As everyone and their gardener has noted…

…current pictures of Jaycee Dugard have appeared in People magazine. She has grown into a beautiful young woman. I think it looks pretty close to her age-progression picture, except for the hair obviously. A lot of kids with light blonde hair have their hair turn brown when they grow up. I did, I think. I’ve been coloring my hair since I was ten but I believe it’s naturally light brown now.

I hope people don’t bother Jaycee if they recognize her on the street or whatever from the magazine photos. I know she is living very quietly in an undisclosed location, but presumably she’s not hiding in her hotel all the time.

Shawn Hornbeck on Jaycee Dugard

This is old news, a month and a day old in fact, but I thought I’d post about this interview Shawn Hornbeck gave to People magazine about Jaycee Dugard. He says she was undoubtedly brainwashed and will need a great deal of therapy and should move on from the attack — pretty obvious. It sounds like Shawn is doing well, and I’m glad to hear that. He has such a nice smile.

Jaycee Dugard to appear on Oprah

I found this article saying Jaycee is scheduled to be interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show in December. Maybe I could somehow find a way to watch it. I would have to borrow someone else’s TV. Anyway, it says she’s getting paid a million dollars for this.

I don’t think I would do it, if I were her — it seems like such a big famous TV appearance would mess up her life even more. But I’m not her.

Jaycee wants her pets back

According to the New York Daily News, Jaycee Dugard is demanding that the powers that be turn over all the pets she had living with Garrido: “five cats, two dogs, three cockatiels, a pigeon and a mouse.” I sure hope the Dugard family has room for them all! But I suppose if they don’t, there will be donations. I hope local veterinarians will help out too.

One comment from a reader: if she’s thinking about missing her pets, this chick has mental problems. I guarantee it. Someone that is truly grateful for their release wouldn’t give a rats *** about pet animals–things that gave pleasure in a bad situation. The pleasure derived from the pets during her captivity should now be zeroed out by the pleasure of her return to her family. If she’s longing her old pets, she’s not happy now. She obviously can’t say “I sure do want to go back to my old life,” so her mind goes to the closest thing . . . the pets. By asking for them, she knows she won’t appear to be a crazy like if she asked to go back.

I think this person must have never owned a pet of any kind. I think it’s perfectly all right for Jaycee to want her animals — both because they are comforting to her and because they are better off being cared for by their human than by strangers. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jaycee wasn’t entirely happy, though. This is such a huge change for her — again — and she has a whole bunch of new things to think/worry about.

Jaycee Dugard’s abduction is horrible but really rare

I found this very sensible editorial pointing out just how uncommon cases like Jaycee’s are, and saying we need to focus more attention on the victims of parental abduction, who tend to suffer a great deal of psychological trauma even if they’re not physically harmed. (Case in point: poor Richard Chekevdia was held in a tiny room for two years and never let outside after his mom abducted him.) Of course instances like the Dugard case are much more shocking and titillating to the public. But if the public knew the truth about parental abduction and the harm it causes, they would probably be shocked.

Jaycee’s hometown threw a parade to celebrate her rescue. 2,000 people showed up. She wasn’t around to see it, though. She’s hiding out with her mom and kids, presumably getting reconnected. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if she went on to lead a more or less normal life. Most of the survivors of concentration camps did okay afterwards, marrying again, getting jobs, having more kids, etc.

So it’s true

Jaycee Dugard really HAS been found — albeit living in horrific circumstances. Her abductor, a convicted rapist named Phillip Garrido, along with his wife, Nancy, kept Jaycee locked up in a shed in the backyard. She gave birth to two daughters during her time in captivity. They are now 11 and 15 years old and were also raised in the shed. It’s like something out of a bad movie — or the Elizabeth Scott novel Living Dead Girl, which is about a teenage girl who was kidnapped by a man when she was a child and has been forced to be his live-in rape victim ever since. Jaycee and the children are in good physical health apparently, but mentally it’s got to be another story altogether. That poor woman. Those poor kids.

I hope there will be an outpouring from the community like there was with Shasta Groene, and Jaycee and her kids will get the therapy they need and be able to set up a new life for themselves. The kids have never been to school. It wouldn’t surprise me if they too were sexually violated by Garrido.

On the bright side…Jaycee is ALIVE! Who would have thought? I certainly never believed this was a possibility. I believe the longest known time a child was held captive in a stranger abduction case is nine years. Well, Jaycee has DOUBLED that record, and it gives new hope for all the other children out there who have been missing for decades.

She and the kids are young yet. I only hope they can salvage their lives.

I’m sure everyone and their podiatrist knows this, but…

…just in case, it looks like Jaycee Dugard may have been found alive and well. A woman walked into a police station claiming to be her, anyway, and the police say they have two suspects in custody and will disclose more at a press conference today. If this is true, then Jaycee, who was abducted in 1991, sets a new record for the longest time a stranger abducted child lived in captivity.

I refer you to the Google news search for more.