Elizabeth Smart’s Meredith Vieira Interview: ‘I didn’t feel human’

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 1, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart’s recent interview encompassed her nine months in captivity.

Smart described the ordeal to Vieira on NBC, saying that she “didn’t feel human” after she was abducted in 2002. “How could I?” she questioned.

“I mean, here I was, a 14-year-old girl, ripped from my family, from my friends, from the people I loved. Being raped every day, not knowing when I’d be able to eat next, not knowing when I’d be able to drink next. And being chained to a tree,” she said.

Smart was taken from her Salt Lake City house in the dead of night by Brian David Mitchell, a former street preacher who claimed to be a Messiah, and his wife Wanda Barzee. Mitchell took her to California and chained her at a makeshift campsite.

The three returned back to Utah and a biker spotted her and her abductors after recognizing them on “America’s Most Wanted.”

“To her, I was a slave, and to him, I was an object,” she said. “I don’t think there’s anything worse you can do to a child.”

The NBC interview will be aired Friday.

Smart, now 25, has become a missing children’s advocate and author.

Mitchell was convicted in 2011 of kidnapping and sexual assault. He is now serving two life sentences at an Arizona prison.

Barzee was given a 15-year sentence for her role in the abduction.

Smart is slated to release a book, “My Story,” which is due out Oct. 7, according to the Daily News.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.