Jaycee Duggard- Riveted and Terrified


Some stories in the news just absolutely blow your mind. Jaycee Duggard, returning to her Mother after 19 years, is one of them. I have so many mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it is awful to think she spent those 19 years with a psychopath and pedophile. It's terrifying to think this could be the fate of so many missing children. On the other hand it is a story of hope. I know her mother is so happy to have her back, no matter what. I don't know what's worse. Losing a child and knowing they were kept in deplorable conditions for years, or having your child dead. Neither is a happy option.

That she was kidnapped, right in front of her parents as she rode on her bicycle scares me to death. That they only found her because this insane pervert came out of the woodwork and wanted to give a class on how he can channel his mind sickens me. The police had the make and model of car, sketches of the suspects that were accurate, and witnesses. What more did they need?

Sometimes I think of Jaycee and what she must be thinking. How much therapy will it take to make her feel safe? What are her feelings about her captor? How are the children coping? What did she tell herself to get through these nineteen years?

I hope Jaycee's story brings more children home to their grief stricken parents, but what a price to pay. I pray she feels nothing but peace for the rest of her life.

9 comments:

Brie said...

I totally agree with you Mrs. So much pain and suffering for all involved. I hope (with a lot of therapy) she can get a fresh start and make a new and wonderful life for herself and her children.

I am so encouraged to see Elizabeth Smart fight and succeed after her horrible ordeal.

Life is what you make it said...

I agree, it is a horrible and yet amazing story. I feel concerned about her daughters. How will they function? The fact that they carry half his genes? Realizing eventually who their father is, and what he has done? Being raised by a very young mother in those conditions. Only knowing that awful life, until now.

Lin said...

Great post.

I can even begin to imagine what she went through while being held captive. I hope she, her kids & her family get all the help they need to get past this.

It's a scary world out there but it's nice to know that sometimes there are some happy(ish) endings.

Solar Powered said...

Unthinkable... Ihave the same prayer for her.

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

What an amazing ending to this families nightmare!!

Tippy said...

OFM, pick someone from your Mommywood post as the new 'pay it forward' book winner and I'll be happy to ship it to them. I'm almost done with the book and could ship it out early next week!

xoxo,
Tippy

Jillian, Inc said...

I have that issue (proud PEOPLE subscriber and not afraid to admit it -ha!) but have not read it. Sometimes it is just so hard for me to read that stuff. And you are so right about the which situation is best vs. worse. Poor thing. But then again, she may not be any more messed up than some who are left to their own devices in this world and do it to themselves.

Maureen said...

It's just horrible to think that she lived there and was held captive. What a horror - in this country - in our lifetime - horrible.

Muffy said...

I am SO fascinated too. We have so many questions. She looks great and seems to have a positive outlook. That makes me feel better but not too much.