Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper may walk free this week

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Elizabeth Smart urges authorities to reconsider their decision to let her kidnapper, Wanda Barzee, walk free.

Barzee is set to be released on September 19.

Smart held a press conference last week recounting her months of being held captive.

“Wanda Barzee saw me as her slave. She called me her ‘handmaiden’ and she never hesitated to let her displeasure with me be known,” Smart said.

“I do believe she is a threat. She is a woman who had six children and yet could co-conspire to kidnap a 14-year-old girl, and not only sit next to her while I was being raped but encouraged her husband to continue raping me.”

“So, do I believe she is dangerous? Yes, but not just to me. I believe that she is a danger and a threat to any vulnerable person in our community, which is why our community should be worried,” Smart added.

Smart called the news a “big shock.” Smart was under the impression Barzee would be released in 2024.

Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 by Barzee and her husband, Brian David Mitchell. She was raped and forced to go without food for days.

Smart pleaded with authorities to not release Barzee on Thursday saying, “I would urge the powers that be, and anyone who works under them, to really, strongly reconsider this situation, to look at all the facts, look at her mental status, and see if they really and honestly truly feel like she is no longer a threat and that she is ready to be released.”

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