Prosecutors in Jaycee Dugard case release video showing kidnappers filming children at parks
El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Vern Pierson released video clips and parole documents in the Jaycee Lee Dugard case -- chilling images of kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido filming children while trying not to attract attention.
The release of the video and documents coincided with the publishing of Dugard's memoir, "A Stolen Life," which chronicles 18 years of rape and terror. Pierson said he released the new information related to the Garrido case "to highlight the gravity and severity of the mistakes made, and in hopes of improving the supervision and detection of sexual predators," he said in a written statement.
The Garridos, who abducted Dugard from a school bus stop, pleaded guilty to the charges against them and were sentenced in El Dorado County. Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years and Nancy Garrido to 36 years to life in prison.
One of the video clips shows Phillip Garrido singing in a park. Nancy is shooting video. At one point, he asks her, "Got me good?" "I can see you really good," she answers. But she has moved the camera away from her husband's face and is filming a little girl on playground equipment behind him, her legs splayed.
Phillip Garrido gives his wife detailed instructions on how to film the children. He tells her to make the camera "look like you're pointing it at me." With a wider shot, he says, "They can't tell exactly where it's pointing."
The videos appear to portray the Garridos as sexual predators, watching and filming children at parks and in parking lots while trying to remain undetected.
The videos and documents will be part of an Aug. 3 public hearing in Sacramento that will "examine what went wrong in the Dugard case, identify reforms to the system and introduce legislation to better protect our citizens from becoming the next victim," state Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) said in a written statement.
In the memoir, Dugard said she noticed, looking back that the "secret backyard" where she was hidden "didn't really look so 'secret.' "
"It makes me believe no one cared or was even really looking for me," she wrote.
Garrido was convicted of kidnapping Katherine Callaway in South Lake Tahoe and raping her in Reno in 1976. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison but served about 11. He was paroled Jan. 20, 1988.
California parole officers paid 60 visits over a 10-year period to the Antioch home where Dugard and her daughters were held, according to a 2009 report on Garrido's supervision.
-- Maria La Ganga