Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Elizabeth Smart Victim Impact Statement at the Sentencing of Brian David Mitchell

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Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped in 2002, at the age of 14, by Brian David Mitchell. Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, held Elizabeth captive in a remote tent in the woods of Utah. After 9 months of torture, Elizabeth was brought to a Burger King by her kidnappers--where she was recognized from her 'Missing Persons' poster by a patron who called police.

"I don’t have very much to say to you. I know exactly what you did. I know that you know that what you did was wrong. You did it with full knowledge...but I have a wonderful life now and no matter what you do, you will never affect me again. You took away nine months of my life that can never be returned. You will have to be held responsible for those actions, whether it’s in this life or the next, and I hope you are ready for when that time comes."

Today, Elizabeth is an advocate for kidnapping survivors and works to help families with missing loved ones. She has written a book about her ordeal, which is available here. An A&E miniseries about Elizabeth can also be found here. 

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