Minutes after Elizabeth Smart, 13, was snatched from her bedroom in the dead of night near Salt Lake City in 2002, a police cruiser idled by along a neighborhood street as she was forced to the ground at knifepoint. The Associated Press says it was one of several times Smart watched a rescue slip away during her nine-month ordeal, she recounts in “My Story,” a book released by St. Martin’s Press today. She writes that she was so terrified of Brian David Mitchell, the street preacher who kidnapped her, that when she was rescued by police, she identified herself only reluctantly.
Smart, now 25, is married, finishing a music degree at Brigham Young University, and giving speeches and doing advocacy work. She created the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to bring awareness to predatory crimes against children. Smart hopes the book will help other victims know that it’s possible to be happy and move forward with their lives and will shed some light on what was going through her head during “nine months of hell.”