September 2nd, 2009
05:39 PM ET

Evening Buzz: A monster or a victim?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/02/garrido.attorney/art.nancy.garrido.kcra.jpg caption="Nancy Garrido is escorted by police in Placerville, California, after her arrest last week."]

Jenny Blanco
AC360° Writer

Is Nancy Garrido a monster or a victim?

We’ve heard a lot about Phillip Garrido, the convicted sex offender who fathered two children with Jaycee Dugard, but his wife Nancy is also charged with Jaycee’s kidnapping and rape.

Police say the Garridos abducted Jaycee when she was 11 and held her captive in their backyard for 18 years. Nancy Garrido’s lawyer, Gilbert Maines, says his client is also a victim and that the case is a “horrendous” thing for her.

Maines also says Nancy misses the children her husband fathered with Jaycee, and says she saw them all as family members. CNN’s Dan Simon will have the latest on the case, and we’ll talk about the defense strategy with CNN Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom.

Also tonight part two of Drew Griffin’s investigation into the black market for human organs. Tonight you’ll see just how desperate some people are for Kidneys and we’ll introduce you to a man who preys on that desperation.

And Chris Brown is on Larry King tonight where he will speak out about his assault of pop star Rihanna. Some of his comments have enraged advocates for domestic violence victims. We’ll dig deeper with Denise Brown, Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister, and Faye Wattleton from the Center for Gender Equality. See you tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

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  1. terri

    "she misses the kids and thought of them all as family members"?? What like pet dogs that you keep in the backyard living in squalor...glad I am not a relative. You just grab a child, your husband has sex with her, she has two kids and its just one big happy family? Let's see how that defense works out for her in court, how ridiculous.

    Brampton, Ontario

    September 3, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  2. lorjon

    Poor Nancy Garrido! It seems she does have feelings after all. And she can now finally feel what Jaycee's mother felt for 18 years when she "missed" and cried for her birth daughter who was taken by Nancy at a bus stop one ordinary day. Did Nancy Garrido ever once have any compassion in those 18 years for Jaycee's mother and how she was agonizing over her daughter?

    But we the public are now supposed to sympathize with Nancy Garrido because she misses Jaycee, her abducted daughter, and the two girls who were the result of Jaycee being molested by her husband?

    Yes, we're so saddened that she's now lonely and alone - but what about Jaycee's mother who was lonely and alone for 18 years and lived in a hell of her own not knowing where her precious daughter was?

    Isn't it interesting how evil people actually do have feelings after all - YES, THEY DO - FOR THEMSELVES.

    Her tears and fears today are for herself, not for anybody else. And she should be afraid.

    And her pathetic attorney is really insulting the intelligence of the American people with such comments.

    September 3, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  3. Cynthia

    I'm so tired of all the talk of brainwashing. This women is more than a monster, she is just as much to blame for this whole ordeal as Phillip is. They are both horrible people who should never be allowed into society again. Honestly, in my opinion, there is no jail sentence that could fix these people. They are child molesting freaks who deserve nothing more than death.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:51 am |
  4. Gail Strano -Hansen

    I would like to know why the American government can find and pass legislation for funds for ridiculous" pork barrel" projects as we have heard about these past months and not give the training and funding to agency's to be able to have the correct man/woman employee power that could have and possibly stopped this monster from hurting this girl and her family, and possibly others.
    Our social services agency's, police forces,and prison systems are understaffed, underfunded and over case loaded. What kind of "Human beings" pass these laws and make the rules up on where the money goes ? Our worlds children deserve better . As a spiritual human society have we no conscience ? Lets put priorities where they are supposed to be. Take care of the children they are our blessings! The politicians who make up these laws for wasting money on issue of no human importance should be on the " bridge to nowhere" fast .

    September 3, 2009 at 3:16 am |
  5. Christina Sweet

    Anderson the Garrido’s do not live in the city of Antioch they live in an unincorporated area outside the city limits.

    If these people lived within the city of Antioch they would have an officer assigned to that sector. The same officers police the sectors and I am sure that the Antioch police would have found out, long ago, that there was something not right in that household.

    One of your guest made Antioch sound like it is some sort of backwoods sex offender haven. The City of Antioch is known as the city of trees and it is for the most part a community of tree lined neighborhoods with homes and yards well kept, Beaver Clever would be happy to liver here.

    I thought someone should set your guest straight and not further offend those of us that live in the City of Antioch. I am one of over one hundred thousand people that live within the city limits. Most of the other news stations are saying that the Garrido’s live in Northern CA maybe CNN should do so as well.


    September 3, 2009 at 2:31 am |
  6. Chris Johnson

    I lived down the street from Jaycee Dugard when she was abducted in S. Lake Tahoe,(1991). Gurrido's wife is just as guilty as him, matter of fact, when they drove down Washone St, that early morning in 1991, it was Gurrido's wife who pulled Jaycee into the car........ They are both equal MONSTERS who deserve only the worst-

    September 3, 2009 at 2:25 am |
  7. tanya

    o h and my mom loves you anderson cooper her name is florence genaille she asked if you could say her name on tv she watched you every night n she said you aare very brave

    September 3, 2009 at 2:19 am |
  8. George

    What Gurrido did is beyond words, in terms of the perspective of the general public and Jaycee's family. However, to the kidnapped, she achieved a new norm...she may, or may not feel the shocking nature of her ordeal...

    Nancy Gurrido – she was as much a part of the kidnapping as her husband. She's not a good, or a moral person – else she would not have kept the truth concealed for two decades.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:19 am |
  9. tanya

    why didnt jaycee just go to the authorities when she got older n not stay in that house with those people

    September 3, 2009 at 2:17 am |
  10. Bijouxjubee

    Regarding what to do with sex offenders who complete their sentences: How about a city of refuge for 50,000 or so? A city with no primary or secondary schools, parks with no swings or slides, a place where children are not allowed.

    A city would still need a post office, grocery stores, theaters, hospitals, restaurants, construction workers, etc. A place where any adult can live and work.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:07 am |
  11. misi,

    This whole story is twisited. She was so in love with this man that she would do whatever He tells her to do! This dosent mean shes a victim! shes just .... No words. SICK. No one in their right mind would be ok with helping anyone kidnap a child and then live with them for 18yrs as if nothing is wrong with it!

    September 3, 2009 at 1:58 am |
  12. Samuel Noble

    Let me tell you something the Garrido family is really messed up. This family really has issues in their marriage as well as other issues to. This family has effected more familys with their own problems then the atom bomb over Hiroshima,Japan. Alot of communication issues and alot of trust issues and alot of intamacy issues.
    Then you add in Phillip's problems. The kidnapping and rape of Jaycee. This woman i suppose is to a degree innocent of any crimes except one being dingy enough to marry such a creep. I wouldn't doubt it if she was kidnapped herself.
    Of course, the amazing thing is Nancy was Phillips wife. However, he chose to have kids with Jaycee which indicates that somehow he was looking for someone to replace Nancy with. Could be a hint of what might have happend had Jaycee was not found. Nancy would have been a victim of a man only wanting for his sexual appetites to be filled.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:34 am |
  13. Pat Sumlin

    This is for Anderson Cooper. Regarding Rihanna and Nancy Garrido, a topic worth pursuing and educating the public about is is "Traumatic Bonding" and how Adult Attachment Disorder is the re-enactment of re-victimization, toward self and/or others. Please consider using your influence to bring these topics out in the open in order to dig deeper.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:25 am |
  14. KSuzanne

    This woman is obviously mentally ill as is her husband. It is a shame that so many sex offenders live in Antioch. This is a criminal shame that our country is so obsessed with other crimes that are harmless...e.g. marijuana distribution and we spend so little officer power and money on controlling and tracking these predators that prey on the truly vulnerable, our children.

    Saddened in San Leandro, CA

    September 3, 2009 at 1:22 am |
  15. visitor

    I don't understand as a women why she would let her husband knowing he was a register sex offender talk her into kidnapping and raping a child? It is a sick sick ordeal and I dont understand how someone could live with themselves for so long knowing that they contribute to something so horrible and tramitize this person for life. Not mentioning the fact he had two children with this girl, how did it make her feel to see this child having children. God Bless the family and there health and I hope for the best recovery in this situation, my heart truly goes out them.

    September 3, 2009 at 12:51 am |
  16. JC-Los Angeles

    Monster, next question?

    September 3, 2009 at 12:44 am |
  17. David, Indiana

    A comment I wanted to post on the live blog

    @Isabel Brazil Sorry my computer's kind of slow, so I didn't get chance to respond to your comment on the live blog.

    It's hard to imagine what Nancy Garrido was doing other that helping her husband. Why he kidnapped a young girl, impregnated her, and kept her and her daughters captive for 18 years, I find that hard to understand too. We will learn more as details of this investigation are released.

    Sorry you were not feeling well last night and very glad to learn you're feeling better tonight.

    Good night.

    September 3, 2009 at 12:21 am |
  18. lillian

    nancy garrido, had an opportunity to get help for jaycee, and the little girls while her husband was locked up.she should be charged the same as her husband. another thought. phillip garrido, was married twice. fathered no children?? that's a red flag.. has someone ever thought to have dna testing on the girls and garrido.. is it possible that some of his other ' friends' in attendance at his ' backyard party' may have fathered these children. i feel so bad for jaycee, to think of the horrors she had to deal with and i pray in time she and her daughters will be able to get the needed to get past those tramatic years and move on.. law enforcement should find out who those 'so called friends' were that garrido, allowed to hang out in the backyard ..thanks

    September 3, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  19. Paulette Bergeron

    That was a chubracobra that was found in East Texas. This is not the first time a chubracobra was found in East Texas.

    September 3, 2009 at 12:02 am |
  20. Melissa, Los Angeles

    Nancy is a monster. She went along with the abduction and who knows what she herself has done to Jaycee. Her just standing by idly while her husband raped an 11 year old girl is beyond criminal.

    September 3, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  21. R. Vaters


    This woman should be put in a hospital and properly cared for,
    whatever that may entail. She is obviously a very disturbed individual.

    Her husband should be sent either to the gallows, or spend the rest of his life in a prison for the criminally insane. My opinion is that this man is indeed insane, however, if a determination is made that he is in fact not, then he should be put to death a.s.a.p.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  22. Kent

    Keeping you honest. Please check your facts before reporting convicted sex offenders have a high recitizum, reoffend rate. If you do a little investagting you would find that sex offenders have the second lowest reoffend rate of all felions. US Bureau of Statics a few years ago showed a 4.5% reoffend rate for sex offenders. Check with some sex offener treament centers. Ask them the percentage of their clients they see reoffending. I have personlly never heard off any reliable scorce like a treatment center showing more than 7.5%.
    We think the reason this myth got started is because it's not uncommond for sex offenders to have many victims before they are caught. But, is is rare for a convicted sex offender who has completed sex offender treatment to reoffend. For which we can be very thankful for. For if this was true that most sex offenders reoffend, you would be reading about hundreds of sex offender reoffending every day. Sex offender treatment shows how important it is that we have treatment program for offenders of all types. I'm sure we could cut down the prison population if we did and we would all be better off. Please stop this myth. Truth is alway better than lies.


    September 2, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  23. Silvia

    She cant possibly say she didn't know what was going on, therefore she is an accomplice to kidnapping and rape.
    I'm sure she loved the children and what not, but that doesn't detract from the fact that she knew their mother had been kidnapped and raped and didn't do anything about it.

    AND, regarding Chris Brown, he sounds just like any other domestic abuser: unrepented

    September 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  24. susan J. Mellorosajarez

    How could you report something you have never experienced!!!! have you ever been abducted? And you come across as though, you can feel the pain of these captors, I dont like you very much and try onlywatching the best newbroadcast show in the REAL USA AS WE KNOW AND KNEW IT FOXNEWS.......THATS FREEDOM RINGS

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm |
  25. Lori J

    How can you give Nancy Garrido's a title of victim? The evidence of the Step-Father witnessing the car, along with his composite drawing shows Nancy G is not a victim. Plus, when Phillip G went to prison for a Parole violation she di nothing to help Jaycee return home.
    Life in prison is where they both will be going. Along with all the media coverage a public interest in this poor young woman's case a judge or jury will of course sentience these people to a life term.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  26. Cameo DiBenedetto

    Thank you for giving us an indepth look at the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping. I was kidnapped a a young child and I am always interested in hearing about other cases. I feel a connection with other victims. In this case I do think that the wife was totally at fault and feel like she should get life in prision. I was sad to hear that Philip Garrido was released after only serving 11 years. I hope that we will do the right thing and give them both life this time.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  27. Pauline

    Re Nancy Garrido:

    She was present during the abduction of Jaycee – Strike 1
    She did nothing to free Jaycee when she was living alone when her husband was jailed for a parole violation – Strike 2
    She did nothing to free those two little children to protect them from the same fate Jaycee endured – Strike 3
    The only victims in this sad, sad tragedy are Jaycee and her two children.
    God bless Jaycee and her daughters and may they find peace and become whole again.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  28. Sara Ray, Hi

    Nancy is a victim and a monster, both are true.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  29. DavidA

    What about Jaycee's two girls? Were they molested in any way? One neighbor is reporting parties in the backyard with men drinking alchohol and high-five ing each other. Was this monster inviting his sick friends over to have their way with Jaycee and the young girls?
    Both this monster and his wife should be sent away for life behind bars.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  30. Toiaya

    Frank Sinatra said it best, "the only thing you owe the public is the good show." Chris is young and he knows he made a mistake. LET IT GO PEOPLE! He doesn't owe any of us anything. As long as he and Rihanna are square, we shouldn't be too concerned. And I know some of you will say what about him as a role model. Celebrities should not be your children's role models, the parents need to be the role models. Celebs are just human beings that chose the spotlight. Teach your kids at home and they will not go into the world looking for something else.

    I think that there is more to the story, but I respect his and Rihanna's privacy. We can sit here and talk about this all we want, but at the end of the day Chris will be able to come back. He's young and talented. He just needs a hot CD and I promise he will be back on top.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  31. Susan

    Antioch California is not an isolated place! It is heavily populated and is considered a low rent area! No wonder there are many sex offenders, but isolated is not an accurate description of this area!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  32. Charles in Canada

    how would this Garrido guy feel if they do the same to his children??? Probably nothing, he probably already raped them too.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  33. Clara

    As a view I am sick of seeing the eyes of Garrido starring right at usand you guys are holding that cop shot of him up too long. We know who you are talking about now stop insulting us with creepy photo (is that cancer on his face). Ya got any shots of him averting his eyes? You got me turning away~

    September 2, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  34. Charles in Canada

    She is as guilty as he is...they both need to stay in jail and need major psychiatric help... We need to make them an example for future "wannabe" offenders.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm |
  35. Ki'ona

    Nancy Garrido is a monster. I say this because what woman would allow her husband to continuously rape a child and not only that but father a child by a child and stay silent unless she has something to gain like maybe children she couldn't give him.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  36. Tina J

    Nancy Garrido is definately a monster, as is her husband. She is an adult, she is human. She knows the difference between right and wrong. Look at how emotional she is now. I doubt she was this emotional at the time she help abduct Jaycee. She's emotional because she knows what she did was inhuman and heartless and she got caught!

    September 2, 2009 at 10:39 pm |