Sheds were house of horror

2009-08-28 22:14

San Francisco - Their life was a tale of bleak isolation carefully hidden from neighbours' view in a few ramshackle sheds and tents that kept the outside world oblivious and left them to face persistent abuse.

Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 29, was finally identified on Wednesday after she accompanied Phillip Garrido, a convicted sex offender and rapist, to a meeting with his parole officer.

She was 11 when she was snatched from her bus stop.

Dugard faced sexual abuse by her alleged kidnapper and bore him two daughters when she was about 14 and 18.

That as her alleged kidnapper and abuser - and his wife - tended to his elderly bedridden mother and kept a shocking secret life in his back yard.
In his secret garden of abuse, the children did not go to school.

The girls Dugard gave birth to never saw another home but these few walls.


They did not go to doctors or a dentist.

Their bleak and insular world was as small as a clutch of sheds, outfitted with a makeshift shower and toillet.

Electricity was brought in on an extension cord, local media said.

A neighbour told USA Today newspaper that she believed only the couple and elderly woman lived in the home for the 15 years she had known them.
She said Garrido told her the girls she occasionally saw were the children of friends.

Jaycee's stepfather Carl Probyn, told ABC television "he had them hidden right.

"It's pretty sick. I feel sorry the way Jaycee has gone through this. How he had her locked up for basically 18 years. No school. No doctor. No dentist. The children have never been to a doctor or dentist. No life.

"You know, it's going to be a long road to change things around."