Remember Allison Jacobs, the UC Berkeley Police officer who trusted her instincts three years ago and ran the name of the fellow trying to book an event on campus?
That was the beginning of the end for Phillip Garrido, the registered sex offender who abducted 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard in 1991 and went on to father two daughters with her before all were rescued 18 years later by authorities.
Jacobs is currently enrolled online in UC Irvine's Master of Advanced Study program, seeking a degree in criminology, law & society, according to an extensive interview the mother of two gave to the Communications Office's Laura Rico.
“When you're a mom, you find ways to squeeze 25 hours out of every day,” Jacobs reportedly jokes to Rico.
Her recollections about that meeting with Garrido are chilling.
“He smelled awful, was wearing an old, hand-me-down suit and had really screwed-up teeth,” Jacobs recalls. “He was accompanied by two young girls who appeared very clean, neat and tidy. It was just weird.”
The well-dressed blondes, who Garrido identified as his daughters, gave robotic and what sounded like rehearsed answers to questions the officer asked about their lives. Then the background check indicated not only has Garrido raped children, he has fathered none.
On record anyway.
“My gut sank a little bit,” the Orange County native tells Rico. “I was shocked.”