How The Hell Did Phillip Garrido Get Paroled?

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Katherine Callaway Hall, the woman who was abducted and raped in 1976 by Phillip Garrido, Jaycee Dugard's accused kidnapper and rapist, was on Larry King Live last night, telling her story.

Hall patiently endured questions that ranged from asinine ("What did he do with the food he was holding before he smashed your head into the steering wheel?") to jaw-droppingly offensive ("How was he able to consummate this?" — i.e., "I don't understand how he physically got into position to rape you — can you give us some more detail?"), and generally highlighted the question we've all been asking: Why the hell was this man let out of prison for that crime, after serving less than 11 years of a 50-year sentence?

Hall says she was originally told that Garrido's projected parole date was 2006, and she wasn't aware that he had been released until a man she believes was Garrido approached her at a casino where she was working in Lake Tahoe in 1988. She immediately began calling around and learned that he was out and living in a halfway house. Around the 19:50 mark of the video below, Hall says Garrido's parole officer at the time told her flat-out that they knew he shouldn't be on the streets, but they didn't believe she was in further danger: "We're sure he's gonna do this again, but we're pretty sure it's not directed at you." Doesn't that just warm your heart?


As if Hall's ordeal weren't enough to demonstrate that this man belonged in prison for life, new details of his sick fuckery just keep on coming. Garrido's ex-wife, Christine Murphy, will be on Inside Edition today, talking about how he physically abused her and once, when she tried to leave him, kidnapped her. CBS News reports that at his trial for abducting and raping Hall, Garrido testified that he used to masturbate while watching young females, that he was driven by uncontrollable sexual fantasies, and that "he did not believe he was harming his victim, even though he handcuffed her, bound her and taped her mouth shut before raping her." And of course, police are now investigating whether he was responsible for other abductions, rapes, and murders during the years when he was on federal parole. Michael Malloy, prosecutor of the 1976 rape case, told the L.A. Times that Garrido's early release "makes no sense to me" and that the system "let everyone down, especially Jaycee Dugard. It doesn't seem an adequate sentence for the violent crime he committed in 1976." No kidding.

Garrido Victim: 'He Had Me For 8 Hours. He Had Her For 18 years' [CNN]
Garrido Revealed Rape Fantasy In Testimony [CBS News]
Women Discuss Harrowing Ordeals At Hands Of Garrido, Monster Who Kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard [NY Daily News]
Kidnapping Suspect's Prison Term Raises Questions [LA Times]

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I hate stories like this. I hate stories like this because I feel so awful for the women, children, and men who are horribly mistreated at the hands of individuals like this. I also strongly hate stories like this because it continues to fuel the "KILL THE SEX OFFENDERS" statements that are screamed all over this site as well as all over America. I study sex offenders. I have treated sex offenders. I have seen rehabilitation in the works, I have seen individuals who can not be rehabilitated, I have seen those who can. People do horrible things to each other every day, but that does not mean we, as a society, have a right to cease seeing them as human beings. /rant