Now free, Jaycee Dugard revels in the simplest of freedoms after spending 18 years being held captive by Phillip and Nancy Garrido.
“Now I can walk in the next room and see my mom,” Dugard told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview. “Wow. I can decide to jump in the car and go to the beach with the girls. Wow, it’s unbelievable, truly.”
Dugard chose to tell her story in a new memoir “A Stolen Life” and in an intimate conversation with Sawyer.
Dugard, now 31, lives a life no longer dictated by the manipulation and control of her kidnappers. She lives with her mom and two daughters. And the simple things, to her, are now remarkable. Like saying her own name, which Garrido had forbidden her to speak or even write.
Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years in prison in June. Nancy Garrido is serving a sentence of 36 years to life in prison.
At the sentencing, Terry Probyn, Dugard’s mother, read a victim’s statement, but at the time the judge would not allow audio to be broadcast. During Dugard’s interview with ABC News, you will hear her mother’s statement for the first time: “I could hear her crying, not with my ears, but with my heart. I could feel her pain, not with my body, but again with my heart. Completely unbearable and debilitating.”
Probyn told ABC News “I knew she was out there somewhere…I held onto her and didn’t let go. I couldn’t let go. And my heart got ripped out and that huge hole couldn’t be filled by anyone but her. I just hung on.”
Watch Diane Sawyer’s Exclusive Interview With Jaycee Dugard on ABC News Sunday, July 10 at 9/8C
Now, Dugard is sharing the secrets she harbored for decades, including what happened the day she was kidnapped.
Dugard was kidnapped while walking to her Tahoe, Calif., school in June of 1991 by the Garrido couple.
She was then just an 11-year-old girl who loved her mom, her baby sister, the family cat.
Now, she’s a survivor and mom who has endured the cruelty of a man that kidnapped, handcuffed,…