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Elizabeth Smart details kidnapping in new memoir

October 7, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Dec. 10, 2010, file photo, Brian David Mitchell is escorted by a U.S. Marshall as he arrives at the federal court house, in Salt Lake City. More than a decade after her kidnapping and rescue grabbed national headlines, Elizabeth Smart is publishing a memoir of her ordeal. The 308 page book, titled “My Story,” is being released by St. Martin’s Press on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E Braley, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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 times Smart watched a rescue slip away during her nine-month ordeal, she recounts in “My Story,” a 308-page book released by St. Martin’s Press on Monday.

She writes that she was so terrified of the street preacher who kidnapped her that when she was rescued by police in a Salt Lake City suburb in March 2003, she only reluctantly identified herself.

Between the heartbreak of missed chances, Smart writes, she was treated as a sex object by Brian David Mitchell and as a slave by his wife, Wanda Barzee. She says they denied her food and water for days at a time.

A U.S. attorney called it one of the kidnapping crimes of the century. Login to read more

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