Long-time kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard has given her first interview since being reunited with her family.
In the interview with Diane Sawyer of US channel ABC News, she talked of being abducted at the age of 11 by Phillip Garrido (pictured). He had pulled up his car as she was walking towards the school bus, and shocked her with a stun-gun. He then took her, with the help of his wife Nancy, 160kms away to the town of Antioch where she was held captive in their backyard prison for the next 18 years, from 1991 to 2009.
She was raped by Garrido throughout her captivity and bore him two children. Describing giving birth to her first child she said it was “very painful” and said “she came out and then I saw her. She was beautiful. I felt like I wasn’t alone any more. I had somebody who was mine.”
When she was found by police with Garrido, she used a false name and showed clear signs of Stockholm syndrome, a psychological condition whereby a victim of abduction feels empathy and sometimes love for the abductor. Dugard has now started using her real name and cast aside any affection for Garrido, who has been sentenced to 431 years in prison, while his wife received 36 years to life.
Jaycee Dugard talks of 18-year abduction ordeal