Best of 2009

12 Most Shocking Moments of 2009

Michael Jackson's death, the Hudson River miracle crash, the Balloon Boy hoax and more of the year's jaw-dropping stories


Nearly two decades after a sex offender abducted her as she walked to a school bus stop, Jaycee Lee Dugard, 29, was discovered in August living in a maze of lean-tos and tents in Phillip Garrido and wife Nancy's Antioch, Calif., back yard, where she also bore him two daughters, now 15 and 11. While the Garridos have pleaded not guilty to 29 charges – including rape and kidnapping – Dugard and her family have begun the healing process. "All of us are doing very well under the circumstances," her mom, Terry Probyn, said in a statement. "Miracles can happen."