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Fast facts about Elizabeth Smart | CNN



Here’s a glimpse into the life of child advocate and abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart.

Date of birth: November 3, 1987

Birth name: Elizabeth Ann Smart

Father: Ed Smart, real estate and mortgage broker

Mother: Lois Smart

Marriage: Matthew Gilmour (February 18, 2012–present)

Children: Olivia, November 2018; James, April 2017; Chloe, February 2015

Education: Attended Brigham Young University.

According to books and news reports, immediately after her kidnapping, Smart was kept at a campsite a few miles from her home. She was sometimes tied to a tree or hidden in a hole. One day, she heard her uncle calling her, but was unable to answer.

She met her husband while they were on a mission trip to Paris.

June 5, 2002 – Fourteen-year-old Smart was abducted from the bedroom of her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Eileen Barzee. His younger sister, Mary Katherine Smart, was the only witness.

July 24, 2002 Mitchell allegedly attempted to kidnap Smart’s cousin, Jessica Wright, but was unsuccessful.

October 2002 Mary Katherine Smart told her parents she thought the kidnapper might be a man named “Emmanuel” who worked at their home for a day in November 2001.

October 2002-March 2003 Mitchell and Barzee take Smart to San Diego where they camp and beg.

February 3, 2003 The police publish a sketch of the vagabond, “Emmanuel”.

February 2003 The sketch and information are featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted.”

March 12, 2003 Smart was found alive, walking down a street with Mitchell and Barzee in Sandy, Utah, five miles from her home.

March 18, 2003 Mitchell and Barzee are charged with six counts, including aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and two charges for allegedly trying to break into Smart’s cousin’s house.

April 30, 2003 Smart and his family meet with President George W. Bush at the White House. Bush signs child welfare bill encouraging states to establish Amber Alert systems to quickly release information about child abductions.

October 24, 2003 Smart appears in his first television interview. NBC’s Katie Couric speaks with her on an hour-long primetime show.

October 28, 2003 – The book “Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope,” a collaboration between Smart, her father and author Laura Morton, is published.

November 9, 2003 CBS airs “The Elizabeth Smart Story,” a TV movie about Smart’s ordeal from her parents’ perspective.

January 9, 2004 Barzee is found incompetent to stand trial and is sent to the Utah State Hospital for further examination.

September 2, 2004 Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and five other charges.

February 16, 2005 Mitchell is removed from the courtroom for singing during a competency hearing.

July 26, 2005 A judge rules that Mitchell is mentally incompetent to stand trial. He was sent to the Utah State Hospital.

December 18, 2006 Mitchell is again found mentally unfit to stand trial after screaming in the courtroom.

March 7, 2008 A federal grand jury indicts Mitchell and Barzee on one count of unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines and one count of interstate kidnapping.

May 21, 2008 Smart and four other abduction survivors release a Department of Justice pamphlet titled “You Are Not Alone: ​​The Journey from Abduction to Empowerment.”

October 24, 2008 U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba entered a not guilty plea on Mitchell’s behalf. Mitchell is removed from the courtroom after he begins singing hymns.

September 28, 2009 A U.S. District Court judge rules that Smart can testify about her kidnapping and her ordeal with Mitchell.

October 1, 2009 Smart testifies against Mitchell at a hearing to determine his competency.

November 17, 2009 Barzee pleads guilty to kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor and agrees to cooperate in the state and federal cases against Mitchell.

May 21, 2010 Barzee is sentenced to 15 years in prison.

November 1, 2010 Mitchell’s trial for kidnapping begins.

November 8-10, 2010 Smart testified against Mitchell, describing his nine months in captivity.

December 10, 2010 Jurors find Mitchell guilty of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

May 25, 2011 U.S. District Judge Kimball sentences Mitchell to life in prison.

2011 – Smart creates the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to help promote the “Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force” organized for law enforcement.

July 7, 2011 ABC News announces that it has hired Smart as a contributor to comment on missing persons cases.

February 18, 2012 – Smart marries Matthew Gilmour in a Mormon temple on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

October 7, 2013 – Smart’s memoir, “My Story,” is published.

March 27, 2018 – Smart’s book, “Where There is Hope: Heal, Move Forward, and Never Give Up,” is published.

September 11, 2018 – The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole says Barzee will be released on September 19, 2018, because his time in federal custody must be factored into his state sentence. Barzee was not expected to be released for another five years.

September 19, 2018 – Barzee is released from prison. Under the conditions of her release, she must register as a sex offender and participate in a mental health treatment program.

February 6, 2020 – Smart tells Gayle King of “CBS This Morning” that she’s starting a self-defense initiative called Smart Defense after she said she was assaulted on a flight to Utah last summer. The program, designed by mixed martial arts and law enforcement experts, “gives women and girls the confidence and self-defense skills to prevent, ward off and respond to sexual assault in a safe, controlled environment ”, according to Elizabeth Smart. Foundation website.

January 13, 2021 – Smart is revealed as a participant in the reality competition series “The Masked Dancer”.

August 12, 2023 – “Beyond the Headlines: The Elizabeth Thomas Story with Elizabeth Smart” premieres on Lifetime.



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