September 1, 2009

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

Posted: 08:20 AM ET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Janice   September 1st, 2009 8:54 am ET

What a terrible thing to go through. The fact that he was released and went on to do even more evil is deplorable!

ronnie catanese   September 1st, 2009 9:06 am ET

Larry, Your interviews usually dont bother me but I felt your questions to the rape victim were insensitive. They came out as cold and non- caring and very voyeristic.

Rita Schmidt   September 1st, 2009 9:37 am ET

I found Larry's interview of Katie to be incredibly insensitive and voyeristic. It was totally unnecessary for Larry to ask Katie to share the details of her ordeal. What does that information have to do with the story of Jaycee Dugard? Larry came across as more of a dirty old man than professional interviewer.

Willie Ellington   September 1st, 2009 10:09 am ET

This has got to be the most horrific crime, As child molesters are out and free to continue to do what they want. I think that all sexual assault criminals should be placed in a prison just for them let them attack each other and see if they feel the pain they have inflicted on others. Children are sexually molested every minute of every day, I was a child that had this happen to me off and on by members of my family, my mothers boyfriends, friends father, and etc, when you are a victim at an early age, and no one told you it was wrong or it could happen to you. I consider myself lucky that I grew up and learned on my own that this is not right and that it was not my fault. I find myself these days speaking out and talking with others that had this happen to them. When will our children be safe? I have talked to others and some of them became abusers and is there anywhere for these victims to go to and receive justice? Help the children of this world. Parents do you know where and who your children are with?

Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont   September 1st, 2009 10:12 am ET

My heart breaks for what Katie went through.It's horrible and why was this man released ?

Ilene   September 1st, 2009 10:22 am ET

Katie was a wonderful guest – thank you Katie for sharing your story and I am glad you survived such horror. It gives hope to others. I commend your composure during Larry's questions – which were irrelevant, rude, and repetitive. Asking about the details of the rape and whether your husband had any doubts about marrying you – what was Larry thinking! While lately Larry's questions to guests are off-base, your story still came through loud and clear.

mamajalama   September 1st, 2009 10:26 am ET

In listening to Larry King's interview, I can't believe the asinine questions that he asks regarding the details of Katie Hall's rape by Garrido. Regarding the food Garrido was holding while riding in Hall's car: "What did he do with the food?" Regarding her being handcuffed to the steering wheel of her car: "How was he able to consummate this [the rape]"? And, regarding the actual rape: "Was it on the floor, on a bed?" What kind of idiotic questions are these?

Jeremy   September 1st, 2009 12:11 pm ET

It is disgusting what Katie Hall went through and Garrido should have never been released from prison. What I want to ask though is- How can Larry King ask the absolutely insensitive questions that he did? While Katie began to explain what she went through, Larry asked her what Garrido did with the food she had bought for her boyfriend before the brutal rape?! This was only the beginning of the absurd line of questioning. Larry appeared to give Hall's current husband more courtesy and sensitivity. He should be a professional, but this interview was hard to listen to. I can't imagine how this made her feel. Having gone through what she did and then attempting to 'reclaim her name', she was treated like the Hollywood scandal of the week. I don't want to take away from such a horrific experience, but someone speak to Larry King about his insensitivity.

nancy dyer   September 1st, 2009 12:21 pm ET

Your interview with Katie Hall last night was another assault on a victim who is courageously trying to recover from a brutal crime. Your questions were offensive and showed no compassion for what Ms. Hall experienced- you even used the word "consummate" while you pried for details of the rape. I urge you take a serious look at yourself and at what your goals are for your show.

James R Dean Cooperstown ny   September 1st, 2009 1:36 pm ET

Has anyone else noticed that Kathie Calloway Hall also looks like Jaycee dugard?

Sharon Taylor   September 1st, 2009 2:42 pm ET

I definitely agree with the other people commenting here. It was obvious right from the start of the interview that Larry was being very rude and insensitive and I never thought I would say that about him. I also think he was rude to the stepfather also. I think famous anchors sometimes get to the point they think it doesn't matter if their opinions come through but this was disgusting. No wonder rape victims don't want to testify in court because of people like this and to think this was on national television. My respect for Larry sure dropped quite a bit.

Christian G. in Chicago   September 1st, 2009 6:04 pm ET

Larry King was insensitive and rude last night to his guests. He showed more class speaking to Rihanna's dumb as rocks boyfriend than to Katie and her husband!

I have never heard a more disgusting round of questions posed to a RAPE VICTIM. Larry asked what happended to the 'Food' in the car and how did he "consummate" the rape, and then asked Katie's husband, "Did you have any hesitation marrying Katie?" Katie Hall is the victim not the criminal. This pervasive, insidious attitude is to be expected by backwater cops and ignorant people, but Larry King should be better trained at handling certain subject matter. I am sorry that Katie Hall chose to speak to such an ignorant person such as Larry King in lieu of a real journalist. This program will never be watched in my home again.

louie   September 1st, 2009 7:45 pm ET

will NOT be watching C Brown interview,,he has a dishonest face, he'll never change, should be in JAIL !.

RY SNEED OF HOUSTON TX   September 1st, 2009 10:34 pm ET


Monica from Canada   September 2nd, 2009 1:10 am ET

I agree with the other comments – Larry you need to be more sensitive and not so rude when discussing rape details.

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