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This CNN report will fill you in on who this predator is. His name is Phillip Gerrido, and with the help of his wife, Nancy, he kidnapped an eleven-year-old girl in 1991. For the next eighteen years Garrido and his wife kept the girl in a primitive compound in their back yard, where she was subjected to repeated rape and bore two children, now ages eleven and fifteen.

I ordinarily wouldn’t give this kind of person a mention because they shouldn’t get any public attention other than a trial, but in this case there is a rare opportunity to peer into the distorted mind of this individual, and hopefully glean some slight understanding of just how such a mind works.

Unless it has already been taken down, Phillip Garrido maintained a blog on BlogSpot, called Voices Revealed. Here we learn that Garrido heard voices, and interpreted them as the work of God, who had charged him with the salvation of humanity. Some excerpts:

During the month of July 2009 JM’s Enterprises, 1215 Willow Pass Road * Pittsburg CA,(925) 439-8118 was the host to a powerful demonstration, the Creator has given me the ability to speak in the tongue of angels in order to provide a wake-up call that will in time include the salvation of the entire world.

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THE U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE SOURCE OF MIND CONTROL

U.C.L.A. conducted a three year study from (2003 to 2006) their conclusion at the end of the 3 year study was that the number of cases where people heard voices increased by fifty percent.

The following reports will provide needed insight. This type of activity is increasing worldwide.

Voices have come about due to the powerful design of the human mind and is intended for a purpose beyond our present understanding. Be assured it is to provide and protect our future development.

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Please understand a powerful persuasion has been controlling our freedoms to comprehend these issues and is the soul reason it was impossible to believe in. Understand The Creator is demonstrating His patients in matters we do not fully understand. It is about the entire human race as God desires’ that every human being understand His intentions are to protect life and not destroy it.

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Garrido then goes on to present “affadavits” purported to be signed by witnesses to his power to “control sound” with his mind. All of these witnesses appear to be business owners whom Garrido apparently harassed through a private investigator. He seems to have a mania for providing “legal proof” that he is God’s agent on Earth, and not just your garden variety religious nutball. His desire to justify and rationalize his obvious mental illness seems to be a desperate attempt to legitimize his bizarre behavior, expressed through a camouflage screen of religious fervor and grace extended to him personally from God. One can only assume his crimes against children were a part of this “grace”, as Garrido’s need for power over others overwhelmed him, yet his actions revealed that he was essentially powerless to control even himself.

There used to be a quite extensive mental health system in California, with secured facilities all over the State where individuals such as Garrido were housed, and thus kept from harming the public. In the 1980s this system was dismantled, and thousands of mentally ill individuals were turned-out into the streets, sparking the crisis of homelessness that has engulfed California ever since. This wasn’t the only contributing factor to homelessness and criminal activity on the part of the mentally ill, but it was a major factor. Sick people like Garridos should be identified, incarcerated, treated, and in the case of incorrigibles and incurables, locked away for life. Some will say this isn’t humane. Niether is allowing predators to destroy the lives of others, as Garridos has destroyed the lives of his victims.

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