Katherine Callaway Hall, a Las Vegas woman kidnapped and raped by Philip Garrido in 1976, talked about the emotional moment when she recently faced her attacker at a hearing in connection with the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard on The Today Show Friday.
Callaway Hall and her husband traveled more than nine hours from their Las Vegas home to be in attendance at the Placerville, California courtroom Garrido was at for a hearing in the Dugard case.
Callaway Hall said Garrido gave her a “hard glare” in the eye for a minute as he settled into the courtroom, adding she “almost broke down” from the intensity of the moment.
“It took me by total surprise, my reaction,” she said. “And I can’t even believe, on some deep subconscious level, I reacted to this man on a level I didn’t intend to.”
Callaway Hall said that Garrido has been apart of her life for 32 years, and that she feels somewhat guilty for the crimes he commit after raping her.
Garrido served an 11 years of a 50-year prison sentence in connection with the incident, Callaway Hall said, which occurred when she was a 25-year-old mother-of-one, and on the way to a South Lake Tahoe grocery store to pick up some coffee. She said Garrido, complaining of car troubles, asked her for a ride.
Callaway Hall said Garrido then attacked her, handcuffed her, and took her to a deserted Reno warehouse he customized to his perversions — complete with a projector, pornographic materials, and a mattress on the floor — where the sex assault took place continuously for eight hours. After Garrido admitted the crime to officials, he described himself as a “peeping tom” with rape fantasies at his trial.
Garrido, who is in custody on suspicion of various kidnapping and sex charges, is accused of kidnapping Dugard in 1991 and keeping her imprisoned for 18 years, during which time she bore two of his children. His wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, is also in custody on kidnapping charges.