SACRAMENTO — Phillip Garrido apparently had a way with people.
Repeatedly over the years, he managed to charm the prison officials and parole agents supervising him to the point they lauded him in letters.
Even when they detected him acting "real weird" or "strange" during visits to his Antioch home, they didn't thoroughly search the property, writing that they made only "cursory" checks of the premises.
These are some of the facts contained in 120 pages of Garrido's California parole file released late Friday after several news organizations sued to force its disclosure.
The documents recount disturbing scenes about Garrido and Jaycee Lee Du-gard, who he is accused of kidnapping at age 11 and holding captive for 18 years.
On the night in August that the mystery of her disappearance unraveled, she displayed loyalty to him, the records indicate.
"She also acknowledged that she knew he was a registered sex offender and on parole," reads a report from Aug. 26, the night of his arrest. "I asked Jaycee if she knew what crime he committed and she advised he kidnapped and raped a woman over 30 years ago and that he was a changed man.
"She immediately started saying that Garrido was a great person, good with her kids and that he had a gift."
Garrido confessed that night to kidnapping and raping Dugard, the records say, and fathering two children with her.
He had shown up with Du- gard and her daughters, as well as his wife, Nancy, to meet with police and his parole agent.
But Dugard's cover story was so flimsy -- she had trouble spelling "Alissa," the name Garrido had her use -- that authorities finally discovered her identity.
Garrido's experience with parole agents apparently was a breeze, the records indicate. One classified him as a "low risk" offender, despite the fact he had abducted Katie Callaway in South Lake Tahoe in 1976 and raped her repeatedly in a storage shed in Reno until a police officer came upon the scene.
He was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for the kidnapping and five years to life in state prison for the rape. He served 11 years in federal prison, partly because he convinced authorities he was a changed man.
"I want to thank you for your cooperation over this period of supervision and hope that you will continue to do well," a federal probation agent wrote in May 1999 as Garrido was transferred from federal supervision to state control.
At the time, Dugard had been missing eight years.
Garrido was not shy about expressing his disdain for the justice system and its constraints.
"The reason for my release 26 years early, was due to the complete recovery and successful reorientation back into the community," he wrote to the Nevada Parole Commission. "Years of hard work went into this recovery."
He informed the parole commission that he did not need supervision "to help me back into society."
"Frankly your laws are outdated and need to be reviewed by professional psychologist (sic) and the Federal Government," he added.
He convinced federal authorities he deserved release, and apparently made a similar impression on California parole agents. One wrote in 1999 that he "is stable and the prognosis of success is good."
About the same time, a Nevada parole agent wrote that Garrido should not have to return to Nevada to wait for acceptance for California parole. Such a move "would be disruptive and unproductive for the subject who has managed to change his behavior," the agent wrote.
Garrido was on parole in Nevada after his federal parole ended, but because he lived with his wife at his mother's Antioch home, he ended up under California parole supervision.
For the most part, according to the parole file, supervision consisted of occasional visits from agents who made little effort to search the home or the property, including the huge back yard where Garrido is thought to have kept Dugard for her first four years of captivity.
Consider the records from the summer of 2008:
On June 17, a parole agent saw a 12-year-old girl in the home. Garrido was a registered sex offender, but explained the girl was his niece. Authorities now believe she was one of Dugard's daughters.
On Aug. 5, an agent "conducted a visual cursory search of entire residence with negative results" while Nancy Garrido videotaped him.
Ten days later, Garrido "displays real strange behavior." The agent leaves after seven minutes.
On Sept. 10, Garrido is "real weird acting." The agent leaves after seven minutes.
On Sept. 26, the agent finds Garrido in his driveway draining oil from his car. He "displayes (sic) strange behavior." The visit lasts eight minutes.
The records continue, reporting Garrido "has stable residence" and is gainfully employed running a printing business. Sometimes Garrido, who was on GPS supervision, was not home for an agent's visit. "Wife Nancy stated (he) had just stepped out."
In one report, an agent drew a map of the Garrido home but missed the fact that it had a massive back yard.
Even after years of supervision, Garrido seemed a mystery man to some. In 2001, an agent spelled his name "Gerride."