September 6, 2009
PHOTOS: The Hellish Compound Where Jaycee Dugard Was Held - Crime & Courts, Jaycee Dugard : People.com
It's a grotesque half-acre unfit for animals, much less a young woman and her two daughters.PHOTOS: The Hellish Compound Where Jaycee Dugard Was Held - Crime & Courts, Jaycee Dugard : People.com
The backyard where Jaycee Dugard, 29, and her girls – Starlit, 15, and Angel, 11 – apparently lived is a stinky maze of rundown shelters littered with oddities, from toys to romance novels, with cages that could have been used for dogs or, chillingly, people, a source who toured the grounds tells PEOPLE.
After years of home inspections, authorities missed it all, and neighbors never realized what was going on behind the walls. Only last week, police discovered the grounds after they arrested Phillip Garrido, 58, for allegedly kidnapping Jaycee 18 years ago, then fathering her children. This is what they saw:
Piled Like a Dump
Behind the garage, and through an opening in a high fence that looked like the end of Garrido's property, is a twisting maze of tents and sheds, sealed off by a border fence and shrouded by dense locust and mimosa trees. The land, once a walnut orchard, features damp, loamy dirt; the yard smells moldy and fetid. The four camping tents and five windowless shacks were each strewn with clothes and debris, and outside "there was rubbish piled as high as five feet in places," says the source, who toured the yard shortly after Garrido's arrest. "The only place where there was any order at all was the clothing racks. Otherwise everything was piled up like a dump."
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The source could not even be sure which tents and shacks had been lived in. Beds and futons were piled high with boxes and clothing; none of the spaces resembled a young child's room. "In one tent there was a mattress against one of the walls," says the source. "In another there was a five or six foot high cage with a tennis ball inside it. I don't know if it was for dogs or people who'd done something wrong." In another room, "there were bits of carpeting and dirty old rugs. There was a big dark stain on one of the floors."
Books, Toys, Goldfish
Everywhere, the scattered debris of disordered lives-books, boxes, Barbie dolls, old Christmas decorations. In one area, a small bookcase was packed with books – Danielle Steele romance novels, Dean Koontz thrillers, books about cats and birds and gardening. Along with an old TV, VCR, microwaves and even a Wii game console, there was a photo of Garrido in his younger days as a musician, bottles of printer ink and an opened box of lice treatment.
Photo by: Nick Stern / Red Think Media
One of the strangest sights: a fish tank filled with dark green gunk, so muddied it was hard to see anything in the water. "But there was a couple of goldfish in there," says the source, "miraculously swimming around."
Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Walt Disney. These and others among Hollywood's all-time A-listers are now Michael Jackson's neighbors for eternity.All About Michael Jackson's Final Resting Place - Tributes, Michael Jackson : People.com
When he was laid to rest Thursday in the Great Mausoleum in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, Calif., the King of Pop finally found company worthy of his fame – and a place grand enough for his notoriously extravagant tastes.
The huge mausoleum, once dubbed the "New World's Westminster Abbey" by Time, is modeled on the historical Campo Santo in Genoa, Italy, famed for its gigantic Gothic cloisters. Nearby spots boast a number of replicas of works by the Renaissance master Michelangelo, two of the largest paintings in the world ("The Crucifixion" and "The Resurrection"), and rare 13th-century stained-glass windows.
At the gates of the cemetery near the Gardens of Contemplation, there's a labyrinth modeled on one located in Chartres, France. Other pieces of art include a statue of George Washington originally meant for the U.S. Capitol and one sculpted by the artist who created the Lincoln Memorial.
The 300-acre cemetery, which was founded 103 years ago on 55 acres in what was then called the town of Tropico, is famed for its lush, rolling lawns, even becoming a popular spot for weddings. Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman, and Regis and Joy Philbin are among those who've married there at the chapel called Wee Kirk o' the Heather, modeled after the village church in Glencairn, Scotland.
But perhaps the most attractive feature is the cemetery's reputation for protecting the privacy of the stars resting there. The cemetery, which is private, provides limited access to the public and is familiar with how to handle the attention celebrity gravesites attract. The Great Mausoleum is all but impregnable to gawkers, tourists and even dedicated fans, so those who found it hard to find peace in life – like Jackson – will certainly find it after death.
Image of Michael Jackson Appears on Rug? - KTLA
Image of Michael Jackson Appears on Rug?
Fox 5 San Diego
11:58 AM PDT, September 5, 2009
Erica Williams draped a rug on a railing Thursday so she could sweep under it.
On the underside of the rug is a stain that she says looks strikingly like Michael Jackson after all of his plastic surgery. Williams, who is a personal trainer, said her clients noticed the resemblance first.
"My clients were out here doing some exercises, and they're like 'Oh my God! Look at that rug!' I'm like, 'What rug? What are you talking about?'," Williams said.
"They're like, 'It looks like Michael Jackson!'"
Fox 5 showed a photo of the rug stain to several people. One said it looked like a naked woman.
Another said it looked like a surfer. But when a photo of Michael Jackson was shown to them, both people said they definitely saw the resemblance.
That's good enough for Williams. Now, when she looks at the stain, she sees dollar signs.
"I think we're going to eBay," she said.
She'll be setting the starting bid at $1,000.
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