Wanda Barzee and Brian David Mitchell
In 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was taken at knifepoint from her bedroom in one of the highest-profile kidnappings of all time. Elizabeth was rescued nine months later, after her sister recalled a memory from the night of the abduction. She'd been taken by a man who had done some repair work on the family's home, a self-proclaimed prophet named Brian David Mitchell.

Mitchell has pled not guilty, and a judge is determining whether he is competent to stand trial.

Mitchell's wife of 17 years, Wanda Barzee, was an accomplice in the abduction. On November 17, 2009, Barzee pled guilty in Federal Court to kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor. She's confined to a state hospital and has yet to be sentenced.

State charges are pending against both Mitchell and Barzee.
FROM: The Children of Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper Speak Out
Published on February 02, 2010

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