'She's mine, Mom': Mother of Jaycee Lee Dugard's captor reveals how he duped her into believing she was his daughter
06th September 2009
The mother of paedophile Phillip Garrido has spoken for the first time about living with him as he held Jaycee Lee Dugard captive and insists she believed she was his daughter.
Patricia Garrido, 88, who is frail and currently in a care home, says she regarded Jaycee and her two daughters as her grandchildren.
She says she had no idea she had been kidnapped and that her son and his wife Nancy had told her they were his children from a previous relationship.
Garrido, accused of abducting Jaycee from the street outside her home in South Lake Tahoe in California back in 1991, renamed her Allissa and apparently told his mother: 'She's mine Mom.'
Mrs Garrido has battled dementia for years and has been in a nursing home since Garrido's arrest on August 26.
She is largely bedridden depended on her son and his wife - a registered nurse - to care for her and says she was convinced by his story Jaycee and then the two daughters her fathered by her were her grandchildren.
'I always wished I could have a daughter,' she told the Sunday Mirror. 'So when "Allissa" appeared one day it was amazing. I was pleased she was around.
'I was ill and in bed. She was a real angel. She was hardworking and helped out with Phillip's printing business at home.'
She continued: 'I still remember the joy of having the children around. I saw all three girls as my granddaughters.'
The pensioner defended her son's wife - who has also been charged with rape, kidnap and imprisonment, insisting: 'Nancy has a heart of gold.'
She insisted: 'Everyone seemed happy. Allissa was a very happy girl. I still call her Allissa because he never told me she was called Jaycee. I just didn't think there was anything wrong with it.'
'I didn't know she was being kept there against her will,' she insisted. 'I was in my bed and all I knew was this smiley girl who came to see me. She always seemed happy to be there. I don't know what's happened to her now but I love her. I hope she's okay.'
Reports have said Mrs Garrido helped Jaycee to give birth, but she denied this, claiming she cannot remember how Jaycee's daughters came to the house.
And she says that when Starlite, now 15, and Angel, now 11, were born she simply came to believe they too were her grandchildren.
She said: 'I’ve blocked out some of the memories, but I still remember the joy of having the children around. I saw all three girls as my granddaughters.'
Police are currently scouring unsolved 'cold case' crime records to try to identify two girls Garrido may have kidnapped before Jaycee.
Officers opened the inquiry after another of Garrido's victims claimed he had bragged about abducting two unnamed girls.
Katherine Callaway Hall, a Nevada casino worker Garrido kidnapped and raped in November 1976, said he told her he had come to the Nevada city of Lake Tahoe specifically to abduct a girl.
Miss Hall said Garrido told her that 'the whole scheme had been planned for weeks'.
Garrido, 58, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the assault on Miss Hall but was freed on parole in 1988. Three years later, he and his 54-year-old wife Nancy allegedly abducted Jaycee.
Police Lieutenant Mike Whan said officers were looking into any unsolved murders and abductions in the Las Vegas and San Francisco areas, including the killing of a 17-year-old girl in 1976.
'Anything is possible with this guy,' he said. 'There might not be any link between other cases, but we'd be crazy not to look at the possibility.'
At the same time, a federal prosecutor, who testified at Garrido's 1977 trial, revealed how she warned the court during Miss Hall's hearing that Garrido could be a serial sex attacker.
In an interview on CNN's Larry King Show last week, she said: 'I want to scream from the depths of my soul because my fears were justified.'
Garrido and his wife have pleaded not guilty to 29 counts of kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment in Jaycee's disappearance.