Elizabeth Smart reflects on Gabby Petito case: Knowing what she went through is 'heartbreaking'

Smart lamented the fact that so many victims 'never even have a smidgen of justice'

Elizabeth Smart reflects on Gabby Petito case: Knowing what she went through is 'heartbreaking'

Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped nine months ago when she was fourteen years old by a street preacher's wife.

"In Gabby’s case in particular I mean, that I was alive and I returned home, and hers tragically did not end that way," Smart, who is now an activist for victims' rights, stated on " Red Table Talk." It's heartbreaking to know what it was like to be on the other side, what may have occurred, and what may lead up her final moments.

In 2002, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee kidnapped Smart from her Salt Lake City house. Mitchell held her captive for nine months and then raped her. Smart was finally freed by officers in Sandy, Utah, approximately 20 miles from where she lived.

Barzee, one of her kidnappers was released on parole in 2018, after she had served 15 years in prison. Smart stated Wednesday that Barzee was released from prison on parole after serving 15 years in prison. Smart expressed disappointment but was thankful for some justice.

"I was disappointed but it helped me to have a better appreciation for the fact that many victims never get even a small amount of justice. She said that their perpetrators are free to walk around every day. "Like, at the least I got something. "How many others haven't?

The Gabby Petito case has captured the attention of people all over the world. Her family thanked everyone who brought awareness to her disappearance at 22. However, loved ones also asked for your support in focusing your attention on the many other missing persons cases that are still being investigated.

It should be continued for all people. At a Sept. 22 press conference, Gabby's father Joseph Petito stated that everyone should have the same level of awareness.

"It's up to all of you, everybody in this room, that you do that. It's not just Gabby who deserves it if you don't do the same for others that are missing.

It's a huge problem. Smart stated Wednesday that every 90 seconds a person is missing. "Just in the time we've been sitting there chatting, there have been people who have gone missing."

Smart was certain that Brian Mitchell would never be released from prison, even though Barzee was freed three years ago.

He will never be released. He is in federal prison. Smart stated Wednesday that there is no possibility of parole.

Updated Date: 14 October 2021, 15:31

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