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Elizabeth Smart on Dateline tonight

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Katie Couric had an extensive interview here in Utah, with Elizabeth Smart and her family. It's on Dateline tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern time. Oprah also has an interview with her on Monday.

I remember the day she was found. I was driving home from Provo where I had dropped my youngest daughter off to go on her mission. I stopped somewhere to find something to eat and there was something going on with cops and a strange dressed man and some women. I got home and turned on the TV and realized it was Elizabeth Smart being found! Amazing story. And scarey since they live only about 1-2 miles from here.
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Yeah that was a good story. Everyone seemed to like reporting about that one last year. I saw something about it in the news again lately too. It nice to have a follow up story with a positive ending for once in awhile. I think the TV movie is coming out soon too, right?
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I remember where I was the day she was found too, I had surgery that morning and was watching the evening news (still badly groggy, LOL) and they were telling about it. I was so dopey that I didn't realise who/what they were talking about 'till I saw it again on the 10:00 news !
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Originally posted by Hydroaxe
Yeah that was a good story. Everyone seemed to like reporting about that one last year. I saw something about it in the news again lately too. It nice to have a follow up story with a positive ending for once in awhile. I think the TV movie is coming out soon too, right?
Yes the movie is coming out sometime around November 9th, I believe.
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Let me get this straight: the parents initially didn't want the kidnapper charged with rape, because they didn't want Elizabeth to be traumatized, by having to testify. Now, there's a book deal, a TV movie and an interview with Katie Couric. At least, a courtroom could have been closed.

Makes you wonder WHAT the parents' priorities are.
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shoot i forgot all about it!!
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Originally posted by katl8e
Let me get this straight: the parents initially didn't want the kidnapper charged with rape, because they didn't want Elizabeth to be traumatized, by having to testify. Now, there's a book deal, a TV movie and an interview with Katie Couric. At least, a courtroom could have been closed.

Makes you wonder WHAT the parents' priorities are.
Actually her parents are very genuine and nice people. They never said they didn't want the kidnappers to be charged. They just didn't want Elizabeth to have to testify in front of him. And they have enough evidence that she won't have to. So it wasn't a matter of a closed courtroom. Don't believe everything you hear.

The book was written by the mother and is about what she and her family went through in the nine months. As far as interview with Katie Couric. Her parents were interviewed and Katie asked if she could talk to Elizabeth just to see how she is doing in school. The parents said it is totally up to Elizabeth. There were no questions about specific details. Just how are you doing in school? Do your friends treat you different? And so on. The interview with Elizabeth was actually very short.

If anyone was looking for gorey details in the interview or the book, they would/will be very disapointed. (Thank God)
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I believe Opra is going to have an indepth interview with her on Tues of this coming week.
post #9 of 11
They're on the cover of People this week, too.
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They're on the cover of People this week, too.
That's wonderful! It is a wonderful human interest story and truly a miracle! Many people around the country feel as if they know this family and want to know how they are doing! Personally, I've met them several times (good friends of a friend) and they're very loving, gentle people. I wish them the best!
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Originally posted by katl8e
Let me get this straight: the parents initially didn't want the kidnapper charged with rape, because they didn't want Elizabeth to be traumatized, by having to testify. Now, there's a book deal, a TV movie and an interview with Katie Couric. At least, a courtroom could have been closed.

Makes you wonder WHAT the parents' priorities are.
I would suspect that the message in part that they want to send is that hope does prevail sometimes. When she wasn't found soon after the abduction, most people thought that she was dead, I'm sure, but her parents did not. These people don't strike me as being opportunistic, at all.

From what I've read, the first person that the father called after arriving at the police station to see her (I assume after his wife) was John Walsh, who does the America's Most Wanted show, because he was in constant contact with them, trying to help them. They went on the Larry King show several tims before she was found, still wanting to keep public interest on the story. While it's a tragedy that all missing kids don't get the publicity that she did, some of the media did help find this girl and a few others since then, so I'm not surprised they went on television to be interviewed after a rare happy ending. The interview shows don't pay people to do them.

It is very unusual in the US for court testimony to be completely closed, and is usually because the witnesse's life would be in danger, or because the victim was a very young child. There are also more and more people who wonder whether the way sexual assault victims are treated, however well-intended, actually increases the negative consequences to them, that in a way it shames more than protects them. When those 2 teenage girls were abducted from a 'lover's lane' on the same evening in California, and were eventually found safe, because of the Amber Alert system, they were also interviewed on one of the networks, and I thought that it was a brave thing for them to do.The famous (and unidentified) Central Park rape victim went public with her story just recently, years after she had been almost bludgeoned to death. I think she did that to close a chapter in her life.
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