Skip to comments.Hostage 'Bonded' With Captor
Posted on 03/14/2005 12:44:23 PM PST by EveningStar
The woman who was held hostage in her apartment by the suspect in Atlanta's courthouse slayings came forward to give an account of her ordeal, saying he let her go after they bonded while discussing God, family, pancakes and the massive manhunt going on outside her apartment.
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What seems to be the problem?
Whoa, what am I doing wrong?
You were seeking a bloody shootout?
Maybe he can find God and work on his whole afterlife thing, because he'll probably get there under the GA death penalty.
She did what she had to to get the heck out of her apartment. I'd find a human side in Jeffrey Dahmer if it would mean I could escape and survive.
Probably should have just made a comment on an existing thread, where people would have some idea what you are talking about.
This aspect of the story is not about him exclusively. It's about her being a stand-up Christian.
There is a little bit of Stockholm Syndrome going on, but while she doesn't hate him she knows what he is and what he has done. I just hope Ashley Smith doesn't appear in so much media coverage that I get sick of her and lose respect for what she did.
She did not find his human side. She found his gullible side. Heck, I can trick my cat into coming by using the "dinner" tone of voice. He's not human.
As another FReeper put it, it was reverse Stockholm syndrome. He bonded with her as well.
Exactly. Some people appear to be making more of this than there is.
She sounds like one calm, smart, resourceful woman!
You must be a fan of Nascar for the wrecks and hockey for the fights.
She drove with him to stash the truck with her cell phone on her seat and then gave him a ride back to her apartment.
I think this woman is a hero, but we need to remember what this guy did--killed innocent people in cold blood....not the fact that he "bonded" with his hostage and didn't kill her too. It's all they are talking about on the news today. AWWWW....a killer with a heart. Isn't that sweet.
If someone doesn't like her based on what she said or did to stay alive and safe and get to a point where he could be arrested, that's just ridiculous. By talking to him and staying calm, she not only stayed alive but also prevented him from shooting anyone else or trying to run again.
Don't be silly. I just think we're forgetting what this is all about.
Think for a moment that every one else in the 24 hours this guy was running around, winded up dead or injured. He did not harm this woman because she trusted God to see her through and her calm spirit seemed to defuse the situation. We are not hung up on her. We are awed, once again, by God's power and grace. I hope he gets the death penalty, but I hope he can turn his life to Christ and get the help he needs.
Where was the five year ole daughter to begin with at a friend's house?
I understand early on, he had her follow his car back to her place. Why did she follow him back to her place by car as opposed to calling the police then and there?
She says to avoid further violence.
I totally agree. I must admit I haven't been reading what other FReepers have been saying about this girl but I find it very hard to believe that there could be anything negative said about her. What is the controversy around here? I'm too lazy to read all the posts. Sorry!!
From reading this post of yours, I am forced to disagree. Only one person on this thread has lost their perspective.
No one (at least that I've seen) is calling for him to be released for good behavior. He's gonna face the death penalty.
However, her story is really remarkable. Here's a rapist and multiple murderer seemingly tamed by a young woman who he originally tied up.
There are several stories to be told, one of them about a cold blooded killer, and another about a remarkable young woman.
She feels "sorry for him". That goes too far.
"She sounds like one calm, smart, resourceful woman!"
I think she has quite a past we don't know about yet but I have a feeling she's seen plenty of violence in her life already. Her husband died in a knifefight or something similar, it makes me think she has talked violent people "down" before.
Apparently some people called in to Rush Limbaugh and suggested she became attracted to him, or something. I only heard it second-hand myself, but I think that was the issue.
I smell a Lifetime movie in her future. lol
She did precisely what she needed to do in order to prevent him from killing her. Good for her.
What? That's ridiculous...
Could be. But for her to still be alive, having confronted a man who had already committed several murders and clearly had little else to lose (in terms of sentencing), is worth hearing about.
It sounds to me like you're the one who's hung up on Ashley Smith. As for the rest of us, we recognize it for what it is: an amazing story. One result of her finding his "human side" is that more people are not dead.
All evil people have a "human" side.
And all human people have an "evil" side, too. Even people who feel called to (needlessly) remind us about the crimes Mr. Nichols committed.
He probably will get the death penalty here in GA, but I too hope he turns to Christ. I hope she has planted the seed within him.
Sounds odd to me too. What can I say? maybe i have it wrong.
A..She stopped the killing..B she got him to surrender peacefully C she is alive to mother her child.
He is a cold blooded manipulative murderer..I hope they execute him..There..is that fair and balanced?
I feel sorry for him, too.
I feel a lot sorrier for the families of his victims, of course.
It's disgusting. I feel sorry for the families of the murdered victims, not this creep.
Her daughter was staying with an aunt. The young lady had just moved into the apartment and was working on getting her life in order.Appears the Aunt is a stong Christian mentor and prayer partner in her life.
I agree. But I think that by focusing on Ashley Smith in such an overwhelming way we are losing sight of the victims and their families.
You got it rapidralph!
You would have liked it better if he had raped and killed her?
She has more sympathy for the murderer and the murdered. That's twisted logic.
Perhaps.....but also a clear example of a Christian who truly "lives" her faith. We need a great many more "Ashleys" in the world.
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