Garrido was a "very absorbed" Jehovah's Witness

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  • skeeter1

    The most disturbed people flock to the most demanding religions....

    This article gives me yet another perspective as to why the Jehovah's Witnesses attract and retain child abusers and molestors.


    Garrido's Twisted Path Led Often to God


    Published: September 12, 2009

    Filed at 1:00 p.m. ET

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --Three decades ago, a convicted kidnapper named Phillip Garrido stunned a Leavenworth Prison psychologist by turning down an offer most prisoners would leap to take -- help with a transfer to a mental health facility.

    Instead, Garrido opted to spend at least three more years doing hard time so he could complete his religious studies.

    Along his twisted trail of drugs and sexual violence, records and interviews show that Garrido invoked God at every turn before he was arrested Aug. 26 and accused of kidnapping, raping and imprisoning Jaycee Dugard for 18 years in his backyard.

    Again and again, he claimed he had found God. To a woman he had abducted and was about to rape. To the judge who sentenced him to 50 years behind bars for the crime. And later, to business clients and neighbors in Antioch, Calif.

    In the end, his increasingly bizarre religious fervor took on a desperate, prophetic quality and led to his capture after he tried to hold a rally on a college campus.

    Molesters commonly turn to religion to rationalize their behavior, said Ken Lanning, a former FBI profiler who specializes in kidnapping and child abuse cases.

    ''A lot of them when they're molesting children put a lot of time and energy into trying to convince themselves that they're not bad people,'' Lanning said. ''In some cases the element of religion will come into it, and they will use varying aspects of their religious belief to justify all of this.''

    The 58-year-old Garrido's preoccupation with religion started shortly after he began taking large quantities of LSD, cocaine and other drugs in the early 1970s.

    Garrido, who worked odd jobs and played bass guitar in a band, told a casino worker in 1976 that his car had broken down and convinced her to give him a ride. He soon had her gagged and handcuffed, then took her to a storage unit decked out like a sex palace, where he sexually assaulted her for five hours.

    After she was rescued, she told police that Garrido preached about God to her while she was handcuffed in the back seat.

    ''He talked a lot about Jesus on our ride, telling me about how he was going to turn himself over to God next year because Jesus was the way, and on and on,'' she said.

    He testified on February 11, 1977, that he truly found God while sitting in a Reno jail waiting for his federal kidnapping trial to start. ''I believed in God for the last three years, but it was just the last three months that I have been brought to God,'' Garrido said.

    Later, in a note seeking a reduction in his 50-year sentence, Garrido vowed that he had become devoutly religious.

    ''He based his new religious interests more appropriately on the considerable guilt and fear he was experiencing since being incarcerated,'' a court-appointed psychiatrist concluded in a mental health report to the judge.

    During his first year in prison in Leavenworth, Kan., Garrido told prison psychologist J.B. Kielbauch he did not want to be ''released from incarceration to a program of psychological treatment'' because of religion.

    ''Interestingly, Mr. Garrido asked that he be permitted another three years of incarceration in lieu of that so he could complete his current program of training and religious development,'' Kielbauch wrote.

    Kielbauch's 1978 mental evaluation also said Garrido had become a ''very absorbed'' Jehovah's Witness practitioner. ''When he commits to a cause or purpose,'' the psychologist wrote, ''he tends to approach it with extreme zeal and diligence.''

    ''Prognosis for successful transition to the community is considered very good,'' Kielbauch wrote. ''The likelihood of further extralegal behaviors on Mr. Garrido's part is seen as minimal.''

    Garrido ended up spending 10 years in federal prison. Three years after his release he and his wife Nancy allegedly kidnapped Dugard, then 11, from a South Lake Tahoe street, raped her and held her captive in a backyard jumble of tents and sheds. During that time, authorities say Garrido fathered two daughters with Dugard.

    Garrido and his wife have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment charges.

    In recent years, Garrido had established a small printing business and had become consumed by his religious fixations. In July 2008, he incorporated a religious organization called God's Desire and invited others to come to church at his home.

    His clients could make little sense of Garrido's ramblings and said they put up with him because his prices were low.

    But Garrido did make clear he believed he had a direct line to the divine. He brought a device to client meetings through which he said others could hear the ''unearthly'' voices he channelled through his mind.

    ''He said God spoke to him and told him how to invent the machine,'' said Cheyvonne Molino, who co-owns a Pittsburg wrecking yard where Garrido advertised he would hold a weeklong religious event in July.

    Molino said that in reality Garrido sat under a 10-foot by 10-foot tent, handed out water and sang songs. She said his apparatus was merely a DJ mixing board, an amplifier and a microphone into which Garrido would whisper nonsense.

    Garrido's religion had morphed from traditional Christian beliefs to a nearly indecipherable dogma that placed Garrido as a prophet who held the keys to a deep secret.

    Days before his arrest, Garrido approached the FBI and University of California, Berkeley with a lengthy document preaching his strongly held religious and self-help beliefs. His bizarre behavior at UC Berkeley attracted the attention of campus police, leading to his arrest.

    In his writings, Garrido repeats that he has discovered a way to overcome the thoughts that lead to abhorrent behavior. He writes in one tract that some people who engage in ''aggressive sexual behavior'' hate their actions and try to stop.

    ''Unfortunately the next time they become aroused, it stimulates the mind to override all possible regrets, returning them to a helplessness of becoming a repeat offender,'' he said.

  • mouthy

    Oh makes me cringe !! Sicko,I believe in the death penalty for this kind.

  • purplesofa

    In Arkansas we are having more and more pedeophile cases uncovered within different religions lately.

    I hope all church members are taking heed and safeguarding their children.

    thanks for posting,


  • jeanniebeanz

    I hope all church members are taking heed and safeguarding their children.

    That is so true, Purps. Being in a church makes some people let their guard down when it comes to their own safety, including that of their children. There is the attitude that, 'we are in god's house, so what bad can happen here?' Religion is candyland for people who prey on the innocent.


  • OnTheWayOut

    He sounds like he is following Russell's path. He heard the word but broke away to form his own printing company.
    Later, he needed slaves.

    If he was not a JW in 2008, this case will die off as far as JW interest goes. Try to say he was one, they will say he became apostate.

  • wantstoleave

    I heard his mother is still a witness (she was living with him but bedridden) but that he no longer belonged to the faith.

    I know this because I know someone who lived in the same town (some time ago), and knew the mother personally. She hadn't had anything to do with her for a long time however, since she became bedridden. I presume the elders visited her though, right?

  • Black Sheep
  • wantstoleave

    Thanks for the clarification Black Sheep :) I knew it was some time ago, wasn't sure when exactly. I wonder though if the elders ever visited her, shepherding calls? Surely they did? Or they would have at least had others visit her? I find it strange that if she were still a witness, and brothers visited her, that they never picked up on anything. Then again, some of the man's neighbours didn't even know what was going on in the backyard.

  • Mickey mouse
    Mickey mouse

    I will be watching this

    Captive for 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story

    Jaycee Lee Dugard

    In June 1991, Jaycee Lee Dugard was waiting at the bus stop on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe when a man and a woman pulled up in a grey Ford saloon, jumped out, bundled her into the car and drove off. The kidnap was witnessed by Jaycee Lee's stepfather, who chased in vain after the car.

    Eighteen years later, on 24 August 2009, an investigation began that would lead to an astounding discovery: Jaycee Lee Dugard was alive and for the last 18 years had been held captive by a notorious sex offender.

    Jaycee Lee had given birth to two daughters, fathered by the sex offender, Phillip Garrido. Jaycee Lee and her daughters had been kept in a maze of tents and sheds in the back garden of Garrido's home in Antioch, California.

    Featuring interviews with some of those closest to the young Jaycee, including family members, classmates and her headmistress, Cutting Edge also meets the neighbours and business associates of her captor Philip Garrido, and the investigators involved in her case, to piece together one of the most incredible missing person stories of all time.

    The programme includes an interview with Carl Probyn, Jaycee Lee's stepfather, who witnessed the kidnap. He was the prime suspect in the case for 18 years. His marriage to Jaycee Lee's mother broke up; his life, to all intents and purposes, was ruined.

    He reveals his story from the day he saw his stepdaughter kidnapped: his anguished 911 call to the police, how the events of the day changed his life forever, and the joy and sadness that engulfed him when he heard she'd been found alive and well.

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep

    It is hard to guess what the status of the family members would have been at that time.

    Nancy and Phillip could have been drifted, DF or DA.

    If they were DF or DA the elders may have been reluctant to call, but that is no excuse for not calling.

    If they were just drifted, it could be that congregation members called in to see her, especially when she first stopped attending.

    There has been no attempt by the Watchtower Society to distance themselves from the Garridos by stating that they are no longer members, so all three may still be on the Antioch Congregation's books as merely 'inactive'.



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