Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart ready to tell story of ordeal
SALT LAKE CITY — Ten years after her kidnapping, Elizabeth Smart is preparing her story of being held captive by a homeless street preacher, her improbable rescue after nine months and how she advocated for children after the ordeal.
St. Martin's Press bought the rights to the memoir from the now 25-year-old senior at Brigham Young University. Smart married a fellow Mormon missionary, Matthew Gilmour, in February.
The account is being written by Chris Stewart, a congressman-elect from Utah who has authored books with religious and patriotic themes.
Stewart said Friday that Smart has made a surprising recovery from the brutal experience at the hands of her captor.
“She has taken a professional outlook on this and is able to talk in an impressive way about these things frankly,” Stewart said. He said parts of her book would receive “appropriate” but not “salacious” treatment.
Smart has said she waited for the March 2011 sentencing of Brian David Mitchell before collaborating on the telling of her story.
Mitchell was convicted of Smart's kidnapping and sexual assault. He is serving two life sentences in federal prison.
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