The crime that landed Phillip Garrido in Leavenworth, where he met his current wife, bears striking similarities to the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard 18 years ago. In 1976, Garrido kidnapped a woman from a South Lake Tahoe parking lot, handcuffed her, took four hits of acid, and raped the victim in a storage unit in Reno, the AP reports. The investigator in the case described the storage unit as a "sex palace," with various sex aids, pornography, stage lights, and wine. Garrido told the victim the kidnapping "was her fault because she was attractive," according to court documents.
It also serves as an example of how he managed to somehow slip through the cracks of the system. In 1977, Garrido was sentenced to 50 years for the kidnapping conviction and life for the rape conviction, but he was granted parole in 1988 for reasons that are unclear at this point. A retired Reno police detective assigned to the first criminal case said that Garrido indicated he preferred sex by force after confessing the crimes to him. The detective said he asked Garrido where he got the handcuffs to detain the 25-year-old victim. The answer: "He said it was a present from his wife. He was married at the time."