Former Garrido Victim Faces 'Creepy' Attacker in Court

It has been more than 30 years since Phillip Garrido kidnapped and repeatedly raped Katie Hall in a Nevada storage unit for eight hours. But that didn't stop Hall from having a powerful, primitive reaction to seeing her attacker for the first time in court Thursday since her long-ago trial, Hall said today.

"I saw the same creepy, haunted look," Hall told "Good Morning America."

"It was much scarier than I thought it would be. ... It took me back to whatever happened in that storage unit so many years ago. I blocked them [memories] out but something reacted in me on a gut level."

VIDEO: Katie Callaway Hall was kidnapped and raped by Phillip Garrido 33 years ago.
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But the fear will not stop Hall, she said, as she plans to be at every hearing she can attend so she can "make sure this man goes away forever."

Garrido, 58, appeared with his wife Nancy in a California court Thursday for a preliminary hearing. The two are accused of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard, then 11 years old, in 1991 near her school bus stop.

Dugard was rescued in August after she'd been held for more than 18 years in a compound of sheds and tents on the Garrido's Antioch, Calif., property with her two daughters that authorities believe were fathered by Phillip Garrido.

Garrido was in court for a couple minutes but Hall said the few seconds of eye contact the two made seemed like an eternity.

"I just glared back at him. I wanted to let him know I was there," she said. "Maybe I wanted to face my attacker for the first time in all these years."

Garrido was convicted of Hall's abduction and rape in 1977 and served more than 10 years of a 50-year sentence before he was paroled.

"I thought my goal was just to start my mission, so to speak, of being the watchdog in this case," Hall said. "I feel like I've been given another chance and I'm determined to see it through. ... This isn't a short-term thing. I'm going to be watching, so 10 years from now he won't slip through the cracks like he did with me."

Advice: Don't Look at Garrido

On that fateful day in 1976, Hall had been picking up food for an evening with her boyfriend when Garrido approached her in the parking lot in Lake Tahoe, telling her that his car had broken down and asking for a ride home.

Hall obliged but when she pulled over in to let Garrido out of the car, he attacked and took her to a warehouse shed in Reno and raped her repeatedly.

She was rescued after several hours when a police officer, who'd spotted her car, came to investigate the broken lock on the shed.

Hall offered Dugard advice, should she testify against Garrido, as her lawyer had suggested.

"They say the victim doesn't like to look at the attacker," she said. "I had that problem. I would not look at him. I would advise her to do the same. Try to just not look over at Phillip Garrido or Nancy because she needs to get her story out and she needs not to be impaired."

Garrido is also considered a suspect in two other missing child cases; the 1988 abduction of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht and the 1989 disappearance of 11-year-old Ilene Misheloff.

Garrido has said after his arrest in the Dugard case that he was wrong in the beginning and did things he now finds disgusting, but is reformed. Garrido and his wife have pleaded not guilty to 28 charges in the Dugard case. Phillip Garrido is being held on $30 million bail. His wife's attorney has not requested bail.

The trial is not expected to begin for at least a year.

Dugard, now 29, remains in seclusion with her daughters and her mother, Terry Probyn.

ABCNews.com's Sarah Netter, Ariane Nalty and Rich McHugh contributed to this report.

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