Last edited by ks777; 09-03-2011 at 06:35 AM.
Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you. She had a lot of life stolen from her and $20k isn't much when you have two kids to care for.
Thank you. I thought I had read million in an article about the sentencings, but then others posted the $20k number, so I figured I had read it wrong initially. Still, the book proceeds are only partially going towards the charity.
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Can you two take it to PM so people can discuss Ms. Dugard's book?
There is at least one other book about this crime available through Amazon: Lost and Found: The True Story of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the Abduction... by John Glatt, a writer that specializes in writing about crimes. It was published in Sept 2010, Jaycee's book was published in July 2011, consequently it does not cover as much after her release as her book does.
However, it gives you a very good rundown on her abductor & his wife and their reason for committing the kidnapping and all that followed. There are interesting insights into her life in captivity other than the sexual torment she endured, it is mentioned but not described, a very good rundown on how & why the Police at UC Berkley were so interested in the 2 young girls Garrido had with him on his visits there, - for one thing their style of dress was likened to 'Little House on The Prairie' - and how his probation officer, acting on the information the police officer from UC Berkley had given him along with Garrido's bizarre entrance to the probation office while he was talking to her finally forced him to investigate exactly what was going on. Considering that the Epilogue to 'Lost & Found' states that Jaycee had told investigators after her release that parole agents had actually spoken to her and her oldest daughter during their captivity but did nothing then, it was about time.
If I were to recommend a sequence for reading the 2 books I'd say read Lost and Found first, then Jaycee's A Stolen Life. One gives you valuable background that is useful while reading the other. You could follow up both books with Jaycee's interview with Diane Sawyer. That will give you a good look at one of the most remarkable people ever and actually bring considerable closure to the reader.
ETA: The Diane Sawyer interview:
I'd forgotten that this might be a bit too strong for some folks. The early part of the conversation does deal with the abduction & early days of captivity. It also verifies the claim made that she actually did speak with parole officers during her captivity.
The entire interview, advertisements and all, runs for 85 minutes.
Last edited by NeilJLeonard; 09-06-2011 at 11:00 PM.
On one of Jaycee's lists of things she'd like to do that she wrote in the journal she kept during her captivity, the same one where she listed 'ride a hot-air balloon' and 'learn to drive', if memory serves, she also listed 'write a best seller'. While leafing through yesterday's Miami Herald I came across the latest New York Times list of Best sellers. Number 2 on the list of non-fiction hardcover books was A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard. One more item to cross off of the list, Jaycee. Well done....
I assume she has a drivers license by now (another one to check off). We take it for granted, but it must mean so much to her!
She'd mentioned the drivers license in both the book & the interview with Diane Sawyer - her younger sister taught her how to drive - and the Diane Sawyer interview ended with Jaycee & her mother drifting over the landscape in a hot air balloon. The person that thought she had no future when she wrote the list doing one of the more frivolous things on it just because she wanted to with the person that was #1 on the list - 'see mom'. How many more would she accomplish in her future?
Since the ride in a hot-air balloon was also mentioned in the interview it made for a very nice ending to it.
Off topic, but it is about Jaycee. She's is suing the US govt over their mismanagement of Garrido for the years he was under their parole supervision.
If this ever gets to trial & she actually wins all proceeds will go to her JAYC Foundation.
I've looked at several places that have reported this lawsuit. More than a few posts in the comments section are strongly against it. She already got $20 mil from the State of California & that should be enough, it's wrong because the taxpayer will get stuck paying any award, she shouldn't get anything because she never tried to escape, etc.
I feel that the suit should be allowed. Even of she gets nothing financial out of it she gets to let the feds know that their mistakes cost a young girl 18 years of her life. Maybe it's time to rethink how they do parole from now on. They certainly failed Jaycee, both at the Federal & State level.
NJL (...and A Stolen Life is still on the best seller list, but has gone down a bit...)