Video Shows Garrido Luring Girl Into Van

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disturbing new video released Tuesday shows the wife of convicted kidnapper and rapist Phillip Garrido luring a young girl into the couple’s van, asking her to do the splits and videotaping her, two years after the couple kidnapped 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard.

The videos were released by El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson, along with a report highlighting failures in the criminal justice system (.pdf) that allowed Phillip Garrido to roam free despite warnings, and snatch Dugard off a street in South Lake Tahoe in 1991.

He held her for 18 years, raped her and fathered two children with her while holding her captive in a backyard compound in the San Francisco Bay area town of Antioch.

Pierson said “law enforcement failed to see Phillip Garrido for what and who he truly is … evil” and outlined a number of startling details that show how the enterprising Garrido gamed the parole system, allowing him and his wife Nancy to continue looking for victims.

In one video, shot in 1993, the voice of Nancy Garrido and a girl can be heard. Nancy Garrido asks the girl to do the splits while she videotapes it.

>> Raw: Interview With Nancy Garrido; Audio Of Girl Lured Into Van

(Video provided by El Dorado County District Attorney)

“That’s it. Can you go all the way down?” Nancy says to the girl, who is blurred out in the video released by authorities.

The girl says she can go down farther.

“Let me see, I bet you can go down really easy,” Nancy Garrido said.

When the girl notices a light on the camera, she asks Nancy Garrido about it.

“I don’t know anything about that camera,” says Nancy, quickly changing the subject.

>> Raw: Garridos Secretly Film Young Girls On Playground

In a separate interrogation video, Nancy Garrido told a detective she made 10 to 20 of these videos for her husband.

Garrido was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison after pleading guilty. Nancy Garrido was sentenced to 36 years to life.

The report says Garrido should not have been freed from prison in 1988, where he was serving a 50-year federal sentence and a five-years-to-life Nevada state sentence for a previous kidnapping and rape. Pierson said the parole system relied too heavily on psychiatric advice in determining Garrido’s suitability for parole.

“The failure and inadequacies of the psychiatric profession were highlighted by Phillip Garrido and his manipulation of them to his advantage,” Pierson wrote.

>> Raw: Parole Agent Searches Garridos’ Home


After Garrido nabbed Dugard in 1991, Pierson said federal and state parole agents failed to investigate his history of sexual crimes and instead relied on reports from psychiatrists. This led to agents missing numerous warning signs over dozens of visits, allowing Garrido to continue holding Dugard and seeking other victims.

“Had the federal parole agents searched the Garrido residence they would have found her,” the report states.

The report says Garrido’s federal parole agent only visited his home once between May 1991 and May 1995. It also provides a list of dozens of incidents in which Garrido should have had his parole revoked, including once in 1988 when he contacted a former rape and kidnapping victim and other times when his urine tested positive for methamphetamine.

Dugard was reunited with her family in August 2009 after her whereabouts were discovered during a meeting with a parole agent who had summoned Phillip Garrido to his office.

The meeting came after two University of California, Berkeley police employees grew suspicious when Garrido showed up at the campus with the two girls he fathered with Dugard and asked for a permit to hold a religious event.

Pierson said he hoped his report would begin a process of exploring potential legislative solutions that will help law enforcement do a better job of supervising and detecting sexual predators.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • michelle

    So who the heck is the girl in the tape?

  • Matthew R.

    Why is the country in such bad shape? Why is the state, people collecting a check and not doing their job is one reason. The only people paying Jaycee Dugard are the parole officers that went to the Garido home more than 60 times to supervise a convicted child molester, not the taxpayers! 20 million is what she was awarded, so taxpayers picked up that tab, now taxpayers will pay for Phillip and Nancy for the rest of their lives, stupid is as stupid does, Forrest Gump had it right!

  • Allen Dolby

    What do you “perverts” think you are doing? The only people who get any benefit out of this “news” story are the other perverts who need to get training on how to assualt our children. Shame on all of you! There is nothing left to report on this story. Please let me know when they die so I can celebrate. Meanwhile, go get some mental health treatment!!!

    • Adam S.

      What are you doing watching the news and responding to the news feature you hypocrite! Could it be that we use media to learn about sicko’s like the Garrido’s so that we learn how to spot people like that?

  • thinkaboutit

    I think it was in very poor taste of all the officers, DA and AG to release these tapes to the public.
    They are just showing the wackos how it is done easily.
    And they are showing innocent children without parental permission. The tapes are not blurred at all where he is playing the guitar. As far as I am concerned, they can be arrested for sharing what is intended to be a version child porn. These tapes were used in horrendous ways by the perps. It is disgusting that they release them given what was done by perps while watching.

  • J. Temple

    I would like the name of the head doctors that said he was ok. Wonder how they sleep at night. I think the doctors need a doctor

  • The Blogger

    CBS 13 needs to remove ths story. Why glorify this convicted Rapist & Kidknapper?

    Let him rot in prison & die…………

    Need I say more?

  • michelle

    I agree they should not have been let out to the public. Their own internal investigation would have been fine. Changes do need to be made on parole checks. But this was not necessary. I believe they need to identify these girls in these tapes and see who they are and where they are now. They may need the public to help identify who they are and at that time I feel it would be prudent to put out a still picture of the girls, but not a video.

    Also don’t assume that everyone here is a pervert looking to find out how to lure kids. We can also learn how to keep our kids safe by knowing what the pervs use to lure them.

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