How Ashley Smith Is Doing 8 Years After Being Held Hostage

Season 2 Episode 302
Aired on 02/24/2013 | CC tv-pg
In 2005, Pastor Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life made national headlines when a man named Brian Nichols escaped an Atlanta courthouse and, after murdering four people, including a judge, forced his way into single mother Ashley Smith's home and held her hostage for seven hours. Ashley diffused the situation by reading Pastor Warren's book to Nichols, and the wanted murderer eventually surrendered to police. He's now serving multiple life sentences without parole. Today, Ashley says her entire life has changed. Find out how she's doing nearly eight years later.