crime committed, or how damaged physically or emotionally the victim, or even if the animal has murdered his prey, the evidence is not allowed because it is deemed, "fruit of the poisonous tree."

Jury trials were originally meant to protect innocents accused of crimes get a fair chance of acquittal, but they've become circus acts. Criminals are given the best defense (taxpayers') money can buy, yet the prosecution consists of Civil Servants paid not nearly enough for the miracles expected of them. Criminal defense lawyers line their pockets getting repeat, habitual offenders off the hook on some technicality that even a child knows is wrong. Yet when these cases do make it to trial, the victim of the crime is victimized yet again, being forced to relive every moment of the most terrible experience in their lives, while the perpetrator watches his prey and enjoys the act all over again. Jurors intimidated by the defendant are forced to vote 'not guilty' out of fear of retribution by the hand of the accused or his colleagues.

It is incredibly important that our judicial system protect the rights of all of our citizens, but it has gotten to the point that the most important rights, those of the victims, and potential victims, are being shorn away one by one, until the perpetrator has become more important than the sufferer, as evidenced by the fact that Ms. Hall was not notified of her rapist's release. This is the type of action that enables the offender to go out and do the same thing over again. If anyone tries to stop him from doing that, though, they go to prison for infringing on the villain's rights.

It is a vicious cycle, but one that can be corrected only by decent, law-abiding, tax paying citizens standing up and rallying behind the wounded party.

This may sound/read like a rant, unless you've been on the receiving end of a crime of ANY type, then you, too, understand what it's like to be savaged repeatedly by the same event.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah   August 31st, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Larry, come on, did you really just ask this rape survivor in the midst of her recounting of this man's horrific crime against her, "What did he do with the food?" he had been carrying? And then, "how did he consummate this?" You mean, how did he RAPE her? This isn't love-making. You need an education on rape and sexual assault. Your line of question is absolutely ignorant and insulting.

itlchick   August 31st, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Thank you for being brave enough to tell what happened. This will bring awareness to an area of the law that needs to be re-vamped.

nawny   August 31st, 2009 9:12 pm ET

They will do it again and again and again!


Citizens Sane   August 31st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Jimmy – because even though people screw up, they can still do good. Ted Kennedy did more for this Nation than most folks ever hope to. Did he screw up??? Big time. Should he have paid for what he did? Straight up he should have. Did he get a break due to his connections? Indeed – BUT – he did do a lot of good with his time...

Sarah   August 31st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

And to Katie Callaway Hall, thank you for your bravery and your courage. You will make a difference to all the SILENT survivors of rape and sexual assault everywhere. Thank you for speaking out and not staying silent. God bless you.

Nicole   August 31st, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Your questioning of the Phillip Garrido rape victim was insensitive. You kept asking her how many times did he rape her while she said it was repeatedly. I thought it was beyond tacky and insensitive.

marlene stone   August 31st, 2009 9:16 pm ET

he should have never got out of jail for this type of crime ......this just show how bad our system is...they let child molesters and rapist out all the time......everyday so they can do a crime to someone else....

Sandi   August 31st, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Let the punishment fit the crime, remove his parts and give him female parts and let the prison inmates have their way with that sick perverted beast.

Ms. M. K   August 31st, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I cannot think of anything worse than what this societal horror has done to our children. I won't even call him a man but a brutal waste of human life, preying on our children. How dare this horrible waste deprive Jaycee of having a productive life – I pray God helps her while she is still young. Katie – your guardian angel was there for you!

michelle   August 31st, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Katie, Thank you for your incredible strength to talk about your story. You have educated so many parents tonight that will be able to, hopefully, arm their children (and themselves) against this type of situation. Thank you!

Betty   August 31st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

God bless you for speaking out, you are very brave. I wish you the best

Lana Stewart   August 31st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Are you sure the wife isn't a victim of some type also?

Mary   August 31st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I think Larry is being disrespectful of the kidnap and rape victim, saying things like "What did he do with the food?" referring to the dinner the victim had in her car, and laughing about it. And asking her husband if the rape effected him, suggesting he might blame the victim or think she is somehow spoiled goods because of the rape. I am surprised Larry is being so unprofessional. Rape victims are so traumatized, and he seems incapable of interviewing her with emphathy and respect. Really a shame.

Tom   August 31st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

It is nearly unfathomable that Garrido committed this crime *in* South Lake Tahoe, and yet he, a known sex offender in that area, was never investigated later when Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped in the same location??? Who would YOU look for first after a child's kidnapping....maybe check out all known sex offenders who had been released from prison who had previous offenses in the same area? And after 18 years, not one investigator ever followed up on what must now seem utterly obvious! It's almost as baffling as the deputy sheriff who "investigated" a neighbor's claim that there were children living in the backyard by not actually going in the back and checking it out.

Hoolibar   August 31st, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I hope that someone kills him and his piece of #### wife while they're in jail! I hope he dies a horrible and painful death!

ProTaliban   August 31st, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Thats why we all need Talibans who would shot him on the spot...thats simple it is.

Dave in Kansas   August 31st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Good people and even the police fail to have the imagination to understand these individuals.
Too often we all project our better intentions on to those in power and on those that do not deserve it.
Too often the worst is projected onto the weak like Katie...just the opposite of what's normal.
Those in power are already corrupted by their own assumption that the powerful are good and the weak are wrong or faulted.

Jennifer Wescoe   August 31st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I felt compelled to post a comment after watching you tonight on Larry King. I cannot tell you how much I admire your strength in coming out and sharing your story. It is my sincere hope that you are able to reclaim your name back and "live out loud" like you so desire. You are a true inspiration to others! May you and your family find peace, health, and happiness in your lives..

merky k   August 31st, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Simple imprisionment or death penalty is too good for this guy – how about no-anesthetic castration and a small cage for life !!! I don't care if he's declared insane – he done the crimes, he pays !!

Jerry   August 31st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Katie, I suggest you get a good handgun and learn how to use it. If ever a creep like Garrido messes with you put him out of his misery right then and there.

catherine   August 31st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Katie, I'm so sorry you had to endure a nightmare like this-I will always keep you in my prayers and I hope you have some peace knowing he will
be away for the rest of life

sad   August 31st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Society should take a stance and send a message that this criminal behavior is simply not accepted - an immediate and public death. Analysis of the deficienciencies in the system can come later. He and his wife have used up their privilege in being part of civilized society. No more resources, lawyers, fees, taxpayers monies, failed attempts at justice. Give his victims and law-abiding citizens some feeling of peace that someone, something is on their sides.

Cortney   August 31st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Katie I cannot begin to express to u how brave and courageous you really are. You truly are a surviver and no doubt an inspiration to other victims out there.

I have never been able to understand why sexual predators and murders are let go but people who commit petty crimes are not. A criminal is a criminal and they should all be locked away. However, if you are going to let some prisioners go, let the ones go that are less of a threat to society. Robberies w/o use of a weapon, people who commit identity theft, write bad checks, people who shoplift. Prison has the potential to scare people like that straight. But once you rape a person, or harm a child, you aren't going to change. That is a sickness that cannot be overcome unless you use castration. So if you are going to let these animals out, take away their desires by taking away their sex drives.

Diana   August 31st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I hope this guy burns in hell the system failed in protecting innocent children, they will never know what is to be care free and normal. I being a survior of sexual abuse know the torment and anguish at the hands of a monster for many years may these children find peace. I hate the system it always fails when we need them most had anyone gone in to check on this pervert monster these girls could of been found I pray for you girls and may that man and woman be put to death I ask my self this every day why would anyone want to destroy children its a question that may never be answered shame on society for turning there backs on them rape and child molestation is alive and well in the united states its time that we confront this cancer in our socitey and see that this happens in our own back yard and no one seems to care

Concerned father   August 31st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

It scares me to death when I hear these stories. I have a little girl that I pray God that she and every other child live a safe life. Such predators must not be allowed to mingle in the society. Time and again it has been proved that these predators cannot be improved. Our system has failed to protect innocent people. For such crimes there should be a death penalty. For those who oppose such punishment my question is whose rights are your protecting – the innocent harmless children or the rights of the monsters like Garrido?

jojo   August 31st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

how could this happen for so long???????????

she is 29 with a 15 year old daughter,,,,,,,wouldn't the hospital wonder about a 14 year old having a baby???

Unless she had the children at home.

We should all ask question swhen we have that gut instinct !!!!!!!!!

Lori Lynn   August 31st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

My hope is that Phillip rots in jail and suffers the same fate as his victims – sexual intercourse forced upon him – for the rest of his life.

Martin   August 31st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Has anyone read Larry B's comment? Sorry but to me it just shows that there are some ignorant people out there. Larry, you sound like a cold-hearted ignorant person. And perhaps someone should kidnap you for 18 years and keep you tied up like a dog, and see how screwed up you come out of the ordeal. Furthermore, you need a few english classes. How dare you even suggest that this girl should go back to work at that house and go back to running the family business. Ahhhh just by reading your comments makes me angry!!!

Alex   August 31st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

how can a violent criminal like that be paroled? Sex criminals can not be cured of their illness nor should we bother trying. His wife, the police who did not pursue leads aggresively enough and whoever allowed this man to be paroled should be held liable

Pamella   August 31st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

If this man's sentence was 20 to 50 years for the rape then how in the "H" did he get out after 11 years. I am beyond upset!!!
The laws need to be changed..let the bank robber out and fill the prisons up with the child molesters and the rapists.

Jordan   August 31st, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Sickos like him will continue to be released early until we make it a big enough issue for our elected officials to pay attention to. No one running for office ever campaigns saying that they are for increasing sentences for sex offenders. we have to bring it to their attention before any change will happen. Its up to us to make these changes by holding our elecrted officials responsible.

MJPD   August 31st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Garrido must have had some really bad acid..His father said he started up with acid when he was younger and is" completely out of his mind" I feel so bad for these girls. Can't the cops tell the difference between a normal and a twisted person ???

star555   August 31st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I am an adult, and I was raped by 3 drunk men in my apartment bldg. I did report it to the police, and I got unexceptable treatment from them. A week after the rape, I called the police and told them the men that did this were now in the back of the apartment co,mplex I lived in. Some police officer asked me what they were supposed to do about it. I told them, to come and pick them up. Well, 6 hours later they came, of course the men were no longer there. I have to tell law enforcement that rape is not funny, it is done horrible people and their job is to do what they can to stop it.

Cynde   August 31st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Bless your heart hun, this is truely a situation where the system failed, Stay strong and keep your faith always, as you have shown the world your true strength.

the indians abroad   August 31st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

time after time, we see these sick stories surface....the kids deserve better and more severe laws to prtetect from these animals.

Tom White   August 31st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Chalk one up for the Democrats. A Blonde in every Pond!

young simon   August 31st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

thank you for sharing that.........good luck in the future and god bless you

Jack   August 31st, 2009 9:36 pm ET

If only we would have the guts to equate sexual predation with mental illness. Then we could lock these people up in hospitals for the criminally insane for the remainder of their lives.

It IS a mental illness. It is NOT curable. These people ARE criminally insane.

Pissedoff   August 31st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

This guy and his wife should be flogged for every year they held this young child captive.

DAVID   August 31st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

When Garrido was released from prison and went to his victim's place of employment, wouldnt that have been an unacceptable act to his parole officer? Did she report this incident to the parole people?

DD   August 31st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

The Parole Office FAILED as most certainly do. We need more committed officers throughout the USA.

ROBERT GOOLRICK   August 31st, 2009 9:38 pm ET


deb shepard   August 31st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Now if that was my daughter, or granddaughter, those two physco's would not stand a chance in life, they both would be – – – – !!!!!!!!!!!

Linda   August 31st, 2009 9:38 pm ET

When will the people in power decide to put a stop to these disgusting criminals? I do not understand why the laws do not protect women and children! We stand up for the rights of terrorists and water boarding but let these molesters out of jail after they terrorize our women and children only to go out and do it again! Sexual abuse is not just the act itself but a lifetime of fear!

JoAnn   August 31st, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I am watching you on LKL and I feel so bad for you. You went through a nightmare and we all feel bad for you. So many people should have caught on to him during this last 18 yrs. It is hard to believe how naive cops and others can be.

James   August 31st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Is someone in Congress listening to Katie Calloway's sad story?
All rapists must get a life sentence or death.
God bless you Katie.

janetrushing   August 31st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

this is outrageous. i worry about all the children in this country who will go through or have gone through this horror.. why in heavens name are these rapist getting out of prison? I am sorry , so sorry for these young girls and their families.. We have daughters, and this is something we worried about all their lives as they were growing up. These people are disgusting and should be locked up forever..

Linda   August 31st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

In regards to your show tonight, the department of parole felt the parole officer did his job. And, this may be the case. But, I think because of this incident and many before it ~ the laws should REQUIRE that all sex offenders on parole have their ENTIRE property searched when they are visited. This isn't the first time a sex offender has taken someone hostage, and we have no idea just how many missing women/children cases are actually hostages held in captivity. No stone should be left unturned when visiting an offender's property.........for any reason.

Brian   August 31st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

This animal will get his sentence in court, but hopefully he will receive his justice in general population.

PK   August 31st, 2009 9:42 pm ET


Thank you for sharing you story with us. May God bless you and ease your pain. Be proud of who you are. He will pay sooner or later for what he did. Take careof yourself.

Juli   August 31st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I can't help but wonder if this monster is the same one that tried to abduct me from a grocery store parking lot in Reno winter of 1989-90! I will never forget it I was able to escape and I do realize how lucky I was and still am!! Listening to Katie's story and then Jaycee's makes it seem like it was yesterday! God Bless the victims and all family members involved!

Diana   August 31st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

every time some reports a rape or sexual abuse cops act indiffrent and you have to prove it in order to be taken seriously maybe police should be put in thoes same shoes to see how it feels when you ask for help only to be turned away this is how society views these crimes they do not think its that seriouse well look what has happen an innocen lost that can never be againa may all victums of sexual abuse find peace I know how it feels to be at the mercy of a monster and your only a child it changes you, and normalcy will never be found

Whitney   August 31st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Katie, Thank you for sharing your story...may you find the peace in your life that you so much deserve.

Lynn   August 31st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Katie, you will regain your life and you will be stronger and an example to all women that we may, sadly, become victims but we will not remain victims! This evil, evil man WILL finally get what he is due, and hopefully it will happen at the hands of a number of fellow criminals in the general population of a maximum security prison. I am personally praying that they castrate him in a particularly long and painful way, depriving him of his favorite weapon, while he vividly comes to understand what justice is, just before he dies. Actually, that is too good for him but it might serve as an example to other evil, sick animals in this world. God Bless you. Thank you for sharing your lifetime nightmare. Peace will come.

Lynda Richards   August 31st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I am a clinical social worker who specializes in trauma treatment, often sexual abuse. I am so sorry for what happened to you and yes it does change your self image. But when you look at yourself today and see what has changed and what is wrong, don't forget to look deeper inside to the spirit of your child within. There is a part of you that remains as it was, the part that will always love you and remember who you really are.

Sue   August 31st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

This is my first time on this blog. I came here because of your story. I'm glad you came on. There was a question Larry asked you, that I told you through the TV you don't have to answer, because I thought it was too personal, but I don't remember what it was. You were very patient with him, and held up quite well.

I will pray for you this evening. I'm glad you don't have to live in fear of him being out of jail anymore. I can't believe he was allowed to have Jaycee all those years, plus her 2 girls, without getting caught. Those 2 police officers need some kind of award for acting on their instincts. Others had more information than they did from time to time, and failed to find out what was going on.

Jiles Samson   August 31st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

You can thank LIBERAL judges and LIBERAL politicians with their view that society caused this monster and turns the criminals into victims and then they get paroled.

This is the same crowd that cries foul when the MASTERMIND of 911 is caught and poor guy is waterboarded to get information on Al Quida to prevent another attack the the LIBS cry foul.

OH NO, we smack a couple of guys around and threatened them with a drill. Call the war crimes commission!
Meanwhile, lets parole poor guys like this Monster so he can rape again. Libs just don't get the idea that there is EVIL and it MUST BE CRUSHED.

susan   August 31st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Thank you for your bravery. Sharing your story is amazing: it helps to remove shame many victims of sexual assault carry, helps to validate that they are not the ones at fault, and helps convey that they are not alone in their pilgrimage to attain their qualities of life. Also, it also shows the chilling impact of how haunting the incident is 33 years later.

amy   August 31st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

These sexual predators always strike again.

They should be put to death on the first strike. How many lives must they ruin before they get their just deserves?

God bless you and also that poor child he took away from her family.
It destroyed her whole family.
it wrecked her parents marriage.... it killed a lot of souls...
Why should he be let live?

Sick sob

SUSAN Rice   August 31st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Being a mother of 3 daughters in the Tahoe area when this crime occurred I praise the individuals who made it possible to lock this man up.

Garrido should NEVER leave prison.

It's unthinkable this man was on parole and police were called to his
residence. Who are we hiring for these positions?

Thank you for this program.

ker   August 31st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Those responsible for letting him out early should get the same punishment that he will now receivec.

Anon Y. Mous   August 31st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Citizens Sane,

Ted Kennedy appears to have successfully deluded you too just like he has so many other liberal lovers for decades.

Consider this: How hard exactly is it for someone to "do good" when he is simply using other people's money (i.e., yours and mine via taxes) to do so? And, considering that Kennedy, like John Kerry, merely inherited his vast wealth, why did he not "do good" with only his own money?

Have you seen Kennedy's financial report from when he ran for president in 1980? He was worth $8 million (that's $20 million in today's dollars) and how much did he donate to charity that year? Less than 1% of his $500,000 income (that's $1.3 million in today's dollars). What kind of human scum goes around talking about doing good for others - which is just talk - but then only does so with other people's money?

Ted Kennedy was no Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, who each actually MADE his money himself - neither inherit their wealth like limousine liberal Kennedy - and now has donated BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of his wealth to charity via the Gates Foundation (the largest charity in the world EVER). Furthermore, neither Gates nor Buffett has ever committed manslaughter in his lifetime.

You and so many other liberals have been absolutely bamboozled by this fat man, Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, for decades. It's too bad you had to wait until he's dead to realize it. He should have been wearing a scarlet letter ever since 1969.

Ann   August 31st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Why can't there be an Island where sexual predators could be placed? It would be somewhere from which they could never escape - somewhere where they could roam freely and feel the terror of being hunted by other sexual predators.

I am sorry that you were so changed by this person, Katie. I can't imagine what you went through. I hope his permanent incarceration will give you peace and also a new lease on life. Don't let him have any more power over you, live free and live well.

cb   August 31st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The fact that he was seen with religious material does not surprise me. My abuser was a Promise Keeper. They like to hide behind's disgusting!

Ginger   August 31st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

This is a horrible disheartening story. It's been proven repeatedly sex offenders are never rehabilitated. After being employed in the judicial system for 25 years, this is yet another instance of gross misconduct.

The judges, parole boards, and state lawmakers need to be held accountable for this gross malfeasance and early release guised under saving tax dollars.

Katie, our hearts go out to you and your family, and I hope you and Jaycee's family sue these reckless jerks to the degree the law permits.

You have the support of the law enforcement community, and we hope you can claim your name back.

Sukhbir Singh, New York   August 31st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I thank you for sharing your difficult story with the rest of the world. By sharing the evil that you went through, you have educated all of us in many ways. My only hope is that something good comes out your ordeal so that no one has to suffer in this manner again.

Ann in NC   August 31st, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Why does our system continue to let out these monsters to hurt others? Apparently, we do not really worry much or care about children getting molested and women getting raped. This problem could be solved if we really cared to. What if we put a child molester in a room with about 10 mothers? Chemical castration? Surgical castration? Death penalty for repeat offenders? There are other things to try besides just letting them back out to find more victims.

JeanneC   August 31st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Katie- you and Jaycee are so brave. I agree with the readers who wrote that the most important thing you did was survive. If you can get in touch with Adam Walsh' dad (the person who runs America's Most Wanted) to work with him to change laws to not allow monster's like this back on the street. Your story is very powerful and after I finish writing this I am will be writing to my senators and representatives.

Sean   August 31st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Honestly, Garrido needs to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, maybe even the death penalty. He raped a woman! He held another captive and raped her when she was only fourteen years old! The death penalty is needed for this situation! He deserves it!

Ed   August 31st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

We need to drop this sick man deep inside amazon forest let this sicko get kill by the poison snake or anything in amazon.Why do
we need to fee this sicko 3 meals a day in jail.Waste ours tax
payer money.This sicko not even human.

mischel   August 31st, 2009 9:55 pm ET

i was raped 25 years ago my children weer very young. it has haughnted me all these hard but i got the help i needed.never feel afaid to talk to a person htat cares. god knows i am better now. we r survivers thank the good lord, i am not even religous lol

Sheila   August 31st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

The people responsible for letting this maniac out are just as monstrous as Garrido. They should institute new requirements with every parole officer for a sex offender that requires much closer scrutinization of these people and then hire parole officers that have been more highly trained to monitor them or just don't let them out . There is no telling how many other children may be discovered.

Sex Offendor? How about calling them what they really are... TERRORISTS!!!

MATT THYS   August 31st, 2009 9:57 pm ET


Maggie   August 31st, 2009 9:58 pm ET


Embrace yourself for being abnormal. It is a protection mechanism you learned and women actually do need it.

This is the lesson I learned from my own experience. Victimized many times, I tried to pretend to be normal only to be victimized again and again.

Only when I began to accept who I am and what happened to me did I become stronger and learn to protect myself better.

Things happened and they offered us lessons we should never forget. So embrace yourself and your past, Katie.

Patty Smith   August 31st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Perhaps, the judges and others who free these non-human monsters should be held responsible. Meaning if the person reoffends that those in charge of freeing him/her must also be sent to jail for at least three years. MAYBE then the judges will make better decisions. Obviously they are so self-involved that they can't make a sensible decision regarding pedophiles/rapists. If their own lives are on the line, they would make decisions to save their own sorry-excuse for a life.

Riel   August 31st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The system is too busy framing and planting drugs on innocence minority, so there's no prison capacity for monsters as this.

Colin in Florida   August 31st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Katie is very brave.

Shooting, beheading, lethal injection, etc. are too good for the likes of Garrido-they are all too swift. He should spend the rest of his life-while receiving the best medical care to ensure it's a long one-in strict solitary confinement. 24 hours/days in his cell, no contact with other inmates, no TV, no radio, no legal visits after an appeal-nothing. And use the smallest cell that is legally permissible.

BTW, Teddy committed manslaughter, plain and simple-and if his name wasn't Kennedy, he would have gone to jail.

Tony, NY   August 31st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Put a bullet in his head? That's what he's wishing for right about now. You want him to get an easy way out? Justice will be served to him in prison and believe me, he will suffer for the rest of his miserable life.
How about his wife? For a woman to see your husband rape and victimize a young girl and father children with her....this is beyond sick. I don't know who is sicker Garrido or his psycho wife.
I agree with someone who said that victims should choose the proper punishment though. If anything, it will give them an instant gratification and this is the least they deserve.

Lola   August 31st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

The Justice System is flawed but I bet that if we didn't have organizations like the ACLU, monsters like Garrido would not have a chance to see the light of day. Can't physically punish/torture him, it's inhumane. Can't search his house or his property without a search warrant, it's unconstitutional. We should bring back COMMON SENSE laws in our judicial system. Civil Liberties are meaningless if we can't pursue justice....This is so sad and sick.

jay   August 31st, 2009 10:03 pm ET

The best punishment for this man is to make him suffer and cry every day for the rest of his life – like he did to those poor kids and to katie.
Also he should be made to do hard labor in prison. He should not get free meals..

His suffering should be made public so similar offenders will run scared...

god bless you katie. hope you find peace and happiness..

Joseph   August 31st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Thanks for sharing your story. My heart goes out to you and all who suffer from this heinous crime. However, you suffered only once and the experience changed you forever. For those young girls and boys ages from 6-17 in Cambodia, they are slaved and raped at least a few times a day. I can't imagine how they can really recover.

Gerri   August 31st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

What makes me sad is... there are more people in the world who are like Jaycee that we haven't found yet, but its probably right under our eyes. I feel that the justice system should take every call or information seriously because even if it is a false alarm, it may not be and Jaycee's life could have been saved 3 years ago.

Patti B.   August 31st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

The biggest problem with implementing a death penalty in cases like this is that more victims will end up being murdered as well as sexually assaulted. To escape the possible consequences of being caught, rapists will eliminate witnesses. We should castrate them, and then they should have to spend the rest of their stinking lives behind bars. And they need to be given the bare minimum, a mat to sleep on, and hole in the ground to relieve themselves, one which they have to dig themselves with a plastic spoon.
She should be allowed to sell that house, and keep the money tax free so she can start a business of her own. I hope she sues the police department and the prison system that released this slime ball early. If they had done the right thing, odds are this young woman would have had a much different life. I do believe she and Katie should have a say in the punishment that both these creeps face. He never did his time for what he did to Katie.

Anon Y. Mous   August 31st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

cb said: "The fact that he was seen with religious material does not surprise me. My abuser was a Promise Keeper. They like to hide behind’s disgusting!"

cb, you are 100% correct to not be surprised. There are no bigger hypocrites on this earth than Promise Keepers. It's all an act, a charade, a beard that they hide behind to cover up their immoral behavior.

But hey, all they have to do is ask for forgiveness from J.C., right? Everything will be fine for them as long as they ask for forgiveness, so they can just shake it off and feel that they were justified in their egregious actions. But their victims, they will never be alright.

You are right: it's disgusting!

Dany Miami   August 31st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Dear Katie, I wish you the heaven, you have been in the hell long time ago. Your are a brave woman, all my respect and good wishes to you.

Phil Davis   August 31st, 2009 10:09 pm ET

The Police, Blew it again, when they arrested him he should have been shot for trying to escape .God Only Knows How Sick this Man Is.

Annette   August 31st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

this pervert may go to prison , but unfortunately , he will lead a pretty good life ; little does the general public realize that sexual predators , especially , child sexual predators are separated from the general prison population because they may be harmed ; many prisons have special housing units . Furthermore , they are generally treated with kid gloves by the medical and psychology departments because they might " hurt " themselves .... As a group , they are pretty much scrawny , depressed , whiny individuals once they reach prison .

Linda   August 31st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

When people make comments that blame the victim it only victimizes them again. I would think that many victims do not speak up out of fear that some how it will be believed that they are at fault. It is the rapist fault. Unfortunately these people can be very convincing and devious. Thank you for your story.

joni   August 31st, 2009 10:11 pm ET

He should have still been in prison from the first time and never released. what has to change, to keep them from getting out and doing this again? I am sure Jaycee wasnt the only one after Katie. . and I am sure Katie wasnt the first. laws have to change to keep animals like this off the street.

S. Callahan   August 31st, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Katie...I am so proud of you for coming out, and talking about your own pain, you have showed tremendous strength. Yes, you will never be tne same person again, but you have perservered and will be even more than you ever thought you could be (restored soul). You inspired me with you strength , your courage through this life. I will have you in my prayers for a long time will know the peace that surpasses understanding. Bless you and may your journey forward be one of security, comfort, and continued strength.

Sandi   August 31st, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Thank you for sharing Katie, I think it will help. As for people who think they can just take what they want no matter who it hurts, they should be locked up for everyones safety, including their own, they are very sick and evil. As for the rest of us, we need to understand that evil is all around us and come prepared at all times. That means pray without ceasing, and teach our children to pray for knowledge, wisdom and guidance from day one. There is a natural energy in the universe to protect us from evil (intuition). Fear blocks it. We have "eased god out " (ego), so many sick people on the planet now is the proof. God wants our attention. Think about it.

venkat   August 31st, 2009 10:17 pm ET

When fellow human beings turn into vile creatures, there is always a better system to stem the rot. What poor kate went through must have damaged her mind for good and it would have taken a real, warm & a loving man/woman to get her back on track. An ideal solution for convicted rapists and sexual offenders is to neuter them and then if released either on parole or on any other ground, with a castration I doubt they will get into the fantasy mode.This is what the law must provide.

Gabriel   August 31st, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Sad and horrible. Evil is alive and well, manifested through people like the Garridos.
I hope the victims have peace and I admire their courage.

carol kesling   August 31st, 2009 10:22 pm ET

just a couple hours in general population..... that will be a GOOD START !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!this animal will never hurt anyone ever again, guaranteed !!!!!!!!

Victim Who Sent Garrido To Jail 30 Years Ago On Larry King Tonight « Happily Bitter   August 31st, 2009 10:24 pm ET

[...] Katie Hall is on Larry King Live tonight. Katie was victimized by Garrido, and her attack is what landed Garrido a 30 year prison sentence: [...]

Kelan   August 31st, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Reading about these cases, one thing sticks out. The police have had to have either the Victim or the Perpetrator walk into or run into them and scream that there has been a crime committed. Ms. Hill had to scream at the police that a crime had been committed, from this account... and from the circumstances related by the police themselves in the present account, the Perpetrator himself delivered the case to the police.

Angry and Disgusted   August 31st, 2009 10:26 pm ET

It is infuriating to me that this creep was allowed to walk the streets again after his previous offenses.

Every single judge, lawyer, parole officer and members of the sheriff's department that contributed to this man's freedom to walk the streets should be fired.

This is not the first time law enforcement officials failed to do their jobs right, like some bad caricatures of cops on Reno 911.
Anyone remember the name Konerak Sinthasomphone? Jeffrey Dahmer's victim in 1991 who the cops found bleeding from a hole drilled in head with a power tool who pleaded for help only to be returned to Dahmer and laughed at?

We need to demand more of the people we pay with our tax dollars to protect the innocent from creeps like Garrido instead of doing a half-assed job because they don't feel like filing long reports. Not that we want a police state, just a state of excellence that they always claim to uphold.
Hire some educated people with brains and not just oblivious jocks.

And ask anyone who works in prisons or who has been to prison about the special treatment that sex offenders get from the system relative to other criminals. They get money for housing and other assistance when they get out of prison earlier than what they were sentenced, only to victimize another innocent person with their abhorrent desires.


I hope that Garrido and his wife end up on the prison yard where, ironically, the other inmates are sure to dish out some actual justice on child rapists that state has always failed to do.

Darrin "The Vent King"   August 31st, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Stay strong Ms. Hall- believe this, you are a hero to many just for having the strength to share your story. You have nothing to be ashamed of and from here on out should walk with your head high for not allowing this monster to completely destroy you. There are not many people out there, including me, who would have had the strength to press on if this happened to a family member or dear friend of mine let alone me and I'm a man. I applaud you in the highest regard and pray that maybe you'll find peace in the fact that this monster will never hurt you or anyone else again. May God be with you...

Harry Katz   August 31st, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Same old story... the creeps get out of jail early or get sentenced fairly lightly, get out and commit the crimes again... when will America learn? Answer: it won't. Repeat offenders will continually be released early or sent away for less time than they deserve because politicians talk about how the economy can't stand housing more criminals/building more prisons. So we assume the risk of repeat offenders getting out of jail early and raping and killing. And we continue to elect liberal politicians who don't have the nerve to be harder on criminals. Too bad their children can't be raped/murdered. Then we'd see laws changed. Sad but true.

Anne   August 31st, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I would like to know where Jaycee's babies were born. She was underage when she had her first child; why didn't hospital workers notice?? Garrido should have been arrested then. I think there is a massive lawsuit here and the hospital personnel should be fired.

Linda   August 31st, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Matt not too bad of an idea but most of their problems are caused by the mental problems in their head between their shoulders.It is about power,control and sexual sick stuff! I think it is low to bring politics in to something as terrible as this!

Mary   August 31st, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Katie~I'm so sorry for the suffering you have endured. I understand it very well because I went through a similar nightmare myself a few years earlier than you did. I was a teenager and the monsters who victimized me never spent a day in jail for their crimes. I have suffered from PTSD for almost 40 years, but most people would never know it. It sounds like you may suffer from it as well. I know it is hard for you, and will be for Jaycee, but my feelings are that I refuse to let evil monsters steal any more from me than they already have. So I fight every day to be strong....and find pleasures in life. I hope you (and she) can do that too.

Kelly   August 31st, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I am so sorry to hear this woman's story. I hope that that officer that told her to go back into the warehouse lost his job for his poor judgment. When will men take violence against women seriously? We are your mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces, friends, etc. They should lock this sick, sick predator away forever. It is too bad he is not in Texas where they put people like him to death.

Tim   August 31st, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Who and why let him out of prison? Kidnapping & rape and only got 10 years???????? Stupid, stupid, stupid stupid justice system. Someone who has the ability should go back and publish the whole story on who decided to let this freak out.

Juke Vizal   August 31st, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Why is the house in Antioch not cordoned off by police as a crime scene area, some guy took a 9 minute vid (2 days ago) on you tube showing the property and the back garden, there may be bodies under that house or on the property. That house needs to have 24/7 police, if not someone is likely to torch it and there goes all your evidence...When the police were called 3 yrs ago why was the parole officer not informed? Why did the police not go to google satellite and view the garden that a neighbor initially complained re kids being seen? Does anyone really give a s**t? i guess per usual with all law enforcement agencies they never share information....just take 911...there's your proof.

France   August 31st, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Couldn't we establish a preemptive death penalty? This kind of monsters should be identified and get the death penalty before they commit their horrible crime.

Conor   August 31st, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Someone's head is going to roll for this. This is exactly why our justice system is flawed. SEX OFFENDERS CANNOT BE REHABILITATED. Why haven't these lawmakers figured it out yet?

Cathy Kayser   August 31st, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Thank you Katie for speaking out in the open about your experience. Hopefully bleeding heart organizations like the ACLU will start to value the rights of victims instead of only the "rights" of criminals. This monster should never have been released from prison early. There is no law and order in the US only a system that rewards the slickest lawyer.

solomon berhe   August 31st, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Better days a head you. Be posetive and you will draw a lots of. Posetive energy from it. @ the end that is what we all need out of life .. god bless you.

Tim Eagle   August 31st, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Reading this story is very over whelming, and I'm disappointed about Phillip Garrido's ability to continue doing evil.

Bless you Kate – bless your courage and your strength.

Anne   August 31st, 2009 10:45 pm ET

I completely understand her memories and her fear and the way she almost was not believed. i was raped by my father, my husband and a few years back my business partner. My father and husband tried to make me crazy by denying it. When my business partner actually wrote a note to me bragging about it, still the police did NOTHING. Now this man's son is in jail for trying to kill his wife and my rapist partner (ex), walks free. When the evidence is there, why don't they get these monsters off the street. they always reoffend.

Marcy Mac   August 31st, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Katie, Bless you and give you peace in your life. SO glad you survived this monster and too bad the police are so negligent in investigating sex predators.

Pamella   August 31st, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Let them hurry up and put his sick a_ _ in prison, there is jailhouse justice there because they HATE men who abuse women and children..he will have to be in solitary the rest of his me he will pay then,,I hope.

Nasir Khan   August 31st, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Evidently Garrido is sick, I do not mean that in pejorative sense but really sick mentally. Perhaps he developed this condition or perhaps he was born with it, we do not know. Sexual predators are different from ordinary criminals and we need more than a "correctional" justice system for them.
I am sure psychologists have tons of research on them, I think it must be put to good use now. First of all even if paroled there should be very tight conditions around them. Electronic tagging for example, random house searches, night curfew etc.
They also need to be studied more and treated for their condition under psychiatric supervision.
These people also have an urge to tell the world about their communication with God and out of the world experiences.
With Google like technologies at hand and literally billions of users online there should be a way to at least tag such people for a background check. This may help in stopping some such incidents, including random shootings etc.
My heart goes out to his victims. He should be shown no compassion whatsoever but we need to learn from this case to make the justice system more effective and intelligent.

Ruth   August 31st, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Dear Katie, God bless you and your husband for sharing you story on tonight's broadcast. The laws must be changed in this country to a stricter standard. A rapist of that person's caliber and mentality needs to automatically be put away for no less than 25 to 50 years without a chance of parole on the first offence, to make it the only possible offence. And while that person is in jail, no special priviledges, solitary confinement only. What has happened to our society? Wake up, liberal slap on the wrist judges and criminal plea bargaining attorneys! If it were your daughter, wife, niece, mother, cherished co-worker or colleague, you would pull all strings and call in all political favors to do something! So be a better judge, lawyer, police or parole officer and do not let one more day go by in which one more victim suffers from outrageous negligence!!!

Richard Dover   August 31st, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I'M FEED UP - there should be no more parole. He should still be in prison for the first 50 years sentence...

Rai   August 31st, 2009 11:03 pm ET

Oh my god! I am heartbroken for you, I truly and horrified for you. Im so sorry you have endured all you have and Im so sorry noone protected others from this happining again. I am just so beside myself. I wish there were something I could say that would take away the pain you feel and the issues you carry. I wish I could make everything better for you and Im so sorry noone has that power. Only you can allow yourself to heal and if you arent there yet than you can not push yourself. i wish you health and happieness as you deserve it more than you realize. Please know there are people out here who are good and who do apreciate your goodness and who will benefit from your good heart. Im again so sorry and I wish you only the best.

D from Michigan   August 31st, 2009 11:05 pm ET

It cracks me up how selfish people are to use a situation like this to slam other people. Don't slam liberals because one or two people who happen to call themselves liberal (judges, etc.) screw up. If that were the case, then all "conservative" Catholic Priests are trash too, right? Of course not! Yet how many times does a priest fondle a child and get "relocated?" (Rhetorical question) Same goes for parole officers and police officers and 911 dispatchers. People are human and are allowed to make mistakes. Let's not trash the whole system because of this. For every one mistake there are thousands of others doing great things. Hold those who make mistakes accountable and don't go for the "all or nothing" slam the whole system crap.

That being said, I am in complete agreement with the majority of the posts tonight. I think the guy is a dirt bag, and should be in prison for life without parole......or put to death. Further, what about the loser wife too? Victim? I don't think so. You know about this kind of thing going on for nearly two WEEKS, let alone TWO DECADES, you do something about it. She is just as guilty.

Lastly, I disagree with one person's comment that all people should be put away for life, even if an innocent person gets convicted by mistake and that one or two might fall through the cracks. Well, I wonder how that moron would feel if he or one of his loved ones just happened to be that person? Of course, his opinion will change. Same old thing – big talk and broad brush the whole process.......what? It's happening to me? Ohhhh, no we need to have a fair trial now! How the worm turns. Those who are not guilty should stay out of prison.

Sandy   August 31st, 2009 11:06 pm ET

to the parole officer who "did his job" – how does the GPS system work? I heard it showed Phil Gs every move. What did it show on that date in June, 1991 where he was? Was he allowed to travel two hours away from his home? What did the GPS show on the day that he approached Katie? I would be very curious to learn more about this system that doesn't work!

Dawn Larson   August 31st, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Have I missed something here? Who delivered the 2 children and did Jaycee get prenatal or postpartum care? If so, why wasn't medical staff more observant? A 14 child is a victim of statuatory rape at the very least and that is reportable by law.

christine in chicago   August 31st, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Katie you are such a corageous woman and so fortunate to have a loving husband. You were a victim not the criminal.

June   August 31st, 2009 11:09 pm ET

Shame on Larry King for the cynical, blame-the-victim innuendos, throughout the interview. Using the word "consummate," as a substitute for "rape," implied disbelief in the truthfulness of Katie's account of the abduction and rape. And why on earth would Larry King ask Katie's husband if he ever regretted marrying her? I wondered if I was watching an interview, or a trial, where the victim's credibility was being decided. A court of law tried this case, years ago, and Garrido was found guilty of perpetrating a heinous crime against Katie.

Gordon McCullough   August 31st, 2009 11:09 pm ET

Don't worry, he'll die in prison. Prisoners and guards hate pedophiles and take care of them in their own way.

Kelly   August 31st, 2009 11:11 pm ET

You aren't a victim, Kate, you are a survivor.

Lawmn   August 31st, 2009 11:12 pm ET

Some sex offenders here in the US should be taken out to my country where the mere fact that you kidnapped a minor will likely end your life talk less of raping one – which will certainly rob you of your manhood not to talk about the endless beating and torture the police and fellow inmates will put you through.
Well, this is America and until the crime is matched with the appropriate punishment, callous inhuman barbaric likes of Phillip Garrido will not diminish.
America is too lenient with criminals who don't deserve to see the sunshine ever again. Unfortunately more and innocent people get scarred for life through this softness. I say CHANGE THE LAW Kidnap a minor – 15 years minimum. Rape – 17 years and neutered, Rape a minor – 31 years ; No parole option for any of the sentences.
– enough of this crap.
It'll be a waste feeding this guy one more meal.

Mike   August 31st, 2009 11:12 pm ET

Without repeating all the previous comments, if law enforcement can't protect the innocent when predatory actions are obvious, how can the law enforcement protect the innocent when a predator attempts to hide his actions? Law enforcement needs to adopt a checklist when it encounters the slightest deviation in normal behavior: who is the person under suspicion; who are those nearby? How many times has law enforcement stumbled on a predator, only to let the predator continue his actions? I recall Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and at least ten others. Law enforcement can't wait 18 years to discover these kinds of vermin.

nawny   August 31st, 2009 11:15 pm ET

I want to know why these predators are released. And I want to know how this poor child gave birth alone with no medical help; twice!
I hope that spot on his nose is rot and his nose falls off. LITERALLY!

Anyone else notice how his POC wife was crying in court today? Are you scared? You sat for it all .. you endorsed it and didn't care how scared Jaycee was all those years. Oh, are you having a feeling???
Burn in hell! Boooo effin hooooo! Cry me a river you animal!

See the video on MSNBC.

TIME TO SUE!   August 31st, 2009 11:16 pm ET

Who the hell let this monster out of Jail? Havent we LEARNED ENOUGH about repeat sex offenders!!!!! The people responsible for letting this monster out of prison the first time need to be FIRED and SUED!!!

D   August 31st, 2009 11:21 pm ET

My heart goes out to all who are victimized. I too experienced this. The problem was it was a family member, one revered by all, a minister no less. It has taken years to be able to talk about it, and to attempt to deal with the consequences. Please, if you know someone who has gone through this, be patient, love them, and get them help.

Nasir Khan   August 31st, 2009 11:22 pm ET

I would like to add one more comment to my previous one. There is a lot of coverage being given to this story and rightfully so.
However, we need to be careful to not give too much coverage to what Dugard says.
He is deranged but his sermonizing might strike a chord with his kind outside.
There should be learning from his rhetoric to know about his criminal mind, but it should not be publicized the way it is.

Eve Pearlman   August 31st, 2009 11:24 pm ET

What is amazing about this story is how hard Kate had to work for help even after the police came to her door. They sent him back in while she was getting dressed! She had to ask to be separated from him! She had to show her wrists to prove what she was saying! It is when people respond like this that crimes are harder to uncover.

And what is incredibly shocking is that he was paroled after 11 years. He was supposed to be away for 50.

kay   August 31st, 2009 11:31 pm ET

I listened to you and felt nothing but compassion for you and anger for what that monster has done to you and his other unsuspecting victims.I just cant understand how that he lived in a place for so many years without people checking him out sooner.The good thing you will never haveto worry about him ever ever getting close to the light day of light again.We can be thankful of that,now we can concentrate on healing jaycee and her children...

nawny   August 31st, 2009 11:33 pm ET

D in Michigan I'm the "moron" who believes that all predators/ first time offenders should get life in prison. If it can't be proven why would they be in prison? If they hurt a child in any way, they should get life. No one should have a problem with that. I don't care who it is. IF they fall through the cracks, they shouldn't have been near the cracks,, baloney. No one falls through the cracks in cases like this. There are victims who talk, if they live through it. If not, we got forensics now days.

Chances are, they are not 1st time offenders anyway, they just got caught for the first time.

There is no such thing as a Liberal. We call them optimists here. Further more, political preference has no place in the crimes against children or the judges who get paid off. Laws have been dirty since the days before Abraham. Hurt a kid, GET LIFE. It's unforgivable!

Juke Vizal (again)   August 31st, 2009 11:33 pm ET

go to youtube and view 'Satellite (google) Jaycee Dugan Kidnap'

The Judge   August 31st, 2009 11:33 pm ET

I am a retired California Superior Court Judge from El Dorado County, the county in which South Lake Tahoe is located. I remember the day that Jaycee was abducted and the shockwave it sent through our otherwise beautiful county.

I have nothing to add to this discussion that hasn't already been well said by others, but I can tell you that as a veteran criminal law judge who has seen just about every inhumanity possible, this case is horrifying ,and everything about it is wrong.

Every question asked by the citizenry on this board deserves to be answered, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her entire family. Peace be upon them tonight.

kay   August 31st, 2009 11:40 pm ET

I just cant wrap my head about anyone hurting anyone but a child is ten times worse...He should have never gotten out in the first place,He is evil!!!

Zia Mohiuddin   August 31st, 2009 11:41 pm ET

I have a young kids and my heart goes out to victims. Sexual predators should get life with out parole.

deluxe   August 31st, 2009 11:41 pm ET

Katie, you've been victimized by this beast and the failure of the judicial system long enough. Turn a page on your life and refuse to be a victim any longer. You deserve a rich full life.

Shannon   August 31st, 2009 11:41 pm ET

And this is exactly why I am now in favor of the death penalty. Some people are too heinous to allow them to live.

robert smith   August 31st, 2009 11:41 pm ET

careful what you say on here
the ACLU always wants the perpetrator to have rights
not the victims,

Tina   August 31st, 2009 11:42 pm ET

Katie I am humbled by your strength.

This man ( term used VERY loosely) deserves a punishment that only God can give, I pray that day is in our near future.

Thank you for sharing your horrific ordeal I hope soon you are even more at peace.

Sandy   August 31st, 2009 11:43 pm ET

I totally agree with this comment ..... And what’s with the idiot cops in 1976 who are going to doubt a naked woman screaming help me, over the guy who says, “oh, that’s my girlfriend, she’s on drugs.” Geez, he could have gone back in there and killed her. I hope those cops were disciplined,
What a joke. What kind of training are cops given ?????
And Larry King and the comments on this blog regarding his interviewing ..... Larry, I hope you rewatch your show later. You made many stupid, uncompassionate remarks. I wish Katie had gone to Gretta or Nancy with her story!
Katie, thanks for coming forward with your story.

coffeejoe   August 31st, 2009 11:43 pm ET

Judges from many "Blue" states have been letting exactly these kinds of perverts off on a regular basis. Maybe, we will see a shift to reality, these guys need to be locked up for life, not early parole or one year sentences

Vala   August 31st, 2009 11:44 pm ET

Thank you for speaking out and telling your story. Hopefully, these horrible events will help change the laws that deal with this specific sort of violence that is waged like a war against women and primarily female children. It would be nice if all of society decided that women should not actually have to make major accommodations in their behavior to avoid violence and possible death. Women should be able to walk down the same street at the same time of day as men and have the same level of safety. Sadly, some of the people here have commented as to why Katie gave a ride to someone that she did not know. Friendliness is/was very common in certain geographical areas and especially in past decades. In past decades especially (but not only limited to past decades) females were raised to be more submissive and accommodating. Even in some areas of this country right now, giving a ride to a stranger may not be out of the ordinary. However, those sort of comments from the posters on this page are very telling about attitudes about violence against women. I hope that people with those attitudes educate themselves and analyze the terrible repercussions of their judgements. I hope that Larry and Anderson Cooper do a special show about such ATTITUDES about violence toward women and girls. It is the collective ATTITUDE about these crimes which creates a collective crime of complacency.

adiadv1   August 31st, 2009 11:47 pm ET

It's amazing how the actions of one person can change so many people's lives, either for better or for worse. Garrido chose to disregard the humanity of his victims, those who cared about them and the countless people who tried to find them ... not to mention compounding the fear we all live with every day because of psychos like him. Someone who kidnaps, tortures and rapes and then finally gets busted is not likely to change after a few years of "model prisoner" behavior. They're expert manipulators who will do whatever it takes to get what they want, even if it takes years. They've undoubtedly hurt other people but have gotten away with it, so now they know to be more careful. I'm glad Katie and Jaycee and her daughters survived to tell about it. God help us all.

Mobes   August 31st, 2009 11:48 pm ET

Larry, You were pretty offensive in your line of questioning when interviewing Katie. However, Katie, I am glad you were so forthcoming. I think it would be great if all rape victims spoke up like you. Speaking up about rape diminishes the stigma that is still attached to it.

Connie   August 31st, 2009 11:51 pm ET

I thought some of Larry's questions and comments were extremely insensitive and inappropriate, especially the question to Katie's husband about whether he had any reservations about marrying her. Katie showed remarkable courage and strength during her ordeal, and she should be commended for coming forward to tell her story. I hope this will help other people who have been victims of crimes know they are not alone and don't need to hide in the shadows.

Bonnie   August 31st, 2009 11:51 pm ET

there should be harsher punishment for rapists. I vote for castration.

Deborah   August 31st, 2009 11:51 pm ET

Katie, you are one of the most courageous women I've read about in a long time. You have been through so much, yet came out of it able to tell others your story, possibly helping other women in this situation. I applaud your quick thinking and bravery against this animal. My best wishes for you!
Many people are asking HOW this scum could've been released 10 years into a 50 year sentence. While prisons are crowded, parole boards are under the gun (not literally, but they should remember the victims who WERE) to release prisoners who they feel can "function well with supervision". That statement in ANY sexual assault case makes me gag! To even think that this scum was released to allow a drug user to serve time is unconscionable and negligent.
We ALL need to contact our state and federal representatives and tell them we WON'T ALLOW THIS TO GO ON. That's how we will bring about change.

Sandy   August 31st, 2009 11:52 pm ET

To answer this comment ......
Have I missed something here? Who delivered the 2 children and did Jaycee get prenatal or postpartum care? If so, why wasn’t medical staff more observant? A 14 child is a victim of statuatory rape at the very least and that is reportable by law.

It believe it was reported that Jaycee delivered both children in her "captive tent environment" – where she lived!

Nelson Edwin Mallory   August 31st, 2009 11:56 pm ET

I have always been on the fence with regard to the death penalty. However, I am so outraged by the crimes against Jaycee Dugard that I really believe there is a need for reopening the debate. This monster has taken her life, and he might as well have killed her 18 years ago because the little girl he kidnapped is gone forever. There is no way she will ever live a normal live or anything close. Then there are the children. The constant reminder she will live with for the rest of her life. This is a crime that should carry the same penalty as first degree murder.

Lorjon   August 31st, 2009 11:58 pm ET

Garrido conned the police officers every time he was checked. By acting "crazy" in the neighborhood, singing opera, passing out the religious stuff, he distracted everyone making them think he was just a "nut" of sorts. But deep down that's a facade. Even now he's manipulating the media with his tales of a "heartwarming" story. How "heartwarming" to literally destroy a child's life, using her as a sex slave and passing her on to a sordid array of men one by one to be used like a farm animal - even giving birth in a shed at the age of 13.

It's an atrocity - it happened in the Land of the Free where criminals have more rights than victims. Victims have to prove their innocence, just like Kate Hall had to convince the police officer that night – after being raped repeatedly for 8 hours, do you mean to tell me the police officer couldn't see the fear and pain in her eyes and that he would allow Garrido to go back in after her? Where's the intuition?

I guess that's why it took 2 female officers finally to sense something strange about the children and perhaps the evil in this man. Crazy, creepy - that's just an act he used - he's pure unadulterated evil. And this is where the laws in this country are absolute crap.

Martha Stewart they send to jail for her crime, and this guy gets out early from his sentence to attack again! They don't notify Kaite Hall that he's out as they said he would and they even tell her that they know he's a sick mind.

Please, do something anybody who can to change the system. Death penalty to sexual predators and pedophiles - like so many have written here, these sick beasts are not curable. And actually death is too easy for this guy - he should be routinely tortured in the same fashion he subjected his victims to - that is, he should be raped repeatedly, threatened, mentally abused and kept in squalor to live for the rest of his life not seeing anyone or being able to spout off his crap to. Is anyone out there listening to the public? Does anyone have compassion for children and other victims?

Reid   September 1st, 2009 12:02 am ET

The Horror is beyond words. This man is a deciever, a manipulator. Worse than a Murder, worse than anything. God love is real, this man is uncapable of even holding a bible for it no doubt would burn through his hands. He should rot in Hell for enternity. It chills me to thinks of the thousands of missing and the unholy fate some may still endure. Do not study him, destroy him for eternity.
The internet is brewing new and sick people, promoting antisocial behavior and breeding vermin such as this. The only time I could look this man in the eyes was if I was holding his head under water. God Bless all and watch over your families. The sad thing is many will forget this when the next tragedy strikes.

kay   September 1st, 2009 12:04 am ET

Actually i liked and i like the way Larry interviews,theres more to a story than sensationalism..

Linda   September 1st, 2009 12:06 am ET

Thank you Nawny. I find it amazing that people will drag politics into everything. Maybe if people would stop pointing fingers we could work together to change laws and pressure the law makers! How about we all listen to our gut when we see injustice or find something seems fishy.
One time I was in a gas station and a woman yelled at her son and called him stupid. I waited until she came outside and said your son is not stupid! She called me names but her son looked at me as to say thanks. Hopefully she realized at some point that she was wrong to say that. Everyday we have a chance to help kids. My 19yr old son just signed up to be a big brother. My daughter tutors kids at risk. What can we all do to help kids and help keep them safe?

loveliam   September 1st, 2009 12:07 am ET

Katie – God bless, you were such a beautiful girl (still look great now) and I feel so sorry for your pain. You mention he told you it was your fault because your were attractive, I pray you never once took that to heart. At 16, i was abducted and raped by a 50ish year old guy, who said the same thing to me and ruined my life for many years. I have never fully recovered from what he did to me, thank god he didn't kill me (another girl was found a week later, that had been raped and beaten to death) as you said, you have to tell everyone what happened, and then no one understands or worse, they can't deal with being around you anymore.
Good for you – coming out on what that creep did to you. Too bad they didn't keep him in for his full sentence, I'm glad you'll be able to sleep at nights now. Men like him should never get to see the light of day again. They never found the guy who raped me, after months of having coworkers (my boss' wife 32 at the time and told me I had probably done something to deserve it, that women provoke men to rape them). So, with that, I moved away from my hometown and the hillbillies that live there.

Ditty   September 1st, 2009 12:08 am ET

It saddens me to hear you say your were a good person–the the past tense. Let me assure you that you are still a good person. Don't let him win by changing your innate goodness. Triumph over this sicko by not letting him ruin your life. As long as you let him influence your current life, you are giving him tremendous power. Don't give him that satisfaction!
You are a strong woman; you will prevail if you decide not to let eight hours in your life defeat you.

MJ   September 1st, 2009 12:09 am ET

Rapist should be taken out of the gene pool.
There is no cure.
Death penalty is the answer.

Joe   September 1st, 2009 12:10 am ET

Katherine, God bless you. Much love and respect for your extraordinary strength. I hope you can be free now.

Janet   September 1st, 2009 12:13 am ET

Thank you for being brave and forward. Your courage helps discussion with our daughters.

Janet   September 1st, 2009 12:15 am ET

Thank you for your courage. You are an example for our daughters.

sandra lang   September 1st, 2009 12:22 am ET

God Bless You and your family. You are so brave to tell your story. I only pray that it will help to keep people like the monster who did this to you in jail FOREVER. It is an outrage that someone convicted of this type of crime is EVER allowed out to see the light of day. Monsters like this do not change. The laws of this land need to be changed. Sex offenders are sex offenders FOREVER. It is a sickness that will not be cured.

carol   September 1st, 2009 12:24 am ET

Once again here is proof again that the system sucks........

mattybmx   September 1st, 2009 12:26 am ET

way to go lawmakers. bust bro's for growing weed while creeps like this get out and do it again. not guilty, what a joke. way to keep the lawyers and judges busy..and PAID. guy shoulda died after his 1st offense. amerikkka can be a real bummer some days.

Kim   September 1st, 2009 12:27 am ET


God bless you. You are a very brave woman. May you now have peace.

Lorjon   September 1st, 2009 12:28 am ET

So agree with Nawny about the "wife" - she's crying now, isn't she, but for herself because she's afraid FOR HERSELF. Contrary to what people think, evil beings do have feelings - FOR THEMSELVES and for their own survival. And they will do anything to fulfil their needs and to protect themselves at all costs. It's disgusting to see her cry now, for herself. Did she cry all those years for that little girl in the squalor of a shed giving birth at 13 totally alone, 2 years after being in a safe place with her mother and in a normal life? Did that POC wife cry at the repeated rapes by her husband and other men? Did she ever go get help? And don't let anyone say she was a victim too. She knows enough to cry for herself.

Terry Cooper   September 1st, 2009 12:29 am ET

Katie, I'm so impressed with your bravery and am so sorry that you went through such an unthinkable ordeal. That subhuman monster should've never been allowed back on the steets and I hope there is a special place in hell for him.

Teresa   September 1st, 2009 12:30 am ET

Katie: Thank you so much for your COURAGE to go on National TV and give us graphic details of your abuction and experience.... You are to me commended! How much I learned in your detailed account on how FAST and the ways an abuction can take place. You are truley courageous! Thank you! Teresa Las Vegas, NV

cheerios   September 1st, 2009 12:36 am ET

Katie – you are an amazing person – for overcoming such a tragedy and for sharing your story. You must have great strength. God bless

Teresa   September 1st, 2009 12:36 am ET

To bad firing squards for these suspects-animals aren't allowed! Especially his wife.... She is a disgrace to womenhood. She's just as evil as he is.

Pat M Canada   September 1st, 2009 12:37 am ET

My heart aches for Katie and the horror she must have endured for those eight hours! I sincerely hope now that Garrido will be locked away for good and that one day soon he will completely vanish from her mind. How that man was allowed to roam free is unbelievable!

The Legal Systems around the world need to wake up and realize that their indiscretions are putting people's lives at risk! Sick people like Garrido after being proven guilty should never see the light of day again! Our perpetrators in society are receiving a greater level of justice and lieniancy than our law abiding citizens! Our Justice Systems need to get serious on making changes now and ensuring the sentence fits the crime and those posing a serious threat to any member of society are locked away for good!

Thank you for sharing your story Katie.You are a strong and courageous lady! I wish you an abundance of Peace, Health and Happiness for many years to come. And I wish you and your family many happy moments to share together. God Bless.

Dennis DeMille   September 1st, 2009 12:37 am ET

It's a wonder Jaycee's step father would want to talk to you or anyone. After being the only witness to her abduction, then being accused and treated as the perpetrator, with law enforcement probably delaying other investigation. He should have snubbed you and other journalists plus law enforcement!

sue   September 1st, 2009 12:40 am ET

Katie, thank you for your courage and for coming forward and sharing this horrendous ordeal you went through with us. If the majority of the sexual atrocities in this country were happening to men, would there finally be stronger laws to protect victims??? What does it take...wake up America!!!

Rick   September 1st, 2009 12:45 am ET

It is surprising that the Parole System has tried to act innocent in the management of this convicted sex offender . You know Larry, Scott Kernan the Deputy under secretary for Department of Corruptions was just recently arrested for drunk driving in a state owned vehicle and the only penalty that he received was only six weeks of of leave without pay. The Department of Corrections is not only corrupt but totally incompetant . There is no excuse for NOT searching the total property.of the offender. Particularly when he was seen with young females and it was reported by neighbors or individuals that had witnessed this. Larry, did you know that medicial staff were fired for minor incidents and manufactured false claims yet Correctional staff is never fired for incompetence !

Mel   September 1st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Dont believe the parole officer per news San Francisco I watch.
That parole officer walk into house and it was obvious there was tents in back yard and junk and houses back there, He didnt see that....

ALso complaint by neghibor 4 years ago that something strange there.

Tricia Iacobucci   September 1st, 2009 12:47 am ET

Although I have never been raped the horror and fear is within me.I try to take every precaution I can to prevent it happening to me.I would love the freedom of walking on a nature path alone,listening to the birds,smelling the willows and seeing beauty surround me.Never in my lifetime will I take the is not worth it! Katie,thankyou for telling us about your nightmare;you are incredibly empowered and amazingly strong!By sharing what happened to you,rapes will be prevented.I shall pray for a beautiful and peaceful life ahead for you.

Julie Crawford   September 1st, 2009 12:52 am ET

I was raped by an intruder in my home in front of my children in 1977. The individual who stalked and raped me was out on bail awaiting trial for 2 previous rapes and was believed to be responsible for at least 30 rapes. After going through a trial and sentencing he received a concurrent sentence for my rape which resulted in no punishment for what he did to me and my family. All these years later and our justice system still hasn't gotten the message. When will there be enough victims for our voices to rise up and the proper changes to our laws be put into place? By the way, the individual who raped me served his time, got out and continued to rape. These individuals should not be allowed to be released EVER.

Terrylynne   September 1st, 2009 12:57 am ET

Parole boarda and judges who unleash criminals on the unsuspecting public should only release prisoners if they are willing to take them home to live with them and their family.

Yvonne   September 1st, 2009 1:01 am ET

I pray that you live long past this ordeal. Remember, do not let this man keep you from living. Forget him, don't let him take anything else from you. My mother also told me, don't give the devil power, so do not give this man any more power over you!!

Vickie Edwards   September 1st, 2009 1:02 am ET

Kate Thank you for speakin out!! Just speaking out will help others as well as empower you also when you speak out You take the power he had over you back!! God and Peace be with you though this journey .

Joe K   September 1st, 2009 1:04 am ET

Our system is set up to support the criminal, they have all the rights the victim has none. God bless you Katie & Jaycee, and all the victims out there. Men who do this, need to be taken out and shot, there is no cure. No second chances. They need to know if they do this its over. America wake up. This child went through hell. May God's love help her deal with society and allow her some closure. For the man who did this, a jail cell is waiting for you. May God forgive you for what you have done. You crushed this family. May God give them the strength to deal with this..

Katy D   September 1st, 2009 1:04 am ET

I was very disappointed that Larry didn't have SCOTT KERNAN, CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS & REHABILITATION explain to us viewers HOW Garrido had completed his sentence both with the Feds for the kidnapping charge and the Nevada Department of Corrections for the rape charge all in 11 years. How...when the fed kidnapping was a life sentence and the rape sentence was 50 years to life. ??? How can you say he "finished" his sentence in 11 years???? We really WANTED an explanation.

JM   September 1st, 2009 1:06 am ET

Katie Calloway Hall:

My heart truly goes out to you. Bless you and may you find some measure of peace in Garrido's capture. As you see, we all share your horror at knowing what's happened to Jaycee Dugard. I'm not normally praying person, but I sure do pray for you, her and the two daughters.

mim   September 1st, 2009 1:08 am ET

First, remove his sex organ, and then lock him up. He shouldn't even be allowed to have sex with himself ever again. Poor excuse for a human.

Pat   September 1st, 2009 1:11 am ET

Hi Katie. You're a strong woman to live through this horric crime done by a sick puppy and brave enough to tell your story now. It's being hard for you and you will find a way to live a great happy life. He's behind bar now. You'll be okay. There are a lot of good people out there. Surround yourself with positive supports from friends and families. Don't let any one take away your right to be happy. You're amazing.

Jackie Smith(Craig Smith's Wife)   September 1st, 2009 1:13 am ET

Katie-thank God your nightmare will soon be leading you to healing hopefully, and along with Jaycee Lee Dugard. I happened to catch a glimpse of a photo of you with who I think is my husband Craig Smith on Larry King Live tonight(8/31/09) who passed away in January unexpectedly from a heart attack. It looks like a picture I have seen in his old albums. You must've been hanging out or working in Tahoe at the time. I would love to connect with you. We have been going through our own grieving process, losing a great man, father, & husband. I hope you have some happy stories when you remember Craig. I feel like I am crazy because I just caught the glimpse of the photo, but I am sure it is Craig. Please contact me at my email address. God Bless You! 🙂 JACKIE WALL SMITH

Nicky   September 1st, 2009 1:15 am ET

It is SO DISGUSTING that this creature was turned loose on the street to victimize AGAIN. The justice system has failed in this case, AGAIN AND AGAIN. This type of sex offender should have NEVER been turned loose again – they NEVER CHANGE.

Vince   September 1st, 2009 1:17 am ET

People, are ALL correct.

Now, please go out and VOTE to keep these monsters locked away!

VOTE for legislators and VOTE for local judges. VOTE out anyone who is soft on these predators.

Do something about it and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

Thank you in advance.

Carl From Baton Rouge   September 1st, 2009 1:17 am ET

Katie I hope God blesses you with more than the relief of knowing this man is in custody. You have said something that is really troubling and that is:

" 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."

I pray that God let's you "get over it " enough that you can once again open your heart to other people and tear down the walls that I am sure you have lived behind now for years. He is an animal, that is for sure. Don't let him keep you a prisoner in the walls his actions caused you to build around yourself. I hope you find peace and happiness in your life that one day is strong enough for you to be that person with a good and decent heart that would give a stranger a ride when you thought they needed help. I am not suggesting that you be careless and/or give rides to strangers....please don't misunderstand....I pray that you can one day feel at peace and recapture the person you once were before this man came into your life. God bless you Katie, my heart goes out to you.

Jon   September 1st, 2009 1:20 am ET

Look for the sex offenders in your state. Shut down creeps.

Click your state.
Click the offender to get birth date, description, home and work addresses, vehicle information, and arrest information.

Nicki   September 1st, 2009 1:22 am ET

Oh look at the code of silence that ole Scotty portrayed . Protect your fellow officers at all costs ! People complain to your Governator ! Did you know that Dept of Correction pays prision guards 75k starting a year with a six week training course and because of the money that they are making they can not reearn it with another job. They will do every thing can to protect the brotherhood . It is amazing with the California budget crisis that the peace officers make the money they do ! This incident is another fine example of incompetence in the Dept of Corruptions in which nobody will be fired !!!! ! Hey Scotty , why are so many white male medical staff getting fired and replaced by minorities......Why are peace officers always put on a pedestal when they mess up so much ?

J T   September 1st, 2009 1:25 am ET

This is like a sad movie, cause how can this happen in reality? but it is what it is already. 10 years for kidnapping and torture rape? Where is the justice? Everyone is going to be asking who is the parole officer and the parole board that let this torturer out? do they have any common sense? are they a sexual predator themselves? this country is full of prejudice and racist people. A guy sell drugs, rob the banks get 20-50 years without parole, the CEO take millions and billions from the poor workers get 1 year of jail and then probation? yet the most horrific crime against the helpless, the torturer get a few years in jail and early released on good behavior also they are under protected custody in jail and special treatment? Who make these laws? Are those people a sex predator themselves? If you have 100 people in a room and you ask them" what to do with these predators?" I bet 100 will say lock them up forever or death penalty if possible. This country is where the Justice is for all? I don't think so, it only works on who you are. Who ever make the law to protect these predators are a predators too, any normal human being will not protect ,please wake up people! One horror chapter have closed but their journey haven't end yet, please respect these victim's private lives people, may them be blessed and may this country be better with the real justice god.

Florence   September 1st, 2009 1:27 am ET

When President Obama called the "action" of that cop who arrested his friend in his own house "stupid", cops all around the country got offended. Sorry, but some of them are really really stupid. They’re only good for sitting behind the bushes looking outward on the road and make money issuing speeding tickets. God forbid if they turn around and look the other side of the bushes, they may stumble upon a “real crime”. Something like, someone being held hostage for 18 years! But these types of practices don’t always pay off. Issuing tickets is a more lucrative business isn’t it "S....."?

Maria Lebron   September 1st, 2009 1:28 am ET

I encourage everyone to WRITE TO YOUR STATE AND US SENATORS AND CONGRESS PEOPLE. Also, write to the Senate and House Majority Leaders. It's their job to lead.
Clearly, laws need to be changed. Public pressure is the best way to accomplish that.
Elected officials really do read your letters and I can tell you from personal experience they do make a difference.
You can easily google search the contact info for your elected officials. Personally, I have the Washington, D.C. phone numbers of my US Senators in my cell phone, so I can call them anytime an important bill is going to a vote.

Ingrid and Peter Woerwag   September 1st, 2009 1:35 am ET

Dear Katie,
You wrote, you was a good person. We tell you, you are a good person, nobody can make you a bad person. We saw you in the Larry King Live show and we admire your courage and your empathy and compassion.
We share your anger about criminals who are paroled, especially pedophiles,who can never be treated and should remain behind bars. The currant existing parole regulations should take this fact into consideration.Instead of protecting the perpetrator the people have to be protected.
Katie, now enjoy life! Ingrid and Peter

Jan   September 1st, 2009 1:44 am ET

Parents need to really keep an eye on their children; both boys and girls. There are so many predators out here, it's scary.

Things have changed since 1976 and no woman would dream of opening a car door for a strange man these days.

It makes me sick to my stomach to know this guy was released early from prison and did this again to an innocent child. This story is so sad on so many levels.

Philip   September 1st, 2009 1:59 am ET

Katie, if this man can't respect you, with all our heart, you deserve our respect. This man deserves to die. It's a waste of taxpayer's money to let this person stay in jail. Our justice system needs to be changed. We can't let these people to be out of prison and start abusing and raping innocent people like you and Jaycee. God will take care of you and Jaycee. My family and I will always pray for both of you. You deserve a happy and better life. God bless both of you.....

Beth Petroff   September 1st, 2009 2:00 am ET

Katie, my heart goes out to you. I know what you went through. I , too am a victim of rape. You do what you have to do to deal with the situation at hand, to just survive the ordeal and pray he won't kill you, pray that he believes you when you say you won't tell anyone, pray that you have reached him in some way, so that you can get away and that maybe he will let you go. Because the police didn't believe me, an innocent child of 14 was raped and killed in the same location where I was. That is when they decided to hear my story. My rape was in in the early 70's. You never forget, you just find a way to place one foot in front of the other and go forward. I admire you for your courage and your self preservation skills and I will kepp you and Jaycee and all the other victims of this horrendous crime in my prayers. God Bless you

Susie   September 1st, 2009 2:01 am ET

At least the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department apologized. The California Department of Corrections spokeperson was rude and arrogant. A California Parole Agent makes approximately $100,000. a year and this parole agent only had 40 cases and he could not look in the backyard. This is unacceptable. Why have laws when they aren't enforced? I guess the GPS didn't show how far back the yard went or they didn't monitor it. Now they want to pass a law so all parole agents have 40 on their caseloads-no wonder this state is ineffective and broke.

lasvegasrose   September 1st, 2009 2:01 am ET

I remember this case when I was living in So. Tahoe at the time Jaycee was abducted. The cops screwed it up from the beginning. Instead of calling the Highway Patrol and blocking Hwy 50 going out of town to Sacramento, they kept looking IN town. It took them HOURS to finally alert the CHP and by then it was too late. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. The ultimate insult has been to blame the stepfather all these years.

Jan   September 1st, 2009 2:04 am ET

I resent paying tax money to house, feed and clothe this man and others like him. His life should be ended now. He ended Jaycee's life 18 years ago. Put him in a building and let him DIE a long suffering type death of starvation and neglect.

B.H.   September 1st, 2009 2:07 am ET

Women need to learn to defend themselves from attackers. There
are more and more violent and evil people walking around, ready
to pounce on their next victim. Also, there should be more censorship when it comes to some of these horrible, gory, slasher movies. The sick, demented minds that write this crap and then put it out in
the form of movies along with the x-rated garbage that can be seen
on cable t.v. are probably responsible for a lot of the grisly murders and raping of children that's going on today.

Susie   September 1st, 2009 2:11 am ET

God Bless Jaycee and her girls.

Lucy   September 1st, 2009 2:12 am ET

Katie, I too want to commend you for your bravery in telling this story. I can only imagine what you went through and how hard it is to speak about it - especially with the world watching. This story truly highlights that "the system" is broken and needs to be fixed. Again, thank you. I am sorry not only that you had to go through this but that the suffering did not end with you - as it certainly should have! You are truly an inspiration. I know in your piece you said you can't imagine ever getting over what happened but I think you've made a powerful leap from victim to survivor.

john connor   September 1st, 2009 2:20 am ET

In an asian country crazy rapists don't last long after they are caught. And it does the good public a favor – problem cleaned up right away and victims can breathe again because no more (crazy rapists) to fear for (also it makes the victims real happy) – end of story; and it serves as lesson for other sex offenders. Do the victims (and their families) a great deal of favor – clean the problem up.

Forrest Dougherty   September 1st, 2009 2:22 am ET

It's me Forrest. Strange how we all cross each others paths in life. I was so stunned to read about this horror story and then as I kept reading on, it turned to your story. I, like you, started shaking and chills ran down my spine. Remember when I was called as an eye eyewitness because I saw your abduction in the parking lot? I have thought about you all these years and mistakenly thought that this world was a better place with this creep locked up. How wrong I was. I would love to talk to you. Hopefully soon.

G   September 1st, 2009 2:44 am ET

Garrido couple are worst than mosters. They aren't human! They are just another disposible object......!@#$%^&.................Justice is served let send them to hell now and stop waisting our tax dollar.

vs   September 1st, 2009 2:58 am ET

I didn't watch the interview but I keep asking myself why the South Lake Tahoe Police did not connect Katie's abduction with Jaycee's. Was it because of their ages? I know it was a few years apart but they were kidnapped in the same city. Maybe there is just more crime there then I know about.

Olga   September 1st, 2009 3:02 am ET heart goes out to you...What does it take for a police officer to know that you have been raped !!!!!!!!As a woman I know they think we're there because we want to be there ...Men always find a way to get
away with crime...We're VICTIMS OF MEN.

Leslie Stavrowsky   September 1st, 2009 3:10 am ET


Thank you for having the courage to talk about your experiences with this monster Garrido. You are in my prayers for peace and heating.

Our criminal justice system is a mess. The sick people who kidnap and rape a victim should NEVER EVER be let out of jail. They will only repeat their crimes. The judge who let Garrido out of jail early should be fired. Our judicial system has such lenient sentences for sex offenders. They CANNOT be rehabilitated and our society needs to be protected from them. If they are ever released from prison, a competent parole officer should be allowed to search their entire property at any time, without giving the sexual offender any notice. No doubt there are sick abusers who are holding other missing children hostage in this country right now, at this very moment. We worry far to much about the "rights" of the offenders and very little about the rights of the victims. Our criminal laws must be changed! We must watch and be aware of what is happening in our communities, and hold the judges and lawyers ACCOUNTABLE who release these sick psychopaths back into our society. Take action and demand that they be fired!! Speak out and speak up about it! Please write your Congressmen about it TODAY, pointing out this horrible Garrido case and DEMAND that the criminal laws in your state be changed about early release of sexual rapists and predators, or they can FORGET about being re-elected to Congress in 2010!! DEMAND IT! As horrible as this Garrido case is, you can use it as a incentive to finally get our laws changed. How many innocent victims are going to have their lives ruined before we finally take action on their behalf? I mean TAKE ACTION TODAY, not just complain about it in a blog.

Steven   September 1st, 2009 3:12 am ET

Did you REALLY have to make the victim recall in vivid detail her abduction and even her rape?
It seems to cross the line...I mean given the proximity to her being found and reconnected with her family...She's going to need years of counseling and therapy so she can truly live the rest of her life in peace.
It's great to get an exclusive, it's sad when it exploits it's guest for shock value.

Michelle   September 1st, 2009 3:23 am ET

Garrido says, after the birth of one of his daughters (so either 11 or 15 years ago), he realized he was a predator and needed to become a changed man. So, in other words, this guy had a conscience all along. He knew he was doing wrong (so I don't want to hear any insanity/ mental illness plea).

AND, what truly doesn't wash with me with this claim is that if Garrido really had wanted to make things right, he would have THEN gone to the authorities and confess so Jaycee and children could have been with their true and rightful family more than a decade sooner than this.

No, I have no pity for this fellow NOR his accomplice, his wife.

Delia   September 1st, 2009 3:24 am ET

Jerry; Right On!!

Delia   September 1st, 2009 3:28 am ET

What’s up with cops leaving the victim with the perpetrator. She almost died because the first cop did not believe her. Just like the two cops that let that Asian kid be taken back by Dahmer because he told them that “He is my lover.” He later took him back to his apartment and killed him. Now Dugar where a neighbor called 911 to report children living in the backyard. The officer did not even ask to see the back yard or do a well fare check. So so sad. What kind of IQ level do you need to past these police exams. So incompetent.

Delia   September 1st, 2009 3:31 am ET

shelly smith; You are So Right in what you said:
A lot of people speculate about how she could have escaped, but until and unless you are victimized by evil like this, you

anybody questions the actions of someone who was TAKEN at age 11 yr sold & Raped who knows how many times -is just plain stupid. how can you explain anything to somebody like that

Teri McMinn   September 1st, 2009 3:37 am ET

That the policeman allowed PG back in when she went to get dressed was very disturbing to hear. It shot me with shivers of fear they could be so insensitive, and amazingly stupid. 1974 times were different for rape victims, for women.
Thankfully Katie was smart, and courageous enough to run outside to risk trying to get help, naked and petrified, not knowing who they really were, if they were really police.
She deserves kudos beyond and Bravo! You are to be admired and I'm so glad for your healing and your finding a nice man to love after such a horrible attack. Your sweet spirit is a joy to see. Be "out", and find that lovely young woman you always were... and have every right to be again.

Linda   September 1st, 2009 3:39 am ET

I can't believe the canned comments from Scott, the corrections rep. I wonder if he would have the same answers had this happened to his daughter, sister, mother, friend, wife...

Law enforcement has failed in every way with regard to Garrido. I am sad for Jaycee, Katie, and their families. Years lost in fear.

LUKE 16   September 1st, 2009 3:45 am ET

And people still wonder why a loving God must send certain people to hell when they die. – "I am tormented in this flame" – Luke 16

There is no doubt he deserves hell since he has no desire to repent. He is released and then committs an even worse crime.

Nobody is a "good person" either. We have all broken God's Ten Commandments.

Most people will proclaim their own goodness – Proverbs 20

Joyce   September 1st, 2009 3:45 am ET

Katie, If you can find a way to forgive this Man. You will get your life back and feel much better with yourself. Pray ask for help 🙂
God Bless you for coming forward, I hope he is locked up for the rest of his life. We are hoping that Jaycee and her Mother find warmth and love with each other. The 2 girls look so much like Jaycee, I believe they will be loved by Terry. (Grandma) as you can get by the fact that they are his daughters........Frist they are Jaycee and yours. Thank you for sharing your story.

Heidi Foglia   September 1st, 2009 3:46 am ET

There is no excuse for these law enforcement officers and parole officers allowing this to happen to more little girls beside Katie. Perverts run rampant in America due to APATHIC police.

Bob Pomeroy   September 1st, 2009 3:52 am ET

2 points I just gotta make. I couldn't get logged in earlier.

1. We need to stop saying anything like "these 3 girls' lives are ruined"! Whatta we wanna do, convince them? Their lives are saved from ruin! We are all rooting for them, are we not? What do we want to tell them - that their lives are ruined? That they have been rendered defective?

2. The UP officer, ms Campbell (for who I will affect an honoric formality because I just want to giver a big kiss) made the most wonderful and concise statement of gratitude and true concern for US, the folks, that it should be repeated and repeated and applauded and applauded. Her gratitude was for the "opportunity" to ... be in the right place and time to have done the good deed.
She went for the good of US all, w/ multiple implicit messages about the good cops do (if even inspite of themselves), that both female and black cops do good work, and that what they bring to the table should not be cut back, or even not budgetted for to save tax dollars, or that by financially mistreating any public servants (includes music, math and art teachers) we truly err.

L J   September 1st, 2009 4:14 am ET

Laws need to be changed! This man should not have been out of prison!

God bless you, Katie.

Jordan   September 1st, 2009 4:38 am ET

Katie Hall is a heroic woman who was a good person then and is a remarkably incredible person now. She has demonstrated courage and love for her fellow man in telling others her story of victimhood so that others can relate and so that this type of evil will not be tolerated by society. She deserves a medal of honor. Katie, our thoughts and prayers are with you in synagogues and churches throughout America. May G-d Al-Mighty grant you a life filled with peace, love, joy and nachas.

Debbie   September 1st, 2009 4:51 am ET

Larry King RE: Katie Callway Hall story on CNN

Back in the early 1960's on Long Island, New York
my mother was attacked while walking home from an
afternoon doctor appointment in the fall. A man came up from
behind and covered her mouth and dragged her into an abandoned
garage. Though her did not rape her he did rip her clothing and
demand money. He then opened the garage door and ran off.
A week later he attacked another woman in the same area.
He was finally caught and was sent to jail but was released.
A few years later, this same man went to C.W. Post college
on Thanksgiving week when most students had gone home
earlier for the holiday, he broke into the dormatory and killed
a female student who planned to leave a day later than most.
The jails and legal system release these sick sex offenders
back in to the public and it is a matter of time they act again
or as in this case commit murder. That was then and this
is still going on- who is checking up on them after being
released? Shocking to hear this Phillip Garrido was living
in a community and not being monitored regularly as a
sex offender? D.Q. from Massachusetts

Steph   September 1st, 2009 4:52 am ET

As a person who has been raped twice in my life at the ages of 14 and 17, I can tell you how bad I feel for you. Not a day goes by that the thoughts of what happened to you goes thru your head.

People that molest a child in anyway should automatically be castrated, so they will never do it again. If they feel like groping a child, cut their fingers off so they can't use those either. Oh, and if they think of maybe using oral sex, cut their tongue out.

The law should be tougher on rapist to don't give a da$n about what they are doing to you and are only pleasuring their self. They should also be put in a prison where rape is common place, let him see how he likes it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

remmy   September 1st, 2009 5:27 am ET

Its a life grudge that can never fade away. am sure people like this man will still be in this world.
another question is that why was Garrido released without kaite's awareness...

remmy   September 1st, 2009 5:32 am ET

My prayer is that may God grant you the mind and courage to be able to forget all these and go on with your life. I really feel your pains...

Adegbite Oreoluwa   September 1st, 2009 5:47 am ET

Am really proud of you Katie.

It time for everyone to begin to uphold good values and morals like you just did.Turning him in, was the best thing you did.

If you didn't, something worst might have happened.

But the question is,Did He really complete his sentence?

Warm regards.

SoSadinCAL   September 1st, 2009 5:48 am ET

So many women are victims of sexual abuse. But telling our stories set us free. Which is what you did...a little more each time...not because you were a zombie. I know what you mean your never the same again. I also feel so worried about Jaycee and her children. But really in this case another woman helped him abuse a small child, that is the person I want to hear from...I can not understand what kind of things he did to her that made her also silent. How does a man yield so much power to hold 4 women against their will...he did...I have nothing but contempt against him. I would love public hangings to be legal again. And this man the first.

SoSadinCAL   September 1st, 2009 5:55 am ET

I feel angry that we are given this false sense of security, hey folks don't worry we have a Megan's Law...your safe....hey folks we have home visits your safe....hey folks we have monitoring devises on the worst of the worst your safe. Thanks for laws that do nothing to protect us. What we need back in California is the mental health dear Mr. Regan so nicely took from this lovely state. Everyone since that time has had to deal with kids going missing, and other horrible crimes. We don't need more laws we need to be able to lock up mentally ill people. Yes I know not all, but I would like the one caught raping going to a place that helps them rather than sitting in a jail cell until the day they are set free, with little or no intervention.

Leah   September 1st, 2009 6:00 am ET

God Bless you Katie.

Terry   September 1st, 2009 6:04 am ET

thank you to the storekeeper (?) who put a bullit into the attacker who smeared my own blood on me.etc. etc. thank you, because i didn't need to go to court, thank you, that i did not have to worry the evil one would come after me again, thank you ESPECIALLY that i did not have to dred that this evil one would go after anyone else!!!!

i THANK GOD for YOU! even though i never found out who you are. i hope you never had any nightmares over the difficult, dreadful, but fast job you did. whack! you spared me alot. it is a relief you did not get into trouble because you shot whatshisname. THANK GOD for YOU! and i hardly ever think of whatshisname anymore. the BIBLE said: God will "break the teeth of the wicked"....i've always thought that bullit went right though those ugly teeth that bite me in idfferent places.

i don't EVER want anyone to get in trouble for doing a job the POLICE and courts SHOULD have taken care of. whatshisname had a rap sheet from here to there. it was a crime in itself he was loose! if the police and courts would have done their job, you wouldn't have had such an unpleasant experience too.

the BIBLE said: "you are innocent in this matter". EXCELLENT verse. that freed up my mind. only one bad dream and poof, that was it. of course i left the state!!!! had no plans to go back there! except once. that is when the police told me you had taken care of matters! the end. THANK YOU.

stiffany Toussaint   September 1st, 2009 6:24 am ET

If you hadn't released him, this would not have happend to a girl of 11 years. If he was sentenced for 50 years, he should have kept for 50 years, releasing him in 10 years made another victim for a life time.

This is unacceptable.

Lisa Lewis   September 1st, 2009 6:39 am ET

Why did Larry ask the husband near the end of the interview if he was reluctant to marry his wife, the victim of the rapist at the forefront of this story?

It seems insensitive to the victim, brave for bringing her story forward, to have it implied that there could be reason for him to be hesitant in his relationship with his then girl friend.

Thankfully, the husband did not think any stigma or thoughts of her virtue were in question. Larry, old man, what were you thinking?

Laraine   September 1st, 2009 6:41 am ET

I am amazed how these monsters are allowed to walk the planet
FREE!!! Why do we pay for trials, and inprisonment? HE IS GUILTY!! I cant say much more here as I need to remain proper, but I can say that my father IS also a free man, and one day I will be looking at his face on the television. Stay strong Katie, and thank you for your bravery, it does not come easy I am certain.

Jason Borne   September 1st, 2009 6:50 am ET

why does society keep predators like them alive?
the system is failing the people we need to protect the most, our woman and children.
they have too many rights.
if an animal attacked people, it would be put down, they need to be put down too.
there is no mistaking what they have done...

NRJiiD   September 1st, 2009 7:05 am ET


Yes. Only victim's understand. Hugs to you, Jaycee and her daughters. Love and light.


Gershon Porter   September 1st, 2009 7:23 am ET

This creature must be jail for 100 years without water, for being so heartless and her wife too

Chris   September 1st, 2009 7:35 am ET

My girlfriend drove a delivery truck for UPS. She was a beautiful blonde, happy, energetic, loved to garden and cook. She walked a cardboard box to a regular stop. She handed the box to him and he grabbed her throat.
I know what it did to her and I know what it did to me. These people who rape are sick, perverted, control feaks who cannot be cured. They only get better at their craft. You are so lucky. You need to know it is not your fault. Your revenge is to get past this and have a great life with one very special guy who loves you.
Look at nature. You will see two birds, two ducks. They are partners, mates for life. Choose carefully, there are a lot of great guys out there.

WB   September 1st, 2009 7:41 am ET

Why can't the U.S. implement a "Castration Law" for repeated sex offenders and pedophiles??? Numerous studies have already proven that these men are not able to stop their behaviors. Castration would certainly put an end to these crimes.

Oluropo   September 1st, 2009 7:41 am ET

God bless you Katie. What does it take for someone to be Paroled? I asked this question because; I am not an American; though, I have been to United States twice on holiday before now.

Thank you.

Bill   September 1st, 2009 7:45 am ET

US justice!?!?! Garrido will probably write a book, get a movie made and have an action figure that will go into a Happy Meal!

Janice Swope   September 1st, 2009 7:53 am ET

As I was reading your story, my heart was breaking and I just sobbed.
May God Bless You and guide you.
This creature of a man is very sick and needs to be put away FOREVER!
The court system messed up and caused another human being, a child, plus her two daughters, to suffer also for the rest of their lives.
The laws need to be changed for these predators.

Brent   September 1st, 2009 8:20 am ET

The parole officers who so miserably failed should be locked up with Garrido!

Loucarlucci   September 1st, 2009 8:24 am ET

When is this country gonna wake up. This scum should have never been released. He should be put down. Slowly.

BetGR - Boston, MA   September 1st, 2009 8:26 am ET


I can only hope now you might begin to heal a bit. Fear can do awful things to a person's psyche. The moment I heard about Jaycee's story, and saw that man's photo – I knew he was crazy and I'm so sorry you have had to live with this for so long. My sister was drugged and raped when she was young (about 15) and I'm not sure if she ever recovered either. I can't know what you went through, but I can only imagine based on how my sister is now. You were robbed of your years and I'm very sorry about that. Garrido won't be going anywhere ever again. I truly hope you can have some happiness and comfort now that the SOB is in jail. This time forever.

Laura G   September 1st, 2009 8:28 am ET


You are the real HERO in all of this. Find healing in knowing that it was YOU who got this guy identified as a sexual predator, and because of YOU turning him initially, those officers were able to pull up his criminal history.

Daily, I wish I had helped catch the person who entered my bedroom when I was 15 and attempted to kidnap me. I fought him off and he fled my home without being identified, but I always wonder how many other women he successfully kidnapped, raped and murdered, which would have been the case with me.

Thank you so much for sharing your story, then and now!

Many hugs,

Laura G.
San Antonio, Tx

Heather   September 1st, 2009 8:29 am ET

Katie, God Bless You for telling your story!!!
I cannot say enough about the juditial system and how broke it is, first how he got out before his sentence was up, wrong, just wrong and then to be out on parole and essensially nobody watching him, if we have this system registering sex offenders then why doesn't it work to protect, we have to do something as a society to fix this problem before there is another victim!!!

Adam   September 1st, 2009 8:30 am ET

My prayers go out to the victims. I hope you will find some peace now. Thank God he is in custody. Judgment day is coming.

Alex   September 1st, 2009 8:42 am ET

OMG!!! You are my hero for sharing something that personal. You are a strong independent woman and I wish that most that have been victimized would come forward to catch all the other CREEPS out there.

rc   September 1st, 2009 8:43 am ET

I strongly believe that all these sexual predators and molesters should be locked for life in an island, example: "Guantamo Bay" that way they can rape each other and stop hurting innocent people....

Kim   September 1st, 2009 8:44 am ET

Thank you Katie for telling your horrific story, you are a very brave and
wonderful woman. As the Adam Walsh Child protection and safety act
that was signed into law in 2006 by Pres Bush stays unfunded while
the US lends Brazil Billions to search for oil. This is something that I will never understand as Brazil continues to harbor kidnapped American children and not return one child under the Hague Convention. Rapists and Pedophiles can not be rehabilitated that is a fact. They always have a next victim when they get out of jail or prison. Some only get probation as one predator was only 4ft 11 he could not go to prison because he was too short. Time for America to say this enough and demand they do something about these rapists that can not be cured. Oh I know they should be locked up for life so they don't hurt and ruin someone's else life. God Bless you Katie!

Mike   September 1st, 2009 8:49 am ET

The people in charge of the justice systems no everything. They have special understanding of the criminal mind and how they rehabilitate. This understanding comes from being completely removed from reality and seeminglly free of accountability. What a joke. Anyone with common sense knows predators should be locked up for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!God bless you Katie.

m.stanzal   September 1st, 2009 8:51 am ET

My sister's daughter was almost abducted from her home while sleeping last year in the middle of the night, but my mother happened to be there and stopped him. I can't imagine what would of happened to my niece... I told my niece she must go to Court to fight for all the girls out there who have been taken and raped, and for those who cannot speak out. She is 12 years old and wants to fight. WHY IS OUR GOVERNMENT LETTING THESE RAPISTS OUT OF JAIL!!!!!!!
WE MUST WRITE TO OUR GOVERNMENT TO HAVE STRICTER SENTENCES, they will think twice then!!!! Please do something, and write to your government now!

Gene H. Branam   September 1st, 2009 8:54 am ET

I doubt that the bleeding heart liberals and the ACLU would ever allow this man to have his rights messed with even though he ran all over other peoples rights and had taken this little girls rights away from her for 11 years. She will never recover just like Ms Hall.

Kathy Kirk   September 1st, 2009 9:01 am ET

My heart goes out to Jaycee and her family. The state of California should be ashamed for a lot of reasons for letting this animal out early and for going to his house to visit and not searching while on Parole. The Parole officers in concord are suppose to know better than this how upsetting to know they let animals like this out and don't watch them. People that commit crimes that hurt children and rapist don't deserve to be in the free world. I have no compassion for animals like this. To Jaycee and her family don't let this get the best of you heal from this and once again my heart goes out to you.

Karima Cole   September 1st, 2009 9:11 am ET

Ok AMERICA. So, are we just going to sit down on this one, or are we going to stand up. Larry, start interviewing. It's time to put America on trial for this one. I want to know WHY this is happening in my country. I grew up in the 60's and 70's and that could have been me. For God's sake, Larry, what can you do now! Can you unite this blog? I dare you!

Katie Callaway Hall Another Victim Before Jaycee Dugard:On Larry King Live « Fan The Flames   September 1st, 2009 9:19 am ET

[...] "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 what Hall wrote on the blog [...]

julie   September 1st, 2009 9:24 am ET

Katie – Thanks for sharing your story. You are a brave and wonderful woman. I hope you can now live out your life at ease now that this monster will be put away for ever. You deserve it!!! God Bless You!!

Shelly   September 1st, 2009 9:33 am ET

For those of you blaming Katie for being naive for giving the perp a ride, and then being clueless for going back into the warehouse when the cop told her to get her clothes on– way to blame the victim morons. When you are raped your mind is castrated– you can't think straight, you can barely walk straight, and you can tell by the way she recounts the issue that her mind was going in 20 different directions at once. She did as she was told by someone in charge becasue her capacity to think straight was shot.

As for her giving a ride to a stranger, it was a time after the 60s when people trusted one another.

Laina   September 1st, 2009 9:34 am ET

God Bless You Katie! Im so glad they got him. i really hope you can some what enjoy the rest of your life and sleep better at night! i know i would.

Brandon (San Antonio, Texas)   September 1st, 2009 9:36 am ET

God Bless you for sharing this story. I feel like this has gotten so much attention, that there may actually be some reform. Garrido is a piece of garbage and will die in jail. He is the spawn of the devil and I hope they attack him in jail. He truly deserves to be the victim.

POLICE FAMILY   September 1st, 2009 9:52 am ET

..look, I would like to castrate this Garrido myself...smooth, know what I mean.....and then torture him..he deserves it....if nobody will do it, I would like to...also, tie the pervert down, and cut off his legs and arms, too

Margaret   September 1st, 2009 9:54 am ET

Katie, Thank you for your courage and for sharing your horrifying story with us. I can't imagine the terror, pain, and anguish you felt, which was compounded when you weren't certain that the police officer would help you!!! - No human being should ever have to experience that nightmare. I'm so, so sorry. There truly are monsters in this world, and I wish you had never crossed paths with this one. Again, I'm so sorry.

My heart aches for you because of what you suffered and what you still suffer. I wish it could be taken away and that you could live life in peace. But please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

joseph   September 1st, 2009 9:55 am ET

hi i red this story in belfast over the weeks i find it detressing like after all these tears and katie good luck its a disgrace lik he should b aloud to walk the street

Cynthia   September 1st, 2009 10:03 am ET

This Devil should be publically IMPALED and left there for birds to eat.

This man doesn't deserve 1 cent of tax payers money to be spent for his defense, trial or jail time.

Do all AMERICANS a favor start killing these devils and use this man as the first example.

Guarantee there would be less crimes if we truly gave these criminials what they deserve.

ehdvm   September 1st, 2009 10:12 am ET

There are so many angles of this story that are deplorable.

1. The pepetrators should be killed and not allowed to drain $35000 per year in prison for the rest of their lives. Or just allow them a short stint in general population. Even criminals don't tolerate pedophiles.

Furthermore, this wacko bragged about his manifesto and how there would be a massive revelation and he would reveal a phenomenon. What he was referring to was duping the police for 20 years and holding an innocent girl and impregnating her under the noses of his parole officer and neighbors.

For some reason, 2 days prior to being caught at UC berkeley he dropped off papers at the FBI detailing his madness. He apparently wanted the gig to be up so he could get on national television and explain how he is reformed and his "incarcerated" family is proof.

God hope the two daughters were not victims of incest but I fear the worst. They must now learn their "eccentric" father is a kidnapper and rapist. Furthermore, the rest of the world doesn't live in tents with a father who is a schizophrenic religious nut who molests you in God's name.

2. Incompetancy of law enforcement and failure of correctional department.

3. The people who associated with Garrido and saw him with the children and knew he was eccentric. I have a small daughter and if I felt like there was a creepy old man with 2 young girls I would have notifiied authorities immediately and continued to follow up. Clearly it only took moments at UC Berkeley in the presence of the police for them to have raised red flags. Not to mention, you can access sex offenders on the internet and locate their house address.

RB   September 1st, 2009 10:18 am ET

Kate, I wish you the best. I wish I could turn back the clock and make that horror never happen to you. Thank you for speaking out!

Ellen   September 1st, 2009 10:18 am ET

Our legal/judicial system has REALLY failed here. This man is crazy as a loon WHY was he paroled. The barest requirement of the judicial system is to protect its citizens. It let a monster out amongst us. How does his parole officer sleep at night. How does the parole approvers sleep at night. Just because they are safe –life is ok. California really needs to clean up its act when it comes to parolees.

Wendy   September 1st, 2009 10:22 am ET

You are a brave person for sharing your horrific experience. It is good to see the support that most people offer for the victim of a crime such as this. It makes me so angry to see that there are still those who somehow try to blame the victim. I guess there will always be some like that, but, thank goodness, there are getting to be fewer and fewer of them - thanks to people like you who are willing to come forward and try to educate people about the trauma that you have gone through both at the time it happened and over the subsequent years. I hope you can ignore those who try to indicate that the victim has any responsibility whatsoever for what happened to them. Those people are showing that they are ignorant and judgemental. They don't have any idea of the trauma of a victim in this kind of crime. They don't know what they are talking about, don't have enough intelligence to recognize that they know nothing about it, and don't have enough common sense to keep their judgements to themselves. By relating your experience, you are helping others who are not as brave as you - helping them to better understand and be able to cope with what happened to them, and I would imagine that you are also helping to free yourself from the grip of the monster who has been the source of so many nightmares for you for far too many years. God bless you Katie.

no name given   September 1st, 2009 10:25 am ET

The judge that set Garrido free from prison should go to prison for the rest of their life. And the officers should have been checking his backyard once he was paroled. He is a sex offender and our society allowed him to hold a girl captive for 18 years. That is inexcusable. I hope the all the judges and police officers learn something from this case.

"bleeding heart liberal"   September 1st, 2009 10:34 am ET

For all of you screaming about "Bleeding Heart Liberals"

This is no political issue...whered do you get the gall to turn it into one?

Show a little respect!!!

My sympathies to the victims of Mr. Garrido. Honestly, he should never have been released in the first place.

daisy   September 1st, 2009 10:37 am ET

Wow. The cops are all over someone going 2 miles over the speed limit. But when it comes to anything important, they repeatedly drop the ball. Good goin' guys.

And when do we get to hear more about this utter failure of a parole officer?

daisy   September 1st, 2009 10:40 am ET

For all of you screaming about "bleeding heart liberals"

Shame on you for trying to exploit this tragedy and turn it into a political crusade!

stef   September 1st, 2009 10:43 am ET

Another scary thought is to think of just how many children go missing in this country...where are they! Chances are many of them are probably kept as this poor woman was kept as a prisoner for 18 years! If the punishment were more severe for individuals like this, I guarantee you would see a decline in our society of such cruelty. But, no, we continue to give all the rights to the perpetrator rather than the victim!

Mary A   September 1st, 2009 10:48 am ET

Hey Katie,

You and I spoke of this years ago when we worked together, as we never got much into detail, I had no idea what a monster this person was, that you had the missfortune to incounter.
Another one of our coworkers called me and told me to turn on Larry King, and I was shoched. Knowing you makes this more personal.
I commend you for coming foward, not an easy task, I'm sure.
It looks as though you now have a wonderful husband, and all that is important now is that hopefully you will never have to worry about this monster.

And for the one that thought Katie was nieve, you obviously didn't know the 70's, everyone helped out someone in need and still trusted people.

Robin   September 1st, 2009 10:55 am ET

Katie's entire story is horrifiying but the way the police officer behaved. The continued risk he put her in when he sent her back in to get dressed and the rapist in alone afterwards is police work at its worst.

Thank God you survived!

Yogi   September 1st, 2009 10:59 am ET

Thanks for sharing your experience. These failings of law enforcement from letting him back in the room with you, to not informing you about his release, combined with the outrageous lack of investigating him with Jaycee are so much worse than anyone that has not had to deal with these issues would have imagined.

I hope you keep these issues in the public spot light and force government to do their JOBS. I have not heard one peep about pulling cops off traffic detail and having them actually do police work and go comb through every molesters belongings. There is a huge hole in the system, but without pressure these fat cat pensioner cops will never go do the work we pay them to do.
cops will never go do the work we pay them to do.

ann carr   September 1st, 2009 11:03 am ET

I am in awe of the ineptitude and idiocy that characterizes much of the behavior on the part of several individuals involved in Garrido's and his victims' stories...first, the officer that sent Garrido back into the storage unit ALONE with Katie after she (naked and screaming) had just asked him for help??? The police officer who responded to neighbor's girlfriend's 911 call about the back yard (and he didn't search the back yard)???? Years of supervision by Calif. probation, and the probation officer didn't see fit to further investigate??(come on, this man spoke in word-salad–obviously not normal–did anyone question whether he was being treated psychiatrically?)–Last, not least, is Larry Kings highly offensive interviewing style...OMG, did he really ask Katie "what did he do with the food?" King's question to Katie's husband smacked of "how do you feel about damaged-goods"–This entire interview was delivered with an inappropriately harsh tone, and a total lack of understanding of the impact that publicly speaking of these horrors may have STill on Katie–incompetent and offensive and ineffective. Larry King, you need a coach (get a woman just to be safe–Maybe she can teach you how to be effective, just as the two women officers that accomplished Garrido's capture were...)

Saddened   September 1st, 2009 11:11 am ET

Sexual predators CANNOT be rehabilitated. You cannot change their desires with therapy or religion. It is their desires that drive them. Since it is proven, WHY THE HECK do they get such a minimum sentence? There should be NO PAROLE! When you kidnap and rape, you are basically killing that person. Katie and Jaycee's lives are forever changed by this man. He and all our rapist (especially amongst children) should receive the death penality. Maybe the predator's fear of death will overcome their desires. Man, America is so screwed up!! Everyone, keep a close eye on your kids. The law sure isn't go to.

God Bless you Jaycee and Katie for surviving this.

Ratna Sagar   September 1st, 2009 11:12 am ET

I am very very very very sad to read about this, America the land of too much liberty here. To me, 1. Why did the parole officer let him out before his jailtime, does he have no mother, sister, wife, daughter? I totally understand and feel it how every moment Katie must have been looking around living in constant fear. 2. He kidnapped and hid another child in his backyard and why the officer went to follow up 911 call in 2006 did not check properly, he should have traced the caller and talked to him if he was not capable of feeling something near that house/property he searched. It is the result of a failure of the entire system, police, judiciary everything, if public has to take care of and do everything for them why are they needed.

judy   September 1st, 2009 11:19 am ET

Don't EVER blame Katie for giving a person a ride or going back inside the warehouse for her clothes. Believe me, she probably did enoughof blaming herself for years, although it was not her fault at all. As for the cop who almost let this pervert go after he kidnapped Katie, you have to remember that cops were not trained investigating sexual assault as they are today. They've come a long way since then.

To Katie, you are a survivor. Remember the attack on you had nothing to do with sex & it had all to do with control & conquer. And I know what you mean about your life never being the same. I was 7 or 8 yrs. old when my uncle started sexually abusing me. I never said anything until I was about 40 yrs. old for many reasons (the only people that knew were my 2 x-husbands) and had a complete breakdown. I was so depressed that I attempted suicide. I didn't know what was wrong with me. I thought it was my marriage because it was failing or because I worked for approximately 18 yrs. in a sexual assault unit & I thought I had burnout from all the women, men & children that were being sexually assaulted. All I wanted to do was help other victims in this unit (that's another whole story). It was neither. When I was admitted into a psychiatric hospital after the breakdown, I was interviewed by a psychiatrist & one of the questions was "were you ever sexually assaulted?" I said, "yes, I was" & I'll never forget the look on her face when I said that. She looked at me like I said I have the answer to the mysteries of life. In a way, it was the correct responsive look because from there on I began to heal. It took me years & at 53 I'm still not completely healed. I underwent extensive therapy, 4 separate psychiatric hopitalizations, trial & error with medications, electric shock treatments, self-medication, counseling, group meetings, etc. I'll never know what my life would have been like if I wasn't sexually assaulted at age 7 or 8. What would I have accomplished if this didn't happen & change me, even though I was so young? Katie, I know exactly how you feel. It's something we live with all our lives. But the more we talk about it, the more we educate people about what happens to us, it helps us heal. Good luck to you & remember, we're not victims, we're survivors & we took back control over our lives.

matelot   September 1st, 2009 11:26 am ET

so...did the actual rape happen ?

GAIL   September 1st, 2009 11:29 am ET


Snobuny   September 1st, 2009 11:33 am ET

This story is a total embarassment to our judicial system. My prayers go to Katie for telling the story of this creep. Only a victim knows the scared feelings she has been enduring all these years. I hope my scared feelings will dimished some day.

Genevieve Williams   September 1st, 2009 11:35 am ET

Katherine Callaway Hall should be a spokesperson for rape victims. She has a very strong voice and a lot of courage. She told her story without feeling ashamed or ridiculed. I praise her for being able to share her story with millions of people. People like her can persuade other victims to have a voice and to use it. There should be no shame to speak up about monsters that do these horrific crimes. Katherine can encourage others to be able to speak out about being raped. Women should never have to be quiet about rape, at the risk of being degraded or looked down upon. It is not their fault and this is why they are called the "victim". Maybe with her courage, others will finally open up and be free of the demons that have haunted them for a long time. I have nothing but the utmost respect for people like her. Holding onto these memories only make a person bitter. Nobody blames them and that is the message that we need to get across. God Bless all rape victims.

Genevieve Williams   September 1st, 2009 11:44 am ET

I believe that it should be mandatory that all parolees and sex offenders should be monitered by regular and random home visit's. They should have a label on them at all times, such as a permanent stamp on the top of their hand, so that people will know who and what they are, "monsters". Or better yet, castrate them on their first offense. If these procedures are taken I am sure that they will commit less sex crimes.

Karene   September 1st, 2009 11:52 am ET

Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your strength is inspriational. It is time for big changes in the system. Criminals should NOT have more rights than the victims!

Please know that your story has strenthened me personally.

gale   September 1st, 2009 12:03 pm ET

This is so sad for Katie and Jaycee. Yet, our judicial system will send young men to prison for 30 or 60 years for selling watered down cocain and let rapist and child molesters go free. TOO MUCH LAW, NOT ENOUGH JUSTICE.

Lori   September 1st, 2009 12:07 pm ET

Katie hats off to you for coming foward. Some people hide things like this and they never get better.

The pervert will strke again and again if he gets the chance. The courts should save us all some money and give him death. It is what he deserves for taking away the innocence of a child.

Jamie crowson   September 1st, 2009 12:09 pm ET

Hi Katie,
Thanks for sharing your horriffeing experience. The minute this story hit the news papers I said to my husband "I know this girl, Katie!" I was watching the news again last night and looked up and saw your picture .I was following the story for I used to live in South Shore / Lake Tahoe at that time ,and you & I were friends. I remember the horror you went through and am so glad to see you can finally find some peace and closure. May God be with you and help you guide you to peace on earth. I would love to reunite some time. I hope you can rest now Katie now that they finally caught this devil............................Your long lost pal Jami

Carmen   September 1st, 2009 12:10 pm ET

This case has only one Guilty: PAROLE OFFICER, who failed to
do his job RIGHT!!! and the Judge who allowed this individual
to be free!!!

Christine   September 1st, 2009 12:11 pm ET

Katie, thank you for having the courage to share your story. You now hold a special place in my heart and will always be in my prayers!

Elaine Coleman   September 1st, 2009 12:16 pm ET

I am surprised that there were not many more criticisms of Larry"s interview. It was so insensitive that he almost seemed disdainful of the victim. I was actually cringing with the callousness of his approach.That Kate did not break down or even lash back at him was remarkable. Her husband also had to be offended at Larry's implications...sounding like maybe he wouldn't have wanted to marry her, that maybe she was "damaged goods". I was really bothered by this interview.

Richard L. Dunkle   September 1st, 2009 12:17 pm ET

These stories sadden me terribly. In Oklahoma, where I work with inmates, if a sex offense was committed prior to 1989, the inmate does not have to register as a Sex Offender and falls off the radar. This is terrible...these guys don't change. They are predators who literally prey on women and children, yet the laws in Oklahoma assist them to continue their behavior.

God help us all!

anne rhodes   September 1st, 2009 12:25 pm ET

Judges have too much power. There is no over-sight on their decisions. They can rule without following the rule of law/statute/etc. and if a party wants to appeal – the only win they get is "back" to the same judge - with nobody watching that judge (again). In the case of sex offenders (of any kind) - there should, must, be a panel of judges and in OPEN court. Too many "child" cases are sealed so that a "bad" judicial decision is not even open to public scrutiny (as in this case). This creep "got out" because some judge "made a mistake" (or are these mistakes?) WHERE ARE THE FEMINIST GROUPS who fought for women's rights on so many levels and won? They should be fighting against there molesters AND the judges who let them out. I was just in family court and the judge read the other side's "request" and without even an evidentiary hearing gave the other side "MORE" than they even asked for and who suffered? THE CHILD. - so FEMINISTS GROUPS - get moving and fight for these women and children and change the rules once again (JUDGES BEWARE) - if you, Mr or Ms Judge, don't care enough to follow statute and law and make one slip, you will have one strike. Three strikes and YOU ARE OUT. Maybe the legislature can write a "law" fo punish a judge for 3 strikes. ya think?

Me   September 1st, 2009 12:28 pm ET

OF COURSE you will never completely get over what happened! The man did a horrible, unspeakable thing to you! NO ONE should ever expect you (or any other rape victim) to just "get over it." In dealing with what he did to you as well as you seem to have and moving on with your own life, you have shown incredible strength of character. That is admirable. God be with you and continue to give you strength.

brenda   September 1st, 2009 12:30 pm ET

hey it makes me so angry that they released this worthless piece of garbage early he should never have seen the outside world ever again my thoughts are with all the victims in this awful story i hope they both get the death penalty or better still do what he did to the victims

Terrylynne   September 1st, 2009 12:34 pm ET

There was a documentary about a tent compound in the arizona desert that was a prison. If it still exists, he should get to live the rest of his life there.

Astrid   September 1st, 2009 12:41 pm ET

These monsters cannot be rehabilitated. When will our justice system figure this out?

You are a courageous and amazing woman. I hope you can find some real, unfettered joy now. Peace be with you and god bless.

pauline   September 1st, 2009 12:44 pm ET

Dear Katie,
I am so sorry for what it has been done to you. I understand your pain and suffer, but don't give up. It takes years to recover from something like this. Finding good counseling really helps. The memories will stay in your mind forever and there is nothing we can do about it, but you can learned to manage how to live with the rest. You are incredibly brave, and I am so proud of your courage to tell your experience. This will help lots of other people to understand that they are not alone and they can heal from this, and will help you to hell as well.
I will pray for you and your healing. God bless you. Have faith. You are supported by hundreds of people that have shown compassion ans love.

Kris   September 1st, 2009 12:48 pm ET

I want to respond to Andrew, an individual that posted a comment. When I read your comments, I just shook my head and could not believe how little compassion you showed for Katie. From the beginning you criticized her for allowing Garrido into her car and how she responded to the first police officer. Why do you find it so easy to blame a victim? Maybe Katie should not have stopped at the store to purchase food or been so “attractive.” Your thinking comes from the dark ages when it was thought that a rape victim somehow caused the crime. Katie in her innocence offered to help a person she thought was in need, so how can anyone fault her for this? Look at how successful Ted Bundy was using this ploy.

I am sure it is easy in the comfort of your home or wherever you are posting your comments to pass judgment. Have you never made a wrong decision or done something and later realized that it was dangerous? I am sure that many of us have, but our outcomes were no where near what Katie experienced.

This part of my message is for Katie. I hope that you do not linger on comments from people like Andrew, but take strength from all of the wonderful wishes and praise that others posted. It took a brave person to live through that ordeal in 1976 and to speak out over 30 years later.

Melissa   September 1st, 2009 12:55 pm ET

Katie I just want to say I am so sorry for what you went through. I myself am a survivor of a couple different incidents of extreme sexual abuse. You are correct when you say it will never leave us, all we can do is incorporate into who we are, be as good of a person as we possibly can, and always keep our doors locked 🙂 God bless you for being so brave to share your story, I still dont know if I ever could. I will pray for you, and hope that now you have more peace in your life due to the fact that the monster will now be behind bars for the rest of his life. Sleep well love and try to not to be afraid anymore.

Renee Sinrod   September 1st, 2009 1:02 pm ET

How did this freak of nature deserve a parole? I would give him a life sentence for what he has done to Jaycee and the children he sired but a very short life sentence, buried in a hole in the ground up to his neck, with no food, water, Tv, conjugal visits, medical care, entertainment or visitation for at least eighteen years with his wife in the hole adjacent to his. The parole board who turned him loose should dig the hole. If I could think of something worse, I would have written it.

Jenn   September 1st, 2009 1:08 pm ET

Katie- Thank God you had the wherewithall to think and run. It infuriates me about the police apathy that they would actually let him go back in with you. I wish you the best.

Let's not forget that Jaycee was a child and did not have the same mental capacity to escape. That poor baby being taken from her mom and dad. I can not imagine the horror for both Jaycee and her mom. I hope time will heal the wounds for them and she goes on to have a happy life.

As for creepy Phil, I would like to see him hang, but the noose would not hang from the head on his shoulders.

LP   September 1st, 2009 1:10 pm ET

This only reveals how our Judicial System and our judges feel sorry for this MONSTER and a FILTHY ANIMAL like phillip garrido. He doesn't deserve to even stay in prison and eat three square meals a day. The best punishment is to remove some of his vital body parts and make live and survive by himself and pay restitution to the victims' families.

Pat Hardigree   September 1st, 2009 1:11 pm ET

God Bless you, Katie, and keep you strong. You won't have to look over your shoulder anymore, but we always have to watch our back.
G. is not the only predator out there. Although his wife helped him with the kidnapping of J. she may be a victim too.
There were many things that could have been done to find J. sooner, but nothing was done. Sometimes, neighbors, business people and the police need to speak up and insist that a strange situation be investigated or at least monitored.
Doing nothing allowed the abuse to continue.

Steve   September 1st, 2009 1:27 pm ET


You are such a brave woman, thank you for sharing your story. I can understand the pain and shame that comes with being a victim. I had something similar happen, although I was a teenager. I ended up being able to protect myself, thankfully. Being that I defended myself I ended up being sent away to juvenile detention, while this man, who I later found out thru court records, has a wife and children. Nothing happened to him, he was allowed to carry on with his life. Even though, the detective investigating the event told me they did not believe this man's story because it changed every time. Mine, to this day has been the same, because I am telling the truth.

Who knows how many young men this pig tried to pick up and molest. For all I know, he could have someone in his back yard or worse. People like this need to be removed from the earth, they serve no purpose. Our system releases these predators with little worry. In fact they put them in protected services while they are in jail. Absurd.

A victim in Erie PA........

Carl..........I hope you know........what tried to do was very wrong.

Steve   September 1st, 2009 1:29 pm ET

You are such a brave woman, thank you for sharing your story. I can understand the pain and shame that comes with being a victim. I had something similar happen, although I was a teenager. I ended up being able to protect myself, thankfully. Being that I defended myself I ended up being sent away to juvenile detention, while this man, who I later found out thru court records, has a wife and children. Nothing happened to him, he was allowed to carry on with his life. Even though, the detective investigating the event told me they did not believe this man's story because it changed every time. Mine, to this day has been the same, because I am telling the truth.

Who knows how many young men this pig tried to pick up and molest. For all I know, he could have someone in his back yard or worse. People like this need to be removed from the earth, they serve no purpose. Our system releases these predators with little worry. In fact they put them in protected services while they are in jail. Absurd.

A victim in Erie PA........

Carl..........I hope you know........what YOU tried to do was very wrong.

Melanie   September 1st, 2009 1:29 pm ET

Katie, thank you for coming forward and telling your story. I'm sure it has been a difficult journey for you all these years. Stay strong!

This man should never see the light of day again nor be able to have any contact with anyone for the rest of his life! He is obviously a very sick indiviual who thinks he's "changed" which I highly doubt. If that were the case, then why did he continue to keep Jaycee held captive all these years??? A changed person understands and admits to his/her crimes, not acknowledges them and continues to go on still doing them! In my mind, this man will never be rehabilitiated. I hope he gets life and rots away in a small cell because that's exactly what he deserves.

KKohutek   September 1st, 2009 1:32 pm ET

I get chills reading your account of what happened to you from the hands of that monster. You were so brave even when that cob sent you back into the room alone with him! How incredibly stupid was that??? You were so brave then and now to come forth and tell your story even though it must be so painful to remember. I hope they fry this SOB!
How did so many people including police and his neighbors miss this happening again right under their noses??? I pray I would of gotten more involved if I had even suspected there was something weird going on in this monsters back yard! It could of spared these poor victims years with this fiend. I pray they will recover and find peace.
God bless you Katie.

debi423   September 1st, 2009 1:37 pm ET

I understand your fear and your relief. I am thankful you got out alive. But I feel the need to ask one question: Why did you let him in your car? Just curious.

Steve   September 1st, 2009 1:47 pm ET

debi423 September 1st, 2009 1:37 pm ET

I understand your fear and your relief. I am thankful you got out alive. But I feel the need to ask one question: Why did you let him in your car? Just curious.

She was trying to be helpful.

Kymberly   September 1st, 2009 1:50 pm ET

Katie, I am so very sorry to hear of your ordeal. This guy and his wife are the devil in discuise! I found it interesting reading through this blog that most people feel the same death penalty or life for these type of criminals and I am religous but I feel that they should be executed on site! No one really mentions what THEY can and will do about "changing our judicial system." Change begins with US so that sexual predators are NOT released early and disposed of properly. I will call my Congressmen and women TODAY to express my outrage and to ask what can "I" do to help with the change!

God Bless you and Jaycee and her family.

adam   September 1st, 2009 1:59 pm ET


Wendy   September 1st, 2009 2:10 pm ET

First of all, this was not your fault!
And if it were not for your bravery at the scene with the cop and your testimony, Garrino may never have been caught!!!!
Back in 1976, women, children, and people in general were not warned about predators like they are today; and rape and sexual abuse were swept under the rug and not discussed or prosecuted like they are now.
You're right. You were and are a good person and you were just trying to help someone out!
SHAME ON LARRY for making a joke about the food and asking what he did with it!!!!!!!!!!!

Jessica   September 1st, 2009 2:11 pm ET

Katie you are a very brave women. To tell your story and to finally live without fear is a wonderful thing for you. I have been through a similar situation and I never told anyone. In time things get better but you never forget. Their alot of people that I believe do not tell, and it is because of our judicial system. It has been 12 years from my nightmare and there is not a day that don't go by that I don't think about it. It is very true that you never know unless you are a victim. I can honestly say 12 years later and I still have a hard time trusting people. Its very sad what this can do to a person. The pain never goes away. You are so brave and I wish the best!!!!

Lee   September 1st, 2009 2:19 pm ET

To me, the most disturbing thing about Ms. Hall's ordeal was when that cop allowed Garrido back in that warehouse while she was getting dressed. MY GOOD LORD!!!! This poor woman had spent hours in fear of her life and this officer allows the man that did it to come near her – what the hell was he thinking? Obviously Mr. Garrido has a demon angel watching over him. He got back into his victim's proximity where he could have just killed her if he had wanted to. He only does 10 years of a 50 year sentence. As soon as he is freed he kidnaps and keeps Jaycee for 18 years – AND NO ONE EVER CHECKS ON THIS YAHOO. If this is a true picture of our police and justice system – HOLY MOLY!!! This is what we are getting for our tax dollars??? Those are some mighty big cracks this guy kept falling through – are they not?

P. Sigler   September 1st, 2009 2:22 pm ET

Katie, Your story is so sad. It angers me that the system let you down by releasing that monster. Please don't let him win. You are safe. Many prayers and good wishes are coming your way .

Lee   September 1st, 2009 2:23 pm ET

debi423 September 1st, 2009 1:37 pm ET

I understand your fear and your relief. I am thankful you got out alive. But I feel the need to ask one question: Why did you let him in your car? Just curious.

Actually, if I am not mistaken, Hall and Garrido worked together. At least that is the report I heard a couple of days ago.

maria   September 1st, 2009 2:29 pm ET

US needs to set a paradeigm for justice in such cases for ALL the world.

People who FORCE someone
to do ANYTHING without their own will should not be free citizens.

justices around the world need to develop some kind of system, to pretend these things from happening AGAIN!!!

MY life has ALSO changed FOREVER because of ONE incident of domestic violence ,
for which I had to have years of therapy to overcome it,
just for theese 40 minutes of horror.

you are never the person you were before.

Psychology and Police and Justice,
they all need to figure things out, differentlly,
CHANGE the way the system works right now!

Do you understand, that if the system would be different,
this person WOULDNT have DISTROYED these peoples lives...
the victim, the victims family, the children and who knows -their children will also be influenced by it.

ONE person, who shouldnt be allowed to be free.

NO freedom, for people who force themselves on others....

INFORMATION for the children and the community about domestic violence,
CAUSE THIS IS WHERE IT ALL STARTS, ......this is where kids learn how to behave with hatred and violence
and repeat it ALL OVER....

bless you KATIE, for at trying to put this man behind bars and for telling your feelings to us all, know that ALL over the world, there are people who know how you feel, and send you love.

Nancy   September 1st, 2009 2:37 pm ET

You have come a long way in your recovery, but I know how this has marred your life forever. I still have nightmares and it's been over 50 years now. These sexual predators are not rehabilitative and they need constant, thorough investigations!

zama   September 1st, 2009 2:46 pm ET

Since the system seem to be unable to contain these monsters ,and as we all know sex offenders will always strike again,i think it would be wise to castrate them so that they will not be able to harm anyone else again.

Amy   September 1st, 2009 2:47 pm ET

I was attacked as a 17 year old freshman in my first few months of college by a guy who dragged me across a room at a large party, locked me in a room, bound my wrists, and began tearing my clothes off while telling me he was going to kill me if I screamed. There were no drugs or alcohol in my system – I was an athlete and was in training, so I wasn't into the party scene at that time. My instincts kicked in and I thankfully escaped him just before his friends entered the room – clearly there to join in the assault. The event changed me forever, and as a previously young happy-go-lucky woman, introduced terror into my life for the first time. Ironically, it was 1 month later that I was date raped in a separate incident by a 'friend' who I had entrusted with my story.

I repressed the events of that night for many many months until it came bubbling to the surface of my consciousness. By then I had failed out of school, started taking drugs to deal with the pain, lost my sports scholarship, and had lost my sense of self and purpose. Now 20 years later, I still struggle with issues related to both attacks, but I find peace most days. Except when I hear stories like this – it all comes back in a BIG way.

Blessing to you Katie, and to all of 'us' who have been targeted by predators. LIke you Katie, I was told I was attacked because I was attractive – and to this day, I still struggle with the fear of being attacked for being attractive, although I have gained a lot of weight to prevent this from happening again. There is a special place in hell for men and women who attempt to kill the spirit of so many bright young vibrant and beautiful people – both girls and boys. You monsters may dull our glow, but you CANNOT put out our light.

mountain man   September 1st, 2009 2:49 pm ET

They should bring him up here and let him loose with us folks. That would be the last anyone would ever see or hear from him.

By golly, he just disappeared !!

Irene Kirkegaard   September 1st, 2009 2:57 pm ET

The Law's & Punishment pertaining to sexual Predator's such as Phillip Garrido and the likes needs to be changed.
!st. Offense: Mandatory Castration followed by hard Labor for the Balance of their Life. Maybe there wouldn't be too many 2nd. Offences etc. However, Castration is not guaranteed to cure the SICK Fantasies of the mental Process, ergo NOTHING will !!!
As for all those who had the chance to intervene and just did less than the minimum required, there are way too many of them, THAT needs to be addressed as well. Absolutely, an Eye for an Eye

Carly   September 1st, 2009 3:09 pm ET

This interview was utterly outrageous, even for Larry King. He asked her numerous questions such as: "Did you try to get away?" "How could he handcuff you when you were in the car?" and "Did he have a knife or other weapon?" These kinds of questions imply that the victim was somehow at fault. In the past 30-40 years, interviewers have learned to avoid them for that reason.

Callaway explained that she picked up Garridso in her car after getting some carry-out food, which she handed to him to hold after he got in. When she recounted how Garrido handcuffed her after he was in the car, the first thing King asked was "What did he do with the food?" He is a doddering disgrace to CNN. Ger rid of him.

Deb from Tulsa   September 1st, 2009 3:30 pm ET

I am so sorry for what happened to you. The exact same thing happened to me in 1973, I was kidnapped and raped in the parking lot near Sea World, San Diego. The man stabbed me, slightly, bond my hands, and had me on the floor of his car. He had the doors in his car wired somehow so I (or other victims) could not get out. He then pulled me by my hair, telling me not to scream or he would stab me gain, to the back of his truck's camper where he raped me. He put me back in the truck, where he then began telling me how he was going to kill me, cut me up for the fish, and dump me into the bay near Sea World. I kept pulling on the truck's door handle and somehow the door came open and I went flying out the door with him holding me. He either had to let me go, or crash his truck. so he let me go. At that time, the police did come, as a neighborhood person heard my screams, but the police did nothing. They did not even take a report or take me to the hospital, or call my parents, instead they called an adult friend of mine who picked me up. I never made a report as I was too ashamed. These kind of events make me shake too. I think about how I could have been one of the victims, not knowing whether he was really going to kill me or not. Today, I still wrestle with it, and am now on medication for PTSD. I pray for you as this must be really weird and scary for you.

Deb from Tulsa   September 1st, 2009 3:39 pm ET

What needs to be done about sex offenders:
1) every state should have a tiered system ranking them from 1-5 (minimal to maximum sex offender). Most people aren't aware that you can be ranked as a sex offender if you go to the bathroom outside, raise your top to show your breasts, streak or skinny dip. In states where there is a tiered system that act would be a one. Currently, people don't know when they review their local police's departments websites whether the sex offender living in your neighborhood is a 1 or a 5.

2) Since being listed as a sex offender in an untiered results in nearly all sex offenders moving out to the edges of town, or to rural areas, where they won't register as a sex offender, results in sex offenders going underground.

3) Create a Federal Sex Offender program where all states are tiered and the most violent offenders who are out on parole are watched by the Federal Gov't, in connection with the Local Parole officers so that the most violent are watched constantly, instead of the millions of number 1 type sex offenders who are wasting the time, money, energy of the local departments.

Jessica   September 1st, 2009 5:11 pm ET

I'll never fully understand what you're going through, or went through...without have been in your shoes. But I send you my deepest sorrows from the bottom of my heart. I'd never wish that upon anyone.

Holly   September 1st, 2009 5:26 pm ET

Larry, come on, did you really just ask this rape survivor in the midst of her recounting of this man’s horrific crime against her, “What did he do with the food?” he had been carrying? And then, “how did he consummate this?” You mean, how did he RAPE her? This isn’t love-making. You need an education on rape and sexual assault. Your line of question were absolutely ignorant and insulting.

Bobbie Garrett   September 1st, 2009 5:27 pm ET

Katie, I saw you on Larry King. You are a brave and beautiful person. I think you did the right thing to tell victims not to fight the rapist, even though some people think fighting back is the right thing to do. The women who fought back are not here to tell their story and you are alive and able to give hope to so many victims. God bless you and your family.

Crystal   September 1st, 2009 5:33 pm ET

I wish everyone will stop asking why Jaycee didn't leave or run. Please understand her cituation. At 11 yearsold she was taken. By a PROFESSIONAL rapist/kidnapper. She had no choice either live or die. If she thought she had no chance in the 1st hours or days how can you people ask, "Why not run?" A 11 yr old against a PROFESSIONAL and his disturbed wife. After one month I would say she thought she was thankfull for being alive. Get this "How long do you think it takes to control a child's mind and physically? I say a few days of mind games and not going in public. 1st child at 15. That's four years of torture right there. In the four years not one neighbor say this child? Sex Offender are not allowed to be near children. Someone must of known he was a sex offender that moved in. And about PO Officers. Their job is to look around the house and backyard, even basement. PO took the time to go to the house 10 minutes more to looking around is asking what too much. PLEASE!!!
When Garrido was let go why didn't Hall get any notice of this? I thought this was the law....

deana   September 1st, 2009 5:47 pm ET

Wow Katie – Praise God you're alive and here. What an ignorant cop to allow him to follow you back inside.
I can not believe monsters like him are let out – EVERYONE failed to follow up on his lifetime parole except the two female cops who saw him – wow – womans intuition. They keep drug users locked up longer than monsters. He needs to be gutted. I actually like the idea someone posted about putting all of them together. Politics won't allow the right thing to happen. Why? WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS SYSTEM? SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP!!!!!!
I hope the 3 girls survive and move past that part of theri lives. But it is obvious 8 hours vs 18 yrs will be impossible without a miracle.

mark   September 1st, 2009 5:56 pm ET

I hope they're not gonna give this guy life in prison and not have the taxpayers support him for the rest of his life. He deserves nothing but a loss of his life for violating these innocent women for so many years. In addition, knowing what type of person he is, only God knows what he's been doing to the 2 young daughters of his rape victim. If they allow him to stay alive in prison, I would say it would be fair to put him in a cell with a someone who would revenge the women. In addition, he needs to be castrated with a sharp knife asap.

Infidel Kastro   September 1st, 2009 6:26 pm ET

Katie, you're such a brave woman! You deserved to see this day: to see this crap being arreste and, I hope, being condemned to serve a life sentence, or better, to be gassed, both him and his warped wife. God bless you, and may God bless America, rid America of such crap!!! Let's not let it (such kind of crimes) happen nowhere in the whole world!!!

Ann from Chicago   September 1st, 2009 6:52 pm ET

I will never understand how you felt that night in 1976. When you said you had to tell your story over and over again after it happened. This I can thoroughly sense and understand. For much of 5 years I did the same thing after a horrific ordeal. To hide like you did from the public is difficult. A part of you dies with the years you repress that part of yourself. You'll be happy to know time gave me to opportunity to re-emerge from hiding as well. It was like a part of my grieving process had been halted by hiding. You look like you've had the break through needed to fully heal.

Eventually you will start to hear the part of yourself that died during the time you were hidden. Although my situation is different than yours last night I was stunned to see you on television. We don't know each other but I'm blown away that you are speaking out so publicly. This may help you initally but be careful not to get stuck in the mess the media can create around other people's pain. You've been through enough. Make sure to talk to the people you love more. They are the ones that will help you continue to build your future.

Unfortunetly or fortunetely the hype around the story will someday fade in the meantime don't forget to keep investing in the other parts of your life so you'll have that to turn to once this has settled and it's time to move on with your life. Maybe you have an interest stuffed underneath you haven't yet explored. I wish you the very best. You are a role model.

Stay strong as I believe you already were before you spoke out to the public. Eventually I would think Jaycee will feel supported by you having taken some of the weight of the media off of her by coming out with your story.

Enjoy your new life. You deserve it.

Nick   September 1st, 2009 7:29 pm ET

This story makes me sick. We need to keep sex offenders like this in prison for life, but no…we are too busy monitoring and throwing into prison the 21 yr old guys who are having consentual sex with 15 yr old girls and letting real criminals out to make room. There’s no need to monitor those criminals; monitor the ones who commit a real crime! I know the age of consent is 16 in most states, but it’s really ridiculous to allow a mad, evil man go free so that they can lock up someone caught on f***** Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator”.

Nick   September 1st, 2009 7:34 pm ET

I'm not condoning someone who is 18 or older who has consentual sex with someone under the age of 16; I'm just saying that they shouldn't be labeled sexual offenders and thrown into prison and monitored because it's a waste of money and manpower to do so. The people who commit real rape and vicious rapes and kidnappings and molestations of their victims should have all money and manpower reserved to monitor them. That's my feeling. Not the Debra LaFavres of the world, but true evil sex offenders who have real victims because statutory rape has no real victim.

Nick   September 1st, 2009 7:47 pm ET

We seriously have to get our minds back in the game when dealing with the criminal justice system because when viewing sex offenders, the difference between statutory rape and rape is like the difference between jaywalking and committing murder and yet we seem to commingle the two together by treating the statutory rapist, who could be an 18 yr old senior in high school with a 15 yr old freshman classmate, with the serial rapist, Phillip Garrido, who kidnaps 11 yr old girls and brutally molests them and locks them in dungeons. Someone get some common sense. I've been upset about this very fact for a long time.

HRH QueenCat   September 1st, 2009 7:59 pm ET

castration, then a lobotomy, then handcuffed & gagged, then thrown down a deep well – why waste the taxpayers money ...

Anonymous   September 1st, 2009 8:18 pm ET

He should have never been given the opportunity to do what he did. There's proof that he's raped at least one person so what the devil made the courts think he wouldn't try it again? A rapist WILL rape again. He needs to be sent out to a prison in the middle of a desert. Make him live in a cage outside, handcuff him to it and leave him. Then he'll know how both of his victims feel.

Nick   September 1st, 2009 8:32 pm ET

That's a little cruel HRH QueenCat, even for a man as evil as Garrido. Remember, about 40 percent of the sex offenders are 19 yr old guys having consentual sex with 15 yr old girls. There's no need to castrate them or treat them inhumanely. It just so happens their girfriends were 15 instead of 16.

Nick   September 1st, 2009 8:39 pm ET

I know I'm beating a dead horse right now, but seriously, they treat these sex offenders all the same and my question is why? Does anyone else out there agree with me? Why do we waste our tax money on underage teens (under 16) doing things with overage teens(16+ or 18+) or college-aged kids when real sex offenders are breaking into homes, kidnapping little 9 yr old girls, and raping them then murdering them or something?

Rhiannon   September 1st, 2009 8:45 pm ET

Katie your really brave!I can't imagine what you went through...

Lorjon   September 1st, 2009 8:52 pm ET

Why do people keep saying why didn't Jaycee try to escape? Do these folks know that she never tried? She might have tried escaping many times for all anyone knows and maybe that's what that cage in the backyard was for !!! PUNISHMENT!

His is a cunning and devious, evil mind who could con policemen and "friends" of his (like that woman Molino) and business colleagues. Don't you think he could convince Jaycee not to leave OR ELSE? Or else he would kill her mom OR ELSE he would kill the babies? He's still trying to manipulate even now by pleading not guilty and watch what he will do to try to convince people of his "changed" life and behaviour!

No one will EVER EVER know what went on for 18 years in that backyard of HORROR. Probably so much of it - especially the very beginning when she was still herself, little 11-year-old innocent Jaycee - has been repressed by even her just in order to survive emotionally. That was the only way.

We'll never know the truth - be sure it's worse than any horror movie you've seen or any tale of rape and abuse you've read. It was real.

And we the public are all paying to feed these evil beings, him and his wife who helped him, 3 meals and a day and a roof over their heads - SHELTER that Jaycee was never provided. She got a tent in a squalid backyard maze. She served her time for 18 years. What do they deserve?

Nick   September 1st, 2009 9:05 pm ET

I agree Anonymous. A rapist will always rape again if given the opportunity. They need to do more about this, but it won't ever work. They'd rather pretend to be 15 yr old girls and lure 20 yr old guys or chase 14 yr old girls who take unseemly pictures of themselves and send it to their boyfriends.

Nick   September 1st, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Of course while they're chasing the 14 yr old girls and charging these little girls as juvenile sex offenders, the 9yr old girls locked in makeshift dungeons are being raped repeatedly.

David from Texas   September 1st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

My heart goes out to these precious victims.
My take on this is that men need to protect Women and Children.
I f encountered a man that Was a registered Child Molester gropping over my 12 yr. old Grand Daughter, I would go to jail and he would get the A$$ WHIPPIN OF HIS LIFE. I was raised in the fifties and sixties. I t was common for a man to use his fist to protect the Ladies and children of this world, not just his family . Men looked out for the whole neighbor hood. When are we going to realize that Ladies have instincts and sensitivities that most men do not have. Women and Children are the most precious creations on this earth, as a rule men are physically stronger. Be MEN AND PROTECT THESE SWEET CREATURES. While your Sweet Wife calls ..911...
Thanks for listening. Thank you Katie, My Prayers are with you

hijos   September 1st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I hope they put him in a hole with a bunch of ultra-violent crips who torture him for without respite for the rest of his miserable life.

jane   September 1st, 2009 11:55 pm ET

Katie, God Bless You,
Jaycee and her 2 babies, our prayers and thoughts are with you always. Thanks God that you were found. I wish you well.

Our government waste so much money on everything, why can't they use it to put a tracking device IN every sex predator they release so that they can be tracked at any given time? These animals CANNOT be rehabilated. I don't know why this government insists on letting them out of prison, but since they do they should be able to put a chip in them, ( deep, in them ) so they could be tracked everywhere they go.

something has to be done to protect our children from those that we know are dangerous.

Brittney   September 2nd, 2009 12:24 am ET

You are an amazing person, being able to put your story out like you are now. My prays are with you and all of his victims. May all of you have a little more peace now that, that man is behind bars.

Nick   September 2nd, 2009 1:25 am ET

I still say they need to reclassify sex offenders. You should only be classified as a sex offender if you commit a violent sex offense like real rape. Nonviolent sex offenses should not get a person labeled. This way we won't have to waste money to monitor them and can monitor the dangerous ones.

Betty   September 2nd, 2009 2:13 am ET

I had heard that JayCee and her children had never had any medical care. I took this to mean that she delivered her babies alone in the back yard area, maybe the sound proof rooom. This would be another unbearable trauma to force a 14yr old to deliver a child without any prenatal care or education or any assistance during or after the delieveries.

Halmark   September 2nd, 2009 3:00 am ET

Our society must not lose hope. Great and brave Katie, especially Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters. Don't feel you are alone there. We are your neighbors to help you. Wake up American Police force. California is not an island of its own. The whole world is watching you. The Force of the World is greater than any cunning criminals.

anne rhodes   September 2nd, 2009 3:59 am ET

Arnie is going to let out 27,300 inmates. How many are sex offenders? Those prisoners cannot get jobs in this economy. Maybe Arnie should put up a tent city in Sacramento with soldiers guarding and if one tries to escape t- just shoot. Or Arnie should shackle them and send them to LA to fight those fires (some of those flames look 25 feet high on TV) and hot too. After they put out those fires – chain them together and let them clear out the underbrush that causes these fires every year. Find something for them to do under guards (bring home a few Marines or Army guys to guard them while we pput them to work. JUST DONT let them out. My heart hurts for these woman who have written here about their ordeals. The cops who did nothing should be fired. The judges who did not do their job should be fired. and the law should make sure these creeps do not get out with their private parts intact. Where are the groups that fight for women's rights or against drunk drivers, etc.? They have worked hard in the past to change laws. Men can help too. (P.S. the neighbors in Antioch MUST have heard or seen SOMETHING. That is a certainty. A shed and tent? Come on now. Antioch PD – get some answers.)

Matt Australia   September 2nd, 2009 5:26 am ET

Not once has the person in authority that made the decision to let this mongrel out of jail,been mentioned. In my opinion his / her name should be made public knowledge and be juged accordingly.

another one   September 2nd, 2009 5:41 am ET

kate, i feel for you and understand exactly. i too was raped by a stranger. i left my body during the event. i think that is what happens when your brain cannot understand what is happening to your body. i've never been the same. rapists need to know that this act of rape creates a zombie. a living dead person. i died inside too like you. your really lucky to have found a partner like your husband who supports you in every way. i hope someday to have what you have. 🙂

Caroline Haley   September 2nd, 2009 8:40 am ET

I am so proud of your brave heart. I am so sorry for what you went through, you are still a good person and loved by many.

Terrylynne   September 2nd, 2009 8:45 am ET

What are the odds that one of the 27,300 inmates Arnold wants to let out will get past security and become a threat to Arnold's family. He is not in touch with other people's reality up there in the governor's mansion. Let him move into Garrido's neighbourhood surrounded by pediphiles with no security and see how safe he feels.

Juke Vizal (again)   September 2nd, 2009 1:22 pm ET

For some, like Girrado, the American Dream is not about money, it's being able to get away with kidnapping, rape and murder, in his mind he's been living the American dream most of his life. There can be no doubt that book publishers and movie producers have (or are tyring to) approach for Girrado being mentally ill, NO F******G WAY, he knew and still knows exactly what he was doing, everything was premeditated with his wife. I wonder how they would have felt if someone had of kidnapped Jaycee's youngest child?
Go to YT and view the 3 yr old satellite pic of the back garden, the tents are visible as clear as day (type in Jaycee kidnap satellite google..I placed the vid), ok so what is to be done with Girrado? the answer to that is he should have served the 50 year sentence he was given for kidnapping and rape the first time round (there must have been others) but this is the one he got caught in the act. Also; when the children were born there must have been a doctor or medic look at those kids, there's a lot of hush hush going on out there but those involved know exactly who they will be stone unturned in this case, especially now that the public are aware of all the police and parole officers total incompetency surrounding this whole case. And what other kidnap victims are out there? perhaps in your neighborhood!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OPEN YOUR EYES AND TAKE ACTION...DO SOMETHING...WAKE UP!

Delia   September 2nd, 2009 2:46 pm ET

Why did South Lake Tahoe Police send out an All Points Bulletin to ALL outlying Area Police Dept's for a Full Year for That Car that the Step Father identified? There may not have been Cell Phones in 1991. There may not have been the Amber Law in 1991. But I Know there was such a thing as an All Points Bulletin. The So Tahoe Police Dept was too busy blaming the Step Father and looking for a dead body. Also why did they not locate and investigate all Recently Released Sex Offenders immediately? Do you know that there are no Lobbys for Raped Women and Children? First he raped this woman (and others) then he Abducted and Raped a Child!

Delia   September 2nd, 2009 2:49 pm ET

I meant above Why did So Lake Tahoe Police NOT send out an All Points Bulletin to ALL Outlying Area Police Depts for a Full Year commanding: And We Want This Car!! That car was still in Garredos Yard on the day Jaycee came forth alive!

Tahoe27   September 2nd, 2009 2:54 pm ET

It wasn't South Lake Tahoe's jurisdiction, but I understand what you are saying Delia. The county should have immediately notified all agencies who could potentially be involved–that being South Lake Tahoe (city) and Douglas County (NV)..just in case they headed to NV– which knowing what we know now, could have been a possibility.

Delia   September 2nd, 2009 2:57 pm ET

Lorjon: GREAT POINT !! I didn't EVEN THINK of THAT ONE: Your words below:

Why do people keep saying why didn’t Jaycee try to escape? Do these folks know that she never tried? She might have tried escaping many times for all anyone knows and maybe that’s what that cage in the backyard was for !!! PUNISHMENT!

His is a cunning and devious, evil mind who could con policemen and “friends” of his (like that woman Molino) and business colleagues. Don’t you think he could convince Jaycee not to leave OR ELSE? Or else he would kill her mom OR ELSE he would kill the babies? He’s still trying to manipulate even now by pleading not guilty and watch what he will do to try to convince people of his “changed” life and behaviour!

Delia   September 2nd, 2009 7:51 pm ET

To Tahoe 27;
How about to Placerville Gardnerville Carson City Truckee Reno Sacramento Auburn ALL OF THEM!!! Are you telling me it was only the Meyers Jurisdiction??
No Wonder!!!

Tahoe27   September 2nd, 2009 8:20 pm ET

Delia–I just wanted to make it clear that it wasn't the SLTPD's responsibility to get the word out (not in their territory), but it WAS the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department's.

They ALL should have known, no matter what and in time, they did. It just took too long. I wonder how fast they would be nowl?

phil   September 2nd, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Katie My heart go's out for you and Jaycee. I pray the God will grant you peace . I am praying daily for you and Jaycee and her two daughters. God bless you and keep always .

Nick   September 3rd, 2009 1:23 am ET

I've been saying it over and over again; stop making every tom, dick, and joe a sex offender. Just because a person commits a sex offense should not label him a sex offender. We are just ruining people's lives and overcrowding prisons and because we are so concerned about a 19 yr old guy banging his 15 yr old girlfriend consentually, we are letting these monsters out to roam free.

Nick   September 3rd, 2009 1:27 am ET

Who's more dangerous? One has to ask himself that. As for the way sex offenders are treated, it seems to me like Double Jeopardy even when they get out of prison because it's almost as if they were still being encarcerated. They are not treated well at all, and many of them just had girlfriends under the age of 16. Once the time is served, leave these people be except for the dangerous sex offenders like Garrido. We must triage these people so that we can monitor ones most likely to commit a violent crime again.

Nick   September 3rd, 2009 1:35 am ET

Also D From Michigan, DNA isn't full proof, my friend. It can be tainted, planted, etc. Just because a doctor finds someone's DNA inside a woman doesn't mean that person raped that woman. It could easily be a woman who is just lying for some ulterior reason, either to conceal something or get revenge on the person. DNA is not the gold standard in my mind. How did the DNA get there and what does it say is what a juror must ask himself.

Nick   September 3rd, 2009 1:44 am ET

If I committed a murder or some serious crime, I would think ahead and try to plant someone else's DNA on the victim or near the victim to throw the police off like someone's cigarette bud or a used tissue or bloody tissue, etc. so that the police think this had been left by the killer or criminal. See, DNA is not so strong then.

Juke Vizal (again)   September 3rd, 2009 2:21 pm ET

A good investigator would have tracked down every Ford Granada within the USA the day that Jaycee was kidnapped. I know there were a lot of Ford Granada's at that time and it would have been a huge task, but that was the most striking piece of evidence in this case....Girrado would have been caught years ago.

Forrest Dougherty   September 3rd, 2009 10:04 pm ET


Since you are now able to "Live out Loud" , when you are ready, contact me on Facebook and lets catch up. I would love to hear from you and I have lots of pictures. I would love to see your son too. He is a man now just like mine.

kat   September 3rd, 2009 10:16 pm ET

i feel sorry for for the victims that had to go through that. I dont under stand how these level 3 sex offender get off they shuld not eve be allowed children or women. every time i here that jaicee's story i all i can think obout is her mother and stepfather and what they went through. i can't imagine what jaicee and her kids are going through. it's not her children fault or hers. I hate to talk about this stuff, My mom was raped in 1982 andfd i know even today it still haunts her , it has to be the worst feeling in the world. im so sorry for all of you guys.

robin deborah   September 6th, 2009 8:19 pm ET

I would just like to know what authorities, judge, and persons were involved with releasing this monster.

Why do rapists and pedafiles ever get out of jail?

CATHERINE   September 6th, 2009 9:57 pm ET


Diane   September 7th, 2009 1:06 am ET

I could relate to Katie. You are still a great person but I know what you are going through not being the same as I too was brutally raped in the military and tortured and my perpetrators were free and one has stalked me ever since and the military did nothing. I was about the age you were but the men were my commanding officers. Laws don't protect us. I was angry at Larry's questions to your husband. Did he feel different toward you? and How did it affect him and your son. The son is legitimate cause it does effect our kids but the men who choose to get involved with us are not victims or heros damn it! That is a typical male question. You go girl and I'm glad they finally got the man and there was no excuse for leting that perp go. The excuses are just that...excuses.

Shirle Oldson   September 7th, 2009 5:00 am ET

Katie, Thank God you are telling your story, helps people like us that have gone through so much hurt and pain. Thanks for standing up and being brave ! Much love goes to you and your family.

Mary Simmons   September 7th, 2009 10:53 am ET

I was appalled at larry asking the husband of the rape victim if he had second thoughts about marrying her. She is a victim. Thank God he was finally caught and she can finally find some peace in her life.

Lisa Dimick   September 7th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

I have wondered why Garrido and his 4 went to parole to discussed and he admitted what he did in 18 yrs! that's probably he felt a lot of his Guilty nor ? If not, no one ever knew him or arrest unless if he die and that will comes to next Jaycee or their children tells stories ?? that 's very digusted!! ?? but Thank God Jaycee and her children are survivor, well- health, and many happiness to comes...

Vivi   September 8th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

No one in the local, state or federal government are watching out for women and children in this regard. We the people have to start a lobby of our own. We need to make sure that there is better categorization of sex offenders, ie, types Kidnappers verses Molesters etc, etc, etc. We also need to make sure that this level of sex offender never gets a second chance to hurt women and children. Part of the collective conscious just accepts that women and children will be raped and murdered. Apparently, it is still not unacceptable, because the outrage has not developed into a substantial system of laws that protect the public. Please take your outrage and call your senators and congresspeople and state that you want specific legislation to better protect the public from these violent offenders. I think people are still confused about rape being about sex. In general the public truly does not get what it is really about for these predators. Larry King, more education is due. Can you get some real experts on your show and try to ask some non offensive questions please. Thanks!

Delia   September 10th, 2009 12:51 pm ET

Thank you to Juke Vizal:
A good investigator would have tracked down every Ford Granada within the USA the day that Jaycee was kidnapped. I know there were a lot of Ford Granada’s at that time and it would have been a huge task, but that was the most striking piece of evidence in this case….Girrado would have been caught years ago.

Delia   September 10th, 2009 12:54 pm ET

Could it be that there is Not Enough Money to be made by having a Lobby for Women & Children Against This Type of Vicious Rape?
Also why there is Not A Better Distinction Between Boyfriends who are Much Older and Out and Out Kidnap/Rape?

Delia   September 10th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

To Vivi Thank You for your Excellent Points Below:
Please take your outrage and call your senators and congresspeople and state that you want specific legislation to better protect the public from these violent offenders. I think people are still confused about rape being about sex. In general the public truly does not get what it is really about for these predators. Larry King, more education is due. Can you get some real experts on your show and try to ask some non offensive questions please. Thanks!

Delia   September 10th, 2009 1:00 pm ET

To Vala
It happens to Boys too. I agree with your points though. But it does happen to boys also. That needs to be addressed as well. Although it is a different point probably.

Tracy   September 12th, 2009 3:31 am ET

Phil Garrido should be locked up with the "Prison RAPISTS" in prison for the rest of his life. Let him feel the pain of being raped.

Another thing i want to say is the authorities are NOT doing what the tax payers are paying them to do. Are they getting paid to be lazy??

How many young girls/boys are being prisoned as sex slaves in this country that we don't know about??

The Sheriff Dept, The Local Police Dept, The Parole/Probation Officers should get off their lazy behinds and check on their Sex Offenders in their area more often and thoroughly. I'm sure there are more Sex Offenders like Phi Garrido haven't been caught.

Martha   September 12th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I think the appropriate penalty for him would be to put him in a fenced in area with at least 3 adult male chimpanzees.

phyllis mosburg   September 12th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

I can understand the way you felt. You are right, only someone who has been in that situation can began to know that feeling, I was a victim of a violent crime. I was stripped of my clothes , tied up, gagged, beat repeately, sexually assaulted, sotimized and etc. It was done by a woman and a man, both of who I knew.
I saw my life flash in front of me and kept thinking about how I was going to explain to my daughter that I was dead, I was terrified.
It has changed me totally. My personality, attitude, anger, unable to have a relationship and any trust in people.
When I went to the police they didn't believe me. It took them 5 yrs. to do anything. The woman turned states evidence and didn't get any jail time. Te judge gave him 6 months in the county jail. Thank god a probation officer called and spoke to me and I had them give him another hearing and he got 7 yrs.
The cops are lazy. They want to get the drug dealers so they can get there brownie points. I think the Sacramento sheriffs dept. are the biggest abusers of the system.

Shelley   September 13th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

My dearest Katie,
I am so proud of you. I will never forget the day that you shared your story with me at your poolside in the little town we both used to call home.
We are praying for you and sending you strength as you re-tell and re-count your story.
You are an amazing and strong woman! You are a gift, don't ever forget that.
Your old freind Shelley

Tahoe27   September 14th, 2009 3:33 pm ET

Today there was a 30 million dollar bail set.

Hopefully, realities like yours Katie will help make some SERIOUS changes in our legal system.

Like this sick SOB receiving FREE SURGERY to remove the growths on his face that he has obviously had for years and years. He can kidnap, rape, etc. and get free health care. TRULY DISGUSTING.

I am OUTRAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Martha   September 14th, 2009 4:36 pm ET

They should have let a chimp just bite those black things off!

Rini   September 18th, 2009 3:47 pm ET

When the United States of America got "soft" on criminals, but tough on the 'WAR" on drugs, seems as if child predators, molesters, and rapists have had 3 square meals a day, laundry service, t.v., radio, packages from the outside, medical, dental, health, and vision needs attended to. WE PAY FOR THESE INMATES TO HAVE COMFORTS IN THE NAME OF 'HUMANITY."


(and now the military is going soft! ah, but I digress. 'tis another topic for the soapbox)

As a society, we have forgotten that it is the VICTIM and the victim's family are the ones who are suffering for the rest of their lives. These pigs do not deserve to have anything, let alone be comfortable while doing pennance.

If the inmates who are arrested for holding, smoking, and/or growing marijuana for PERSONAL use were released, THERE WOULD BE MORE ROOM TO HOUSE THE TRULY DEMENTED.

If the inmates who are arrested and then sent to Death Row were actually exterminated, THERE WOULD BE MORE ROOM TO HOUSE THE TRULY DEMENTED.

The Innocence Project needs more funding to hire more investigators to investigate the innocent-the TRULY INNOCENT-and get them released. THAT would also free up some room for people like Garrido, et al.

One can be compassionate, yet realistic. I don't like the idea of 'death row', but realistically, why should we support each inmate at $49,000 (estimated cost per prisoner) a year? That should be moneys going to children, elderly, low- to affordable housing, paying off the debts brought about by the state's Legislature...

C'mon people. Let's vote common sense instead of empty promises.

Serenity   October 3rd, 2009 11:40 pm ET

Katie, God bless you.
I know how you feel, hope you are getting some trauma counseling, it has helped me tremendously.
My faith in Jesus has kept me through many years of dealing with sex slavery and I pray that Jesus is your best friend.
The courts of this world cannot do justice for our suffering but "Vengeance is mine I will repay says the Lord."
There are many of us who have paid the price of being bound, tied, gagged and raped. We all have voices and stories. Thank you for breaking the silence so we can all gain courage" to tell. "
May you use your insights and gifts to help where ever you go and continue to grow in faith, hope and love.

olgeya   December 10th, 2009 10:53 am ET

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