To Katherine Hall, Phillip Garrido seemed like a regular guy who needed a ride. But Phillip Garrido had a sinister plan for Katherine Hall, who became the victim of a violent sexual assault. Read more and see photos and video here.
Thirty-three years before the horrifying truth was uncovered about Jaycee Dugard’s 18-year confinement in a ramshackle backyard camp, Garrido abducted and attacked Hall. It was a different time, 1976, when it wasn’t too unheard of to lend a stranger a ride.
She recounted part of her ordeal on Larry King Live this week, including the final sense of closure she now feels. Hall had been out to pick up food, when a man approached her for a ride, claiming he had car trouble. After they had driven for a bit, Garrido assaulted her:
“He slammed my head into the steering wheel. He grabbed my keys and threw them onto the floor, I was shocked.”
Garrido then handcuffed her, covered her with a jacket, and drove her to a storage shed. Inside, he had rugs hung from the ceiling, sex toys, pornography, and a mattress on the floor. Hall said:
“He roughed me up pretty good, but I pretty much blocked out all the rape.”
After hours of being sexually assaulted, a nearby police officer spotted Hall’s car, and the broken lock on the shed door. That’s when she came running out, naked and screaming.
Phillip Garrido was convicted and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for his crimes against Katherine Hall. Unbelievably, though, he was let out on parole after just 11 years. Then, only three years after his release, Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped within sight of her house. Now, we are all too familiar with that shocking story.
Hall says she can finally breathe easier, knowing that Garrido won’t be let off early for this one:
“I don’t have to stay under the radar anymore. I don’t have to be looking over my shoulder.”
So does Katherine Hall have any words for Phillip Garrido? Simply “goodbye.”
Watch her interview with Larry King below.