Videos by Dugard Abductor Released

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By Swani Swanigan, Christian Post Contributor
July 13, 2011|6:22 pm

Video footage filmed by Jaycee Dugard’s kidnappers, taken during her time in captivity, has been released by the El Dorado District’s Attorney’s office.

There are two videos of the Garrido’s: the first video, which was said to have been taken between 1989 and 1993, shows children playing in a playground.

Phillip Garrido is singing while his wife is pretending to film him, although she is actually focusing on the children in the background.

"What you need to do, you need to make it look like you're pointing at me," Phillip Garrido is heard saying. "Further you are away from me, they can't tell exactly where it's pointed."

As he plays a guitar, he is heard asking, "You got me real good?"

"Yes, I can see you really good!" replies a woman's voice, as the camera focuses on a girl in a red tank top in the playground.

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Another clip taken features close-ups of girls' legs as they stand in a parking lot. Phillip Garrido is heard asking on the tape: "You think anybody can see me?"

The second video shows the Garrido’s home being searched by a parole officer. The officer goes through the rooms in the house but never examines the backyard, he even engages in conversation with Garrido.

“So right now, it’s just you, your wife and your mother in here?” the parole agent asks Phillip Garrido.

The response is not clear, but the officer can be heard saying “OK” according to the video posted on FoxNews.com.

In an effort to improve the monitoring of sexual offenders prosecutors believe releasing the videos will be a sure way to identify failures in the system.

The videos will be used in an exhibit for an August 3rd public hearing in Sacramento.

“The hearing will examine what went wrong in the Dugard case, identify reforms to the system and introduce legislation to better protect our citizens from becoming the next victim,” state Senator Ted Gaines said in a written statement.

The evidence released Tuesday also featured photographs of badly damaged videotapes that investigators found in garbage in the backyard of kidnapper Phillip Garrido.

It has been reported that Garrido had tried to destroy the tapes with chemicals, but investigators, with the help of NASA technicians, were able to recover the footage, the Contra Costa Times has reported.

Phillip Garrido was sentenced last month to 431 years to life in prison for the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard. Nancy Garrido was sentenced to 36 years to life.

Dugard, now 31, released her first book Tuesday called A Stolen Life, which is an account of her time in captivity.

 

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