Jaycee Dugard Relives Moment of Kidnap in First TV Interview with Diane Sawyer
By Krista Wick
Excerpts of kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard's memoir A Stolen Life recently became available exclusively via People, but this Sunday Dugard will speak publically for the very first time on "Primetime" with ABC's Diane Sawyer about her experience as an 18-year victim of imprisonment and abuse, as well as her new life as a now 31-yr-old free woman.
In the interview, Dugard can be seen wearing a necklace with a pinecone symbol which she says helps to serve as a daily reminder of the last memory of her life before the kidnapping. Jaycee tells Sawyer that her last memory before she was stun-gunned into submission by Phillip Garrido, is that she touched something sticky. Only recently did she come to recall that the sticky object was a pinecone. In reflection, Dugard sees the pinecone as "a symbol of hope and new beginnings," and a ever-present reminder that "there is life after something tragic."
Living now with her mother and two daughters, Dugard revels in the most basic of freedoms like writing her own name, which Garrido would not allow her to do, as well as the ability to move from place to place on her own volition. "Now I can walk in the next room and see my mom," Dugard told Sawyer. "Wow. I can decide to jump in the car and go to the beach with the girls. Wow, it's unbelievable, truly."
You can catch Jaycee Dugard's interview with Diane Sawyer Sunday, July 10, on a special two-hour edition of "Primetime."