Elizabeth Smart Urges 'Evil And Twisted' Kidnapper Not To Walk Free
CONTENT WARNING: This article contains descriptions of rape.
What you need to know
- Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped when she was 14 from her Utah bedroom
- She was held for nine months by Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee, and was repeatedly raped
- Mitchell is serving a life sentence for his crimes
- Barzee is due to be released on Wednesday 19th September
Elizabeth Smart has opened up about the terrifying ordeal she suffered as a 14-year-old girl, where she was abducted, held for nine months, and repeatedly raped.
Brian David Mitchell, a former street preacher, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2011, but his wife, Wanda Barzee, who pleaded guilty to her role in the kidnapping and abduction, was sentenced to 15 years in 2010.
However, due to a miscalculation in her prison sentence, Barzee will walk free on Wednesday.
Smart maintains that this woman is a danger to the community, telling CBS This Morning that she "radiated" evil.
"When [Mitchell] kidnapped me and was taking me up into the mountains, I remember thinking, 'This is it,' he's just going to rape and kill me," she said.
"And then at one point he did end up telling me that he had a wife that was waiting. … That moment did give me a little bit of comfort. … But as soon as I saw her, I did not have that hope anymore."
She explained that there was a "feeling that kind of radiated from her. It just was dark. And it was evil. And I just knew that she -- she wasn't there to help me, that she wasn't there to protect me."
Smart had previously told CBS that Barzee would encourage her husband to rape her. She has now revealed that Barzee would sit right next to her while it happened.
"Like, the side of her body would be touching me," she said.
"While he was raping me. I mean, she was right there. So, I mean, she -- there were no secrets. She knew what was going on. And, I mean, she just was the kind of woman that -- she was just evil and twisted."
She also spoke about how the married couple would force her to drink alcohol, leaving her to lie in her own vomit when she drank too much.
"I was a 14-year-old girl, I'd never touched alcohol in my life -- that I ended up throwing up and then passing out in it. And both of them just let me lie there all night. And when I woke up the next morning, I mean, my face and my hair were completely crusted to the ground. And they both laughed. She laughed. She laughed just as much as he did, if not more."
Although Smart said she had faith in the federal agents who would be supervising Barzee after her release, she didn't have faith that the now 72-year-old woman would not be a danger to the community.
She claimed she heard through sources that Barzee still carried a 'book of revelations' written by Mitchell in prison, which said he should kidnap not just her but six other young girls, to be his wives.
CBS reports that it has been unable to verify these claims.
"Clearly, [Barzee] hasn't let go," said Smart.
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