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IN People ON 26 Aug, 2016
This story is about hope and survival, and the details are horrific and filled with despair.
The incident dates back to June 5, 2002, when the 14-year-old girl, Elizabeth Smart was dragged from her bedroom in the Salt Lake City by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Ileen Barzee.
Smart was abducted at knifepoint from her bedroom. The abductor threatened her not to make any noise and if she tries to do anything he would kill everyone who comes their way to save her and so she had left with him quietly.
The girl was kidnapped for nine months. Read more to know what had finally happened to her.
...and told him that if all he is going to rape her and kill her, then he should do it over there itself because she didn't want her parents to think that she ran away and at least they would know what has happened to her. To which he replied in a 'no'.
It was sure that Smart's life ahead was going to be horrible and terrifying.
Mitchell would regularly take his partner and Elizabeth out in public, but they stayed covered in white-veiled outfits. And this continued for 9 months.
After nine months of captivity, a biker alerted the police after spotting Mitchell with two other people in Utah, leading to Mitchell and Wanda's arrest. Micthell was sentenced to life imprisonment and Wanda was sentenced to 15 years in jail.
The best advice anyone would ever give, her mother told her "What this man has done is terrible. It is wicked and evil, and you can never get those nine months back. But don't give him one single more minute. Don't give him any more of your life. Your best revenge is to live a happy life."
...an organization which fights for the rights of the abducted children.
She hopes her book- "My Story" will inspire readers and help victims realize that they are not alone.