Jaycee Dugard diary entries

I’m a little late — like ten days late — but I just found a People magazine article about Jaycee Dugard’s diary that she kept in captivity. From the little that has been released, it shows (unsurprisingly) that she remained under extreme strain even more than a decade after she was taken. The prosecution hopes to get a restraining order prohibiting the Garridos or their lawyers from contacting Jaycee and her daughters. Jaycee is receiving therapy, and the latter article link says she’s trying to distance herself from Garrido by, for instance, choosing new names for her children to replace the ones Garrido picked. This would have the added benefit of making the children less easy to identify. There can’t be that many kids out there named Starlit Dugard or Starlit Garrido.

It’s really the children I feel the most sorry for. They knew no other life before the sham was exposed, and Garrido, monster that he is, is their father and they must have a lot of conflicting feelings about him. It sounds like Jaycee has a good, supportive, sensible family and support network. I only hope all three young women are able to rise above this and somehow lead normal lives.

The NY Times has the court filing linked here.

19 thoughts on “Jaycee Dugard diary entries

  1. danielle February 22, 2010 / 3:12 pm

    Is this the same or worse as a prisoner of war???
    Prisoner of war victims were hung by thier arms and beaten daily, little food, terrible living conditions.

    Jaycee was tortured in other ways. Any one know??

    • Meaghan February 22, 2010 / 9:43 pm

      Prisoners of war, at least in theory, have rights guaranteed them by the Geneva Convention. What rights did Jaycee and her children have?

  2. danielle February 22, 2010 / 3:14 pm

    Does anyone know what religious beliefs she has?? God?? I haven’t had the stomach to read about her b/c that guy makes me siiiicccckkkkkk

  3. Wendy February 22, 2010 / 3:19 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Meaghan, it’s the two innocent little girls for whom I feel the most sympathy. What a terrible situation for them as well as Jaycee.

    • Justin February 23, 2010 / 10:29 pm

      Do you think the girls are currently being homeschooled? Even though their faces are not known, I would think since they have never been to a public school before that they wouldn’t start now. If they did, I’m pretty sure that people would figure out who they were and some a-hole would photograph them to sell to the tabloids.

      • Meaghan February 23, 2010 / 10:34 pm

        I would guess they were homeschooled, yes. Jaycee apparently homeschooled them before they were rescued, and did a reasonably good job when you consider the situation and her own lack of formal education.

        I think probably an educational consultant would be order to find out where all three of them should be at, education-wise. But those cost a lot of money. Off the top of my own non-expert head, I would say Jaycee would be best off obtaining a GED and then enrolling in community college somewhere, and possibly transferring to a four-year school if she is so inclined.

        I know Elizabeth Smart is currently studying music at Brigham Young University (which she probably would have done even if she hadn’t been kidnapped) and Shawn Hornbeck spent a year with a tutor catching up with his studies, then enrolled in an undisclosed private high school. I think he’d be just about old enough to enroll in college now.

  4. danielle February 22, 2010 / 10:28 pm

    the girls thought Jaycee was their sister while in “captivity” too. Imagine them learning she was their mom!

    • Meaghan February 22, 2010 / 10:51 pm

      Ted Bundy was illegitimate back in the days when that was a Terrible Thing, and grew up thinking his grandparents were his parents and his mom was his much older sister. And he turned out very nicely, I’m sure we can all agree.

      • Sara February 23, 2010 / 1:11 am

        Eric Clapton and Jack Nicholson were raised believing the same thing, so it doesn’t always end on a Bundy-esque level of bad.

  5. Bill W February 23, 2010 / 2:20 am

    I’m inclined to think El Creepo Garrido has been teaching “his” girls his own perverted brand of religion, and how he is God’s messenger. He did have the girls with him while he was handing out flyers on the campus.

    Whatever the damage these girls have suffered, I’m just glad they now have a good chance at rehabilitation.

    Nice shot there, Meaghan.
    I always appreciate good sarcasm.

  6. danielle February 23, 2010 / 8:02 am

    SARA: for real? strange…(I know it was the times)
    BILL: (or anyone)
    I remember a black neighbor saying they weren’t robotic or dressed “little house on the prarie” but the security guards said they were and that’s what got the guards’ attention.

    Anything more on their attire/style?? Why is, as Bill says perfectly, El Creepo even allowed to breathe still?

  7. Meaghan February 23, 2010 / 8:04 am

    I have read that, contrary to popular belief, Jaycee hasn’t made any money off of media interviews and she and her family are in fact in dire financial straits, with a church paying their rent. The most the state will give her is $2,000. This makes me very sad.

    • Justin February 23, 2010 / 7:31 pm

      People Magazine didn’t pay her for that cover issue they did?

      • Meaghan February 23, 2010 / 7:46 pm

        I guess not.

      • Justin February 23, 2010 / 10:21 pm

        Or the person or persons who arranged it took a pretty significant cut.

      • Meaghan February 23, 2010 / 10:27 pm

        I don’t know about People Magazine, but I know a lot of “respectable” publications refuse to pay people for interviews, on the grounds that it would encourage dishonesty and exaggeration.

      • Justin February 24, 2010 / 5:35 am

        I don’t remember if she was actually “interviewed” so to speak. Was she actually quoted on anything in the People Magazine Issue? I honestly cannot understand why she would agree to have her photographs published if she wasn’t paid. I mean, what was the point otherwise? Now the world knows her face which is going to complecate her assimilation back into society even more.

      • Meaghan February 24, 2010 / 5:40 am

        I don’t remember whether she was quoted or not. But I think it’s mainly just tabloids that pay for photographs.

      • Justin February 24, 2010 / 8:08 am

        I always thought of People Magazine as a tabloid. Nice glossy cover and less outragious content than most of them (ie the World Weekly News. Go Batboy!), but still a tabloid.

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