August 31st, 2009
10:05 PM ET

Officers who cracked missing girl case: Something wasn't right

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/08/31/missing.girl.officers/art.kidnapping.officers.cnn.jpg caption="Allison Jacobs, left, and Lisa Campbell of the UC Berkeley Police Department were wary of Phillip Garrido."]
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/08/31/missing.girl.officers/art.girls1.cnn.jpg caption="Jaycee Dugard's daughters attend a birthday party two weeks ago. Their faces are blurred to protect their privacy."]

Call it mother's intuition. Call it a police officer's intuition. But Allison Jacobs knew something was wrong.

The University of California, Berkeley, police officer was sitting in on a meeting with a man named Phillip Garrido, who wanted to hold an event on campus, and Lisa Campbell, special events manager for the university police. Garrido brought along two young girls, introducing them as his daughters.

Jacobs' and Campbell's intuition, authorities said, led to the arrest of Garrido, a registered sex offender who along with his wife, Nancy, now faces 29 felony charges in connection with the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, who was then 11. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Police have said Garrido kept Dugard in a series of sheds in his backyard for 18 years, fathering two children with her - the 11- and 15-year-old girls he brought with him to the meeting.

In a Friday interview with CNN's "AC360," Campbell said Garrido had approached her August 24 with the two girls in tow, asking about holding his event. She had another commitment, so she asked him to return the following day.

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  1. Linda

    This is such a sad sad story.
    It looks to me like they were not completely out of the public eye.
    The girl worked and the daughters were out and about.
    Why then, didn't they turn themselves over to others to get help.
    Brain washing is a powerful tool!
    Glad this is over for them and hope they get some help dealing with this.

    September 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  2. Carol

    The news seems to overlook the fact that the two children of Jaycee were not kidnapped, but born and raised in the 'family.' They may not even know their mother was kidnapped. In fact, do they even know Jaycee is their mother, or do they think Garrido's wife is their mother? Now they have been taken away from everything they have ever known , which to us seems like justice, but to them is an upheaval of their life. There is still so much we don't know about this case that it is too early to assume that the girls lived anything other and a fairly normal life. I think the spin on this story has been way too presumptive and until more of the facts are known, speculation should be kept in perspective.

    September 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  3. Whitney Ivey

    When they do sentence him they really need to give him the book. All I want to know is why did they release him from jail in the first place. After he did it the first time he should have learned his lesson then. And as for the young lady that he took if she had contact with the outside world why didn't she try to get away. But I am glad that she is back with her family, but it just dosen't make sense to me if you had the chance to get away why didn't you? can you please explain that!!!!

    September 1, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  4. Renee

    am a social worker and we are REQUIRED to go throughout the house, i would assume a parole officier and a COP would have more powers especially when it comes to felons!!!! searching for perhaps other household memebers or guns...

    If one is being visited by the govt (whether it be probation, CPS, Immigration) on a regular ongoing basis they have the right to be nosey....am sorry but the officials who failed to do their job should be fired....

    the way i look at it is, if you are a known felon.....there is no need to get a warrant to search a felon's premises.

    September 1, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  5. Chris Topple

    Phillip Garrido's parole officer and the deputy sheriff who visited his home after the 911 call reporting children in the backyard, were so incompetent and lazy that Garrido could have been dating their daughters and they would not have known it. They should be fired and sued.

    September 1, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  6. Kathy

    So they all could have been rescued 3 years ago if the sheriff's deputy had bothered to go in to the backyard to investigate a claim that there were children living in tents at a known sexual predator's home? What a horse's a**. I'm sure that a**hole will now be rewarded with a desk job and a full pension for his gross incompetence. Yeah, I'm sure it's a guy. What morons.

    September 1, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  7. Danielle

    First of all, \vaughn Samuel: get a grip!

    The abuse this girl suffered is not something anyone of us on the outside can fully comprehend.

    Child abuse, like other forms of abuse, runs so deep within a persons psyche that we cannot truly appreciate her thoughts or actions. It has been well documented that victims of abuse often do not run away, and for many reasons. This girl was so young when she was kidnapped.

    What a tragic, tragic story. This poor girl/woman. Not only has she been affected for life, her two children were by this monster! She will never get "away" from it.

    What disgusts me the most is knowing that this monster was MARRIED, and that she supported him through this? He is clearly sick, but her?!?! Both are crazy, and need to be locked up to rot.

    September 1, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  8. Denise, BARBADOS

    Some QUESTIONS...

    1. Were YOU one of those Americans who expressed Horror, Shock and Disgust when you read about the JOSEF FRITZL sub-human CRIME committed in faraway Austria against his own Daughter?

    If so, what are you THINKING / FEELING / SAYING ...and DEMANDING BE DONE about Phillip Garrido, and those of his ilk?

    2. Are YOU one of the Americans who perhaps NOW realise, that IN APRIL 2008, WHILST YOU WERE AVIDLY READING about how "Daddy Fritzl" had kept his daughter ELISABETH – according to her OWN testimony made to Police, CHAINED TO THE WALL WHILE HE HAD SEX WITH HER, and how a Father thereby turned a Daughter into his own private SEX-PRODUCING and BABY-MAKING-FACTORY deep within a Daddy-made-Dungeon, that AN...AMERICAN REPLICA...OF...THIS...SAME...SICK ...AND . ..SICKENING SAGA, WAS BEING PLAYED OUT IN YOUR OWN PRISTINE USA HEARTLAND?

    If so, what NOW are you THINKING / FEELING / SAYING ...and DEMANDING BE DONE about Phillip Garrido, and those of his ilk?

    3. This last Question will be posed as THREE (3) RIDDLES:-

    (I) "How many WOMEN did it take to RECOGNISE EVIL / WRONGDOING CLEAR AS DAY, and RESCUE Jaycee Duggard from HELL?"

    (II) "How many HOURS did it take these WOMEN to turn back tTHE TIDE OF EVIL 18 YEARS LONG?"


    i think we all know the ANSWERS to all the above. Thing is: WHAT is every individual going to DO, in FUTURE, to PREVENT THIS SADISTIC, SUB-HUMAN TYPE OF BEHAVIOUR from occuring again.

    THAT remains The Question.

    September 1, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  9. Teresa, OH

    @vaughn Samuel: re: "call me cynical"...

    You're cynical.

    But mostly, you are unschooled and ignorant in the ways of a childs mind, a mentally ill man's mind, mind control, manipulation, the seduction of a child's mind and heart, a psychopath, an abuser and a sexual deviant.

    I find it heartbreaking that you are even suggesting the victim had the ability to reach out for help. Her mind really isnt even her own anymore.

    September 1, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  10. Deb

    \vaughn Samuel, it's called Stockholm Syndrome. It's very real. Kidnap victims become attached to their kidnappers. You don't know the threats this man may have made to Jaycee. At first he may have threatened to murder her parents. Then as she had children, he may have threatened to murder her daughters if she reached out for help. Yes, there is more. And we may never know the real depth to this story because she and her daughters may never tell anyone.

    In the end, the police and her kidnappers probation officer failed Jaycee incredibly. By not doing random searches of his home and yard, something that should happen to ALL sexual predators whether on probation or not. Once you rape another human, you lose your rights to privacy, IMO.

    How on earth did he get out of a 50 year rape sentence after only serving 1/5th of his sentence? The monster fooled so many people for years.

    And it's scary to know that there are probably other kidnap victims living a similar lifestyle. They could be your next door neighbour. All the more reason for us to be more nosy about what is going on in our neighbourhoods.

    September 1, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  11. Muthyavan.

    How is the systems failed so long and is the society safe under the busy life of individuals who does not want to pork his nose into other peoples private life. Who is your next neighbour in the changing world of every day's with new ,new, neighbours occupying next houses to your homes.

    What is the duty of the order and law enforcements agencies keeping a close tap on convicted criminals. Is it only a routine job of just keeping a routine check on the life of convicted criminals or a thorough check of all their activities. When a crime is committed do they do a through check of all the criminals around the whole region.

    All the above questions needs answers and a details research to find a way in preventing any reputation's of similar crimes. Public vigilance and participation is another great assert and without any cooperation from public, law enforcing agencies can't prevent this type of crimes.

    September 1, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  12. SFGreek

    To the first poster: you should read up on kidnapping victims and how they survive, especially young ones. They had no choice but to bond with their captors, unless they want to go insane or die. She was 11 when she was taken, and this man and his wife replaced her family. He wasn't as vicious as Ken Parnell (Dennis Parnell/Steven Stayner abductor), and he worked to cultivate her trust. Of course after years she didn't try to get away, and she had no idea what normal is anyway. She's paying for it now, all over again.

    September 1, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  13. Ruth Carhuff

    We need much stricter laws, to not let rapists back on the street. Also, with technology like satellite/google earth, can't the FBI monitor someone'S backyard? The satellite photos of Garrito's backyard were different from his neighbors. An added bonus – catching someone by satellite may mean catching a terrorist or two, as well!

    September 1, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  14. clairee

    philip garrido is an animal... crazy he deserve to death sentence and the wife aswell...

    September 1, 2009 at 7:06 am |
  15. Roshanda C. Bishop

    Was Jaycee Lee Duggard brainwashed by Garrido? Yes, who was there to capture her from the start? It's to late to save her now,and if people want her to be a person, why blast allegations that is going to scar her even more.Sometimest he media is good for such bad behavior .The question is does anybody really consider Jaycee's feelings,or is this coverage to cause more pain?

    The world now know, and I have a question about how is Garrido going to be dealt with? Why not make an example of Garrido for the first time in life to make others thing about copying this act or anything such !

    September 1, 2009 at 3:26 am |
  16. Leanne

    God Bless these two women for noticing something wasn't right with the little girls and that monster. My heart goes out to Jaycee she is surely not to blame, I am the same age as her, I can't imagine what her soul has been through in these past 18 years. They are all in my prayers!! I hope this is a wake up call to our parole system as a mother myself nothing scares me more than a child predator!

    September 1, 2009 at 3:12 am |
  17. Linda

    How come I hear how well hidden these tents and structures were, when for the whole 18 years they weren't. How long does it take for over growth??? Why if the parole officer looking is doing his job for 18 years and everyone knew he was a nut case was there not more scrutiny with all law enforcement especially the parole office who is taking not hits when its all them, I believe! Where did he get the money to buy the house in Antioch or is it his name??? Can it go immediately to the girls for them to get on with their lives? Why aren't the papers being published that he supposedly gave to the FBI office recently??? If they ALL came in together to the parole officers place on Tues/Wed how come the news reports that Jaycee walked into the Concord police and told them here I am the one that was kidnapped 18years ago???

    September 1, 2009 at 1:28 am |
  18. patty

    The system failed Jaycee Lee. It failed by letting that "thing" out of prison 39 yrs early. It failed by not properly monitoring his every move. It failed immediately after Jaycee was taken, her kidnapping did not immediately close all of the highways leading out of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The system failed in cross referencing the owners of all the cars fitting the description with pictures and predators let out in the last 10 yrs. It failed many times since the initial kidnapping. Jaycee was a young girl who was taken from her family and forced to survive by "serving" this "thing". I think each & every law enforcement agency shoud be sued. It is a wrongful "loss of life". Jaycee missed a wonderful life with her family in Tahoe. Let her stepdad have 10 minutes alone with these "things". Let them rot in prison, not in solitary, but with the general prison population. They may get their just desserts. Keep your children and loved ones close. Trust is something of the past.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  19. shawnda

    Everybody is discussing why Jaycee stayed. The fact that she gave birth to her first known child when she was barely 15 years old herself and had a baby to protect might have had something to do with it. We have no idea if there was only two pregnancies. Why has nobody picked up or commented on that?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  20. Peggy

    How can this man be investigated and examined on a regular basis, and not turn over every stone? This man could have had a meth lab or marijuana garden or moonshine business going on in that back yard, or at worst....a grave yard. 18 years? Someone failed. Someone that was qualified. The system cannot trust anyone who has a record of rape...even if they seem like "nice" guys. The BTK killer was a nice guy, and a good neighbor.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Annie Kate

    Probably for the first year Jaycee was too frightened to try to escape. By the next year she had her baby and I bet would not want to leave her behind so escape with a baby – that's not easy and what would happen if her captor caught her trying to escape? After a while though its probably easier to stay than go....especially after 2 children. I'm just glad that she is out of there and I commend the two female policeman for putting 2 and 2 together and getting the right answer.

    August 31, 2009 at 9:24 pm |
  22. Jeanette

    The whole system failed Jaycee when they released this monster from prison the first time he kidnapped and raped a girl....what is the matter with these people? Gross inefficiency all the way around from the parole board, parole officer and the police.

    Jaycee shouldn't be blamed, there is a lot we don't know about people held in captivity. Elizabeth Smart and Shawn Hornbeck didn't let people know either and he was alone and on the computer. It's a form of brainwashing somehow.

    August 31, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  23. Mari

    Neighbors were called to this monster's home, and the cops came and did not search the premises even though this man is a sexual predator. Why couldn't that call to the cops have been enough to get a search warrant?

    Neighbors also called the cops to say they have seen children in the back yard........ of a predator's home!

    The system failed Jaycee, how many other Jaycee's are out there?

    August 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  24. Victor Manning

    While we should praise those officers who acted swiftly to save this young woman and her children from virtual slavery, the officers and particularly the parole officers should be fired for their gross negligence.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  25. janinpenna

    Can't parole officers visit the homes of their clients? This is frightening to think that more children may be held captive by known offenders.

    I wonder that this guys PO didn't have given him a pysch. eval. years ago. Apparently he's a nutter and should have been off the streets.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  26. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Lisa and Allison are the epitome of modern day heroes. I think they should make CNN's heroes of the year list. They really do rock. And here I go: has anyone noticed that they are female? Yeah!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    August 31, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  27. \vaughn Samuel

    call me cynical but something doesnt just add up in this story. She had contact with the outside world yet she didnt cry for help? she sent e mails and you tell me she was kidnapped? some one please dig deeper and get into the mind of this young woman.

    August 31, 2009 at 4:15 pm |