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30 August 2009 @ 08:57 am
Jaycee Lee Dugard Read Science Fiction During Her Captivity  
Greg Frost just pointed out an unsettling claim to fame over on his twitter feed—his novel Shadowbridge, along with George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, was photographed on the bedside table of Jaycee Lee Dugard, the poor woman who finally escaped after having been held captive for 18 years.

Greg's book was at the top of the pile:

Photographs also reveal a bookcase filled with by books Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear, Brian Lumley, Anne McCaffrey and others, including a heck of a lot of Dean Koontz :

I can't even begin to imagine the horror Dugard felt while locked away like that. And what must have been going through her mind as she read the Foundation trilogy and other books in search of some kind of momentary escape, I'm at a loss to imagine ... it's just too horrifying to contemplate.

But I pass these photos on so that those whose psychic armor is a bit thicker can make of them what they will.
Melopoeia, Metoikosmelopoeia on August 30th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
I would never have known about this sort of thing.
So I thank you, although I try not to think about the rest. I wonder how she got the books.
Melopoeia, Metoikosmelopoeia on August 30th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
ok this is interesting, the article you linked to suggests that her captor was the sf fan, not her.
Wyman: pic#91396106wyjoe on August 30th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
The photo essay makes it pretty clear that these were in her tent. Now the captor was the one who bought them, so a case could be made either way. I'd prefer to think of her as the fan, not him.
Melopoeia, Metoikosmelopoeia on August 30th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'd prefer to think of her as the fan, not him.

Same here. I wonder if the article just makes it sound like he did because of the mainstream media's bias against sf fans.
PixelFishpixelfish on August 31st, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
I can't tell if they're describing the same bookshelf. That one certainly has Koontz on it but I'm pretty certain it has Patricia Wrede's Dealing with Dragons (top blue with the red Scholastic stripe), in which case the article is wrong about there being no children's novels. Not that journalists have never been wrong about categorising fiction before now.
Kijkijjohnson on August 30th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
It's the little cat bookend that breaks my heart.
coppervalecoppervale on August 30th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I'm only able to think of her as the eleven year old girl who was taken. What she endured the first minute. The first hour. The first day.

My daughter will be eleven in November.
Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummondbirdhousefrog on August 30th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)

This AP summary is much, much better than what was in UK papers. Our system failed and it wasn't the state of California, but the Feds. He'd been sentenced to LIFE in jail. LIFE. And was released 11 years later and only a few years before he abducted her. In, I believe, roughly the same geographic area as the previous felony was committed.

Today we would be able to match a lot of data through computers. Twenty years ago, it simply wasn't possible.

And her stepfather witnessed her abduction. That would be difficult to live with.

Looking for a good wordfixnwrtr on August 31st, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
What's really amazing is that his parole officer visited him there and didn't cop to the shanties in the rear garden. Why weren't they searched and searched and searched? And, as one columnist asked, where where the nosy little old ladies with binoculars looking for gossip?
Jeffjeffreyab on September 1st, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
From the article it sounds like its not obvious that the shanties were on his property, they were behind what looked like the back fence of his garden.
Looking for a good word: electronic eyefixnwrtr on September 1st, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
I read a couple of different versions, but you'd think the police and the parole officer would have checked anyway, just to be sure.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on August 31st, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking this morning, in a completely different context, that this is the problem with the "life imprisonment is just as effective" argument. Until a life sentence really MEANS being in prison for the rest of one's life, it isn't and can't be.

(Note: I am specifically not addressing any of the other arguments against the death penalty, some of which are valid. This one, however, I believe not to be, for the reason stated.)
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(Anonymous) on August 30th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Rat that he is
Phillip Gallido should be exterminated like the vermin he is. If not by the courts, by the inmates.

Sex offenders cannot be "rehabilitated." They should receive strong electric shock therapy and have their "wee wee's" cut off ...
(Anonymous) on August 30th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
What Jaycee read
Jaycee read what she was given. She wasn't exactly allowed to shop for her own books. My guess is that Gallido is a SF fan. Wonder how Dean Koontz feels about having a wacko like Gallido as his number one fan.
~twilight~_twilight_ on August 30th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
It looks like a variety of stuff, although heavy on the SF and Koontz books. I think I see Danielle Steele in there, too. Who knows whether it was her kidnapper or his wife (who may've been just as bad, or may've been terrified and brainwashed), but Dugard sure wasn't running to the local Barnes & Noble.
PixelFishpixelfish on August 31st, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
I recognised Eddings, Robert Jordan, and what looks like Patricia Wrede's Dealing With Dragons as well as the ones you mention. I googled to see if anybody else had noticed, which is how I ended up here.

I really hope she was able to escape from some of the horrors in her life by slipping into the books, but I know such an escape hatch would be inadequate. Still, I can't help hoping she got some small comfort.

I also hope that those weren't his books, because I have so many of them too, and it weirds me out to see them there. I'd rather that she loved them.

ext_195060 on August 31st, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
A victim's nightmare
What a shame it is to lose your childhood at such a young age. Pedophiles and many child abusers cannot be rehabilitated; Stu Segal may be correct about a solution to type crime. Let's hope that the child has her life cleaned up so she can be happy again.
John Crowleycrowleycrow on September 1st, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Now we'll all be looking for our own books in there...
Jeffjeffreyab on September 1st, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
If her captor picked them out for her it does seem to be at contradiction with his religious views. She might have asked for authors she red before he grabbed her.

I hope they were a comfort for her.

I notice Game of Thrones by George RR Martin on the bedside table as well. Has anyone told George?