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Kidnapper's Outrageous Boast: "Heartwarming Story"

"I've completely turned my life around"



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    Jaycee Lee Dugard was allegedly kidnapped by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido.

    Kidnapping and rape suspect Phillip Garrido says he went from convicted child molester to oustanding dad after fathering children with Jaycee Dugard, a girl kidnapped at age 11 from South Lake Tahoe and found 18 years later in a shed in the back yard of Garrido's Antioch home.

    Garrido and his wife, Nancy, were arrested Thursday on charges connected to the case.

    In the only jailhouse interview Garrido has given since his arrest, the registered sex offender paints a bizarre and disturbing picture of himself and what happened in his house.

    Below is part of the conversation between the KCRA reporter and Garrido:

    REPORTER: Back in 1991, why did you select this girl?

    GARRIDO: I'm so sorry. Let me help you. Let me sit down and do this correctly. I have no desire to hold back these things. In fact, when this takes place, you're going to be really surprised with what happened. It's a powerful, heartwarming story.

    REPORTER: What situation do you think you're in right now?

    Phillip Garrido's "Heartwarming Story"

    [BAY] Phillip Garrido's "Heartwarming Story"
    An excerpt from a jailhouse interview of kidnapping suspect Phillip Garrido.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 28, 2009)

    GARRIDO: I'm in a very serious situation. What it is, I can't speak to you about it. I have to wait. As time goes on, you'll get pieces of story in a powerful manner.

    REPORTER: What have you been doing, what's kept you busy?

    GARRIDO: What's kept me busy the last several years? I've completely turned my life around. You'll find most powerful story coming from the witness -- the victim -- if you just take this a step at a time, you'll fall over backwards. And in the end you'll find the most powerful heartwarming story, revealing of something that needs to be understood. That's as far as I can go.

    Garrido also told the reporter how much he cared about the two daughters he allegedley fathered with Dugan.

    "Having those two children, those two little girls, they slept in my arms every single night from birth. I hugged them ... I never kisssed them."

    Jaycee Dugard has retained custody of her two children. She and her mother and her mother reunited Thursday.

    Garrido has a long rap sheet dating to the 1970s. He was convicted of kidnapping a 25-year-old woman whom he snatched from a South Lake Tahoe parking lot, handcuffed, tied down and held in a mini-warehouse in Reno, according to a November 1976 story in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

    He also has a conviction for rape by force or fear stemming from the same incident, and was paroled from a Nevada state prison in 1988, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.