Until yesterday when I heard this was going to happen, it had been a long time since I had thought about Elizabeth Smart. Much like Jaycee Duggard, Elizabeth was a girl that everyone thought had died. She was kidnapped in 2002 and then nine months later was found, still alive but forever changed. Now, seven years later she was testifying in a federal courtroom about what happened.
She was supposed to face her accused kidnapper but he came in the courtroom singing a Mormon hymn and when the judge told him to stop, the man refused. The judge ordered him to leave the courtroom and had to watch Elizabeth's testimony on CCTV.
From the first day when she was kidnapped at knife point from her own bedroom, Elizabeth says she was raped every day. I can't imagine how Elizabeth even sleeps at night anymore. Can you imagine being 13 or 14 and being kidnapped from your own bedroom during the middle of the night? I would never want to close my eyes again.
That first night she was kidnapped, Elizabeth was married to the guy. “I put the robe on … he came and performed a ceremony, which was to marry me to him. After that, he proceeded to rape me.”
The entire time she was held she was tied to a tree. The only time she was not tied to the tree was when she was being raped which was up to four times each day. Her captor also made her drink booze and watch porn so she would be more willing. Elizabeth though fought back and bit her captor several different times. The a-hole said if she did it again he wouldn't have sex with her anymore and then she would be missing out on the best thing ever. So, she kept biting him but he wouldn't stop.
Elizabeth says her parents have never really asked her what happened. She leaves on a missionary trip next month to France and will be gone for two years. Her captor has been ruled incompetent to stand trial in Utah which is why the federal government is having a crack at him.