Elizabeth Smart, the Utah woman whose kidnapping as a 14-year-old drew national attention to the issue of crimes against children, said in an interview that the release of one of her kidnappers on Wednesday poses a danger to the public.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ. once Barzee's out of prison, she'll be placed on supervised release by the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System. Wanda Barzee, a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called "incomprehensible" on September 11, 2018.
After serving more than 15 years in prison, Wanda Barzee, 72, will be released on Sep. 19. Smart said there was repeated sexual assaults by Mitchell, and Barzee would sit near the girl and "encourage her husband to continue to rape me", NBC noted.
Smart said last week that she believes Barzee was manipulated by her husband at times. "I believe that she is a danger and a threat to any vulnerable person in our community". She also doubts Barzee regrets her role in the kidnapping. Smart claimed Barzee still had a book in her possession written by fellow kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell.
"Part of her plea deal back when her case came up - it was required for her to write an apology to me. And it was evil", Smart said.
She was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment but was given credit for already spending seven of them in custody. "And I just knew that she... she wasn't there to help me, that she wasn't there to protect me", she told CBS. He declined to say whether she will be in a private home or a facility but that she "will not be homeless".
"When he 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 one time they had me drink so much".
Barzee's niece Tina Mace said her aunt's testimony against Mitchell seemed like a turning point, but her mental state appears to have changed in prison. A passerby spotted her nine months later when she was walking down the street with her two captors, a homeless street preacher and his wife, and called the police. He also forced her to watch him have sex with Barzee. The board said at the June hearing that Barzee refused to take a psychological exam.
Smart was from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah by Mitchell who knew her because he had been hired by her family to do handiwork at their home.
Barzee will be out of prison on Wednesday, something Smart is strongly against.
Barzee and Mitchell were both arrested. She could be returned to prison if she violates terms that include mental health treatment and an order against contacting Smart and her family.
Smart has said that she's now at peace, and she doesn't regret what's happened.