Jaycee Lee Dugard, was 11 years old in 1991 when she was snatched from her school bus stop. She was locked away from the outside world behind a series of fences, sheds and tents in the back of a suburban home for 18 years by a convicted rapist who made her a sex slave and forced her to bear his children.
The media was quick off the draw to report that Jaycee was held captive as a sex slave for 18 years, but, was she truly a slave or did she transform to accept the relationship, even bonding with her abductor and viewing it as a marriage.
Her abductor Phillip Garrido, 58, allegedly raped Jaycee Duggard for years and fathered two children with her, the first when Jaycee was about 14. Those children, both girls now 11 and 15, also lived in the backyard compound but it was later revealed that they did have contact with other people – parents and children. Authorities said Garrido’s 54-year-old wife, Nancy Garrido, was with him during the kidnapping in South Lake Tahoe and she was also arrested and charged.
Authorities first reported that Jaycee and her two daughters appeared to be in good health and not malnourished, although it was first reported that they have never visited a doctor, were schooled at home and almost had no contact with the outside world.
The neighborhood is described as a residential area, with the Garrido’s home raising no suspicion from the outside world as to the horrific compound concealed in the backyard.
However, a series of shocking revelations were made as police and authorities dug deeper into this case: the daughters attended birthday parties and were described by others as “well mannered and polite”; Jaycee worked with Garrido at his business and never tried to escape; Jaycee Duggard’s stepfather Terry Probyn told the Associated Press “Jaycee has strong feelings with this guy,” and then went as far as stating “She really feels it’s almost like a marriage.”
How did Garrido succeed in ‘brainwashing’ Jaycee to remain captive even into adulthood? She worked with Garrido at his printing business over the years. She had access to phones, computers and email and, she had numerous contacts with the outside world, so why did she not try to escape? Why did she not try to protect her children or reveal her identity?
Russ Morley, host of the morning show on News/Talk 850 WFTL interviews Human Behavior Expert Patrick Wanis, PhD for insights into the Phillip Garrido, how he brainwashed Jaycee and the effect that this 18 year ordeal will have on Jaycee (now 29) and the effect on the two children fathered by a rapist who now claims he is religious.
There are a total of 4 interviews conducted over the days following the release of Jaycee. Dr. Wanis also references other famous kidnapping cases such as Patty Hearst and Shawn Hornbeck, identifying the similarities, parallels and the psychology of attraction and bonding to abusers. He also explains why Elizabeth Smart never identified, supported or bonded with her abductors while Hearst and Hornbeck did.
Dr. Wanis also reveals the phenomenon known as The Stockholm Syndrome where people abducted, held captive and even raped can still turn around to support and even be romantically involved with the abductor. Read more about that by clicking here. In the series of radio interviews, Dr. Wanis also cites the infamous story of Patty Hearst who after being kidnapped and raped became a member and supporter of the terrorist organization which kidnapped her and says it is a common albeit frightening phenomenon whereby people fall in love with or become emotionally attached to their abuser – including battered wives, abused children and some prisoners of war.
Click below to listen to the interview.
Anointed “The Woman Expert” by WGN Chicago, Patrick Wanis PhD is a renowned Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior & Relationship Expert who developed SRTT therapy (Subconscious Rapid Transformation Technique) and is teaching it to other practitioners. Wanis’ clientele ranges from celebrities and CEOs to housewives and teenagers. CNN, BBC, FOX News, MSNBC & major news outlets worldwide consult Wanis for his expert insights and analysis on sexuality, human behavior and women’s issues. Wanis is the first person ever to do hypnotherapy on national TV – on the Montel Williams show.