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Posted on 09/27/2005 10:11:33 AM PDT by Stone Mountain
Hostage Gave Meth to Atlanta Fugitive
By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer
September 27,2005 | ATLANTA -- The woman who says she gained the trust of suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols by talking about her faith in God discloses in a new book that she gave him methamphetamine during the hostage ordeal.
Ashley Smith did not share that detail with authorities after she talked her way out of captivity.
In her book, "Unlikely Angel," released Tuesday, Smith says Nichols had her bound on her bed with masking tape and an extension cord. She says he asked for marijuana, but she did not have any, and dug into her crystal methamphetamine stash instead.
Smith, who has been in a mental hospital and has flunked out of drug rehabilitation programs, says the seven-hour hostage ordeal led her to stop using drugs. She says she has not touched drugs since the night before she was taken hostage.
"If I did die, I wasn't going to heaven and say, `Oh, excuse me, God. Let me wipe my nose, because I just did some drugs before I got here,'" Smith told the Augusta Chronicle.
Police said Nichols took Smith hostage in her apartment March 11 after a shooting rampage at the Fulton County Courthouse. Nichols is accused of killing four people, including a judge.
Smith's 911 call to police when she was released led authorities to Nichols. She said she read him passages from author Rick Warren's "The Purpose-Driven Life" to gain his trust.
She was later bombarded with offers for books, movies and speaking engagements.
Financial details of the book have not been released, but she pledged to donate an undisclosed portion of the book's proceeds to a memorial fund for the victims.
© 2005 The Associated Press.
Giving meth to a crazed killer was quite stupid. I don't condone that but she still saved lives.
Okay, Freeper Drug Warriors... Are you going to call on the Feds to prosecute this woman and have her thrown in the slammer for 25 years to life?
Good thing he didn't come to my house. Strongest thing he would have gotten was a shot of Nyquil!
Purpose Driven bump!
For what? Does she still have the drugs?
Well, at least some good did come out of it...
Just. Wow. Yeah, I don't know about giving an armed psycho meth, but whatever. Hopefully her story will get others off that stuff--it is NASTY.
Good thing he didn't come to my house. Strongest thing he would have gotten was a shot of Nyquil!At my house he woulda got a shot of copper-jacketed lead. >:)
I think your offering would have kept him quiet longer that mine. ;)
This tarnishes the story a bit. But maybe she gained his trust. Who knows?
Yeah, but on the other hand, what else can she possibly say? Yes, I'm still using from time to time?
Friend of mine in New England befriended a sweet little 20 something. Turns out she's a heroin addict. Scary stuff.
Sounds like maybe she recieved more lasting therapy from that ordeal than she did in the mental hospital.
There is nothing like a dose of reality to find out what someone is capable of in a crisis situation.
She could say:
"Please buy my book to finance my addiction"
Think about it, there's a pretty big culture out there where a convict comes in and demands marijuana and they say sorry, all we have on hand is some crystal meth. Yikes!
Interesting. When confronted with killers, you can try using religion, but drugging them may be better. My preference would be to shoot 'em, but hey. To each their own.
Take it from someone who knows, meth addicts make the best liars.
Purpose Driven Addiction.
I'm not quite sure about that.
In the same situation I would figure that anything that might change his mental state might be a good gamble. After all, she is tied to the bed by a guy who just killed 4 people so it's a good bet that his current mental state isn't too conducive to her getting out of the situation alive. Since she was a user herself, I am guessing that she could guess what the effect would be.
Boy howdy--if you ever saw that 'faces of meth' thing that some group did, (posted on FR maybe? I can't remember.) you wouldn'[t go near that stuff. There's a famous one from Florida showing a mug shots of a woman who was arrested for prostitution over a 10-15 year period--she aged 50 years, I kid you not.
maybe rick warren can include a chapter on the benefits of meth...
Those in the midwest may want to hear what she has to say out of her own mouth.
"I'm a stone-cold 5-dollar meth whore wearing smelly clothes who hasn't slept in 12 days, and who's itching hives have spread over every inch of my body"?
I still say he knew this woman beforehand. He was jonesing for drugs and on the lam and he knew where to find them. Her story was full of holes then as it is now. She help him hide a car when she could have called the cops, gave him meth and made him pancakes. He surrendered because he wanted to, not because she converted him. A nice tale was spun by two junkies.
So it wasn't the home-cooked pancakes??
I doubt she had a choice.
OK, you've convinced me, time to end the WOD's
Nothing like a well argued position to win me over.
I thought the Purpose Driven was more like Jimi Hendrix and LSD. I'm shocked!
You're so cynical. LOL.
"I'll offer them a 1/2cc of insulin and tell them it'll be the wildest rush they ever have."
Ahhhh, the old diabetic coma trick, BRILLIANT!
LOL... One of the first things they'd do when this murderer was back in custody would be to drug test him. If she had given him meth, it would still be fresh in his system. How would an escaped con, who the entire state was looking for, get time to find and buy drugs.
If this is all true, no doubt he told them where he got it.
She was a smart cookie to get out in front and milk the Purpose Driven fad for her PR and book deal.
I'm hoping the cops thoroughly looked into if they were connected, but I have my doubts.
Naw, that's the first thing they'd look for is a relationship/connection between the two. If there was one, they'd would have found it out quickly.
I think I still have some Vicodin left over from when I had back surgery. The acetaminophen (active ingredient in Tylenol) in it can cause liver damage if ingested in large amounts or mixed with alcohol.
Nah ..... politicians. They can do it equally well straight, drunk or high.
Oh great!! As if the fella didn't have enough
problems. Now, she get's him hooked on meth.
Will 1/2 cc of insulin harm a non-diabetic?
Meth addicts are generally pathological liars when it comes to their drug use. I don't believe her for a second.
I would guess that the authorities knew a lot of Ashley's tale was FOS. But they had their man and a nice PR story for the masses to swoon over, and to cover up some of the major screwups of the entire affair. So they either looked the other way or didn't look at all - intentionally.
She was obviously inspired by the book, "A Crank-Driven Life".
Agree, in so far as the LEOs knowing where he got the meth that they found in his system. They had their wonderful PR story, and after all the bumbling, they were desperately looking for an ending like this.
Say, isn't this the story about the 55 year old grandmother they put in charge of guarding this guy, that nearly tore her head off before murdering a bunch of people?
I'd have given him some Hydra-Shok therapy, with this being the delivery system....
The bigger scandal here may be that the Atlanta police almost certainly would have known pretty quick she gave him meth after drug testing him and interrogating both of them.
Do you think they kept that under wraps for feel-good positive PR reasons? Did they just not want to be seen as criticizing her Purpose Driven media spin? Or was it pragmatism? Imagine telling the public that is was actually a handy drug stash that kept her safe from a killer. Best to just let the Purpose Driven PR run wild.