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A Stolen Life (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freedom: My Book of Firsts (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Jaycee Dugard
Jaycee Dugard was in the fifth grade when she abducted, and had been anticipating an upcoming field trip, along with summer vacation.

Ken Slayton, her biological dad, wasn’t involved in her life, nor in the investigation which followed her kidnapping. When Jaycee was seven, Terry (her mom) married Carl Probyn (a carpet contractor) and gave birth to Shayna (Jaycee’s half-sister) in 1989. She was never close to Carl, but was close with her mom.

In September of 1990, her family moved out of Arcadia, California, to Meyers, which is a rural town south of South Lake Tahoe, since they believed at the time it’d be a safer community.

On June 10, 1991, Dugard’s mom, who worked as a typesetter at a print house, left for work early on in the day. And Dugard, age eleven at the time, wore her favorite all-pink outfit while walking up the hill from her house, going against traffic, in order to catch the school bus. As she was just halfway up the hill, this gray car approached her, and she believed the man driving this car was stopping to ask her for directions.

Instead, the driver (a man named Phillip Garrido), rolled his window down and tased her unconscious with a stun gun before he abducted her. Nancy, the man’s wife, dragged Jaycee into the car, where they removed all of her clothes, leaving just a butterfly ring which Dugard would hide from them over the next eighteen years. Nancy covered Dugard with a blanket and held her down while Dugard drifted in and out of consciousness during the three hour long drive to the Garridos’ property in Antioch, located some 120 miles away.

The only time she spoke was to plead that her parents would be unable to afford any kind of ransom.

Her stepdad witnessed the abduction from within sight of their home. He saw two people in a mid-sized gray car (maybe a Mercury Monarch) make a U-turn at the school bus stop where she was waiting, and then a woman forcing Dugard into the car. He’d chased them down on a bicycle yet was unable to overtake the vehicle. Several of her classmates were also witnesses to her abduction.

Probyn and Ken Slayton were the initial suspects despite not knowing one another and Slayton just had a brief relationship with Jaycee’s mom in 1979, not knowing that he had a kid of his own. Carl took and passed many polygraph tests, and Slayton was also soon cleared of suspicion. Nevertheless, this kidnapping still led to Carl and Terry’s marriage breaking up.

Garrido and Nancy were arrested by the cops after Jaycee reappeared. On April 28, 2011, they pleaded guilty to raping and kidnapping Dugard. In June of 2011, he was sentenced to 431 years to life, while his wife was sentenced to 36 years to life. It was revealed that she had been kept in concealed tents, lean-tos, and sheds in this area behind the Garridos’ house at 1554 Walnut Avenue in Antioch, California, where she was repeatedly raped by Phillip during the first six years of her captivity.

During her confinement, she gave birth to her two daughters, who were aged eleven and fifteen by the time she reappeared.

Since Phillip was on parole for a 1976 rape at the time she was kidnapped, Jaycee sued the state of California, which had taken over parole supervision of Phillip from the federal government in 1999, on account of the numerous lapses that had occurred by law enforcement which contributed to her continued sexual assault and captivity. She was awarded $20 million in the year 2010, as a result.

They had been telling their neighbors that Jaycee and her kids were their daughters. They began this basement church and wanted to bring their religious musings to others in their community. This is when Phillip brought Jaycee and one of her daughters to the Berkeley campus at the University of California. Here, two campus officers got suspicious and looked into this man’s background.

They alerted Phillip’s parole officer and when he got brought in for questioning with the girls, Jaycee didn’t admit to who she was. But eventually, despite not being able to say who she was, she did write it down. Her mom came immediately and the pair got reunited.

“A Stolen Life” is a non-fiction book that was released in 2011. During the summer of 1991, Jaycee was just a normal kid that did normal things. She had a mom that loved her and friends. She was just like you. Until the day her life was stolen. For eighteen years she was a prisoner. She was an object for somebody to abuse and use.

For eighteen years she was not allowed to speak her own name. She became a mom and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years she survived this impossible situation.

She took her name back on August 26, 2009. Her name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. She does not think of herself as a victim. She survived. This book is her story, in her own way and in her own words, precisely as she remembers it.

“Freedom: My Book of Firsts” is a non-fiction book that was released in 2016. Jaycee Dugard tells the tale about her first experiences after spending years in captivity: all of the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and all of the challenges of adjusting to life on her own.

She asks how you rebuild a life. In these pages, she describes the life that she never believed she would live to see: from the first sight of her mother to her first time meeting her grown up sister, her first taste of champagne and then her subsequent hangover, then her first trip to the dentist and her daughters’ first day of school, her first time behind the wheel of a car to her first speeding ticket, and her first dance at a friend’s wedding. And then her thoughts about the possibility of a future relationship.

This inspiring and raw book is going to remind you that there is, as Jaycee puts it, life after something tragic happens. She still somehow is able to believe that we all hold the key to our own happiness and you have to grab it wherever you can in whatever form that it may take. This is an awe-inspiring book about the power that we each hold inside of ourselves.

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