Elizabeth Smart kidnapper living near elementary school
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart is living several blocks from a Salt Lake City elementary school following her release from prison in September, according to Utah's sex-offender registry.
Wanda Barzee, 73, is listed in the registry as living in an apartment near the school after her initial placement in a halfway house. She was released on parole much earlier than anticipated, despite her refusal to cooperate with mental health professionals while incarcerated.
Elizabeth Smart gives birth to third child, a baby girl
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Teenage kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has given birth to her third child.
Smart announced the birth on her Instagram account on Monday with a picture of her holding new daughter Olivia as husband Matthew Gilmour looks on.
In her post, Smart says "So happy to welcome Olivia to our family!"
Elizabeth Smart kidnapper transferred to halfway house
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart has been transferred to a federal halfway house following her release from prison.
An online entry in the Utah sex-offender registry shows 72-year-old Wanda Barzee is listed as living at a contracted residential re-entry center in Salt Lake City. Barzee was initially placed in a South Salt Lake motel after her release last week.
Utah lawmaker wants to close loophole that released Barzee
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah legislator has introduced a bill he says would close a loophole that allowed for one of Elizabeth Smart's kidnappers to be released from prison.
Rep. Ken Ivory of West Jordan says the loophole in a state law allowed 72-year-old Wanda Barzee to be released last week after serving her maximum 15-year sentence despite the fact she refused mental-health treatment while in custody.
The Latest: Smart won’t live in fear after kidnapper release
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — The Latest on the release of a woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart in Utah (all times local):
Elizabeth Smart says she's moving forward with her life and trying not to live in fear now that one of her kidnappers has been released from prison.
Smart gave a speech Wednesday at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, telling reporters beforehand that it was "a statement in my moving forward" that she was able to come to the school to speak about sexual violence.
Elizabeth Smart says she’s pregnant with third baby
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart says she's pregnant with her third child.
Smart made the announcement in an Instagram post Monday with a picture of an ultrasound and the words: "Pretty HUGE news!!! We're expecting baby #3 in November!!!!"
Kidnapping survivor Smart says porn made ordeal even worse
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart says pornography led to her captor raping her more than he already did in the nine months she was held.
Smart made the remarks in a video posted Friday by Fight the New Drug, an anti-pornography advocacy group.
Smart, who was taken from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 at the age of 14, recounts how Brian David Mitchell showed her magazines containing hardcore pornography.
‘Pornography made my living hell worse,’ says Elizabeth Smart about her childhood abductor
Pornography made her captor more violent, Elizabeth Smart said in a video posted online Friday.
Produced by the anti-porn advocacy group Fighting the New Drug, the 5-minute video delves into how Smart’s convicted kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, would “just sit and look” at various “hard-core” porn magazines.