A Stolen Life by Jaycee DugardOn 10 June 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in Tahoe, California. It was the last her family and friends saw of her for over eighteen years. On 26 August 2009, Dugard, her daughters, and Phillip Craig Garrido appeared in the office of her kidnappers parole officer in California. Their unusual behaviour sparked an investigation that led to the positive identification of Jaycee Lee Dugard, living in a tent behind Garridos home. During her time in captivity, at the age of fourteen and seventeen, she gave birth to two daughters, both fathered by Garrido.
Dugards memoir is written by the 30-year-old herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, utterly honest and unflinching narrative, Jaycee opens up about what she experienced, including how she feels now, a year after being found. Garrido and his wife Nancy have since pleaded guilty to their crimes.
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Dugard was eleven years old when she was abducted from a street while walking to a school bus stop. Searches began immediately after Dugard's disappearance, but no reliable leads were generated despite the fact that her stepfather, Carl Probyn, witnessed her kidnapping and chased the kidnappers on his mountain bike. Dugard remained missing until , when a convicted sex offender, Phillip Garrido, visited the campus of the University of California, Berkeley , accompanied by two girls, now known to be his daughters, on August 24 and 25 that year. The unusual behavior of the trio sparked an investigation that led Garrido's parole officer to order him to take the two girls to a parole office in Concord, California , on August He was accompanied by a woman who finally identified as Dugard herself.
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Castro kidnapped each of the women between and For years, the women endured unimaginable abuse, as they were chained, starved and tortured by Castro. But during their captivity, they held on to the conviction that their families would never give up on them. That faith helped bring them home. The two young women say they have since moved on with their lives. In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts, Berry and DeJesus discussed what their lives were like in captivity and what they are like today.
M ichelle Knight smacks a red punch bag that is almost as big as her. Her punches are getting faster and harder. Does she ever think of him when she's punching, I ask. Yes, she says. So I took the paper and you can tell — the dent's right there. Knight escaped one year ago this week, alongside two other young women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.