If you've ever been to the UC Berkeley campus, you'll understand when I say that it takes a lot for someone to stand out as weird. But for female police officers Allison Jacobs and Lisa Campbell, something was off about Phillip Garrido, and thanks to their intuition and further probing, an 18-year-old missing person case was finally solved. The FBI and family of Jaycee Lee Dugard would know what happened 18 years ago to the 11-year-old who Garrido kidnapped right in front of her stepfather's eyes.
In an interview on CCN’s AC360, Lisa Campbell, a special events manager for the university police, said that Garrido, accompanied by two girls, approached her and asked about holding an event on campus. "[T]here was just something about the girls that wasn't right," she said.
Campbell did a background check on Garrido, which revealed that he was on parole after a rape conviction and was a registered sex offender. She asked officer Allison Jacobs to sit in on the meeting with her. Jacobs seconded Campbell’s hunch with her own suspicions about Garrido, calling it “police intuition” and then “a mother’s intuition.” After a call to Garrido’s parole officer, Campbell and Jacobs learned something chilling: “He doesn’t have daughters,” Jacobs recalls him saying. A meeting was set up the next day with Garrido's parole officer and finally, Garrido was arrested and 29-year-old Jaycee Dugard (he called her "Allissa") and her two daughters were finally free of his insane grip.
Do you think it's just a coincidence that female police officers noticed something funny about Garrido that even his parole officer and others who dealt with him didn't sense? Granted, they saw the girls his parole officer didn't, but others who met Garrido with these girls didn't suspect anything. Do you believe in women's intuition?
News this week that Jaycee Lee Dugard, 11 years old when she was abducted in 1991, was discovered living in her abductor's backyard, prompts reactions both of happiness and horror. Happiness that this poor young woman, raped and twice-impregnated by her abductor, is finally free. Horror when you think of what her life must have been like these past 18 years. How is she going to fare now that she’s been reunited with her family and will finally be able to see a doctor, and hopefully, a therapist? Clues about her mental state were revealed by her stepfather Carl Probyn after talking to Jaycee’s mother: "She told me that Jaycee feels really guilty for bonding with this guy. She has a real guilt trip."
We hear this counterintuitive detail in many cases where kidnap victims and people in abusive relationships feel sympathy for their captors/abusers, identifying with them and even bonding with them. Natascha Kampusch, the young woman who only three years ago escaped from the man who abducted her at age 10 and kept her in a windowless cellar for eight and a half years, was distraught after hearing that he had committed suicide. Some psychologists say that this sympathy is, in part, what keeps abused women so psychologically attached to their abusers.
Although it's probably impossible for most of us who have never been in such extreme situations to imagine that someone would have any positive feelings toward a person who abused them or imprisoned them, psychologists have a term for why it happens: Stockholm syndrome. To find out what this fascinating and disturbing psychological term means, read more