Kidnapping survivor speaks out on Gabby Petito case: ‘It’s heartbreaking’

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Kidnapper Elizabeth Smart spoke about the murder of Gabby Petito, describing the case as “heartbreaking”.

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Speaking in an interview with Jada Pinkett Smith red table talkIn this article, Ms. Smart discusses her experience of being kidnapped at the age of 14 by street preacher Brian David Mitchell and Ms. Petito’s recent case.

“In Gabby’s case, specifically, I mean, I was alive, and I came home, and hers sadly hasn’t ended that way,” Ms. Smart said.


“But to know what it’s like to be on the other side and what could potentially have happened and what could have happened until her final moments, and perhaps understanding what she was feeling, it’s heartbreaking.”

Ms. Smart was held for nine months after being abducted at knifepoint from her home in Salt Lake City by her inmate Michelle and his wife, Wanda Burzi. He was eventually rescued by police on a street in Utah, and the case has been widely reported as well as becoming the subject of several films and books.

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Since being rescued, she has become an advocate for the kidnappers and has spoken openly about her suffering.

Among her fears during her abduction was the idea that her parents might think she ran away from home.

She told Ms. Pinkett Smith: “I asked him if he was going to rape me near my house and kill me because it was important to me that my parents would find my body and know that I didn’t run away.” Went.” during his interview.

“So when I think of Gabby Petito, when I think of all these other victims, I feel like they still deserve a lot so that their stories end as well.”

Ms. Petito’s body was found on September 19 near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Her family reported her missing several weeks ago after her fiancé Brian Laundry returned alone from the couple’s cross-country road trip.

Mr Laundry has since disappeared and police have named him as a person of interest in the case. Ms. Petito’s family has called for attention to all investigations into the missing person that Ms. Petito has received.

Ms Petito’s father, Joe Pettito, told a news conference: “I don’t want to dismiss the ridiculously hard work that the FBI and law enforcement put all around, but social media has been amazing and very influential.

“And to be honest, it should continue for other people as well. Similar heightened awareness should continue for everyone, for everyone.”


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