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

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Smart laments the fact that so many victims ‘don’t even have a shred of justice’

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Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped for nine months when she was 14 years old by a street preacher and his wife, said Wednesday it was “heartbreaking” to learn that the aftermath of Gabby Pettito’s death. What can happen in days and weeks. .

“In Gabby’s case, specifically, I mean, I was alive, and I came home, and her sadly hasn’t ended that way,” Smart, who is now a victims’ rights activist, said on the show. said “red table talk“But to know what it’s like to be on the other side and what could potentially have happened and what might have happened until her final moments, and perhaps understanding what she was feeling, it’s heartbreaking.”

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Smart was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Burzzi. She was held captive and raped by Mitchell for nine months before being rescued by police officers about 20 miles down a road in Sandy, Utah. Her house.

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One of his kidnappers, Barzi, was released from prison on parole in 2018 after serving a 15-year prison sentence. Smart said Wednesday that he was disappointed with Barzi’s release, but thankfully he got some degree of justice.

“I was disappointed, but it also helped me appreciate more about how many victims have never had a dash of justice. Their perpetrators walk freely every day,” she said. “Like, at least I got some. How many don’t?”

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The Gabby Petito case has captivated people around the world, and her family has thanked everyone for bringing awareness to the 22-year-old’s disappearance, but loved ones also turned their attention to thousands of other missing persons cases from the public. Asking to direct. still active.

“This should continue for other people as well. Similar heightened awareness should be continued for everyone – everyone,” Gabby’s father, Joseph Petito, told a news conference on September 22.

“It’s up to you, everyone who’s in this room, to do this. If you don’t do it for the other people who are missing, that’s a shame, because it’s just not Gabby who deserves it.” Is.”

Late last year, the FBI’s National Crime Information Center counted about 90,000 Active missing persons cases.

“It’s a big problem. Every 90 seconds a person goes missing,” Smart said on Wednesday. “From the time we are sitting here talking, there are people who have already gone missing.”

While Barzzi was released from prison three years earlier, Smart was confident that Brian Mitchell would never escape his life sentence.

“He’ll never get out. He’s in federal prison. There’s no chance of parole,” Smart said Wednesday.


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