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Elizabeth Smart: Porn Made My Ordeal Even Worse

She records video for anti-porn group

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart has shared new details of her horrific kidnapping ordeal in a video for an anti-porn group , in which she says she has witnessed firsthand how damaging porn is. Smart—who was kidnapped in 2002, when she was 14, and raped repeatedly over the next nine months—says captor... More »

Elizabeth Smart to Missing Woman: 'We Will Find You'

Elizabeth Laguna-Salgado vanished in broad daylight in Provo, Utah, a year ago

(Newser) - From one Elizabeth to another, an appeal to be strong and hopeful emerged Monday as Utah marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 26-year-old Elizabeth Laguna-Salgado, per NBC News . "We will find you. We are looking, and we won't give up," Elizabeth Smart Gilmour , who herself... More »

Elizabeth Smart Has Baby Girl, Her Dad Says

Former kidnapping victim is keeping little girl from the media

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart has been guarding her private life pretty well from the media, it seems—considering that the Utah activist had a baby girl named Chloe three months ago, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "It is totally private," says her father, Ed Smart. "This is something she... More »

Elizabeth Smart Details Wrenching Near-Rescues

Memoir is out today

(Newser) - Minutes after 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her bedroom in the dead of night, a police cruiser idled by along a neighborhood street as she was forced to the ground at knifepoint. "Move and I will kill you!" her captor hissed. It was one of several fleeting... More »

Elizabeth Smart Marries

Wedding to Matthew Gilmour moved up due to media attention

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart quietly exchanged vows with her boyfriend of a year yesterday afternoon in Hawaii, reports People . Smart, 24, and her 22-year-old Scottish beau, Matthew Gilmour, were originally supposed to marry this summer , but changed the time and place amid media attention, a spokesman said. "To be in one... More »

Elizabeth Smart Engaged

Former kidnap victim will get married next summer

(Newser) - Nice news out of Utah: Elizabeth Smart is engaged, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . The 24-year-old BYU senior will marry in the summer, says a spokesman. Don't expect many details about the groom—the Tribune thinks he's a fellow Mormon named Matthew Gilmour—or the wedding. Smart, who... More »

Elizabeth Smart Recounts 9 Months of 'Hell'

First time she has spoken publicly about ordeal details

(Newser) - Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart "couldn't feel more worthless and degraded" than the day she was raped by her captor, she revealed. "It was the worst feeling I could ever have felt," the now 24-year-old university student recounted yesterday. Smart, who was abducted from her Utah bedroom... More »

Elizabeth Smart Hired by ABC News

Kidnapping victim will discuss missing person cases

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart knows firsthand what it's like to be kidnapped—and she'll soon be sharing that perspective as an ABC News contributor. She'll appear on Good Morning America and possibly other programs "when there are missing children or missing-person cases in the news," an ABC... More »

Elizabeth Smart to Abductor: 'I Have a Wonderful Life'

She confronts kidnapper before he is sentenced to life

(Newser) - Brian David Mitchell got a life sentence today for kidnapping Elizabeth Smart , but she got the last word in court. Confronting him for the first time, she kept it short and sweet:
  • "I don't have very much to say to you. I know exactly what you did. I
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Elizabeth Smart Not All That Damaged: Defense

Kidnapper's attorney argues to prevent Brian David Mitchell from getting life sentence

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper shouldn’t get a life sentence, his attorney argued yesterday, because Smart isn’t all that psychologically damaged. “In a legal sense, the story is not the extreme psychological injury. The story is her overcoming the extreme conduct of my client,” said Robert Steele... More »

Elizabeth Smart: 'It Is Possible to Move On'

Says she's 'thrilled' with her kidnapper's guilty verdict

(Newser) - A smiling Elizabeth Smart pronounced herself "thrilled" with today's guilty verdict of kidnapper Brian David Mitchell. But she's happy for another reason as well: "I am so thrilled to stand before the people of America today and give hope to other victims who have not spoken out about... More »

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Found Guilty

Federal jury finds Brian David Mitchell guilty on both counts

(Newser) - A federal jury has convicted a former street preacher of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart more than eight years ago. The verdict reached today finally brought justice for Smart and her family after the ordeal that began when Brian David Mitchell took her from her home at knifepoint and held her captive... More »

Elizabeth Smart Storms Out of Trial

Loses cool after shrink testifies Mitchell intended to impregnate her

(Newser) - Losing her cool for the first time, Elizabeth Smart stormed out of her alleged kidnapper's trial yesterday, glaring at a state psychologist as he testified that Brian David Mitchell intended to impregnate her and that the two had talked about baby names. Paul Whitehead, who evaluated Mitchell for three years,... More »

Mitchell: Elizabeth Smart Had a 'Glorious Experience'

Witness testifies he was controlling, not delusional

(Newser) - Trial resumed in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case today, with jurors hearing testimony that Brian David Mitchell was not delusional, but rather deliberately controlling and intimidating, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Mitchell "has a personality that is much larger than I’ve ever encountered," testified a former cop... More »

Elizabeth Smart Stayed With Captor to Protect Family

He promised to kill them if she fled

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart continued her poised testimony today, explaining that she didn't try to escape captor Brian David Mitchell because he promised to kill her family if she did. The Salt Lake Tribune highlights this wrenching detail: Mitchell forced her to burn the red pajamas she had on when he abducted... More »

Elizabeth Smart Takes the Stand Against Alleged Kidnapper

She recalls 'begging' him not to rape her

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart took the stand today against the man accused of kidnapping and raping her, recounting in a calm voice how Brian David Mitchell allegedly woke her up on the morning of June 5, 2002, with a knife to her throat. He said, “Come with me or I will... More »

Judge Boots Elizabeth Smart Defendant From Court

Brian David Mitchell couldn't contain his urge to sing hymns

(Newser) - Brian David Mitchell may have been found mentally competent to stand trial, but that doesn't mean he's capable of controlling his urge to sing hymns in court, reports the AP. The serenading of Elizabeth Smart 's alleged kidnapper lasted about a half-hour during jury selection before the judge kicked him... More »

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping Trial Begins Today

Smart will testify against Brian David Mitchell

(Newser) - More than seven years after she was found, Elizabeth Smart is preparing to take the stand against the man accused of kidnapping her. Brian David Mitchell’s trial begins today in Salt Lake City, and Smart will fly back from her Mormon mission in Paris this weekend for it. After... More »

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Gets 15 Years

Barzee has already served nearly half her sentence

(Newser) - Wanda Barzee was sentenced to 15 years in prison today for her role in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Barzee, who pleaded guilty in November, has spent 7 years in jail or a mental hospital during a dispute over whether she was mentally fit to stand trial, the Salt ... More »

Judge: Smart's Alleged Abductor Fakes Mental Illness

Brian Mitchell ruled competent to stand trial

(Newser) - The man charged in the 2002 kidnap and rape of then-14-year-old Elizabeth Smart has been faking mental illness and is in fact competent to stand trial, a Utah judge ruled today. Nothing “impedes his rational and factual understanding,” Dale Kimball writes of Brian Mitchell, 56. “It is... More »

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