From today's SFGate. The Witness reference is from when he appealed his previous sentence. It does not mention if he currently is a Witness.
Garrido was a Witness According to Lawyer
Nancy seems to have been raised as a Jehovah's Witness.
And it could well be that Nancy's religious upbringing as a Jehovah's Witness provided her new husband with another means of manipulating her - telling her, as he was to tell the world, that God spoke directly to him. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1210125/Is-new-Rose-West-Its-belief-Nancy-Garrido-didnt-know-going-on.html#ixzz0Q4HGQ2Ro
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1210125/Is-new-Rose-West-Its-belief-Nancy-Garrido-didnt-know-going-on.html#ixzz0Q4H5kPK0
Maybe he thought it would gain him sympathy with the court system if he had a religion? OR -
Even more horrible, maybe he thought it would provide a good shopping ground for more victims? (His "JW" wife being the unquestioning accomplice that she appears to have been.)
BTW, I was asked this question earlier about this case at work: How common are child molesters in general society (meaning all kinds, not just nut-job kidnappers or killers like this guy).
I said that I thought somewhere around 0.5 to 1.5 percent active perps, but now that I think about it - maybe it goes quite a bit higher given the secrecy of this kind of crime.
Looks like he was preached to and studied while in prison, if he became a Jehovah's Witness during that time. Wonder if there's an article - 'How I found the true God' or some such in one of the Awakes! telling his life story and how he had come to know the 'truth'?
today, dr.phil had a new show on, about this very topic
so i shot off an email to him/them
about their involvement, hers, etc, and how he has done shows on cults, and might be something to look into
i also did a short bit on my involvement, losses ($, 4 children not talking to me, no friends, etc)
will let you know if hear anything of substance back