Wanda Barzee, 62, has fought the forced administration of anti-psychotic drugs, saying through her attorneys the medication is against her religion.
The man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart from her bedroom in 2002 and holding her for nine months was again declared unfit to stand trial Monday after screaming at a judge to forsake those robes and kneel in the dust.
A new book about Elizabeth Smart‘s abduction, written by one of her uncles, isn’t being well-received by Elizabeth or her parents. “In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation” was released Monday. The book, written by Deseret Morning News photographer Tom Smart and columnist Lee Benson, chronicles some of the alleged, previously […]
New book mentions incidents that allegedly impeded investigation into her disappearance Elizabeth Smart’s uncle has faulted the police investigation into her disappearance in a new book, claiming the teen would still be a kidnap victim if the family had not gotten involved. “I don’t think she would be back,” Tom Smart said. “There’s five or […]
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The drifter and self-proclaimed prophet accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart showed up to his competency hearing 90 minutes late Thursday and was kicked out after he started singing a Bible verse. The hearing was delayed until Feb. 15. Brian David Mitchell, 51, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, 59, are charged […]
SALT LAKE CITY – The father of Elizabeth Smart says the family wants a quick resolution to the kidnapping and sexual assault charges against the girl’s alleged abductor, Brian David Mitchell – even if that means a plea deal. “I’d just as soon have a plea deal and the whole thing be finished,” Smart said […]
he widow of a one-time “top potential suspect” in the kidnapping of teen-ager Elizabeth Smart has agreed to a $150,000 settlement of her lawsuit against Utah prison officials. Richard Ricci died of a brain hemorrhage in prison three months after Smart was kidnapped in 2002. Ricci was in maximum security on a parole violation — […]
The father of kidnapped Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart endorsed Rep. Martin Frost on Friday, saying he supports the Democratâ€™s efforts involving child welfare.
SALT LAKE CITY – A suspect in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case could be held indefinitely at a state hospital if a judge rules she is incompetent to stand trial, which her attorney says he expects. A judge was scheduled to rule Friday whether suspect Wanda Barzee, 58, is competent after she waived a hearing […]
“[The Smarts] have asked me to ask you, the media, to now have respect for the privacy of Elizabeth and the family.” — Salt Lake District Attorney David Yocom, March 12, 2003. “Next, Elizabeth Smart‘s trip back to the hidden camp where she was chained to a tree like an animal for months.”–Pre-commercial tease on […]
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Elizabeth Smart, whose abduction from her bedroom and reunion with her family nine months later made her name and face familiar to millions, said in her first public interview that she hasn’t changed that much from the girl she was before. “I think there’s some things different about me, but […]
Barrage of publicity raises questions about impact on teenager A media blitz surrounding the Elizabeth Smart case is raising questions about the impact of national TV exposure on a teenage crime victim — and provoking a high-stakes game of one-upmanship among television networks. NBC’s Katie Couric says the young Utah kidnap victim’s […]
CBS will make a television movie about the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case, racing it into production for a November premiere. Family members said they will cooperate with producers. Elizabeth’s parents, Ed and Lois Smart, also are writing a book with author Laura Morton that is expected to be released in October, they said. The CBS […]
Reuters, Mar. 15, 2003 http://story.news.yahoo.com/ Wanda Barzee was quoted on Friday as telling a close friend who visited her in Salt Lake County jail that she and husband Brian David Mitchell had received a revelation from God three years ago that they should take seven new wives, according to the Deseret News. The report came […]
Larry King Live, CNN, Mar. 13, 2003 http://www.cnn.com/ Aired March 13, 2003 – 21:00 ET THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) ED SMART, ELIZABETH SMART’S FATHER: It’s real. It’s real. (END VIDEO CLIP) LARRY KING, CNN HOST: Tonight, Elizabeth […]
Salt Lake Tribune, Mar. 13, 2003 http://www.sltrib.com/ BY BROOKE ADAMS, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE The sightings now seem to be coming from everywhere — Elizabeth Smart, Cults in Our Midst. Still, she said, past experiences show that “when you are removed from your normal environment and kept confined in some way, which we […]