The policewoman who triggered the arrest of Jaycee Lee Dugard's accused kidnapper Phillip Garrido has told how her suspicions were raised because the girls with him were acting like 'brainwashed zombies. Officer Ally Jacobs said her mothering instincts screamed at her to act quickly after coming face to face with Garrido on Monday. Acting on her own intuition, Jacobs began her own investigation that only days later blew open the shocking kidnap case. News of how Jaycee's captor was finally snared came as it emerged that detectives are searching Garrido's home for clues in the unsolved slayings of several prostitutes, whose bodies were dumped near an industrial park where Mr Garrido worked during the s.
Garrido had walked into the University of California Berkeley campus asking to hold a religious event on the property. After a university staff member raised concerns at his behaviour Miss Jacobs asked Garrido who the grils who he had brought with him.
He said 'these are my daughters'. I asked them about school, and both of them simultaneously said 'We're home-schooled'. I really think my mother's intuition kicked in at that point. Not from a cop standpoint, from a mother's standpoint. It was more like they were programmed. They were very pale, with long hair, bright blue eyes.
I commented that they had the same blue eyes that he had, intensely blue. Police Officer Ally Jacobs, right, reveals how she came face to face with accused kidnapper and rapist Phillip Garrido - and her mothering instincts screamed at her to act quickly. Jacobs quizzed the girls about what they were doing with their father that day, at which point Garrido interrupted saying: "I'm socialising them, showing them how it's done. But with no evidence to act on, Jacobs had no option but to let Garrido walk away with the two girls.
But the creepy encounter haunted her as well as Campbell, and they refused to let it drop. I did and when I mentioned the daughters, he said 'wait a minute, he doesn't have any daughters'. My stomach dropped. The story of the incredible piece of instinctive policing came as police admitted that Jaycee could have been freed three years ago. Phillip and Nancy Garrido leave court in handcuffs yesterday.
Both have been charged with kidnapping and rape. Police have admitted said a neighbour made an emergency call in to say that her captor was a 'psychotic' with a sex addiction and had children living in tents in his back garden in Antioch, California. Officers went to the house but did not ask to see the garden. Instead they told Garrido, who had served a jail sentence for kidnap and rape, that local housing rules meant children could not camp out there.
Appearing at El Dorado Superior Court yesterday, the accused pair pleaded not guilty to 29 kidnapping and rape charge. It was a golden opportunity to free Jaycee, abducted in and finally released from her 'prison' in Garrido's garden only this week. In that time he fathered two children with her.
Sheriff Warren Rupf admitted: 'We should have been more inquisitive and turned over a rock or two. We are beating ourselves up over this and will continue to do so. Police said the officers sent to the property were not told about Garrido's sexual offences. Jaycee herself said yesterday she felt guilty about bonding with Garrido, even though the alternative could have been her death. She poured out her torment in a tearful reunion with her mother Terry and the teenage stepsister who was only a baby when she disappeared.
Jaycee and her children, now 15 and 11, were kept in appalling conditions in a sound-proofed outbuilding hidden in Garrido's back garden.
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But traumatised Jaycee still feels she is to blame, her stepfather Carl Probyn revealed. Her secret prison was a 10ft by 10ft shed, with a door that could only be opened from the outside, another shed and two tents. Garrido was a registered sex offender after serving 11 years of a year sentence for kidnapping and raping a year-old woman in Neighbours said they had alerted police about his strange behaviour at least three times and reported sightings of him with young girls. Hidden in plain sight: An aerial view of the Garridos' home with the tented complex in fields at the rear.
Garrido, 58, gave a bizarre interview to a California TV station by telephone from jail yesterday, calling his victim's nightmare 'a heartwarming story'. In an apparent reference to his sexual abuse of Jaycee - who gave birth to his first child when she was just 14 - Garrido confessed: 'It's a disgusting thing that took place with me at the beginning.
But he went on to insist: 'It's a constructive story of turning a person's life around and having those two children, those two girls, they slept in my arms every single night from birth. Never did I harm them. I never touched them. Phillip Garrido looks out at the courtroom during his arraignment on 28 felony counts. People who knew Garrido, who lived with his wife Nancy and her elderly mother, said he became increasingly fanatical about his religious beliefs in recent years, sometimes breaking into song and claiming God spoke to him through a box.
It made no sense. Neighbours described his wife Nancy, 55, as a 'robot' who would do anything her husband said.
Haydee Perry, 35, says she actually spoke to one of his daughters, who she estimates to have been 11, over the garden fence. She said: 'She wasn't easy. It was as if she didn't want to talk to me. It was a weird situation. She was standing next to him. She would call him father, and stay real close to him. It wasn't normal.
The emergency call to police came from Mrs Perry's boyfriend, Damon Robinson, who said he had been alarmed at how pale the girls were and that 'they didn't interact'. Neighbour Diane Doty said she could see the tents and often heard children playing in the garden. She said she even suspected they lived in the tents, but her husband said she should leave the family alone, saying: 'Maybe that is how they like to live. Parole officers visited Garrido regularly, and there were reports last night that a sex offenders task force even searched his house last year.
But no-one found Jaycee. She was finally freed because a campus guard at the University of California at Berkeley became suspicious of Garrido when he tried to give religious leaflets to students on Tuesday. She checked his background and discovered he was a listed sex offender and on parole. He was ordered to visit his parole officer the next day and arrived at the office in Concord, California, with his wife, the two girls - and a woman he called Allyssa.
The parole officer immediately became suspicious because he had never seen Allyssa or the girls in Garrido's home. He called in police and officers quickly established that Allyssa was the girl they had been searching for since She had been abducted near her home in South Lake Tahoe, miles from Antioch. It was the area where Garrido, then a year-old musician with a five-year addiction to LSD, carried out his first kidnap. He was jailed inbut freed on lifelong parole in Garrido made little attempt to conceal his background.
Mrs Perry said: 'I talked to him one day, and he said he was in prison for 11 years back in the day, and that he had violated a woman. Garrido has now been charged with rape, kidnapping, conspiracy and committing lewd acts with a minor. His wife is accused of kidnapping and conspiracy, as well as rape. Jaycee's stepfather Mr Probyn said last night his wife had told him Jaycee 'looks very young, almost like when she was kidnapped.
Mr Probyn, who saw Jaycee being abducted by a couple in a car, was seen for years as a suspect and the stress caused his marriage to break down. He said the family had been horrified to hear how Jaycee had been forced to live. Last night Jaycee's stepsister wrote about the family meeting on her MySpace. She said: 'As of this moment we are just reuniting and everything is going well.
She has the rest of her life to live and I have a lot of love to share with my sister and new nieces.
Jaycee's natural father, Kenneth Slayton, split up with her mother before she was born and has never seen his daughter. He is said to live in the Los Angeles area but was not available for comment last night.
The suspects in the abduction of an year-old girl face 28 felony charges. District Attorney Vern Pierson said the Garridos, if convicted, could face multiple life terms in prison. The district attorney alleges the following charges against each suspect:. With its white picket fence, wooden shutters and neat front lawn, it is hard to believe the dark secrets that lay behind the front door of the Garrido family home for almost two decades.
No Walnut Avenue in the California town of Antioch seamlessly matches its surroundings with a collection of ramshackle outbuildings on land to the rear. Far from being an isolated, rural property, it is sandwiched between homes on all sides and less than an hour's drive from San Francisco. While thick trees and bushes block two sides, neighbours on one side could have peered easily over - or through - the tumbledown wooden fencing.
Had they done so they would have seen the 80ft garden sectioned off into three parts. The rear two are believed to be the secret compound where Jaycee and her daughters were held in a collection of tents and structures.
In one tent, a bouquet of yellow flowers was visible yesterday.