Dugard was not
interviewed by the magazine, although people close
to her spoke at length about her rehabilitation and
that of her two daughters, Angel, 15, and Starlit,
11. Dugard and her daughters are recovering from
their long ordeal at an undisclosed location in
northern California; Jaycee's mother, Terry Probyn,
is with them.
The 10-page article is
accompanied by many pictures of Dugard and her
mother. Dugard's daughters are shown only from the
TODAY's Matt Lauer
asked People's managing editor, Larry Hackett, if
the magazine paid for the photographs, which were
taken by a private photographer engaged by the
'We have bought
photographs in the past,' Hackett said, apparently
confirming that the family was paid for the
pictures. 'I don't want to go into the details.'
Hackett said that Dugard and her mother decided to
allow publication of the photos and to tell their
story because of the intense interest.
'They thought, 'We
want to control this situation. Let's do it now,' '
Hackett told Lauer.
Hackett remarked on
how well Dugard looks in the photos. 'She looks
radiant, she looks healthy, she looks happy,' he
said. But, he added, the story in the magazine shows
recovering from years of abuse will not be easy.
'As you read the
story, you realize this is a long process, an
extraordinary process of her trying to get her life
back,' Hackett said. 'It's a long, slow process.
Somebody likened it to an adoptive parent meeting
their child. There's 18 years of time to make up. I
just don't think she's ready to answer a lot of
questions involving a lot of things that have
happened in her life.'
Erika Schulte, a
family spokeswoman for Probyn and Dugard, also spoke
with TODAY's Ann Curry. She said the interview is
the family's way of thanking all the people who have
sent messages of support.
'I have seen a
family,' Schulte said. 'If you didn't know the
circumstances, it would just seem like any other
family. [They] are just very close and comfortable
Both Schulte and Hackett said that Dugard is
prepared to testify against Garrido and his wife
when they are brought to trial.
A therapist is using
horseback riding to help Dugard and her daughters
cope with their years of captivity in a makeshift
encampment behind Garrido's home. 'Jaycee loves
animals,' Schulte told People.
'I'm so happy to be
back with my family,' Dugard said in a statement to
the magazine. 'Nothing is more important than the
unconditional love and support I have from them.'
Schulte said Dugard
provided the photos to People because she wanted to
'lift the veil and acknowledge that she is doing
well. She wants to thank everyone for their support
and best wishes and to let people see that this is
been a miracle'
She is staying with her mother, a 50-year-old
middle-school secretary, and her daughters. Schulte
told People that despite never having gone to
school, both Angel and Starlit have been tested and
are performing at grade level. That, Schulte said,
is a testament to Dugard, who educated her daughters
despite not having gone to school beyond the fifth
'This has been such a
miracle ' that Jaycee was able to do all that she's
done under those circumstances just tells us what a
woman she is and how extremely
intelligent she is,' Probyn's