FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo, Elizabeth Smart arrives for a press conference in Salt Lake City. Smart says she is “reassured” the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14, and it was, if she was sexually assaulted will be viewed when they are released from prison. Appear in an interview Tuesday, Sept. 18, on “CBS this morning,” Smart said that she believes that Wanda Barzee remains a danger. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
SALT LAKE CITY – Elizabeth Smart said Tuesday that they are sure of the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14, and it was, if she was sexually assaulted will be closely watched when they are released from prison.
In an interview on “CBS this morning,” Smart said that she believes that Wanda Barzee remains a danger. Barzee is expected to be freed Wednesday after 15 years in custody because Utah authorities had miscalculated the amount of time that the 72-year-old woman must serve.
Smart said they do not know all the conditions of Barzee’s release, but that they told a federal agent will keep an “eye” on Barzee and that they would be sent back to the prison “as soon as she messes up.”
Barzee will be under federal supervision for five years. If they are in conflict with the terms and conditions that are required mental health treatment and an order not to contact with the Smart family, she would go back to the prison.
Smart, now 30, said she has faith in the federal social workers, but lacks the faith in Barzee.
Smart said she’s gone through a roller coaster of emotions because she found it last week Barzee would be released, five years earlier than expected. She said that she was involved and feels like for themselves and the community as she remembers being abused during her nine months in captivity, with Barzee and her husband, Brian David Mitchell, who kidnapped Smart from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002. Mitchell is serving a life sentence.
“The feeling that sort of radiated off of her, it was just dark. And it was evil,” Smart said. “I just knew that she was not there to help me, that she was not there to protect me.”
Smart said Barzee encouraged Mitchell to rape her, something that happened every day, ” she said. They also forced her to drink alcohol.
“She was evil and twisted,” Smart said.
This story was updated to correct the kidnapper last name Mitchell.