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The Story of Elizabeth Smart In Salt Lake City UT a young teenager by the name of Elizabeth Smart was taken from her bedroom in her familys million-dollar home An unknown man later identified by as Brian David Mitchell took her on June 5 2002 Elizabeths 9-year old sister Mary Catherine told investigators that an older man had abducted Elizabeth at knifepoint Mitchell had previously worked for Ed and Lois Smart as a handy man at their home Mitchell was known as a homeless preacher on the streets of Salt Lake City and believed himself to be God At one time Mitchell wrote a 27-page manifesto in which he declared this The manifesto also stated he should take upon himself multiple wives Elizabeth was his second wife next to Wanda Barzee and possibly the first of several Elizabeth along with her abductors slept under highway bridges in tents and even as close as Dry Creek Canyon located just two miles from the Smarts home It was later stated that Elizabeth could actually hear her uncle calling her name while searching for her Mitchell and his wife Wanda brainwashed Elizabeth to the point where if she had the chance to escape she wouldnt Steven Alan Hassan a cult expert and mental health professional believes Mitchell used their shared Mormon background to brainwash Elizabeth Brainwashing is a three-step process Unfreezing the current identity changing it and refreezing a new cult identity says Hassan Hassan also believes that Mitchell new the right words to say because he himself was a Mormon who had been excommunicated and Elizabeth was also a Mormon On March 12 2003 two couples spotted someone that looked like Elizabeth near a fast-food restaurant in Sandy UT and notified the police immediately Elizabeth was rescued then returned to her family and friends Mitchell and Barzee were arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping aggravated sexual assault and aggravated burglary Mitchell and Barzee have not yet
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