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Dad of Elizabeth Smart: I'm Gay, Getting Divorced

Ed Smart also says he's not finding 'solace' anymore in LDS church

(Newser) - Ed Smart, father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart , posted a letter on Facebook Thursday that held some stunning revelations: He's gay, divorcing Elizabeth's mother, and "doesn't see a place for himself in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," per the Deseret News . Smart... More »

A 'Glorious Day' in Jayme Closs' Hometown, a Suspect Named

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been charged with kidnapping Wisconsin teen, killing her parents

(Newser) - Jayme Closs is alive , and new details are emerging. The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, who went missing in October from her Barron home, where her parents were found shot dead, turned up about 60 miles away near Gordon Thursday after fleeing her captor. In what Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane... More »

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Living Near Elementary School

Wanda Barzee is on supervised release

(Newser) - The woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart is living several blocks from a Salt Lake City elementary school following her release from prison in September, according to Utah's sex-offender registry. Wanda Barzee, 73, is listed in the registry as living in an apartment near the school after her initial... More »

Elizabeth Smart Describes Wanda Barzee's Apology

Meanwhile, Barzee is released from prison

(Newser) - As Wanda Barzee was released from prison Wednesday morning, another portion of Elizabeth Smart's interview with Gayle King aired on CBS This Morning —and in it, Smart says the woman who along with Brian David Mitchell kidnapped her in 2002 has never shown remorse. "Part of her... More »

Elizabeth Smart: 'Evil' Captor 'Encouraged Him to Rape Me'

On eve of Wanda Barzee's release, Smart says she sat next to her while she was being raped

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Wanda Barzee is set to walk out of Utah State Prison a free woman—and on Tuesday, the person she helped hold captive for nine months is once more speaking out against her release. A surprise announcement earlier this month warned Elizabeth Smart, now 30, that her one-time... More »

Elizabeth Smart Says Kidnapper Still a 'Threat'

Wanda Barzee is set to be released Sept. 19

(Newser) - "I know the depths of her depravity." That's what Elizabeth Smart had to say Thursday about her kidnapper, Wanda Barzee, who is set to be released from prison , the Salt Lake Tribune reports. During a press conference , Smart said Barzee is still a "danger and a... More »

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Unexpectedly Being Released

Smart's father says family had been told Wanda Barzee wouldn't be freed for years

(Newser) - The woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 and held her in captivity for nine months will be freed next Wednesday following a surprise announcement from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. The somewhat confusing development is a technical one: The Salt Lake Tribune reports the board denied... More »

Elizabeth Smart Ready for Movie About Her Kidnapping

She will narrate the Lifetime movie set to premiere in November

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart said it required years for her to participate in a movie about her kidnapping ordeal, AP reports. Smart said Friday that she couldn't have done so immediately after her abduction from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 at age 14. She was rescued nine months later... More »

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 »

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