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August 1st, 2013
10:32 PM ET

Life after Ariel Castro

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight are making the difficult transition from a life controlled in every way by Ariel Castro, to one of freedom. Ed Smart is one of the few people who have any idea what this process is like. Anderson spoke with Smart about his daughter’s recovery after spending nine months in captivity. They were joined by family psychologist Rebecca Bailey, who has counseled kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard.

To help educate and empower kids, Ed Smart recommends checking out http://www.radkids.org.

Michelle Knight showed unimaginable bravery, not just speaking in court today, but sitting through Ariel Castro's entire tirade.  Tonight, Ed Smart told Anderson about the moment his daughter faced her accuser in court.

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Filed under: Ariel Castro • Ed Smart • Jaycee Dugard
June 12th, 2013
11:18 PM ET

Therapist: Victims adapt to survive

A therapist who's helping kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard has advice for others rebuilding their lives after a traumatic ordeal. Anderson Cooper spoke with psychologist Rebecca Bailey about the will to survive and triumph after tragedy.

November 5th, 2009
11:23 AM ET

Garrido opportunities missed

Randi Kaye| BIO
AC360° Correspondent


Filed under: Jaycee Dugard • Randi Kaye
October 14th, 2009
10:02 PM ET

Concerns and optimism over Jaycee Dugard's exclusive photos

Jaycee Dugard, shown here in 1991, breaks her silence in the new issue of People magazine.

Jaycee Dugard, shown here in 1991, breaks her silence in the new issue of People magazine.

David Puente
AC360° Producer

I briefly spoke to Ed Smart today, father of Elizabeth Smart who was held in captivity for nine months before being rescued.

I called him for tonight’s segment with Anderson which, among other things, takes a look at the People Magazine exclusive pictures of Jaycee Dugard. Her family spokesperson said they released the exclusive photos as a way of letting everyone know that she and her family are doing well and that there is hope for the future.

Jaycee appears smiling and happy in all of them and tells People she wants “to thank everyone for their support.”

In one shot she’s on a horse that she rides as part of her therapy in order to foster trust. Her daughters, mother Terry, and sister Shayna also ride and are part of the People spread. We don’t see the faces of her daughters – Angel and Starlit, allegedly fathered by Phillip Garrido – they are instead photographed from behind.

I also spoke to Dr. Judith Cohen in Pittsburgh for the same segment. She’s a child psychiatrist and trauma specialist, and medical director of the Center for Traumatic Stress at Allegheny General Hospital. She analyzed some of the photos for me.

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Filed under: David Puente • Jaycee Dugard
October 14th, 2009
05:41 PM ET

Therapeutic Equitation: How riding horses can help

AC360°

The first photographs of Jaycee Dugard emerged today in the new issue of People Magazine. Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 at the age of 11 and then allegedly held captive for 18 years in a backyard compound. Her captors, Philip and Nancy Garrido were arrested in August and have been charged with a combined 29 felony counts in the kidnapping and rape of Dugard. Both Garridos pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Dugard has two daughters, now 11 and 15, who police say were fathered by her captor Phillip Garrido. The three now live with Dugard’s mother and are making the transition from being held captive for so long. According to the article, Dugard is receiving counseling, cooking and riding horses.

Therapeutic equitation is one form of therapy used to help cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and emotional abuse.

Go here to learn more about the therapy and how one organization puts it into practice. And find testimonials from people who have been affected by therapeutic equitation.


Filed under: Jaycee Dugard
October 14th, 2009
04:13 PM ET

First Photo: Kidnap Survivor Jaycee Dugard Emerges from the Shadows

Phillip and Nancy Garrido face 29 felony charges relating to the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido face 29 felony charges relating to the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard.

People Magazine

After being held against her will for 18 years, much of it in a backyard hell straight out of a horror film, Jaycee Dugard wants the world to know:

"I'm so happy to be back with my family," she tells PEOPLE.

RELATED: Jaycee Dugard's Aunt Describes Emotional Family Reunion

Now living in seclusion with her mom, Terry Probyn, 50, and the two daughters – Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11 – fathered by her alleged kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, Dugard, 29, has begun the slow process of recovery. She rides horses, cooks meals and is thinking of collaborating on a book.

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Filed under: Jaycee Dugard
October 14th, 2009
09:51 AM ET

Jaycee Dugard opens up after 18-year kidnapping ordeal

This photo of Jaycee Dugard was taken at the 1991 Rose Bowl parade. She was abducted later that year.

This photo of Jaycee Dugard was taken at the 1991 Rose Bowl parade. She was abducted later that year.

CNN

The first images are emerging of an adult Jaycee Dugard, the woman who was kidnapped when she was 11 and allegedly held captive for 18 years by a couple in an elaborate compound hidden in the backyard.

Dugard is featured on the cover of the new issue of People magazine, smiling brightly in the photo, her face framed by long brown hair.

"I'm so happy to be back with my family," Dugard told the magazine.

She lives in seclusion with her mother Terry Probyn and her two daughters, who police say were fathered by her captor Phillip Garrido. Watch how Jaycee Dugard is adjusting »

"They live a surprisingly normal life, considering the circumstances," said Terry Probyn's stepmother, Joan Curry, according to the magazine.

Dugard spends her time riding horses and cooking and is considering collaborating on a book, People reported.

Garrido and his wife are accused of abducting Dugard in 1991 from a bus stop near her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, and keeping her in the compound behind their home in Antioch, California.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jaycee Dugard
September 15th, 2009
01:39 PM ET

Two missing girls linked to Garrido investigation

Other missing girls Ilene Misheloff, left, and Michaela Garecht now linked to Garrido investigation.

Other missing girls Ilene Misheloff, left, and Michaela Garecht now linked to Garrido investigation.

CNN

A week before 9-year-old Michaela Garecht was kidnapped in Hayward, California, in 1988, she wrote a poem about people who had been abducted, her mother said.

She sat down at the coffee table and wrote a poem about people behind the doors of steel, an amazing poem for a 9-year-old, ... and a week later she was kidnapped," Michaela's mother, Sharon Murch, said.

"It seems to me ... like it must be some sort of a prophesy or premonition, and I keep hearing the words that she said - 'It's about people who were kidnapped and are being held captive, not people who were kidnapped and were killed.'"

Investigators from two police agencies were searching the home of the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping suspects Tuesday in connection with two other unsolved abductions, authorities said.

Dublin, California, police obtained the search warrant for Phillip and Nancy Garrido's home, along with a neighboring property, in connection with the 1989 disappearance of 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff, police said in a written statement. "Dublin police have been unable to eliminate Phillip and Nancy Garrido as possible suspects in Ilene's disappearance."

In addition, Hayward, California, police obtained a search warrant for the same locations in the 1988 abduction of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht. Both warrants were being executed simultaneously Tuesday, police said.

The Garridos face a combined 29 felony counts in connection with the 1991 kidnapping of Dugard, then 11, from South Lake Tahoe, California. Authorities believe the couple held Dugard in a well-hidden compound behind their Antioch, California, home for 18 years, and have said Phillip Garrido fathered two children with Dugard

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jaycee Dugard
September 3rd, 2009
06:01 PM ET

Inside the Jaycee Dugard reunion: 'She's fabulous'

Tina Dugard speaks to the media Thursday about how her niece Jaycee is reconnecting with her family.

Tina Dugard speaks to the media Thursday about how her niece Jaycee is reconnecting with her family.

Greg Hardesty
The Orange County Register

Terry Probyn took a brush to her daughter's blond hair and slowly combed through it – a tender ritual she had not performed in 18 years, when her girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, was just 11.

Reunited with Jaycee last week in Northern California, Probyn got to play mother again to the girl who was snatched away from her – touching her hair, kissing her face, delighting at the sound of her voice.

Tina Dugard, Terry's sister and Jaycee's aunt, sat and watched – disbelief mingled with joy.

"I remember thinking, 'Wow, she's French-braiding Jaycee's hair for the first time in 18 years,' " Tina Dugard said.

The reunification of Terry Probyn with her daughter – and her interactions, for the first time, with Jaycee's two daughters, 11 and 15 – played out in private as the chilling tale of Jaycee's alleged abductor, Phillip Craig Garrido, seized headlines worldwide.

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Filed under: Jaycee Dugard
September 3rd, 2009
12:41 PM ET
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