Jaycee Dugard’s Emotional Diary Entries Revealed
Excerpts from the secret diary Dugard kept while in captivity are shared in court.
Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who kidnapped Jaycee Dugard from her home when she was 11 and held her captive for 18 years, are now requesting to know where Dugard is hiding now that she is free.
El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney James Clinchard is fighting this outrageous request, using excerpts from Dugard’s personal diary to prove why the Garridos should have zero contact with Dugard.
In September 2003, Dugard wrote of Phillip, “I don’t want to hurt him. … Sometimes I think my very presence hurts him. … So how can I ever tell him how I want to be free? Free to come and go as I please. … Free to say I have a family. I will never cause him pain if it’s in my power to prevent it. FREE!”
And on July 5, 2004, Dugard wrote, “It feels like I’m sinking. I’m afraid I want control of my life. . . . This is supposed to be my life to do with what I like . . . but once again he has taken it away. How many times is he allowed to take it away from me? I am afraid he doesn’t see how the things he says makes me a prisoner . . . Why don’t I have control of my life! I feel I can’t even be sure my thoughts are my own.”
With these journal entries, Prosecutor Clinchard makes it clear that the Garridos were “master manipulators” that should not be able to contact or see Dugard. He advises the court to “once and for all put an end to (Garrido’s) manipulation.” (People)