Former classmates of Phillip Garrido tell RadarOnline.com that they are still in shock over the news that they once walked the halls of Liberty High School in Brentwood, California with the alleged kidnapper.
Irene Thompson, who remembers Phillip from English class said she is stunned by the news. “I am shocked. The whole thing just turns my stomach I can’t believe that I sat near someone that did the things he has done.
“I’ve had nightmares ever since I realized it was him. I didn’t really ever talk to him but I definitely remember him, he was sort of strange but I mean who would ever think he’d be this type of crazy. I just thought he was eccentric not evil.
“I have a daughter and I just can’t even fathom what her family must be going through. My heart goes out to them.”
Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy stand accused of kidnapping then 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard 18 years ago and keeping her imprisoned in their backyard. Jaycee was rescued last month along with the two daughters she had by Garrido.
Carol Harris told RadarOnline.com she remembers sitting next to Phillip on the bus and feeling uncomfortable. “He gave me the creeps the way he looked at me.
“I just got a really bad feeling about him. You know when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up for no reason, that was the feeling I got sitting next to him.
“Never in a million years would I imagine that he’d do something this depraved but I definitely knew there was something off about him. I have a really good sense about people and with him I sensed danger.
“But what can you do, it is not like you can condemn someone for giving you a bad feeling or report them. I just chose to avoid him in school and then we graduated and I never heard about him again until last week.
“I heard about it and recognized his name and face right away and my stomach dropped. I know this sounds ridiculous but I feel guilty, like I should have done something or warned someone but who would have believed me?”
Phillip Garrido has been charged with 29 counts of kidnap, rape and false imprisonment.