First Wife of Suspect Accused of Kidnapping Lake Tahoe Girl Speaks Out

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 31, 2009 6:06 pm

Details about the past of alleged kidnapper Phillip Garrido are beginning to emerge, courtesy of his first wife

and high school sweetheart, Christine Murphy.  Garrido, who along with his current wife, Nancy, is charged with 29 felony counts in relation to the kidnapping of South Lake Tahoe resident Jaycee Lee Dugard, as he kept her in a backyard compound for 18 years and fathered two children with her.  Murphy told “Inside Edition” that he attacked her once when another man flirted with her.  She also says that he was an “abusive control freak who once tried to gouge (her) eyes out with a safety pin.”   

Garrido was a struggling musician when they were together, and Murphy says he “smacked” her around and threatened her when she tried to leave him.  She also described him as a “good manipulator” and a “monster,” as she was finally able to escape him when he went to prison for kidnapping and raping another woman.  Murphy said she was shocked when she heard the news of Dugard’s imprisonment in his backyard in Antioch, which was less than 200 miles from Dugard’s ski resort hometown.  But, she says, “He’s pretty much capable of anything.”