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Beyond Casey Anthony – Jaycee Dugard, A Story of Hope and Survival


I took a much needed-break after all the hoopla and disappointment following the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial.

Having read all the comments here and elsewhere I see a lot of disbelief, anger and calls for investigating the jury.  Investigate them for what?  Did they act improperly?  I don’t think so.  Do we investigate them for obviously not being able to connect the dots?  Do they get slammed for wanting to get out of Dodge as quickly as possible?  Bottom line, they made a decision and like or not, agree or disagree…it is what it is, nothing will change that.  There is no do-over!

The outrage surrounds the notion Caylee didn’t receive justice, in reality, she has, just not the type of justice many had on their minds!

Her justice comes in the undisputed fact that she touched millions who took her into their hearts and love and honor her better than her own family ever could.

Her justice comes because her mother will never actually be free…she will be hunted and haunted all the days of her life. She will never be employable unless an obscure burger joint doesn’t realize who she is!

Those worried about Casey earning millions, take heart in remembering how much money she owes to the State, the Federal government, etc.  Don’t buy or support anything Casey Anthony!

I did find a truly inspiring and hope filled story that lifted my spirit and made life seem brighter!

Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old when kidnapped by Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy Garrido on June 10, 1991.  She was held captive in their backyard, repeatedly raped, gave birth to two little girls until she was ultimately found 18 years later on August 26, 2009.

She gave an incredibly powerful interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, much in the spirit of Elizabeth Smart’s incredible determination to survive and not look back.

If you recall, Elizabeth was 14 years old when kidnapped on June 5, 2002 by Brian Mitchell and Wanda Barzee.  She was found 9 months later on March 12, 2003 at age 15.

Both young women, Elizabeth and Jacyee, exhibit an uncommon amount of grace and strength and desire to move on in a positive way with their lives!

If you haven’t seen it, I implore you to watch or re-watch Jaycee’s interview, you will be inspired!

Diane Sawyer Special: Kidnap victim speaks out in an exclusive interview.


  1. ritanita
    07/12/2011 at 8:37 am

    Amen, Donchais. Kasey’s Karma Train will hunt her down and find her, sooner or later. Let Caylee’s memory touch us more than the disgust we feel when we think of Casey.

    Thanks for reminding us of two inspiring stories of victory over evil. God bless Elizabeth and Jaycee. Jaycee’s book will be out today. I look forward to reading it.


  2. donchais
    07/12/2011 at 8:43 am

    Yup, we get so caught up in the evil we often forget the profound goodness that surrounds us also!

    07/12/2011 at 9:07 am

    Courage and Grace abound in this young lady

  4. donchais
    07/12/2011 at 9:15 am

    Jaycee just knocked me out in how she turned an incredibly awful life into such a positive and loving living!

  5. Teresa
    07/12/2011 at 12:00 pm

    My last words on Casey- Cindy and George (and even Lee) could sue Casey for wrongful death of Caylee, as did Mr. Goldman in the OJ case. ( and he won as we all know). Done. Put a period and move on. Don’t buy the book, t-shirt or see the movie. It’s over.

    Saw this story and it was uplifting. Jaycee is a strong woman. So glad she, her daughters, and her mom survivded this.

    My 18 yr old son was murdered 8 years ago. August 14, I will have to relive my nightmare again. Besides his birthday (November 14), it’s the hardest day of my life. I have had no faith in our justice system for the last 8 years. My point is, I live with it. I live with it because I know I will see my son again in HEAVEN. And no one can take that from me.

  6. donchais
    07/12/2011 at 12:13 pm


    As I said, there is nothing more to do about the Anthony’s, except to honor Caylee. The rest of the family will live in pain all the days of their lives for failing that little girl.

    Your beloved son and Jaycee, as well, would be the first to tell you living with anger takes too much out of a person – moving forward and remembering the good and positive is something NO ONE can take from you!

  7. Reality
    07/12/2011 at 12:34 pm

    It’s important to learn from our mistakes and not sweep things under the rug. Clearly, something went terribly wrong with this verdict. It behooves us to investigate the process and analyze it to see exactly what went wrong and take steps to make sure it does not happen again in future cases.

    From various accounts, this jury did not follow the rules of deliberations, nor did they spend any time studying and understanding the hard evidence and the various degrees of charges, which is their job. For inexplicable reasons, they decided or were misled among them to believe that they could take the speculations in defense opening arguments without any proof as evidence. Hence this resulting travesty of justice was served upon our society. Scrutiny of their actions should not prevent others from taking on and carrying out their duties in a responsible manner on any jury anywhere in this country. The justice system in this country is still the best there is; we just need to do what is necessary as we go along to preserve its integrity.

    Thanks for sharing the story showing the resiliency of the human spirit in Jaycee Dugard’s situation. God bless her and her family.

  8. hetherfly
    07/12/2011 at 12:44 pm

    What a lovely blog. Looking at justice for Caylee in the terms you put it is a good way to start the healing.

  9. donchais
    07/12/2011 at 1:24 pm


    I would never, ever attempt to ‘sweep things under the rug’. I agree, something needs to be done. Instead of all the hysteria I see online about what this jury did or didn’t do – I wasn’t there so I will not assume – we need to look specifically at jury instructions and reasonable doubt! They are all voluminous and written by attorneys in legalese, not the vernacular used by common folks or ‘peers’. That’s where we need to start!

    hetherfly, Thank you!

  10. Reality
    07/12/2011 at 3:50 pm

    donchais, no doubt, you’re doing a great service to the public with this blog and we do appreciate your hardwork and dedication!

    I think the outcry from the public continues because of the blatant injustice in this verdict. As a result, many are losing hope in the system which we cannot allow to happen! I think this is important enough for some entity or another to do some type of investigation to get to the bottom of exactly what happened here. It’s disturbing to many that juror #3, who seems to be the very vocal public mouthpiece of this group, is studying to be a nurse and thus a certain level of intelligence is presumed to have existed within this jury, yet this inexplicable verdict was arrived at. How did they go from 6-6 to 12-0, and WHY did juror #3 say it was 10-2? Was there any wrongdoing? That’s what needs to be cleared up to help us to move on. By comparison, as many have stated, the Petersen case had much less evidence, yet the perp is on death row. Were the people on that jury more educated/intelligent than the ones on this jury?

  11. donchais
    07/12/2011 at 4:54 pm


    I truly appreciate your passion and I suppose this matter can be debated til the cows come home!

    I totally disagree that, ‘juror #3 seems to be the very vocal public mouthpiece of this group.’ She is speaking only for herself, not the entire jury! Yes, she is studying nursing, but that does not automatically imply, ‘a certain level of intelligence.’

    I think we also need to be cognizant of the jury votes and what charge they applied to! From my research, this is what Juror 2 reported to the St Pete Times:

    The first vote that was taken between the jurors was on the highest offense was 10-2 against first-degree murder.

    The vote was 6-6 for aggravated manslaughter of a child.

    The two sides hardened. They started talking over one another. The jury foreman calmed them all down. By lunch Tuesday, the guilty side started to lose votes.

    Juror No. 2 was the last holdout.

    The rest as they say, is history.

    From years of following trials they only thing I know is you can never predict what a jury will do. They come from all different backgrounds, ethnic groups, financial status, upbringing, moral vales, religious backgrounds, education levels, and geographic locations. What the people in Florida react to as opposed to the northeast tri-state area is way, way different!

    Hope this helps!

  12. Reality
    07/12/2011 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the info, donchais, this is what we need to know. Who talked down the guilty votes into not guilty votes? Virtually NO one thought that ALL of the first three counts would end up as NOT guilty. With all the evidence pointing to guilty, what happened? The answers lie with the jurors themselves who have refused to talk, though some have done so for MONEY. We can only speculate from the outside what happened inside that jury room, which does not help us.

  13. 07/12/2011 at 5:43 pm

    I agree, donchais, we need to move on. I was angry , but being the pessimist that I am, and having seen some other outrageous jury verdicts, not completely surprised. There’s really nothing to investigate. The ones going FOR murder and manslaughter were just weaker. I said at one point, that the best we could hope for was a hung jury. If only one of them had stood their ground. What’s the old saying, “if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride”, or something like that.

  14. donchais
    07/12/2011 at 6:03 pm


    Who doesn’t matter! While they felt Casey is a bad person, they did not feel they had enough answers to who, what, where and when. They obviously didn’t see the evidence as pointing to guilty as strongly as you did!

    As you point out, ‘We can only speculate from the outside what happened inside that jury room…’

    Jurors have every right NOT to speak about the case. You are never going to get the answer you are looking for, nor do we question our jury members in the manner you suggest!

  15. Reality
    07/12/2011 at 7:09 pm

    So, based on the actions of this jury, what we’ve learned, if nothing else, is that you can make MONEY by being on a jury. This is a sad time indeed for justice in this country.

  16. donchais
    07/12/2011 at 7:23 pm

    guess it is a matter of personal interpretation!

  17. Reality
    07/12/2011 at 7:51 pm

    There you go! And that’s why it’s so curious as to who talked the 6-6 into that 12-0 NOT guilty verdict!

  18. Kim
    07/13/2011 at 10:27 am

    Two words

    Lizzy Borden

  19. donchais
    07/13/2011 at 10:57 am

    acckkackack…practicing straw man!

  20. Anonymous
    07/14/2011 at 9:15 pm

    I agree with you! I just bought Jacyee’s book yesterday! CASEY on other hand deserves nothing, not a single thing.

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