DEVELOPING STORY: Phillip Craig Garrido


Normally, I wouldn’t rush a blog post like I’m about to do here.  The Phillip Craig Carrido story out of California is still growing in media magnitude as details of Carrido’s arrest emerge.  I had no time to write about about the story when it first broke this morning…the unbelievable development concerning an 11-year-old girl who’d disappeared in 1991…now very much a grown woman who’d just “walked into to a police station” all these years later (I did post a link on this blog’s Facebook page late this morning).  And it turned out she didn’t simply walk into a police station).

Then came the news conference.  And soon the unimaginable details of the Jaycee Lee Dugard case finally began to see the light of this day.

I had no time write today.  And because I’m about to go to the airport to pick up my son, little time to write now.  But I want to share a possible nugget of insight…something that might even be a tad significant.

First, if you haven’t already done so, listen to KCRA-TV’s unedited audio interview with Garrido today.  Pay particular attention to what he says about a church.  I emphasize that moment as–while it may seem benign–it seems to gel with something I’d found on the Internet this afternoon, resulting from a quick Google images search.

At this link, you’ll find text and documents concerning a Mr. Phillip Craig Carrido.  My hunch is that this is the same man arrested in the Dugard case.  At least one document concerns Mr. Garrido’s “invention.”  You’ll need to scroll down a ways to find that document.

You’ll also note that some of the text on that blog post concerns a “church.”

Is that blog post featuring Mr. Carrido’s name significant in any way to the Dugard investigation?  Perhaps not.  But after listening to KCRA’s exclusive interview with the suspect this evening, I have to wonder.

My apologies, in advance, for any spelling errors or poor writing here.  It’s off to the airport now.  My 12-year-old’s been away for the summer.  Can’t imagine what it would be like not see him for 18-years.

3 thoughts on “DEVELOPING STORY: Phillip Craig Garrido”

  1. What an unbelievable story I am glad to see that you are covering this and look forward to more updates in the future.

  2. I just read that those poor girls did not even realize that Jaycee was their mom. They thought she was their older sister. And of course when they begin to comprehend who their father is that will be extremely difficult to deal with.

    Can you believe it, there has never been a case like this ever, that someone kidnapped 18 years before is discovered. I wonder how many parents of missing kids are thinking, could this miracle happen to them?

  3. RITA, thanks for checking-in. I may post a bit more here about this case, but I can’t promise that I’ll be “covering” it as I have my day job. 🙂 That said, if anyone connected to this case wants to speak with a guy who spent 20-years in TV news and has written a true crime book, I’d be happy to speak with that person. These days, it seems harder than ever for people to find a reporter that they can trust. And, really, what constitutes a “reporter” in this quickly evolving digital age?

    MONICA, you bring up some interesting points. While I have heard of children raised without knowing that their “older sister” was actually their mother, I have not known of such a case where the kidnapped child is found to be alive 18 years later. Stolen childhood. Stolen innocence. The most precious of relationships NEVER allowed to unfold. Everything, simply stolen.

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