In yet another one of those How Could Authorities Have Let This Happen? revelations surrounding the Jaycee Dugard case, it has now been learned that her accused kidnapper and rapist, Phillip Garrido applied for what is known as a Fictitious Business Name to open his own elementary school.
Using his own name, Garrido completed a Fictitious Business Name Statement in 2006 to open the Phillip C. Knight Institute. It was approved and, in fact, he still legally holds the name. It doesn't expire until August, 2011.
The application was put through even though Garrido signed for it using his own real name -- a name that could have been easily checked against the state's data base of sex offenders.
There is no evidence Garrido ever actually opened a school, and some are suggesting he may have been setting up a dummy institution in case it was ever discovered that the two children he fathered with Jaycee -- who were 12 and eight at the time of his application -- were not being educated.
Jaycee was kidnapped in 1991. Garrido and his wife Nancy have both been charged with the crime, and both have pleaded "Not Guilty."
Only a year later, a caller told police of seeing a girl who looked just like Jaycee in a yellow van. Nothing ever came of the tip but a yellow van was found at Garrido's property after Jaycee was rescued earlier this year.
Garrido's Application To Run A School