Lost and Found (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Sep 2010
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From the Back Cover
AS SEEN ON NATIONAL TV
A MISSING DAUGHTER
In 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped on her morning walk to the school bus. The search for Jaycee made national headlines, and the case was repeatedly featured on "America's Most Wanted." But despite her family's tireless efforts, Jaycee's disappearance remained a mystery...
A PAROLED CRIMINAL
Then, in August 2009, a registered sex offender named Phillip Garrido appeared on the University of California, Berkeley campus alongside two young women whose unusual behavior sparked concern among campus officials and law enforcement. That visit would pave the way for shocking discovery: that Garrido was Jaycee Lee Dugard's kidnapper
A HOUSE OF HORRORS
Jaycee's story was revealed: For eighteen years, she had lived in an outbuilding on the Garrido property in Antioch, CA, just two hours away from her childhood home. Kept in complete isolation, she was raped by Garrido, who fathered her two daughters. When news broke of Jaycee's discovery, there was a huge outpouring of relief across the nation. But questions remain: How did the Garridos slip past authorities? And how did Jaycee endure her captivity? This is the story of a girl-next-door who was "Lost and Found."
With 8 pages of dramatic photos"
About the Author
English-born John Glatt is the author of "Secrets in the Cellar," "Playing with Fire," and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs-including tea boy and messenger-before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English newspapers, then in 1981 moved to New York, where he joined the staff for News Limited and freelanced for publications including "Newsweek" and the "New York Post." His first book, a biography of Billy Graham, was published in 1981, and he published "For I Have Sinned," his first book of true crime, in 1998. He has appeared on television and radio programs all over the world, including "Dateline NBC," Fox News, "A Current Affair," BBC World News, and A&E "Biography." He and his wife Gail divide their time between New York City, the Catskill Mountains and London.
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The author does a generally good job of covering the story from the very beginning. He actually goes back into Garrido's background, and traces his path through life. From his time in childhood until he committed the first abduction and rape, he seemed like many young men of that era. Where he veered off is anyone's guess. The author attempts to answer the question, but doesn't really get anywhere.
The author covers the first abduction and rape in great detail. In fact, a little too much detail. We hear about it in great detail (chronologically) while it occurred, when the police questioned him and his victim and again at his trail. It seemed totally unnecessary and was done both to add pages and to make everything more sensationalistic. That could have been left out.
The author describes how Phillip and Nancy met while he was in prison and then details the kidnapping. He also describes the living condition in the back yard of the Garrido home and what life was like while Jaycee was held captive. The author did diverge into some speculation, which I don't think has any place in a "true" crime book. He attempts to describe what Jaycee when through in those early days and how Phillip "brutally raped" Jaycee. While this is good for book sales, the author has no way of knowing what really happened in those first few months of captivity. Only the principals involved know, along with law enforcement, and that has all been tightly sealed.
Finally, the author keeps going back to every child that was kidnapped in the area of Jaycee's kidnapping and the area where Phillip and Nancy live with the insinuation that they might be responsible. There has never been any evidence that they did this more than once (with the exception of a failed attempt prior to Jaycee) so this is again a form of speculation that could have been deleted, or at least minimized.
The book is a good overview of the situation until the time of the books release, although a lot has transpired since, including the confession by Phillip to law enforcement officials. He confessed with the hope of leniency for his wife, which failed. If you are interested in this case, this is a good place to start. However, remember that not everything the author has written has been verified, and some is speculation on his part.
There is a lot of information about Pillip Garrido's life which took time and research. I was impressed with all the information about what happened in his life before he kidnapped Jaycee. I would like to have read more about Jaycee and her family.
I hope another book will follow when the trail is over to reveil what happens during the trial.