Jaycee's rapist calls his crime 'heart-warming'

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Phillip Garrido
London, Aug 29: Phillip Garrido, the new 'American Fritzl', who held a girl captive for 18 years and fathered two children with her, claimed the kidnap and rape ordeal of Jaycee Lee Dugard would be revealed as 'a powerful, heart-warming story'.

The convicted rapist, who snatched Jaycee at age of 11, added, "You're going to be really impressed - it's going to make world news."

The 58-year-old was speaking to a Californian TV station instead of a lawyer using the one phone call to which he was legally entitled, reports The Daily Express.

Phillip was arrested after police discovered he had held kidnap victim Jaycee in a compound at the back of his Californian home since 1991.

It is believed she had two daughters with Garrido and that the girls, aged 11 and 15, have never been to school or visited a doctor.

Despite the appalling nature of the crimes, Garrido, who has been charged with kidnapping, rape, conspiracy and committing lewd acts with a minor, did admit what he had done was 'disgusting'.

However, he claimed the world will be 'impressed' when it hears his side of the story.

He said, "Wait until you hear the story of what took place in this house. You're going to be absolutely impressed. It's a disgusting thing that took place with me at the beginning but I turned my life completely around.

"Having those two children - those two girls. They slept in my arms every single night and I never touched them."

He went on, "You are going to find the most powerful story coming from the witness, the victim - you wait.

"If you take this a step at a time, you're going to fall over backwards and in the end, you're going to find the most powerful heart-warming story."

The arrest of Phillip has brought to mind the case of Josef Fritzl who was arrested in 2008 on similar charges.Both men were accused of keeping young girls prisoner and fathering children by them against their will.


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