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  • Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper Is Beaten 'Bloody' in Prison

    07/31/2013 4:19:57 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 62 replies
    http://thestir.cafemom.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Kiri Blakeley
    The kidnapper serving life in prison for abducting Elizabeth Smart has reportedly been beaten to a bloody pulp in prison. Boo hoo, right? The source is the National Enquirer, so take this how you will. But I don't see why they'd make up something so odd. Anyway, Brian David Mitchell, who abducted Elizabeth when she was 14 and spent the next nine months raping her, has been serving his time in a high security prison in Tuscon, Arizona. Apparently, he's not popular there. Prisoners are known to look down on child molesters and rapists, and Mitchell is both. Add to...
  • Congressman-elect writing Elizabeth Smart's memoir

    01/05/2013 5:57:48 PM PST · by District13 · 16 replies
    Deseret News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Kristin Murphy
    SALT LAKE CITY — Ten years after her kidnapping, Elizabeth Smart is preparing her story of being held captive by a homeless street preacher, her improbable rescue after nine months, and how she advocated for children after the ordeal. St. Martin's Press bought the rights to the memoir from the now 25-year-old senior at Brigham Young University. Smart married a fellow Mormon missionary, Matthew Gilmour, in February. The account is being written by Utah Congressman-elect Chris Stewart, who has authored books with religious and patriotic themes. He was elected in November to serve in the 2nd Congressional District, replacing Jim...
  • Elizabeth Smart marries in Hawaii

    02/19/2012 5:15:56 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    KSL - Utah ^ | February 18, 2012
    LAIE, Hawaii — Elizabeth Smart and Matthew Gilmour were married Saturday on the North Shore of the island of Oahu. The couple exchanged vows at the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in front of a small group of immediate family members, according to a statement released by Smart family spokesman Chris Thomas. The wedding party was celebrated at a private reception and luau. Following Saturday's festivities, the couple planned to leave on an extended honeymoon to an undisclosed location. "Elizabeth's desire was for what most women want — to celebrate her nuptials in...
  • Kidnapping Survivor Elizabeth Smart Gets Married In Hawaii

    02/18/2012 7:21:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 3+ views
    MSNBC ^ | February 18, 2012
    Kidnapping Survivor Elizabeth Smart Gets Married In Hawaii SALT LAKE CITY -- Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped at age 14 from her Salt Lake City home and held for what she described as "nine months of hell," married her fiance in Hawaii on Saturday, surrounded by only immediate family. Smart, 24, and Matthew Gilmour became engaged in January, initially announcing a summer wedding. According to the Smart family spokesperson, NBC station KSL of Salt Lake City reported, those plans changed a week ago in order to avoid attention to the unscheduled ceremony in the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church...
  • Former kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart engaged to marry

    01/21/2012 7:39:34 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped at age 14 from her Salt Lake City home and held for what she described as "nine months of hell," is engaged to be married and anticipates a wedding in early summer, a family spokesman said on Friday. Smart, now a 24-year-old advocate for missing children and occasional TV news commentator, has not publicly identified her fiance, spokesman Chris Thomas said.
  • VANITY: Elizabeth Smart got me thinking--what's up with Mormons?

    08/02/2011 7:11:00 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 102 replies · 1+ views
    The following is the short version of how I recently discovered Mormonism is nothing like I thought it was. A few weeks ago, ABC announced that former kidnapping and rape victim Elizabeth Smart would join them as a commenter on kidnapping cases around the country. With the memory of Casey Anthony lingering in my head, I thought, I'll youtube Elizabeth Smart and see what kind of smooth talker she is to be asked to do this. What I found was a beautiful, poised, graceful woman who would never stoop to entering a "hot body contest" like Casey Anthony, but certainly...
  • Elizabeth Smart to work as correspondent for ABC News: report

    07/07/2011 9:12:08 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 7, 2011 | TIM PERONE
    Elizabeth Smart, who at age 14 in 2002 was abducted from her Utah home and held captive for nine months, will reportedly work for ABC News on missing-persons stories.
  • Elizabeth Smart abductor sentenced to life in prison

    05/26/2011 2:22:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/25/11
    Brian David Mitchell, the homeless street preacher who abducted, raped and kept a 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart captive for nine months, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday. "We believe it is an appropriate, just and long overdue result for our community, for the Smart family and of course, most importantly, Elizabeth," said Carlie Christensen, U.S. Attorney for Utah. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball issued the sentence Wednesday. A jury found Mitchell guilty in December of Smart's 2002 kidnapping. "Mitchell's heinous conduct, the evidence of his propensity to reoffend mandated such a sentence," Christensen said. Beaming before a group of reporters...
  • Elizabeth Smart Storms from Courtroom

    12/01/2010 6:39:13 PM PST · by pinstripes715 · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/01/2010 | Fox News
    Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart stormed from a courtroom Wednesday as a psychiatrist testified that her alleged attacker had been motivated by a desire to have children and create a new race in an imaginary Zion.
  • The testimony of Elizabeth Smart

    11/10/2010 4:23:56 PM PST · by kennedy · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | November 10, 2010 | Sheena McFarland and Aaron Falk
    Elizabeth Smart continued testifying about her 2002 kidnapping Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. Smart began testifying Monday about her ordeal at the hands of Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She described how she was taken from her home in the middle of the night, forced to a campsite in the foothills above her home and held captive and raped repeatedly for several weeks.
  • Appeals court halts trial of Elizabeth Smart kidnapping suspect

    11/04/2010 2:26:17 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | November 4, 2010 | Jean Casarez,William Mears and Carol Gantt
    Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) -- A federal appeals court halted the trial of a man accused in the 2002 kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart just as it got under way Thursday in order to review the defense's request to move the trial outside the state.
  • Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Apologizes To Family At Sentencing [Liz Testified: Raped Each Hour!]

    05/23/2010 11:21:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies · 1,627+ views
    CNN ^ | May 23rd 2010 | Emanuella Grinberg and Ashley Hayes
    Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Apologizes To Family At Sentencing By Emanuella Grinberg and Ashley Hayes, CNN May 21, 2010 Wanda Barzee pleaded guilty earlier to federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor. (CNN) -- A woman who admitted her role in kidnapping Utah teen Elizabeth Smart in 2002 was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison. Wanda Eileen Barzee, 64, apologized to the Smart family during the 30-minute sentencing in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. "I know the gravity of my crimes and how severe they have been, and I'm just so sorry, again, for...
  • Woman sentenced to prison in Smart case

    05/21/2010 10:36:56 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 38 replies · 1,270+ views
    wane ^ | 21 May 2010
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge has ordered a woman who pleaded guilty to kidnapping Elizabeth Smart to spend 15 years in prison, with credit for about seven years she's already served. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball said Friday Wanda Barzee will serve the sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Mormon Media Observer: Top 10 LDS newsmakers of 2009

    12/30/2009 1:32:39 PM PST · by Colofornian · 289 replies · 2,607+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Dec. 30, 2009 | Joel Campbell
    The Mormon Media Observer looks back at the year filled with LDS newsmakers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tops the list, based on a newsmaker's frequency in the news as well as the significance of their stories. 1. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada The Senate Majority Leader led the battle to push through health reform in the Senate. News coverage of Reid made a household name and the divisive debate made him out to be both villain and saint. He may still face a tough battle in his home state of Nevada to save his seat. On Christmas The New...
  • Elizabeth Smart says she was raped daily

    10/01/2009 3:30:46 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies · 1,845+ views
    BREITBART ^ | October 1, 2009 | JENNIFER DOBNER
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Elizabeth Smart testified Thursday she was raped repeatedly each day after she was abducted from her bedroom seven years ago and told she would be killed if she yelled or tried to escape. She described Brian David Mitchell, her alleged kidnapper, as "evil, wicked, manipulative, stinky, slimy, selfish, not spiritual, not religious, not close to God." Smart testified in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City as part of a competency proceeding for the man charged in her 2002 kidnapping. Mitchell has twice been found incompetent for trial in state court. Mitchell and his estranged...
  • Competency review set in Elizabeth Smart abduction

    09/24/2009 2:43:17 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 923+ views
    hosted ^ | Sep 24
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A woman charged in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping who was court-ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment will have a competency review hearing next month. A Utah district court calendar shows Wanda Eileen Barzee will appear before Judge Judith Atherton on Oct. 23. It will be the first time Barzee has appeared in court since doctors at the Utah State Hospital began to forcibly medicate her in May 2008 in an effort to make her competent. If Barzee remains incompetent for trial, the state could seek to have her civilly committed.
  • "Bringing Elizabeth Home"- Book Review on the Abduction of Elizabeth Smart(vanity to my Blog)

    08/30/2009 2:35:57 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 9 replies · 1,187+ views
    Fish Book Reviews ^ | 8/30/09 | Pat Fish
    Ed and Lois Smart tell the harrowing tale of the search for their abducted daughter Elizabeth. She'd been taken from her bed in her own home one night and as the Smart family suffered the insults of a community the Salt Lake Police blew this case so bad that Elizabeth suffered many more months for their dereliction of investigative duty.
  • Move Forward, Elizabeth Smart Advises Dugard

    08/28/2009 4:24:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 1,002+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 8/28/09
    Elizabeth Smart knows what Jaycee Dugard — the 29-year-old woman who surfaced after being abducted 18 years ago by a sex offender — is going through. "I would tell her to just relax and enjoy your family and spend some time reconnecting," Smart, 21, told Anderson Cooper on "AC 360" Thursday. Smart, who was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 and held captive for almost a year, says one of the best things Dugard can do is to move forward and "not [let] this horrible event take over and consume the rest of your life." Story continues...
  • Elizabeth Smart gives new details about ordeal

    05/01/2009 7:35:13 AM PDT · by lady lawyer · 32 replies · 6,776+ views
    Deseret News ^ | May 1, 2009 | Pat Reavy
    Elizabeth Smart vividly remembers being awakened in the middle of the night by "feeling something cold and sharp to my neck." She awoke to a bearded man armed with a knife who was wearing a stocking cap and whom she thought she had never seen before. He told her, "Don't make a sound. Get up out of bed quickly." Speaking Thursday at the annual Crime Victims Conference at the Capitol, Smart talked for the first time in detail about portions of her nine-month kidnapping in 2002, including an experience in San Diego where she was so weak from starvation that...
  • Smart's alleged kidnapper deemed incompetent

    07/27/2005 11:09:14 AM PDT · by Turbopilot · 2 replies · 393+ views
    AP via MSNBC.com ^ | 7-26-2005 | AP
    Utah man will be sent to a state hospital Updated: 5:26 p.m. ET July 26, 2005 SALT LAKE CITY - The man charged in the kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial Tuesday. The decision by Judge Judith Atherton will send Brian David Mitchell to a state hospital until he is deemed capable of standing trial. Atherton issued her decision after six days of hearings over the past seven months. Mitchell repeatedly shouted Biblical admonitions and sang hymns during the hearings, prompting him to be removed from court several times.
  • Elizabeth Smart's Uncle Blasts Police (Utah kidnap victim)

    04/18/2005 4:25:49 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 29 replies · 1,446+ views
    The Guardian Unlimited ^ | April 18, 2005 | AP
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Elizabeth Smart's uncle has faulted the police investigation into her disappearance in a new book, claiming the teen would still be a kidnap victim if the family had not gotten involved. ``I don't think she would be back,'' Tom Smart said. ``There's five or six things that had to happen, and all those things, thank God, happened, including help from the community, which raised awareness to find Elizabeth.'' The book, ``In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation,'' went on sale Monday. Elizabeth was allegedly kidnapped from her home in June 2002...
  • Lawyers want jury away from Bibles - man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart

    10/16/2004 8:26:58 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 35 replies · 743+ views
    AP ^ | October 17, 2004 | AP
    Lawyers for the man accused of kidnapping US teenager Elizabeth Smart have filed a motion for the jury to be sequestered during the trial and the Bibles removed from their hotel rooms. Lawyers for Brian David Mitchell, 50, argued in motions that intense media coverage of the case could influence jurors if they are not sequestered. They asked that Bibles and other religious texts be removed from jurors' hotel rooms to "prevent prejudicial exposure". Authorities have said Mitchell, a self-proclaimed prophet, wrote a manifesto before kidnapping Utah teenager Elizabeth in which he declares himself a messenger of God and says...
  • Competency Hearing Set In Elizabeth Smart Case [Mitchell Charged With Attempted Kidnap of Cousin]

    12/12/2003 7:27:09 AM PST · by 11th Earl of Mar · 4 replies · 333+ views
    AP ^ | 12/12/03
    By PAUL FOY Associated Press Writer December 11, 2003, 9:36 PM EST SALT LAKE CITY -- A judge on Thursday scheduled closed-door competency hearings in January for the homeless couple charged with kidnapping Elizabeth Smart. After each hearing, Judge Judith Atherton will decide whether the defendants are capable of standing trial. Atherton announced the hearing dates Thursday during a competency proceeding for Wanda Barzee in which her lawyers contested the findings of two experts who examined her mental state. The findings were not made public. "I hope they both will be held responsible for their actions, convicted and sentenced," Salt...
  • Public Quickly Tires of Stars it Creates (Eric Burns for Fox News)

    11/14/2003 8:22:58 PM PST · by Scothia · 7 replies · 217+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | 11/14/03 | Scothia
    I was amazed by the response I got to last week’s column. I wrote about a report on CBS’s "The Early Show" concerning a young man named Brian Simpson. Simpson had so severe a case of asthma that doctors despaired of his ever living a normal life. In fact, they despaired of his living a normal life span; they feared he would die in a few more years, and that he would be terribly incapacitated in the interim. To make the time remaining to him as pleasant as possible, Simpson turned to the oboe. It seemed a perverse idea. Oboes...
  • Biopic showdown Exceptional stories of real-life teens compete against each other tonight

    11/09/2003 5:54:04 AM PST · by Pern · 3 replies · 344+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 8, 2003 | Mike McDaniel
    They are real-life survivors whose perils captured the hearts and prayers of millions, not to mention the pixels and ink of the American media. Tonight, they become made-for-TV movie heroines as NBC's Saving Jessica Lynch goes head-to-head with CBS' The Elizabeth Smart Story. Both real-life women-in-jeopardy stories occurred in the spring, and both biopics were fast-tracked by their networks so they would be ready for the November sweeps. In a bizarre but not unprecedented coincidence, both are airing from 8 to 10 tonight. Each network blames the other for the scheduling conflict; neither would step forward and change its air...
  • Couric Defends Elizabeth Smart Interview

    10/21/2003 10:11:06 AM PDT · by sonsofliberty2000 · 24 replies · 161+ views
    Couric Defends Elizabeth Smart Interview 3 minutes ago By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK - NBC's Katie Couric says kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart's first television interview was conducted with her parent's consent and included nothing that might traumatize her. Couric's interview with the 15-year-old Elizabeth, who was snatched at knifepoint from her Utah home and rescued nine months later, will be televised Friday at 10 p.m. EDT. As part of a media blitz attached to her parents' upcoming book, CBS will air a television movie about the kidnapping next month, less than eight months after Elizabeth was found...
  • Richard Ricci's widow files lawsuit

    08/30/2003 10:57:47 AM PDT · by Neenah · 27 replies · 343+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | Aug. 30,2003 | Pat Reavy
    The widow of the man once considered the top potential suspect in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping is suing Salt Lake City police and the Utah Department of Corrections. Angela Ricci Johanna Workman, Deseret Morning News In the civil lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, Angela Ricci says Salt Lake City police wrongfully blamed her husband, Richard Ricci, for Elizabeth's kidnapping and that the Department of Corrections ignored her husband's documented medical problems, which ultimately contributed to a fatal brain hemorrhage. "All the focus Salt Lake City police put on Richard was done with the knowledge he was not a viable...
  • Elizabeth Smart Abduction Set for TV, Book Treatment

    08/21/2003 11:35:34 AM PDT · by rs79bm · 25 replies · 222+ views
    <p>LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The story of Elizabeth Smart's nine-month abduction and miracle return is about to hit the small screen and the bookstores.</p> <p>CBS has reached an agreement with the family of the Utah teen for a TV movie about her ordeal, which was the subject of intense network interest, sources said. Dylan Baker and Lindsay Frost are set to play the girl's parents, Ed and Lois Smart, and Canadian actress Amber Marshall will play Elizabeth.</p>
  • Elizabeth Smart Abduction Set for TV, Book Treatment

    08/21/2003 6:59:07 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 99 replies · 362+ views
    washingtonpost.com /reuters ^ | Thursday, August 21, 2003; 1:30 AM | Nellie Andreeva
    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The story of Elizabeth Smart's nine-month abduction and miracle return is about to hit the small screen and the bookstores. CBS has reached an agreement with the family of the Utah teen for a TV movie about her ordeal, which was the subject of intense network interest, sources said. Dylan Baker and Lindsay Frost are set to play the girl's parents, Ed and Lois Smart, and Canadian actress Amber Marshall will play Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Doubleday Books, a division of Random House, has signed a deal with the Smarts to tell their story in "Bringing Elizabeth...
  • Drudge: NATIONAL ENQUIRER demands retraction from SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, threatens legal action...

    04/29/2003 2:41:24 PM PDT · by Grig · 43 replies · 305+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Tuesday, April 29, 2003 | Lucinda Dillon Kinkead
    Tabloid targets Trib Newsroom angry over $20,000 Enquirer deal Copyright 2003 Deseret News By Lucinda Dillon Kinkead Deseret News staff writer The National Enquirer has demanded a retraction from the Salt Lake Tribune and threatened legal action, citing "false and defamatory" statements in a column by Salt Lake Tribune Editor James "Jay" Shelledy. "If a prominent and accurate correction and retraction is not immediately published, we will be left with no alternative but to file legal proceedings without further notice," wrote Enquirer attorney Michael B. Kahane in a letter, faxed early Monday and addressed to Shelledy. "I am hopeful that...
  • Smarts, tabloid settle

    04/28/2003 7:21:34 AM PDT · by LakerCJL · 113 replies · 496+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | 4/28/2003 | Lucinda Dillon Kinkead
    Smarts, tabloid settle Enquirer falsehoods are linked to 2 S.L. Tribune reporters Copyright 2003 Deseret NewsBy Lucinda Dillon KinkeadDeseret News staff writer       The family of Elizabeth Smart and the National Enquirer have reached a settlement that retracts salacious comments published by the tabloid last summer. Part of the settlement includes a rare apology to the family and admission it printed false information about Smart family members.       As an important side note, the Deseret News also has learned two Salt Lake Tribune reporters were paid $20,000 by the tabloid for information the Enquirer used to...
  • Agents in Place (Wonder Land)

    04/25/2003 5:51:05 AM PDT · by WaveThatFlag · 120+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, April 25, 2003 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    <p>There is a debate under way--an ethical debate, apparently--over whether it would be proper for NBC to make a movie about the life of the former POW, Pfc. Jessica Lynch, without her permission. When a news person shouted a question about this matter at her father, Mr. Lynch said it was "on the back burner." But simmering.</p>
  • Smart Family Hires Entertainment Lawyer

    04/07/2003 8:04:25 AM PDT · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 661 replies · 428+ views
    Smart Family Hires Entertainment Lawyer SALT LAKE CITY, April 5, 2003 width="1" height="7" border="0"> Elizabeth Smart with her father, Ed (AP/Deseret News, Tom Smart) Elizabeth with her parents Lois and Ed (AP Photo/Deseret News, Tom Smart) (AP) Elizabeth Smart's family has hired a Los Angeles entertainment attorney to help them screen movie and book proposals about Elizabeth's abduction and remarkable return. Kelly Crabb, who reportedly has negotiated contracts for Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews and Muhammad Ali, was hired a week ago, said Chris Thomas, the family's spokesman. According to his firm's Web site, Crabb's areas of practice include motion picture, television and other...
  • Elizabeth Smart Met With Mitchell 6 Times Before Kidnapping

    03/30/2003 10:45:47 AM PST · by Palladin · 196 replies · 622+ views
    The Globe ^ | April 8, 2003 | Globe Reporters
    The Secret Meetings The night Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom by mad messiah Brian David Mitchell was NOT the first time she'd been alone with him! Shockingly the then 14 year old had met the raving self- proclaimed prophet six times before, says sources. At least four of those times, the tenderhearted teen--who was raised in a religious home where charity to the less fortunate was encouraged--secretly sneaked off to see the 49-year old Mitchell in a bid to help him, say insiders. The first time Elizabeth met Mitchell and Wanda was in November 2001, when...
  • Elizabeth Smart's sister among reward nominees

    03/27/2003 11:00:15 AM PST · by InHisImage · 21 replies · 255+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 3/27/03 | AP
    <p>SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Elizabeth Smart's younger sister Mary Katherine is among those nominated for the $295,000 in rewards offered in the kidnapping case, a family spokesman said. Mary Katherine told her father in October that the homeless handyman they knew only as Emmanuel might have been the one who abducted her sister from their bedroom in June.</p>
  • Ed Smart Apologizes To Sensenbrenner Ed Smart Apologizes To Sensenbrenner

    03/19/2003 5:42:34 PM PST · by Grig · 22 replies · 205+ views
    In an open letter to the House, Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, apologized for his excitement last week in criticizing Congressman James Sensenbrenner. I found this little detail is in the midst of a story about the House considering creation of a national child kidnapping notification network, the Amber Alert, although not in the form that Elizabeth Smart's parents had pleaded for before being reunited with their daughter. Now, the interesting thing, when you boil all this down, is that the Democrats voted against the Amber Alert and prevention measure. Smart ended up attacking Sensenbrenner for not moving the...
  • "Divine Revelation" Unlikely to Influence Court

    03/19/2003 3:51:19 PM PST · by henbane · 6 replies · 293+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Wednesday, March 19, 2003 | Stephen Hunt
    "Divine Revelation" Unlikely to Influence Court BY Stephen Hunt Wednesday March 19, 2003 THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee may believe God ordered them to kidnap Elizabeth Smart, but legal experts say divine revelation will be little help to them in the courtroom. "Being egged on by another is not a defense," said Assistant Utah Attorney General Michael Wims. "It is not a defense that God urged them to do it." Mitchell, 49, and Barzee, 57, were charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping and five other felonies in connection with the June...
  • Suspects Charged in Utah Teen's Abduction

    03/18/2003 12:20:24 PM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 25 replies · 276+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2003 | Associated Press
    Self-proclaimed prophet Brian Mitchell and his wife were charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated burglary Tuesday in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart. Mitchell, a drifter whose writings promoting polygamy had raised questions about whether Elizabeth was sexually abused during her nine-month ordeal, has told his attorney that he considers the 15-year-old girl his wife and wants her to be renamed "Remnant Who Will Return." Attorney Larry Long said Mitchell - whom he referred to as "the perpetrator" - considers the girl's nine-month disappearance a "call from God," not a kidnapping.
  • Woman Rebuffed Mitchell's Proposal to Be Plural Wife

    03/18/2003 8:18:09 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 7 replies · 202+ views
    Julie Adkison says she told kidnapping suspect Brian Mitchell he was "crazy' when he proposed to her two years ago. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune) BY MICHAEL VIGH and KEVIN CANTERA © 2003, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE Accused Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Brian David Mitchell proposed marriage to a 20-year-old woman two years ago, telling her God wanted her to become his plural wife and join him and wife Wanda Barzee in the rugged foothills east of Salt Lake City. "You are the only woman that God sent us to . . . We are one, even as I am...
  • Abducted Girl's Relatives Say Her Captor Brainwashed Her

    03/17/2003 1:37:33 PM PST · by henbane · 114 replies · 300+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 17, 2003 | NICK MADIGAN
    March 17, 2003 Abducted Girl's Relatives Say Her Captor Brainwashed HerBy NICK MADIGAN ALT LAKE CITY, March 16 — With prosecutors expected to file charges soon against a nomadic homeless couple in the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart, her family waged a concerted effort today to portray her as having been incapable of escape during months of wandering streets and canyons almost within sight of her home. Responding to increasingly direct questions about what happened to Elizabeth, now 15, after she was taken at knifepoint from her bed on June 5, relatives attending a church service this morning took pains...
  • The Elizabeth Smart Official Thread

    03/14/2003 11:36:44 PM PST · by Admin Moderator · 641 replies · 3,422+ views
    March 15, 2003
  • Interview With Ex-wifeand Kids of Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper (Larry King)

    03/14/2003 6:16:22 PM PST · by sweetliberty · 54 replies · 421+ views
    CNN | March 21, 2003
    Larry King is interviewing ex-wife, daughter, step-daughter and son of "Emmanuel".
  • I'm A Minister For The Lord &#151; Mitchell court transcript &#151; TheSmokingGun.com

    03/14/2003 11:39:58 AM PST · by TexRef · 5 replies · 193+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | March 14, 2003
    MARCH 14--Claiming that he was a "minister for the Lord" living with his "wife and daughter," the man suspected of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart last month told a California judge that his February 12 arrest for vandalizing a San Diego church "was the worst night and the worst week of my whole life." Brian David Mitchell, the 49-year-old drifter who allegedly held the Utah teenager captive for nine months, claimed that, "for the first time in 22 years I got drunk that night and...the whole night was just a nightmare." Mitchell compared his one-week incarceration to "like, uh, Jonah getting...
  • God From His Heaven Can Wait (Eliz. Smart)

    03/13/2003 5:50:56 PM PST · by shortstop · 31 replies · 389+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 3/13/03 | Bob Lonsberry
    I have been really wrong twice in my career. Once because of my faith; once because of my cynicism. Ironically, both times it involved girls kidnapped from their homes. Years ago it was a 3-year-old named Kali. Yesterday it was a 15-year-old named Elizabeth. Years ago I looked into a liar’s face and believed him. Yesterday I read a father’s words and didn’t believe them. Yet the miracle happened. And a nation rejoices. In yesterday morning’s “Salt Lake Tribune” there was an article about Ed Smart. The father of Elizabeth Smart, abducted from her home some nine months ago, he...
  • Picture of Elizabeth and her Kidnappers in San Diego.

    03/13/2003 3:56:50 PM PST · by Hildy · 128 replies · 745+ views
    Rick Roberts website ^ | March 13, 2003 | Hildy
    A woman unknowingly snapped a picture of the three here in Lakeside California. She just thought it looked so odd to see this here. She called the Rick Roberts Radio show and they contacted Utah police. Also, it seems that Emmanual spent some time in our El Cajon jail for vandizing a church. Here's the picture:
  • Elizabeth Smart — She's home! (Local coverage, nice pix)

    03/13/2003 1:46:53 PM PST · by veronica · 296 replies · 634+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Mar 13 03 | Jennifer Dobner and Angie Welling
    Elizabeth Smart snuggles with her brother William beside her sister, Mary Katherine, at their home in Federal Heights -- nine months after she was abducted. -- Tom Smart, Deseret News After nine months of sleeping in the wilds and on the floors of strangers' homes, Elizabeth Smart crawled into her own bed to sleep Wednesday night — the same bed from which she was snatched at knife-point. "She wanted to do that," said Missy Larsen, spokeswoman for the Smart family. But before calling it a day, the 15-year-old shared hugs and jokes with her parents, siblings and extended family....
  • Elizabeth Smart May Have Been Photographed WithStreet Preacher At Party in September

    03/13/2003 11:06:23 AM PST · by sonserae · 97 replies · 571+ views
    Elizabeth Smart may have been photographed at a party with transient street preacher Brian David Mitchell in Salt Lake City last September. A photo taken at the party by Dan Gorder and e-mailed to 2News shows Mitchell with two women wearing veils. One of the females may be Elizabeth. The photos were snapped three months after Smart was abducted from her home in June. She has been the focus of a massive search since that time. Smart was found with Mitchell Wednesday in Sandy. Police started looking for Mitchell after Elizabeth's sister said he might be the man who took...
  • Elizabeth Smart May Have Been Photographed With Street Preacher At Party in September

    03/12/2003 6:28:50 PM PST · by KneelBeforeZod · 79 replies · 467+ views
    KUTV ^ | Mar 12, 2003 | KUTV
    Elizabeth Smart may have been photographed at a party in Salt Lake City last September with transient street preacher Brian David Mitchell. A photo taken last September at a party by Dan Gorder and e-mailed to 2News showed Brian David Mitchell and two women in veils. It reveals a picture that may be Elizabeth Smart. Smart was found with Mitchell Wednesday in Sandy. Police had been searching for Mitchell after Elizabeth’s sister said he may be the man who took the girl from her bedroom last June. Mitchell worked at the Smart home briefly before Elizabeth was taken from her...
  • Photos Released in Smart Case

    03/02/2003 2:05:54 PM PST · by Palladin · 136 replies · 681+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 16, 2003 | By Joe Bauman
    Photos released in Smart case TV show seeks help in finding homeless man-- By Joe Bauman-- Deseret News staff writer "America's Most Wanted," the Fox network anti-crime program, has released photos and the name of a man the network says is sought for questioning concerning the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping. On Feb. 3, Elizabeth's parents, Ed and Lois Smart, released a police composite sketch of a transient called Emmanuel who had worked for them about a year ago. Police said they released the sketch because 9-year-old Mary Katherine Smart, who saw the abduction, said the man looks like the person she...
  • Police Seek Handyman in Kidnapping [Elizabeth Smart Case]

    02/20/2003 10:16:45 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 46 replies · 512+ views
    THE NEW YORK TIMES ^ | 2-20-03 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
    Investigators are looking for a homeless handyman who worked one afternoon at the house in Salt Lake City where Elizabeth Smart, 14, was abducted. The man, Brian David Mitchell, 49, was known to the family as Emmanuel. The police said Mr. Mitchell was not a suspect and might not be Emmanuel. Elizabeth's mother, Lois Smart, met Mr. Mitchell in November 2001, when he was panhandling in downtown Salt Lake City, family members said. Following Mrs. Smart's suggestion to earn money, he did yard and roofing work one afternoon. On June 5, Elizabeth was taken at gunpoint at night. She shared...