August 31, 2009

Ex-wife calls Garrido a ‘monster’

Philip Garrido's first wife says the suspect in California's Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case was a manipulator and monster when she knew him years ago.

Garrido, 58, is accused of kidnapping Dugard when she was 11, keeping her imprisoned for 18 years, raping her and fathering two daughters with her. Police also say they are looking into whether he may be responsible for a series of prostitute slayings in the 1990s, as well.

His wife, Nancy, 55, whom he reportedly married in 1981, was arrested last week along with him.

Dugard and her children have since reunited with her family.

Christine Murphy told TV's Inside Edition she and Garrido were high school sweethearts in northern California.

She said she married him because she thought she was in love but quickly realized there was something wrong with him.

Murphy told the TV program Garrido was accused of raping someone early in their relationship, but she believed him when he told her that the girl was lying.

Phil's a good manipulator. He could talk you into pretty much anything, Murphy recalled, adding it wasn't long before he began to physically abuse her.

He smacked me "¦ told me to grow up ... He's a monster, she said.

Murphy recalled one horrific instance when Garrido saw another man flirt with her and threatened to cut her eyes out with a safety pin.

He took a safety pin and went after my eyes. He left a scar on my face. He tried to gouge my eyes out with it, she alleged.

In 1976, Garrido was convicted of kidnapping and raping another woman. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison, but was paroled in 1988.

Murphy, who has since remarried and has four children, said she had no idea her ex-husband had been released from prison until last week when she heard about the Dugard case.