Garrido Sought Help for Schizophrenia: Biz Owner

Discussed sexual struggles in 4-page manifesto
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2009 7:27 PM CDT
Nancy Garrido is seen with her court appointed attorney, Gilbert Maines, during her arraignment in the El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – Phillip Garrido reached out to authorities and acquaintances about his mental health problems but received no help in return, a business owner tells the Sacramento Bee. "He realized he had a problem and tried to reach out and tell the world about it, the authorities about it, but they ignored him," says Cheyvonne Molino, who runs an auto dismantling business frequented by Garrido.

Garrido revealed his struggles with sexual desires in a four-page manifesto he showed to a Molino employee. He also talked about using a machine to grapple with his mental illness, which he believed was caused by heightened hearing. Yet he seemed friendly when he visited the shop with his daughters, handing out water bottles to customers on hot days. "If there was a problem, I would have told somebody," Molino says. "The girls looked too clean to be living in a dungeon."