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"I encouraged her husband to continue to violate me": the attraction of Elizabeth Smart

He swore together to kidnap a 14-year-old girl who raped her husband for 9 months and will be released within a few days.

This is Wanda Barzee, the wife and henchman of the kidnapper of the young Elizabeth Smart, whose business shocked the United States in the early 2000s.

"I would like to call on all competent authorities (…) to review the situation, to look at the facts, their mental state and to determine if you really believe that this woman is no longer a threat", Monthly Elizabeth Smart this week in statements to the media.

"I believe that sincerely it is a threat. It is a woman who had six children, and still conspired to kidnap a 14-year-old girl and not just sit beside her while she was being raped, she also encouraged her husband to continue to violate me, "recalled the young girl herself., now 30 years old.

Nine months of Calvary

Elizabeth Smart was abducted in June 2002 in her own bed in the city of Salt Lake City in the state of Utah.

That night a man entered his room and woke her with a knife in his throat: if he did not go with him, he would kill his entire family.

His sister, 9 years old, witnessed that moment.

His kidnapper was Brian David Mitchell, a vagabond that the mother of Elizabeth had hired on an occasion to make an appointment in the house.

The little girl was taken to a country house and Mitchell forced him to "marry" with him, through one Mormon ceremony.

From that moment, for nine months, his kidnapper did not stop abusing her for "revelation of God" and with the cooperation of his wife, Wanda Barzee, according to the victim's disclosure, once released.

They kept her in captivity under inhuman conditions and They forced her to use drugs and alcohol.

Merged the case great media attention and the young woman could escape that hell when a citizen saw her walking with her captors just three miles from her house and warning the police.

"I saw myself as his slave"

Mitchell was sentenced to life imprisonment and his wife to 15 years in prison, which must be on September 19.

It is a situation that Smart is worried about.

"What if I think it's dangerous? Yes, but not just me, I think it's a danger and a threat to vulnerable people in our community," Smart said this week for the media.

"Our community should be worried."

Barzee "I saw myself as his slave (…) there were times when she was manipulated by him (her husband), but there were also times when she abused me as often as he did, "Smart remembers.

On the other hand, the young woman confirmed that she believes in "forgiveness" and that it is not her job to determine whether her kidnapper has paid for what she has done.

"If he really did, he would probably have to be released, but that (decision or justice is done) It is not my role. "

Smart was able to rebuild his life after what happened and today it is one prominent activist to defend the victims of abuse and the missing people.


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