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Old 06-11-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Some months ago a thread was started on this forum extolling the virtues of Elizabeth Smart's recovery from her allegedly traumatic kidnapping ordeal.
But there was always a lot of controversy about her abduction: why did she not escape even though she had ample opportunity? Many, many people have wondered this. Including police.
A friend of mine was a detective who worked on the case; he has since transferred to the Austin PD. He has taken part in some blogs.
Though you guys might be interested. Here's the link:

How Smart Is Elizabeth? - Blogcritics Politics


This one is interesting too!!

http://thefraudulentelizabethsmart.b.../cover-up.html

 
Old 06-11-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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to question why she didn't escape is armchair quarterbacking at it's worst.
 
Old 06-11-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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Thanks for posting. I think people just assume that all these complex psychological theories should be used to explain her seeming complacence but in this case I think not. There was no real explanation for why she was so close yet chose not to escape. I always wondered if she wanted to be away from home. Something tells me everything wasn't that great in her home before she disappeared.
 
Old 06-11-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Stockholm Syndrome is what it is called. And what is more commonplace nowdays is for the imbeciles who choose to to blame the victim rather than the child rapist.
 
Old 06-11-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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She was 14.
 
Old 06-11-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Thanks for posting. I think people just assume that all these complex psychological theories should be used to explain her seeming complacence but in this case I think not. There was no real explanation for why she was so close yet chose not to escape. I always wondered if she wanted to be away from home. Something tells me everything wasn't that great in her home before she disappeared.
Yeah, I think you're right, and in fact the police also explored that possibility. Which is why her parents immediately "lawyered-up" as my cop friend said. That always sends up a red flag to the police!
Thanks for your responses; it's an intriguing possibility, I think, that she rather enjoyed her time away from home. That also goes a long way to explain why she got over it all so quickly, with no trauma.
 
Old 06-11-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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She had a lot of therapy and a VERY strong religion to support her.

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Old 06-11-2011, 05:45 PM
 
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There was always more to this case than what was reported. But, nonetheless, things got out of hand, and the end of the story is that she was recovered safely.

What people don't understand is the mindset of being raised as a good Mormon girl. There are so many layers to this, that explaining it would take a book, starting with understanding the religion, beliefs, and extremism in the Mormon church.
 
Old 06-11-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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I always wondered if she wanted to be away from home. Something tells me everything wasn't that great in her home before she disappeared.
What on earth would lead you to that conclusion, when absolutely none of the facts point in that direction? How many 14-year-old girls would describe everything in their homes as perfect. Elizabeth said that she'd had an argument with one or both (can't remember which) of her parents earlier in the evening the night she was kidnapped. At that very moment, she was probably angry with them. But to suggest that "she wanted to be away from home" because "everything wasn't that great [there]" is absolutely preposterous. How many 14-year-old girls would trade an occasional disagreement with their mother for being raped daily for months on end by a filthy, disgusting pervert?
 
Old 06-11-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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She had a lot of therapy and a VERY strong religion to support her.

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She walked out of a ton of those therapy sessions. (Read my links to learn more!) As far as her "strong religion" look up the term "Jack Mormon."

It's looking more and more like smart was not abducted, but rather ran away from home.

Way too many holes in her story and in her recollections. Read this link for some insights that will make you think twice!

http://ordinaryevil.wordpress.com/20...eeded-therapy/

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