• Facebook Aug 19, 2019

    Elizabeth Smart's Father Announces He Is Gay and Is Divorcing His Wife

    Ed Smart, the father of kidnapping survivor and child safety activist Elizabeth Smart, has announced he is gay, divorcing his wife, and leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Smart, 64, who has also served as a child safety advocate for years through his daughter’s foundation, announced the emotional decision to family and friends in a Facebook message...

  • Elementary School Jan 1, 2019

    Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Now Lives Near Elementary School

    A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart is living several blocks from a Salt Lake City elementary school following her release from prison in September, according to Utah’s sex-offender registry. Wanda Barzee, 73, is listed in the registry as living in an apartment near the school after her initial placement in a halfway house. She was released on parole much...

  • Suzanne Ciechalski Sep 20, 2018

    Woman Who Helped Kidnap Elizabeth Smart Released From Utah Prison

    A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released from prison Wednesday amid concerns that she remains a threat 15 years after the chilling crime. Wanda Barzee, 72, quietly left the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper, avoiding a throng of reporters gathered outside.

  • attorney Sep 16, 2018

    Niece: Family Won't Take in Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper

    Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison, looming fears about whether she remains a threat and calls to keep her off the streets bring up deep-rooted...

  • attorney Sep 14, 2018

    Elizabeth Smart Says Kidnapper Being Released Still a Threat

    Elizabeth Smart says a woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted should be committed to a mental-health facility after she’s released from prison next week. Smart said Thursday she was shocked to find out about Wanda Barzee’s prison release and she’s deeply concerned because the inmate hasn’t been cooperating with...

  • attorney Sep 11, 2018

    Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper to Be Released From Prison

    A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart as a teenager in 2002 from her Salt Lake City bedroom and hold her captive will be freed from prison in a surprise move announced Tuesday by state authorities.

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