America was thrilled with the news of the recovery of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped eighteen years ago and resurfaced this week, but we were all appalled to hear the horrific details of her years as a captive at the hands of a sexual psychopath.
Jaycee was only eleven years old when she went missing, and two years later she had the first of two children fathered by the monster who kidnapped her. As more details of her ordeal come out, it is apparent that the system failed over and over when it comes to her kidnapper, convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido.
This sick pervert should have never even been on the street in the first place! Garrido was convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman in 1977 and sentenced to 50 years in prison. In that case, he was arrested when police interrupted him in the act and rescued his first known victim, whom he was holding in a makeshift sex dungeon in a rented storage locker. So why was he out on the street a mere fourteen years later to abduct a little girl?
And the story doesn’t end there! As the investigation unfolds, it is apparent that the system failed over and over again in Garrido’s case. Even though he was on parole, had to wear an ankle bracelet that broadcast his location by GPS, and was subject to surprise visits by his parole officer and police, nobody ever took the time to do a routine search of his property. Such a search would have turned up the sheds and tents where little Jaycee was being held and repeatedly raped for nearly two decades!
Even when neighbors discovered his background and complained to authorities that a convicted sex offender had little girls living in mysterious circumstances in his back yard, all the deputy who responded did was stand on Garrido’s front porch and talk to him for half an hour! What the hell is wrong with these people? It kind of makes you wonder who is living a few doors down from you children and grandchildren, and who is watching them, doesn’t it?
There is absolutely no excuse for this to have gone on for so long. I believe that the probation and police officers who made routine checks on Gerrido under the terms of his parole, as well the deputy who responded to complaints about the girls in his back yard, should all be fired, and quite possibly charged with gross negligence.
As for Garrido and his wife, who obviously took part in the kidnapping and sexual assaults on Jaycee, no punishtment is too harsh. It is obvious they are guilty. They do not deserve a trial and a lengthy stay in prison, or more likely a mental institution, at taxpayers’ expense. We are too “civilized” in this country to do to them what they deserve, but a simple bullet in the back of the head would do the job quick. I’d be happy to pull the trigger.
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