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We at UC Berkeley are collectively thrilled about the capture of Phillip Garrido last week. And it’s fantastic that our campus played a role in setting Jaycee Dugard free to her family; that obviously goes without saying.

Although it apparently isn’t as obvious as we’d think, considering university officials are spreading the word as far and wide as … Iran? read more »


232958876_0a6bb073feMan passing out leaflets about “Schizophrenia and God’s Will” on campus: meh. Man flyering about “Schizophrenia and God’s Will” with two pale, blond, blue-eyed “robotic”-looking girls: S-K-E-T-C-H. Or so was the logic of UCPD officers Lisa Campbell and Allison Jacobs.

Jacobs described the kids as being programmed – “almost like ‘Little House on the Prairie’ meets robots.” She thanks her “motherly intuition” for enabling her to spot alleged kidnapper/child abuser/former LSD addict/supercreep Phillip Garrido.

Even though he was known on his block as “Creepy Phil” and his home was subject to regular visits and searches (the man even wore a GPS-linked ankle bracelet that tracked his every move), the fact that he was housing his kidnap victim – and the two kids he fathered with her – in his backyard for the past 18 years remained a mystery to the rest of the world. read more »