Thursday, September 3, 2009

It gives one hope

Last Thursday morning, Jaycee Lee Dugard, after entering the Concord Police Department, told the tale of more than 18 years of torture, abuse and neglect after being kidnapped in 1991 near her home in South Lake Tahoe.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido have been charged with 29 felony counts surrounding the kidnapping and holding of Dugard and her two daughters — which Garrido is said to have fathered — against their will in a backyard encampment near Antioch.

With each day, the story gets more interesting: from reports of the disturbed couple being involved in other crimes to a missed opportunity by authorities in 2006 that might have ended decades of imprisonment for Dugard a few years earlier.

It is sad and unfortunate that so many boys and girls across the country “disappear,” never to be heard of again. Fortunately, many would say, Dugard’s story has a happy ending.

Or does it?

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