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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 31, 2009 / 11 Elul 5769

Why Was Monster Let Out to Strike Again?

By Mitch Albom






http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What shocked you most about Jaycee Lee Dugard's story?


Was it the fact that she was abducted in plain sight, walking to a bus stop when she was 11 years old?


Or the fact that she was still alive when discovered this past week, 18 years after disappearing?


Was it the fact that for most of those 18 years, she was forced to live in a backyard of a couple's home in California, surrounded by fences, tents and sheds?


Or the fact that nobody noticed?


Was it the fact that she was allegedly raped repeatedly by her abductor, even though she was just a kid? Or did it shock you more that she bore two daughters by this suspected monster, and that one of those girls is now 11, the same age Jaycee was when she was abducted?


Did it shock you most that the suspected abductor is married? That his wife, according to authorities, was with him when he kidnapped someone else's child?


Or was it the fact that his mother reportedly lived with him while this was going on?


Was it the fact that police visited the home several times — and never discovered anything?


Or the fact that that until last week, Jaycee's stepfather was considered a prime suspect, even though he always said he had nothing to do with it?

A LIFE OF HEll
Did it shock you most that Jaycee's two girls have never been to school? That they've grown up prisoners in the backyard of an abductor's house?


Did it shock you most that a neighbor admitted to seeing tents and hearing children, but when she expressed concern, her husband told her to leave it alone?


Did it shock you most that the suspect considered himself religious? That he claimed the Lord spoke to him? That he registered a corporation called G0ds Desire?


Or that he had a printing business and customers? That he moved through this country undetected, and came home night after night to a backyard prison holding a child he allegedly raped and the children she bore — and he went on like this for nearly two decades?


All of this shocked me.


But none of it shocked me the most.


What shocked me the most is that the suspect, Phillip Garrido, was convicted in 1976 of kidnapping a woman, raping her, handcuffing her and holding her captive in a warehouse.


He was sentenced to 50 years on one charge and five-to-life on another.


And he was paroled. After 11 years.


Paroled.


If you can get 150 years for bilking people out of their money — ala Bernie Madoff — then how does a man who demonstrated no respect for human life, who thought so little of it he stole a woman, held her captive and raped her, how does he find himself a free man after 11 years?


Free to do it all over again.

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM
What do they do now with the 58-year-old Garrido? I assume, if he's found guilty, that he won't get out again, although if he served the same time as he did for kidnap and rape, he'd be free by age 69.


But throwing away the key at this point is like putting up storm windows after a hurricane. Assuming the accusations are true, how can incarcerating Garrido begin to make up for the lives he has ruined? He stole the childhood from an 11-year-old girl. He destroyed the lives of her parents, ruined the marriage between her mother and stepfather, haunted the dreams of Jaycee's family members for years and years.


Losing a child is devastating. Losing a child and not knowing if she's dead is beyond description.


Garrido was a registered sex offender, as the law requires. He was visited by authorities, as the law requires. And with all that, he may well have gotten away with an unspeakable evil for 18 years.


I am not without mercy. I do not believe every criminal belongs in jail forever. But there is a reason experts warn that sex offenders are highly likely to strike again and again. And our justice system, playing by its rules, gave this creep another chance.


Garrido, still defying belief, conducted a rambling phone interview with a TV station after his arrest. In it he suggested people would be moved when they heard the whole tale.


"It's a powerful, heartwarming story," he said.


No, it isn't.


It's monstrous.


And it never should have happened.

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