The man accused of abducting an 11-year-old girl in 1991 apparently maintained a blog in which he claimed to control sound with his mind.
The blog now has profanity-laced responses from people outraged over Phillip Garrido’s alleged actions. Police say Garrido confessed to abducting Jaycee Lee Dugard at age 11 and fathering two children with her. Police say Dugard and the children, now 11 and 15, were kept in several enclosures hidden behind his home in Antioch, California. Garrido and his wife are in police custody. Garrido’s blog entries are posted by “THEMANWHOSPOKEWITHHISMIND.” He refers to “God’s Desire,” which is a church based out of his home in Antioch, according to CNN affiliate KCRA of Sacramento. In a post on August 14, he writes that during a “powerful demonstration” in July in Pittsburg, California, “the Creator has given me the ability to speak in the tongue of angels in order to provide a wake-up call that will in time include the salvation of the entire world.” “You too can witness what the world believe’s [sic] is impossible to produce!” he writes, providing an e-mail address. “DON’T MISS OUT!” Several news outlets, including The New York Times, have reported on the blog since the case started making international headlines Thursday. In an interview from jail with KCRA, Garrido repeatedly asks the interviewer to retrieve legal documents he said he recently gave to the FBI, specifically for the news media, that he said will reveal “the most powerful, heartwarming story.” After listening to the excerpt of that interview, forensic psychiatrist Helen Morrison said Garrido’s “grandiose” statement sounds similar. “It sounds like so much like so many people that we hear about who have changed their lives because they’ve been visited by something to make them see the ways that they were bad in the past and now they’re perfect,” she told CNN’s “American Morning.”
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It may be what he told his alleged victim in an effort to brainwash her, Morrison said. And that could make it difficult to prosecute him on criminal charges. “If she’s led to believe that this is suddenly become a caring, wonderful, lifesaver, when they have her on a witness stand, they’re going to have to be prepared for some very difficult defense cross-examination,” she said. In another blog posting last year, Garrido claims to have a “new insight that has the potential of helping people who hear voices to possibly stop and reexamine their thinking before committing a violent act on themselves and/or others.” This technique, he writes, could help prevent tragedies, such as the woman who threw her three children into the San Francisco Bay in 2006 and later claimed to have been following directions from the “voice of God.” “This tragic act could have been avoided if my findings were made public before she found herself being led by a powerful internal and external [hearing] process that places the human mind under a hypnotic siege that in time leads a person to build a delusional belief system that drives them to whatever course of action they take,” he writes. He also posted several “declarations of affirmation” from 2006 allegedly signed by six witnesses “to affirm that I Phillip Garrido have clearly demonstrated the ability to control sound with my mind and have developed a device for others to witness this phenomena.” Timothy Allen, one of the six people identified as a witness, said Garrido forged his signature on the “declaration.” Allen — who owns a glass shop in Pittsburg, California — said Garrido printed business cards and letterhead for his company for 10 years. “I had no personal contact with this guy outside of the front counter of my business,” Allen told CNN. “He’s got a lot of weird stuff going on, that guy … I would have never in a million years thought it was anything dangerous or bad.” Allen said Garrido would come into the office with two young girls when he would drop off printing orders.