Thursday, August 27, 2009

CNN Interviews Utah's Former Kidnap Victim Elizabeth Smart On Anderson Cooper 360 Regarding The Jaycee Dugard Case

The case of Jaycee Dugard has attracted national attention ever since Philip Garrido, a registered sex offender, disclosed to authorities that he kidnapped Dugard from her home in South Lake Tahoe in 1991 and held her captive at his home in Antioch, California. During her captivity, Garrido kept her in a allegedly soundproof shed on his property and fathered two children by her. Garrido was also married, and his wife was an accomplice. Dugard is now 29, and her two daughters are now 11 and 15 respectively. None of the children had ever gone to school, they had never been to a doctor, and they were kept in complete isolation on this compound. Full story on CNN; major California coverage on KCRA Channel 10 in Sacramento (with links to several news videos).

To provide insight as to what was going through the mind of Jaycee Dugard, and why she did not actively attempt to escape or to get help, CNN's Anderson Cooper turned to another prominent former kidnap victim - Elizabeth Smart. Cooper's interview with Elizabeth Smart and her father Ed is embedded below:

The full transcript of the interview is available HERE.

For those needing a refresher history course, the Elizabeth Smart case is described on Wikipedia. She was abducted from her Salt Lake City, Utah bedroom on June 5th, 2002 at the age of 14. She was found alive nine months later on March 12th, 2003 in Sandy, Utah, about 18 miles from her home, in the company of Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Ileen Barzee, who were indicted for her kidnapping but ruled unfit to stand trial. She is now a music student at Brigham Young University and a political activist.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I feel that miss smart doesn't live up to her last name.. I have come across very manipulative people in my 30 years of life and none of them could have held me captive with no restraints, walking in public and living in the hills behind my house. Smarts kidnappers may not be competant to stand trial but someone with a mind as feeble as elizabeths does not deserve to even take the stand... I understand this was very traumatic to her and her family, but, STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!! I say toss all three of them in the looney bin and cut the news coverage 100%