Before Jaycee Dugard: Garrido Rape Victim Katie Hall Recounts Experience
Fifteen years before the abduction of Jaycee Dugard, Katie Callaway Hall was a kidnap and rape victim of Philip Garrido. When Garrido was finally arrested in 2009 after imprisoning Dugard for 18 years, Hall’s reaction was immediate: “I started screaming ‘Oh my God! Oh my God! That’s who did it, that’s who kidnapped me.”
In 1976, Hall was kidnapped by Garrido and held at a storage facility in Reno, Nev. Hall, then 25-years old, said she was raped continuously by Garrido for eight hours. She was finally rescued by a police officer who was investigating a broken lock on the storage shed.
Garrido was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison, but inexplicably, a parole board decided to release him after serving just 11 years. In a 2009 interview with ABC News, Hall blasted the parole board’s decision, saying she feared Garrido would come after her again.
“I was terrified,” Hall said. “They had assured me that he was not looking for me, that his focus wasn’t in my direction. But I didn’t trust that. I was the one who sent him to prison.”
Hall said her fears came true when Garrido unexpectedly confronted her at the Lake Tahoe Caesar’s Palace where she worked as a croupier. Hall said she told Garrido’s parole officer of the encounter, which was a clear violation of his parole conditions. However, Garrido was allowed to remain out on probation.
Hall said a parole officer reassured her that she would be safe from Garrido.
“He says, ‘Well, he’ll be in a fish bowl for the rest of his life, you don’t have to worry. He is going to be monitored daily, he is going to be drug tested daily, he is going to be checked at his home…This man will be under a microscope for the rest of his life.’ And so, I felt like there was nothing I could do except hope they did their job.”
Hall said the horror of the Dugard kidnapping showed that her hopes were misplaced.
“How did it fail so badly?” Hall said about the parole system. “How did they not know?”
Watch the full story, including Jaycee Dugard’s first television interview, on ABC, Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.