The sex fiend who held a California girl captive for 18 years morphed Friday into the chief suspect in the unsolved murders of several local prostitutes, cops said.
Cops were searching the bungalow where Jaycee Lee Dugard was imprisoned for evidence that would link her accused kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, to the killings.
The startling development came after Garrido and his wife, Nancy, were charged with kidnapping a then 11-year-old Jaycee in 1991 - and after authorities
admitted the victim spent three extra years in hell
because a sheriff's deputy screwed up.
"We may have missed an opportunity to have intervened earlier" and rescue Jaycee, Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf admitted.
The unnamed deputy was dispatched to the Garridos' home in 2006 after a 911 caller reported that a "psychotic" Garrido had sexual addictions and erected tents in his back yard where children were living, Rupf said.
Instead of investigating, the deputy warned Garrido that the tents could be a code violation - and never checked out the shabby hovels where the psycho suspect was holding Jaycee and the daughters Garrido fathered with his captive.
"This is not an acceptable outcome," Rupf said. "I cannot change the course of events. We are beating ourselves up over this."
Earlier, the suspect's father told The Daily News that his son's brain was fried by LSD and that he is "out of his mind."
Until that moment, Garrido was "the sweetest kid," he said.
Meanwhile, Jaycee, who is now 29, and her daughters Starlet and Angel, were holed in a motel in Antioch, Calif., with her mother, Terry.
Jaycee's stepdad said she is "feeling guilty for bonding" with her kidnapper to survive and because she "didn't try to get away."
"She bonded with him," said Carl Probyn. "After 18 years, she had no choice. Otherwise, she would have been dead."
Jaycee, whose daughters by Garrido are 11 and 15, was reunited with her parents on Thursday night after cops arrested Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy.
Police believe the Garridos took Jaycee directly to their bungalow and kept her in a shack and two tents hidden behind a tree-lined, 6-foot-tall fence at the rear of their backyard.
Garrido has placed a plastic tarp covered the entrance to the covert camp, which had an outhouse and an outdoor shower, police said.
Both of Jaycee's kids were born there and have never been to school or seen a doctor, police said.
Garrido pleaded not guilty on Friday.
Garrido wanted permission to pass out religious tracts, and when Jacobs ran a background check, she learned he was a registered sex offender on lifetime federal parole for a 1971 kidnapping and rape.
Jacobs contacted Garrido's parole officer, who called the convict in for a meeting Wednesday.
Garrido showed up with his wife, the two girls he fathered, and a woman named Allissa - who turned out to be Jaycee. It was then that Garrido admitted he and his wife had kidnapped Jaycee in 1991.
An Internet blogger who claims he can speak to God and hear voices in peoples' heads, Garrido served 17 years in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas for taking a woman across state lines and raping her in a hotel room,
a relative of Garrido told The News. He was released in 1988.
Records show Garrido was thrown back in jail for five months in 1993 for a parole violation. At that point, Jaycee was two years into her nightmare.
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