I just have to jump in on this. I am sorry for what she went through, and I'm
glad she survived. With that being said, this doesn't make her an expert on
kidnapped or misssing victims. There are over 1,000,000 kids who go missing
every year in the US, and the thought of Elizabeth knowing what all of them are
going through is absurd -- no one knows. All she can fall back on is her
experience, which is her own experience. As I stated, I'm glad she made it and
is here to tell HER story, but in my own experience it's kind of a slap in the
face. I have worked for more than half her life with missing kids, I have been
interviewed on TV, I have worked with NCMEC, but I haven't had ABC approach me
to be their "expert" on the subject. People, there are more stories
out there than Elizabeth's. Why hasn't ABC offered Jacey a job -- I mean 18
years and two kids later, I think she has more of a story than Elizabeth. Again,
I see Ed behind all of this -- he is the driving force. No Elizabeth=no Ed.
I have a feeling that this is just the begining of the Liz Smart saga; there
will be the book and then the movie and then the wealth and fame; perhaps even a
major political role. That will make her dad real happy. I hope all works out
well for her, and that her works and contributions will serve many well.
Circumstances and nature have made her a very special person.
To the critics and supporters here: You got it all wrong. The real
story is that a 23 year old actually found a job in 2011 America!!!
If Liz Smart is Not an Expert in the area that ABC Hired her for then Who Is?ABC Sought her and most likely her Dad who is an Expert At Keeping your
Case in the public eye.Plus how to handle a Daughter who was
Kidnapped and Monster Raped for 9 Months back in you home, moving on and fairly
stable.What makes some of you mad is that Liz Smart is a success
despite, and in part perhaps bacause she is a victim. Just like Soul
Surfer only different story.Liz Smart if she wants to will get
Married in The Temple and have a Family, there is no reason that should not have
a way happy ending.She may be one of the few people who do not make
their spouse in someway pay for their Victim Hood.Now the Idea of a
Victim is to become like Liz Smart and not Become or Remain a Train Wreck. Lost
in some Non profit Counselors office getting help 9-5 providing you have an
appointment. Not knowing what the situation is that the Counselor is in. If she helps people you might lose your job in Victim.
She will do fine, she very charismatic. I do however wonder how long daddy has
been shopping this around? Like many I am tried of this chick and probably will
This is my second attempt to post a reasonable defense of my previous comment.
Although originally denied, this in no way violates the rules of the Deseret
News comment section.- The attempted post -I have made
good attempts to give as objective as opinions as I can. I was not attacking
Mrs. Smart nor was I saying anything inappropriate about her."most children don't get the mass media attention she is getting"
was geared more at the 'most children' bit and less at Mrs. Smart. Are most
kidnapped persons 23 years old or 5, 10, or 15 years of age?Most
'Children' don't face the amount of media attention as did 'Mrs. Smart as a
child'. She was a child when the event occurred, making my comment completely
valid and appropriate.My comment did not call her a child, it
compared her situation to the situation of 'most children', which certainly
applies as her 'situation' took place as a child.Another point...
although I personally am young, if I was 80 years old I would certainly be
justified in calling her a child at even 23... just a bit of food for thought.
Miss Smart is 23. There is no reason to say things like "most children
don't get the mass media attention she is geting". Miss Smart is not by
any definition a child so will people stop refering to her as such please.
I never thought that someone would get so heavily denounced for taking a job
that uses their expertise. The laborer is worthy of their higher and there is
nothing wrong with getting paid as a consultant.
"I see shows on how to dress and what not to wear and what to wear and what
to eat and where to live and what color is our "power" color and where
does it all end? I ask what has happened to the ability of the average american
to think for themselves?"------------I completely
agree! BUT as much as I can't stand how much 'expert advice' (aka, telling you
how to live your life) has flooded society today- it really wouldn't apply to
this as a one could argue 'a rape victim, kidnapee, etc. would be helping to
save lives, or good useful advice on how to cope, etc' - so there is a valid
point in that... BUT again, I also don't think that being a victim of something
automatically makes on an expert.Most children don't get the mass
media attention she is getting. That alone gives her a very different
perspective 'after-math-wise' than most others. Her case was unique in many
ways. She was out in public often while kidnapped... another thing uncommon. I'm
not picking on her, just saying that her advice could very well not apply to
Read Elizabeth Smart's story. It is all over the internet. She has been
involved in helping people who have been in her situation. She is an activist
for the victims of these crimes and their families. If being kidnapped for nine
months and treated like a slave with no dignity or rights does not make her an
expert, then read of her achievements after she was recovered. She is a ray of
hope for those who have no hope. There are some who are perhaps
envious of the Smart family and the wealth they seem to have. Some might even
say that because they are rich, everything went so well for them. But money or
wealth could not have made Elizabeth into the brave woman that she is. She
could have sequestered herself from public life and lived very comfortably in
her own circles. Instead, she goes out in public with a vengeance against those
who would harm others the way she has been hurt. God bless you
Elizabeth. Keep up the good work.
I am not a huge fan of Elizabeth Smart or her family, but I fail to see how she
would be sought out as an "expert", I like to eat turkey bacon
....prehaps I am an expert on turkey bacon and just don't know it. We sadly live
in a society that is too internet addicted and has become too afraid of their
own ideas and "gut insticts" and now need so called "expert"
to tell us everything about our lives. I see shows on how to dress and what not
to wear and what to wear and what to eat and where to live and what color is our
"power" color and where does it all end? I ask what has happened to
the ability of the average american to think for themselves?
I might just turn on my TV again. ABC has done a Smart Thing by
hiring Liz Smart. She is an expert in this subject matter and has a College
Degree and massive people skills to go along with it.I find No Fault
with Ed Smart. He went after his Daughter, and perhaps with the help of Americas
Most Wanted kept her alive. Evan the last time John did not want to Air it again
but he did out of respect.One afternoon two cops got pro active and
Liz was back from the Dead case reopened.Ed and his Daughter hang
out alot and there is no harm in that. I hangout with my Adult Kids, we saw Cars
2 the other night. Liz and her Dad are both experts in their field.
Liz is also Cute, Smart and Talented. Very knowledgeable, people will listen.
People will be helped. There is no better way then Media Exposure for your
cause, This is not shilling, this is reaching Millions, and a great career
op.Liz Smart has what many College Grads,Recent RM's do Not Have and
thats a job. A good paying job. Good for her.
A lot of women in that position of being victimized, might want to just shrink
from the public glare and live their lives in quiet anonymity. Yet,
this young woman has the courage to stand up to her "monster" and
fight back, both in a court of law and in her willingness to publicly be a role
model to others who might find themselves in that position.Young
girls are in dire need of positive role models. In this crazy day of Amys,
Lynseys and Lady Gagas, how refreshing it is to have Elizabeth Smart!
Re: Ms Molli. Sorry I misunderstood your initial post. Thanks for clarifying. I
actually agree with your follow-up insight.
I do not hate Elizabeth Smart in any way nor am I being cynical in my attitude
or comment on this...But in those "cynical" remarks do
have some valid points.1) There is such a thing as over-doing a
story. Hers was over done a long time ago, and I'm not including the trial
coverage with that comment.2) I remember a Mad-TV (a show I
personally despise) clip that was on Youtube of her and her father at a press
conference. Every time she started to talk, her dad interrupted her and started
promoting a book or something else.The point, I don't support the
'skit' mentioned, but that clip was a long time ago and we still see it all over
the news... and the bit about promoting the book didn't come from thin air. Was
it a valid criticism, I don't know... but I do know what public actions the
Smart family has done since, as it's all over the news each time they lift a
finger... and many of those actions, to me, don't necessarily equate to them
doing anything wrong... but certainly make those kind of comments not unexpected
I agree with Vince.Remember: Liz Smart was a 14 year old girl, in
the safety of her Home and in her Bedroom that she shared with her younger
sister, she was sleeping. Her older brother and parents where also at home. She
was dreaming whatever and getting ready to spend another day being a productive
Mormon Teenager. Suddenely her home was invaded by a Monste and she
was taken from her home, under threat of death to her and her sister if she made
any noise.She was taken into the Woods above her house and she was
Monster Raped. She was monster Raped more or less everyday for the next Nine
Months.One day two Police Officers in Sandy Utah stopped a strange
looking man with two other people who had their heads covered. Just for the GP
of it.One turned out to be Liz Smart. Liz was back from the Dead,
and quickly rejoined to her dad and family.From that time she
obtained her HS Dipolma, A College Degree from BYU, and Served A Full Mission
for her Church.Now thats lemonade and I hope she sells a whole lot
Elizabeth appears to be a very polished young woman. If she has demons, she is
able to conceal them when she is out in public. Her parents and the rest of the
Smart family were comfortable in the limelight and with the media and the
public. Many parents of other missing children in a similar situation
would not be able to function as the Smart family did during the time Elizabeth
was missing. Emotions would cause many to be unable to even carry on a short
conversation with media.The Smart family appeared unusual in that
respect.That appears to be the cause of the "mixed" feelings,
particularly for the "often televised" father, Ed.
"So. Cal Reader | 9:58 a.m. July 7, 2011 Escondido, CA Re:
Alterego & Ms Molli. You know what? If you do see those articles, guess what
you can do? That's right. Don't read them or pay any attention to them."I think you may have misunderstood my thoughts. I think the media needs
to leave crime victims alone and let them live their life and stop reporting
about them. Reporting about her possible job with ABC is one thing - she will
be voluntarily putting her face out there in the public. But reporting about
things that may occur in her private life in the future is another thing.
Sometimes people seem to think they have some sort of right to know these things
about people who have been in the news. I don't agree with that.
@ AlteregoDecent people like stories about people with remarkable
courage that overcome great difficulties and turn great personal suffering into
opportunities to help others. You speak only for yourself when you suggest we
don't want to know how she is now helping heal others.
riflemanthe comment was directed at ed, ed needs to move on now and let
HER live her life.
Best wishes to Elizabeth and her family.
Geez people, stop with the mean spiritedness already!
Wow! It is unbelievable the negative commentors in this state, and the
jealousy's they have for someone that can endure the inflicted pains as a 14yr
old and inspite of everything so severe, still maintain goals and direction in
their life. Some I believe just don't understand motivation to excel in spite
of! In todays society these negative unmotivated losers have too much company!
To all those cynical, unkind commenters: "Be careful of the words you say,
say them soft and sweet. You never know from day-to-day which one's you'll have
You go, Elizabeth! I'm sure you are trying to use your strength and knowledge to
help others survive as you have. You are one of a kind and I hope this is going
to allow you to reach out to others and help them. If you find a better way
later, don't hesitate to follow your heart. I have confidence in you that you
will choose the best path.
How quickly they forget. I am surprised that there are people that can be so
sarcastic and rude about Elizabeth. This girl has shown over and over that she
deserves nothing but respect. I would like to see you posters go through what
she went through for nine months at age 14. I would like to see you and your
family threatened to be killed, to be sexually abused every single day, to be
given drugs and alcohol and to be brainwashed. Then I would like to see if you
could let go of all that happened and turn your life into something good and
productive. I am surprised that there are human beings on this earth that can
stoop so low as to begrudge this girl. One day you may have a child or
grandchild go through this and you will be grateful for Elizabeth Smart and her
family to show how to survive. Cause most people could not come out of this
like she did, but she is showing others it can be done.
I like the making lemonade analogy. Elizabeth is not only very bright but is
beautiful and has good media presence.
Re: ute alumni | 8:59 a.m. July 7, 2011 No, this incredible young
woman has proved that she is extremely capable of stand up on her own. She
chose to be a winner and not a victim. People here in Utah admire that quality.
Re: Alterego & Ms Molli. You know what? If you do see those articles, guess
what you can do? That's right. Don't read them or pay any attention to them.
Kindly "move on" to what interests you. For the rest of us, this move
by ABC is great for them and, especially, for Elizabeth. I hope for nothing but
the best for her. And why wouldn't other readers want to see more of everything
that is so uniquely good about Elizabeth? She is truly a one-in-a-million type
of person. Let's hope none of us have to endure for 1 minute what she endured
for 9 months. Enough good can never come her way.
I believe she can do a lot of good. She has a perspective that may help others
deal with similar ordeals. I have no problem with her earning some money for her
willingness to help others. Some people are very cynical.
Don't do it, Elizabeth.You are more valuable to the cause than that.
Don't shill for the network.
Wow, some nasty comments here! I think this is a great way for Elizabeth to use
her abilities and insight. And as for Ed, and Lois too, they are two very huge
reasons, along with the rest of the family, that Elizabeth is in the place she
is in today, with all that she went through. They have been supportive, and
have been advocates for her, and others like her. And Elizabeth's faith is the
foundation of it all. She is the product of loving parents who never gave up
when she was missing, and have not given up through all the difficult
adjustments since she was found. They supported her through the court trial, and
they have helped her grow up to be independent and strong.So, good
luck to you Elizabeth! I hope you will be able to be of help to other families
who are going through what yours went through. And I think Ed would be a great
consultant resource when needed.
@ Alterego, Thank you! I am so glad to see I'm not the only person who feels
ka-ching. Here's hoping we don't see an article anywhere in the
media when she gets engaged, married, her first baby, second baby, career
change, divorce, second marriage grandchildren and retirement.