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Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnap suspect's bizarre defence

August 29, 2009

By Alex Spillius
Friday August 28 2009

The man who allegedly abducted American schoolgirl Jaycee Lee Dugard almost two decades ago has admitted that he did a "disgusting thing" but went on to defend himself, saying the public would be surprised by the "heart-warming story".
Somehow, I doubt...
Convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido, 58, is being held on suspicion of various kidnapping and sex charges relating to the disappearance of Miss Dugard, who was aged 11 when she was snatched from her school bus stop in 1991.

Mr Garrido, gave a bizarre and sometimes incoherent phone interview to KCRA-TV from the El Dorado County jail.

According to investigators Mr Garrido allegedly raped Miss Dugard and fathered two children with her, the first when she was about 14. Along with Miss Dugard, who is now 29, the children, both girls now 11 and 15, were also kept hidden away from the world in the backyard compound of the Garrido house in California.

In the interview, Mr Garrido said he had not admitted to the kidnapping and that he had turned his life around since the birth of his first daughter 15 years ago. "Wait until you hear the story of what took place at this house," Mr Garrido said.

"You are going to be completely impressed. It's a disgusting thing that took place with me at the beginning. But I turned my life completely around and to be able to understand that, you have to start there.

"You're going to find the most powerful story coming from the witness, the victim - you wait. If you take this a step at a time, you're going to fall over backwards and in the end, you're going to find the most powerful heart-warming story."

His wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, has also been arrested, and authorities have alleged she was with Mr Garrido, who is on lifetime parole, during the kidnapping in South Lake Tahoe.

Miss Dugard, now aged 29, was reunited with her mother on Thursday after revealing during an interview with her kidnapper's parole officer that she was the victim of one of California's oldest unsolved crimes. It was her first known appearance in public since her abduction.

She disappeared when a man and a woman pulled her kicking and screaming into a car at a school bus stop just yards from her home in South Lake Tahoe...

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