We all remember Elizabeth Smart as the girl who was kidnapped,
but soon she may have another claim to "fame" -- it's rumored that ABC is ready to announce that they've hired Elizabeth Smart to
be their go-to contributor and pundit covering missing persons
stories. Smart will likely appear as the missing persons expert on
Good Morning America and Nightline and will share her insight
and personal understanding of kidnap events.
Smart was snatched from her Salt Lake City bedroom when she was 14 and was
found nine months later -- her capture and recovery was widely reported in the
news. Most recently, Smart testified to being threatened, tied, and raped daily
during her captivity and has started a foundation to help teens avoid and
recover from violent events.
Is it weird that Smart's going to use her terrifying pain
I don't think so. I agree that it seems a little bizarre, even creepy,
possibly exploitative at first, but I want to give Smart a little more
credit than assuming she's somehow "selling" her tragedy.
At 23-years-old, Smart is an intelligent college grad who's taken years to
overcome the horrific events that took place in 2002. She's said she's ready to
move on, and I think this correspondence job will help her do
that. Yes, she'll have to talk about it, yes she'll relate the latest
kidnapping or missing child's story to her own, yes she'll likely share some
gory details of her personal experience, but I think that could be
No one can change their history and I admire Smart for facing hers head on
and using her horrifying experience to help others understand missing
persons cases. I don't think collecting a paycheck for that is such a
bad thing, either.
The more information that's shared about kidnappings the better. If viewers
only tune in to hear what Smart has to say about a case, because they're looking
for an inside scoop, because they want Smart to say something salacious, then
great. The more people who know about the story, the better, no matter what
Do you think Smart's new gig is creepy or cathartic?
Something good has to come out of what happened to her. Bravo for her!!! With her experience, she can help so many, she's a strong women and this country needs more strong women to lead the way.........I think it's awesome.....!!