Garrido 'Went Bonkers' Last Year

Accused kidnapper became a religious nut, say printing shop customers
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2009 6:23 AM CDT
This scene shows the the Antioch, Calif., home of Phillip Garrido, with the driveway denoted with a red "A."   (AP Photo/Google Maps)
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(Newser) – For decades, accused Jaycee Dugard abductor Phillip Garrido seemed normal enough to the customers of his printing shop. Then, about a year ago, he slipped off the deep end, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Garrido—who allegedly kidnapped Dugard in 1991 and sexually assaulted her for 18 years—started preaching to anyone who would listen.

Phillip and his wife, Nancy—who has also been charged in the kidnapping—asked a Pittsburg-based customer for $2,000 to build a new bathroom and start a backyard church. Out of the blue, Phillip said he had been to prison, stopped masturbating, and heard voices. Garrido, a convicted rapist, played a home-made religious-music album for customers.