Jaycee Dugard Was Garrido's 5th Victim

Also: Video footage reveals Garridos filming girls in park
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2011 7:51 AM CDT
Jaycee Dugard Was Garrido's 5th Victim
In this Feb. 28, 2011 file photo, Phillip Garrido is seen at the El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville, Calif.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

Jaycee Dugard was Phillip Garrido's fifth victim—so how did Garrido never become a suspect in her disappearance? That's what the El Dorado County District Attorney's office plans to look into. The DA's office yesterday released undistributed materials related to the case, including a map of Garrido's former victims, all four of whom were also attacked in South Lake Tahoe, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Garrido's known attacks include a 1972 rape and kidnapping and three more assaults in 1976, one of which led to his conviction on kidnapping and rape charges.

He served 11 years of his sentence, was paroled in 1988, and abducted Dugard three years later in South Lake Tahoe, yet he was never a suspect. The DA's office will partner with a senator to look into the mistakes made in the case, with an eye on creating new laws to make sure the situation is not repeated. The newly released materials also included video clips taken by Nancy Garrido, which had been doused with a chemical agent and were restored after hundreds of hours of work. In one, taken sometime between 2000 and 2007, she films a parole agent searching the house; he never steps into the backyard. In another, she appears to be filming Garrido playing guitar, but the camera instead focuses on girls in a park in the background. Make it look "like it's pointing at me, but it's going just by me," Phillip Garrido is heard saying, reports the Contra Costa Times. (Read more Phillip Garrido stories.)

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