Jaycee Lee Dugard Interview Pt. 2 Reflective Essay


After watching the first interview with Jaycee Lee Dugard, we saw how the interviewer was able to unravel a complex story by using proper tone of voice, giving off a mother-like aura, and ultimately putting Dugard in a comfortable and safe environment. Knowing this, it was exciting to see if similar or different tactics were used in part 2 of the interview.

Almost immediately, it flashes segments of old buildings and ultimately where Dugard spent 18 years of her life. This not only reels in the audience but it also further shows how much negativity Dugard went through during that 18 year span. The interviewer also asks some burning questions that I’m sure a lot of people were wondering. For example, she asks, “Did you ever think about taking those two girls (her daughters) and running?”

Dugard replies “It didn’t feel like an option.” which further emphasized exactly how much control her captor, Phillip Garrido, had over her. Dugard then further emphasizes this as she says “there was no leaving.”

Another major part was when they actually showed a clip of a parole officer searching the Garrido’s residence. As a member of the audience, we already understand that Dugard was held captive for 18 years and therefore dozens of house searches came up empty and officers ultimately failed to do their job, but actually being exposed to visual evidence is even more mind-boggling. The clip shows both Nancy and Phillip Garrido manipulating the officer by claiming innocence and ultimately subliminally leading the officer around the home, rather than the officer heading off individually. What I mean by this is that in this clip, the officer unintentionally or intentionally followed Garrido around the home, which means the officer saw only what Garrido wanted him to see.

On a similar note, they go over some of the other search files and reveal some disturbing, eye-opening information. In one file it says “He (Phillip) displayed an attitude of complete compliance that did not seem honest. It was almost as if he was putting on an act.” This almost angers audience members, especially myself, as I wonder why didn’t the parole officers trust and act on their instincts and find Dugard and her two daughters.

Further along in the interview, it shows a clip of Dugard and her mother hugging, which puts a major bright spot in such a dark interview. It truly hit an audience member right in the heart.

Perhaps my favorite part of the interview, or the most iconic in my eyes, is where Dugard says “It is possible to redeem 18 years of a stolen life.” The fact that not only Dugard said this, but the journalist was able to get it out of Dugard is a job well-done. I say this because it puts everything into perspective, for both Dugard and the audience. It is basically saying that no matter what you are going through or what you have gone through, it get’s better. And what’s a better way to prove this than by having someone who was held captive for 18 years say it. Well, there is no better way to prove it.

The most interesting parts were the parts that we know exist, but we don’t necessarily think about. For example, Dugard was taught how to drive at the age of 29. As an audience member, that is crazy to think about, especially since most of us have been driving since 14, 15, and 16 years old. This ultimately is just another moment that proves exactly how drastic the kidnapping was.


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