For the next 18 years, Jaycee became a captive at a hidden compound in Antioch, California. Not allowed to say her own name and raped repeatedly, she bore two daughters fathered by Garrido.
"There's a switch that I had to shut off," she told ABC News' Diane Sawyer. "Just went someplace else." In her book, "A Stolen Life," Dugard wrote that she survived each day by concentrating on her children and the hope of seeing her mother again.
Her captivity ended in 2009 after two police officers at the University of California, Berkeley, met Garrido and the two daughters and noticed "there was just something about the girls that wasn't right." Suspicions after that meeting eventually led to the Garridos' arrest and freedom for Dugard and her little girls.
"You can endure tough situations and survive," she wrote in her book. "Not just survive, but be okay even on the inside, too. I'm not sure how I did endure all that I did. ... I'm beginning to think that I have secretly known all along."
And it was her support network that was key to her recovery. "With the help of my mom and my family, and especially my therapist I have come to realize I can now do things for myself," Dugard wrote. "I can make my own decisions and not worry about if it's not what someone else wants."
Coincidentally, on Tuesday as the Cleveland survivors were tasting their first hours of freedom, Dugard was scheduled to speak at an award ceremony. "What an amazing time to be talking about hope," she told the audience, "with everything that's happening."
Hornbeck: Respect and faith
During an interview this past week with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Shawn Hornbeck sported two fresh tattoos on his forearms. One says "respect" and the the other "faith."
They're the bywords of a 21-year-old who's been through hell and lived to tell about it.
When he was 11, Hornbeck was kidnapped while riding his bike near his Kirkwood, Missouri, home. For the next four years, he was held captive and sexually abused by a pizzeria manager Michael Devlin. Folks believed him when Devlin presented Shawn as his son.
On December 1, 2005, someone identifying himself as Shawn Devlin of Kirkwood posted a message on a Web site that Shawn's parents had set up, www.shawnhornbeck.com. It read, "how long are you planing (sic) to look for your son?" Later that day, the same person apparently posted a new message apologizing for the previous one and asking whether it would be OK to write a poem for Shawn Hornbeck.
Two police officers who frequented the pizzeria where Devlin worked ran into him, as he was taking out trash from his apartment, the officers said.
They asked him about his white truck, which was similar to a vehicle investigators were seeking in the kidnapping of another missing boy, Ben Ownby. Police were disturbed by Devlin's demeanor, and they alerted the FBI. When investigators returned to Devlin's apartment, they find not only Shawn, but Ben as well.
More than seven years has passed since Hornbeck regained his freedom.
"My life right now is actually pretty normal," he told the Post-Dispatch. He's living with his parents in Richwoods, Missouri, and working a full-time factory job. He's waiting for the right time to return to college and finish a degree in criminal law. He calls the survival of the Cleveland victims a "miracle."
Speaking out to offer them support through the media "makes me feel better as a person," Hornbeck told the paper. He said he wants to "help as much as I can."
The hardest part of their recovery, Hornbeck said, will be reconnecting. "They're going to be scared to go out in public for a while."
"They just gotta know that their family is going to be there for them and there's nothing to be afraid of."
Patricia Hearst: 'In a way, you've given up'
Arguably the most infamous abduction of the 1970s targeted newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. Hearst was a 19-year-old student at UC Berkeley in 1974 when she was kidnapped from her apartment, imprisoned in a closet, sexually assaulted and forced to participate in a bank robbery. She was held for 84 weeks before she and her captors -- revolutionaries who called themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army -- were arrested by the FBI.
Hearst was tried, convicted and served 22 months of a 35-year original prison sentence that was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. President Bill Clinton pardoned her in 2001. After prison, Hearst married, had two children, acted in several Hollywood films and won an award with her French bulldog at the 2008 Westminster Dog Show. Now 59, she uses her married name, Patricia Hearst Shaw.
As a captive, "You have been so abused and so robbed of your free will and so frightened that you come to a point that you believe any lie that your abductor has told you," Hearst told CNN's Larry King in 2003. "You don't feel safe. You think that either you will be killed if you reach out for help, or you believe your family will be killed."
"You've, in a way, given up, you've absorbed the new identity they've given you. You're surviving -- you're not even doing that -- you're just living while everything else is going on around you," she said.
She didn't really feel free, Hearst said, until she faced her abductors in court. Then she "knew for sure that they could never, ever hurt me again."
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