Phillip Garrido is on trial for the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard and his lawyers have pulled out the old insanity card. Because they feel he was not mentally stable enough to undergo a trial, the proceedings have been halted while Garrido’s mental state is assessed. A new court hearing is set for October 8th.
Back in 1991, Garrido allegedly kidnapped 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard near her home in South Lake Tahoe, California and kept her imprisioned for eighteen years in a secret room on his property in Antioch, California. 59-year-old Garrido had just spent eleven years in prison for rape and abducted Dugard three years after his release.
As one would expect, life was hell for Jaycee Dugard. She was raped and even gave birth to two children while imprisoned. But that hasn’t kept her from moving forward with her life. Jaycee Dugard announced Monday that she is writing a memoir which is scheduled to hit shelves next year. According to publisher Simon & Schuster, Dugard will give a rare glimpse into her life from the abduction in 1991 to how she is coping now.
Simon & Schuster publisher and executive VP Jonathan Karp said,
When I read the pages, I was moved and inspired by the raw power of Jaycee Dugard’s voice, her strength and her resilience.
Let’s hope justice is served in this case and Jaycee Dugard finds the strength to move on.