August 31st, 2009
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/31/09

We’re keeping a close eye on a fast-moving California wildfire that’s threatening thousands of homes and businesses outside Los Angeles—and has trapped five people who ignored evacuation orders.

And we now have a much clearer picture of what the last 18 years have been like for Jaycee Dugard, the young woman who was found last week 18 years after her kidnapping. Investigators are combing the secret backyard compound where Dugard was allegedly forced to live–and where she apparently gave birth to the two daughters her captor fathered. We’ll show you what investigators found inside the squalid makeshift compound of tents and sheds.

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  1. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, Yes is hard to believe that she developed a relationship with her kidnapper. Maybe it was brainwashing as is being discussed now. We are way ahead of the investigation, though, it shld be noted.

    That's a good pt by Lisa Bloom, the police dept in the area didn't know what was right in front of them, but that UC Berkeley policewoman, those two policewomen cracked the case. Were they both University police?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Stacy

    Shawn Hornbeck seemed normal too. He had friends. He wasn't always supervised. After he was found, there were people who questioned why he didn't escape. Only later did we learn the horrors he endured. None of us know what Jaycee's life has been like these past 18 years.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hi Anderson,

    I think the guest was trying to say that life was not as terrible for these victims as the press is making it out to sound. (Blame the press and not the criminal??)

    But I also think she feels guilty, and she's trying to defend her community a little bit. It's so sad. I hope the people who lived near and worked with Garrido will eventually realize that he hurt them too.

    He victimized the whole town.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Deb Windell

    Ya know- where I live in southern OH...they only use the blue covers for roofs blown off from the first Hurricane that hit us in Sept 08-but a person that has so much trash in the back of their house should be investigated or called in by neighbors other that the Cravitz's-I am not Mrs. Cravitz–(Bewitched) but I see where there are curb appeal problems....the woman that spoke about how the kids were raised in the 4000 sg ft home and the MAYBE

    August 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Doris

    I still didn't care for what she was saying.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    @Anderson, sounded like this woman was playing the defense attorney roll, how she knows he was guilty, but should be charged only for what he did and not what other people think. Of course, she doesn't have the rhetoric to clearly state that aspect.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    @ Anderson

    It totally seemed that she was defending him!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  8. barb

    Once again the police have failed a child. They were so focused on blaming the step father that this was clearly a gross midjusgement.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Melissa-Erie,Pa

    I still can't wrap my mind around this. It's so unbelievable!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  10. Gisselle - Houston, Texas

    That Molino lady made no sense at all, who cares what the house looked like inside? This man kidnapped and brutally raped and 11 year old little girl, it doesn't really matter that she is 29 now and brainwashed, because God only knows what that man did to her as a child. I am sickened by people like Mrs. Molino who don't seem to be in touch with reality. Get a clue lady, Garrido is a rapist, a kidnapper and a criminal...no ifs, or buts about that!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Julie - Boston

    I feel like the woman previously was trying to explain how the media is taking the little bit of information that they have and twist the story to be a complete story. (of course not CNN and not you Anderson) The fact of the matter is that we do not have the complete story just speculation on the conditions. There is no defense for this monster but we do not have all the details. Do the details really matter? For me, no...he is a sicko. Maybe that is what she meant???

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Teresa, OH

    grrr, didnt catch the lady's name, but i truly appreciate her giving us a different view. We only had the crazy part. She gave us the saner part: which nullify's an insanity plea.

    She didnt have to come forward, but she did. That was very kind of her to do. As she said: she is NOT defending these two nutjobs.
    She is merely stating what she has seen. The media had only been pointing out the "weirdo" things. She was trying to point out that the NUTTY things about these people were NOT SO OBVIOUS. Also, in case anyone isnt catching it: this guy is probably a SCHITZOPHRENIC.

    It is easy to see how this was undetected for so long now.

    @kirk gray: i would kill someone if they raped my child too.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    This story really creeps me out and makes me angry. I think that when you get that "something's not right" feeling, maybe we need to actually find out more.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Kris

    How will the mother be able to accept her daughters children that she bore from her abductor?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Joe Cormier - Kitchener On Canada

    no need to defend AC!

    We know what's up!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Toni - Illinois

    Hey Anderson, is this woman that knew Garrido for real? The guy is a psychotic rapist. Its people like her that let this horrible situation go on for years. If someone had reported marijuana growing in the back yard, this might have been over much sooner.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ Anderson

    The explanations are genuinely difficult to understand and accept. Plus, if you, who spoke directly with her did not understand, imagine us!
    She was defending him, it doesn't make sense, but a fact. I can only think how many times people refuse to see the truth and they don't make with bad intention.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  18. Alica-Ontario Canada

    yes lets see that house

    August 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  19. James In Kamiah, Idaho

    Let's see, the woman he first raped wasn't informed that her rapist was set free, and you guys are wondering why Jaycee never ran away? He probably told her that he visited his first victim and noone did anything about it. Why would Jaycee believe anything else?

    This guy seems to have had a God Complex. He was recreating his own bible, and using the old bible as atemplate. To them, that was their garden of eden.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    What was going on in the inside of the house was no doubt for him and his wife. There probably was a room for them in the inside when the weather was unbearable for them to stay outside and the wife didn't mind them to be in the inside. The children appeared to be okay, but they were not in mental state of wellness.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Joe Cormier - Kitchener On Canada

    go Lisa!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Anderson, Im with you. I dont understand what she was saying either, just sounded more and more like she was defending him.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    She was absolutely defending him. Trying to take it back after speaking doesn't change the fact she had spent nearly the entire conversation defending him. Very disturbing.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  24. Minou, New York City

    The police officer was a woman? Ha! Female intuition!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  25. Kathy Chicago

    How could his wife stay with him, knowing he was fathering a child with a 14 year old?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  26. Charisse from Sherman Oaks, CA

    The only man sicker than these two is Josef Fritzel in Austria. Parole officers should conduct random searches of parolees with K9's from now on.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  27. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    "people see what they want to see" that's a term also applied to ART. Maybe like in an art class we need to teach people to see, just what they see, not what they want to.

    Incredible how something so obvious can be overlooked.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  28. John

    bot6h of the people have been equally charged why are we only talking about the husband?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Natalie

    The psychological implements must be very deeply rooted inside all three of their minds. It's hard to believe how this type of living has gone on throughout the past 18 years without bringing attention from the neighbors/police. The case seems to take strange twists each time someone looks closer into it.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If Garrido was "disturbed" why was he allowed to be around young children even if they were his own?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  31. Sharon Hastings

    These police officers were criminally incompetent. I hope the media uncovers this pathetic and horrible story and doesn't let go until there are appropriate consequences to this so-called law enforcement department.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Antioch, California is very much a traditional "small town." Not terribly sophisticated and not a place where people would generally "question" others and butt into other people's business.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  33. andersoncnn

    i think she meant to say that the kids spent time in the house, not just in the backyard, and therefore the story is different than is being portrayed, and she is critical of police for not investigating and not clarifying exactly where the kids and jaycee lived, but it sure sounded like she was defending this guy a little...but she then said she wasnt.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  34. starr, formerly known as vincent


    I think part of what the lady you interviewed was trying to say, among other things, was that she feels guilty for having not picked up on any problem with the girls and their mother.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Steve

    I think the police should be fired as well, they didn't do there job as always. Nothing new.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    The children of Jaycee have never seen any other kind of life.I don't know if they were brainwashed,I think they just didn't know any other kind of life.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  37. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, We aren't sure what that guest was trying to say either.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  38. Amber

    I also wanna know is, what was the Parole officer actually doing? Why didn't he see these children, or at least hear them???? Hello???

    August 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  39. Dulcie - Denver

    I appreciate the interview, Anderson, but I'm not sure what to make of it either. I don't see how the condition of the house bears on anything. I didn't get it either.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  40. Vig

    AC was correct in challenging that woman who veered off defending that sex offender because she has a bone to pick with law enforcement in her community. I work in Berkeley and the Antoich community tends to be a less sophisticiated community when you compare it to Berkeley – it's also an economically depressed area and unfortunately more ignorant.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  41. Anthonia-(Bay Area)California

    But what made Jaycee break out of the cult she was under? Why did she wait this long to escape?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  42. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Anderson – I found that last interview very concerning. Definitely a small window into how this situation went on for nearly two decades with no one noticing.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Jacqueline, NY

    I don't think Ms. Molino-is it?, anyway, I don't think she was excusing the creep for his crimes. I believe she was saying that the authorities should not be let off the hook for their lack of effort.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Is there a certain type of person that is more susceptible to this type of indoctrination?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  45. Caroline, Los Angeles

    You know what I was thinking when the reporter mentioned at the top of the show that police are now wondering if Garrido kidnapped other girls?

    If they find that Garrido did kidnap and kill other girls then I think we will see that Jaycee brilliantly did what she had to do to stay alive. She survived.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  46. Leslie Repp

    Anderson, are the police 100% sure that the woman who is Girrado's wife was not also a victim of his and being held captive all these years?
    I have not heard this being talked about.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Anderson, she seemed to be defending him, then changed her mind mid-interview.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  48. yvonne

    total madness

    August 31, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Susanna Hahn

    Concerning the Dugard case, the woman, Molino, who held a birthday party which Jaycee Dugard's two children attended, her account of the Jaycee Dugard children does not jibe with the account given by the two Berkeley woman police officers who were suspicious of Philip Garrido and his two children. The Berkeley police officers commented on the bizarre behavior of the Dugard children and on how they were dressed. The Molino woman in the CNN interview was psychologically trying to protect her social position and status in life and she was not forthcomming with the truth at all. There had to be signs of what the Berkeley police women officers saw: the girls were pasty in mid-summer and very unresponsive. Philip Garrido was probably with adults very ingratiating if he wanted something and I believe he did business with this Molino woman and her family/

    August 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    too freaky! She's been lost my entire life......

    18 years is too long of a time.

    and I wouldn't doubt for an instant she was brainwashed. Sick disgusting creeper is what that man is, I don't even think he's worth it to even Know is name.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
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