The night Elizabeth Smart was rescued from her 9-month captivity in 2003, she asked to sleep in the same bed she was kidnapped from, her father tells People. "She said...'Don't worry, I'll be here in the morning,' " Ed Smart recalled. “I don’t think anything can ever match the joy I felt after returning,” the now-20-year-old college junior tells the magazine, in the extended print-only version of the story.
Elizabeth has rejected therapy and forgiven her captors, but she and her roommates "triple-check the doors and windows every night" and she believes her kidnapper would “come back” for her if he was released. “I think he knew exactly what he was doing. It’s like my dad always says, ‘He’s crazy like a fox.’”