October 14, 2009

TONIGHT: Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard: 'I'm so happy to be back'

Posted: 04:02 PM ET

art_people_cover_cnnIn 1991, Jaycee Dugard was abducted near her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, and was held in captivity for 18 years. Today, at age 29, her smiling face is on the cover of People magazine on newstands everywhere. We'll talk to the editor of People magazine, which features the story about Jaycee's road to recovery. We'll also talk to the families of two missing girls, whose cases police are investigating in connection to Dugard's alleged abductor Phillip Garrido. Does Jaycee Dugard's story give these families hope?

PLUS: Dr. Mehmet Oz! He'll talk about the health care debate and the special free one-day clinic he's offering tomorrow on his show. And last but not least, it's Arianna Huffington vs. Ben Stein! They'll go head to head on health care reform and what it means for you and your family. You won't want to miss it! That's all tonight at 9ET/6PT.

And we want to hear from you:

Do you think a People magazine cover showing Jaycee Dugard's photo is good for her recovery?

Filed under: Arianna Huffington • Ben Stein • Justice • Larry King Live

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ckelly   October 14th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

How are Jaycee's children adjusting? Did they know Jaycee was their mother prior to Garrido’s arrest?

Tayla Phillips   October 14th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

I don't think showing her picture is good for her recovery. I dont think people magazine has anything to do with her recovery. I dont think she or anyone else should even be concerned with being in or on a magazine. She and everyone else should just be happy that she's back and that she can be back with her family and they should be concerned with how she and her family are adjusting and how everything is working out now that she is back. Her story and picture could have waited because that is added and unneeded publicity. That doesnt seem like the right path to recovery for someone who has been kidnapped and held captive for 18 years.

Susan, Vancouver, B.C.   October 14th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

If Jaycee wants to tell her story, let her. After all these years, it must be wonderful to experience freedom and realize that you are so much more than a delusional, creepy, psychotic said you were. I am one of the numerous people out there who is wishing Jaycee and her children every good thing this world has to offer.

carol kesling   October 14th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

i hope she will be ok and find some closesure... god bless her and her children...she has a right to stand up and be proud. and that animal and his wife should get the death penalty !!!! they are trully the worst of the worst !!!!!

ckelly   October 14th, 2009 6:11 pm ET

Its only been about 10 weeks. If this magazine cover came out next summer it would make more sense to me. I believe the story and exposure is too early-

Ultimately however, Jaycee needs to do what is right for herself and her daughters. She has the court case ahead of her and the People magazine story is also a form of celebration of her return!

Jaycee will have the rest of her life to work through the trauma of it all, the lost time, her lost childhood.

Dodie ~ California   October 14th, 2009 8:14 pm ET

Jaycee Dugard has the right to do what ever she wants. It is HER LIFE, not ours. Her recovery will be life long. She has learned over the past 18 years exactly what to say and how to act to make others feel good. I only hope she will spend some time with herself.

Jacee has Post traumatic stress disorders to the maximum... just like any captured war veteran. She will experience nightmares, disassociate as a coping mechanism, she will have environmental triggers, grieving the loss of 18 years, a large portion of her life, fear, anger and so much more. My heart goes out to Jaycee. Our system certainly failed when it comes to her situation.

Tony   October 14th, 2009 8:48 pm ET

Wow!!! What a thing to live thu to tell the story! Kudos to Jaycee! My very best wishes to her and her children.

Jaycee clearly has stong survival instincts, I hope she can make lemonaide out of her lemons and have a good life.

still me just a new name   October 14th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

I think it may be to soon. I wish she had taken her time and had more therapy and talked it out and worked through it all first. But who knows maybe she feels she was ready to do this.

chaney   October 14th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

After so many years being held captive by crazy people,I,m sure she feels like a bird out of a cage,and she has a loving family who will help her I wish her the very best , she has a lot of catching up to do .

angela   October 14th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

It is not about the media. It is about her being empowered for once to make a decision, and the support of the American people. What more can hurt her? Not much folks, aand of course the Dr's have to still make a living adding their 2 cents.

ET   October 14th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

People and CNN are always selling. It would be great if the segment producer actually put pictures of the missing children on the bottom left hand of the screen rather than simply flashing the names....btw, how do the names of missing children actually help the general public identify someone they might have seen? It's pretty pathetic that the EP and staff could only think of selling the CPM rather than actually making the technology and story serve a real purpose – like helping to find missing children (fire the staff). Lastly, I'm glad Jaycee is home safe – but what a way to squander a real opporrtunity.

angela   October 14th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Dont worry about the photogs, I am sure if she survived that monster she will survive the media. My heart goes out to all the other families still waiting, I worry because so many may be getting their hopes up too high maybe.

Dodie ~ California   October 14th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

How can you even begin to compare Jaycee to Jon and Kate who are media, TV and attention mongers! Good Grief!

Dodie ~ California   October 14th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

How does a child NOT have medical insurance? State Medi-cal will always cover children even though they will not cover parents.

Dodie ~ California   October 14th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

All Children and people over age 65 have medical insurance. Its the working people... the backbone of this country that is doing without insurance

ET   October 14th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I'm going to call Phil Kent in the morning and suggest he fire some of Larry's team – what a waste of a tremendous opportunity to be of service.

angela   October 14th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Larry, perhaps you could demonstrate some interst to the OZ.

jane   October 14th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Despite her "wanting" to get her story and experiences "out there" the editots of People should have kept her picture off the cover and wait a significant longer amount of time before publishing details of her experiences for public comsumption. Although in her late 20's, she's a woman-child...someone who had no formal education, lived an isolated and sheltered experience and was physically and mentally and emotional abused for years on end. How can she possibly make such a "sound judgement" call on something like this. While I hope she gets the counseling, love and patience she deserves. She possibly has no clue how the media will eat up like vultures just to sell books/mags, increase click thru's on websites and get higher tv ratings. While it's a fascinating story, it's also a very private and tragic matter too. It's a "happy ending" because she and her children are now physically healthy and safe. But its the emotional/psychological wounds that are harder to heal...MEDIA, please give her more time and space. It hasn't even been 2 months since she came home.

John H   October 14th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

re Jaycee Dugard – I don't think it's any of my damned business.

Jeannie   October 14th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I hope so...she was a beautiful child, she is a beautiful young mom and she deserves all the good fortune the universe can bestow on her, her family, her mom, dad, children, sister and relatives for all the hurt they experienced and for all the faith they kept. God bless them all.

Chanel   October 14th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Why doesn't the government tax everyone on social security and Medicare regardless of their income. Take off the income limits or cap on social security and we would have money for health care and social security!

Jem   October 14th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

It's a shame in this wonderful country that not everyone has access to health care; however, there are many clinics that pro-rate payments for visits for all without insurance. It also amazes me that some of the people who come to clinics can afford to have tattoes, or the most high-tech new cellphones with games and texting, etc.; and their children even wear jewelery. Perhaps they can contribute after they get their priorities in-order.

janette tx   October 14th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

The question was asked to get feedback but it seems one
person can express her views time and again while criticizing
the views of others.

ngozi   October 14th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

I wish Jaycee and her family the very best. I have mixed feelings about her coming out so soon, I hope she is strong enough for this.

Cara   October 15th, 2009 1:07 am ET

I think that whatever avenue Jaycee Dugard travels to find peace and happiness, is the road she needs to travel. I think many many people had a photo of her prior to People Magazine. None chose to publish it out of respect for her, her children and their recovery. This was too delicate of a situation on a basic human level that not even the media questioned, which is why we haven't see a photo of her until now. It was her choice to publish that photo, for her recovery and People Magazine provided an avenue for her to do so.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 15th, 2009 1:45 am ET

Good on her. This is all part of her recovery and is a great testament to her great will and survival.

When I first saw the picture of her on this cover – I that the same person. She looks just amazing, considering what she has been through. She's just beautiful. Inside and out by the looks of it.

We're happy to have her back too and all the best for her future recovery and to her family. Seems like she comes from a great family.

Stacey   October 15th, 2009 10:16 am ET

In a way it is good........ If she feels as if talking about will make her feel better than go for it........ But I don't think that in the long run it is good for her because now the media and paparazzi know what she looks like and they are going to be hounding and follow her everyday...... Then they are going to want her kids to step forward and everyone is going to want a picture or a interview.......... It will be as if she was never released from the prison she was in...........

Jim Carroll   October 15th, 2009 2:35 pm ET


Steve G   October 15th, 2009 6:00 pm ET

My question is why some are SO interested in if she was paid and how much.

This is a 29 year old woman with no means to support herself and two daughters, whom all are going to need a lot of help, she needs a way to support them all, so why are some SO worried about how much she is making.

It is not enough, how ever much it is.

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