In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation [NOOK Book]

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This riveting inside story of the intense search for the Salt Lake City teenager reveals never-before-told details of the largest investigation in Utah state history. The firsthand account of Tom Smart, Elizabeth's uncle and one-time suspect, reveals the details of the flawed police investigation, the media's manipulation of the family, and the eyewitness account of nine-year-old Mary Katherine Smart that went largely ignored by investigators. New research is presented on the family background of disturbed street...
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In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation

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Overview

This riveting inside story of the intense search for the Salt Lake City teenager reveals never-before-told details of the largest investigation in Utah state history. The firsthand account of Tom Smart, Elizabeth's uncle and one-time suspect, reveals the details of the flawed police investigation, the media's manipulation of the family, and the eyewitness account of nine-year-old Mary Katherine Smart that went largely ignored by investigators. New research is presented on the family background of disturbed street preacher Brian David Mitchell, who kidnapped Elizabeth as part of a bizarre polygamous plot. Also examined is the critical role of the media, revealing the essential part played by John Walsh and others in facilitating Elizabeth's safe return, and the manipulative influence of Fox News and Bill O'Reilly. Going beyond a mere eyewitness account, the book includes information culled from interviews with more than 150 people involved in the search and investigation, notes from family meetings, and memos from law enforcement officials.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite the sensational subtitle, readers who have followed the kidnapping and eventual safe return of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart won't glean any "startling" truths from this account, coauthored by one of the drama's prime players. But most will find the detailed account of police missteps disturbing and saddening. Smart's traumatic imprisonment riveted much of the country for nine months, from her abduction from her bedroom until the discovery that she was the veiled young woman accompanying a bizarre street preacher named Brian David Mitchell. Tom Smart, an uncle who came unfairly under suspicion and who devoted countless hours to exploring every lead, and journalist Benson craft a coherent narrative interweaving the official investigation with a reconstruction of Mitchell's movements; the numerous missed opportunities to locate Elizabeth and her captors make for agonizing reading. Tom Smart settles some scores: Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and Marc Klaas, the father of a murdered child, come across as journalistically unscrupulous. But Smart is also forthright about his own mistakes. While this is an interesting alternate perspective to that provided by Elizabeth's parents in 2003's Bringing Elizabeth Home, the compelling story still awaits a definitive telling. 8 pages of color photos. Agent, Dystel/Goderich Literary Agency. (April 18) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Smart, the uncle of Salt Lake City kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart, teams with journalist Benson to give a firsthand account of the events surrounding the much-publicized abduction of 14-year-old Elizabeth on June 5, 2002. Other books have been written on the subject, including Bringing Elizabeth Home by Ed and Lois Smart, Elizabeth's parents, but this work includes several previously undisclosed details of the police and FBI investigations, in which Tom Smart was heavily involved, as well as accounts of the family's encounters with the media, both good and bad. Smart also incorporates his and extended family members' personal accounts of the events. This is a riveting, emotional narrative of a case that captured the nation's attention. Recommended for public libraries.-Sarah Jent, Univ. of Louisville Lib., KY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613742105
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 58,507
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Tom Smart, Elizabeth Smart's uncle, is a veteran photojournalist for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City, as well as an award-winning features writer. Lee Benson is an award-winning journalist with 30 years of experience as a newspaper writer, columnist, and author. He is currently a metro columnist for the Deseret Morning News and wrote numerous columns about the case as it was unfolding.
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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Gripping account of the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping!

    This book was superb for the interested individual who lived through the Utah Smart Kidnapping drama. It was such a great in depth review of the investigation and story. Made my heart weep for the Smart family. I feel the story was very Utah resident friendly- if you are familiar with the area all the street descriptions, local politicians, and family members will really hit home. Tom Smart was a great voice for the story.... he is a great man for all that he did for his niece! This book was GRADE-A! (Would have loved more photographs of the 9 months).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    A compelling account

    I had mixed feelings about purchasing this book, concerned that it was exploiting Elizabeth (having read her father's concerns). However, I found it compelling and an inspiring story of a family pulling together, refusing to give up, and doing everything they could think of to bring her home. Also revealing about the media and police agencies. This is an example where truth is indeed stranger than fiction. It is a miracle that Elizabeth was found. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    A Must Read!!

    WOW!! I just finished Tom Smart and Lee Benson's book. Talk about amazing!! I couldn't put it down. It was an emotional roller coaster! The detail is incredible in this book. I learned so much about the investigation and the history of Brian and Wanda. The great part about the book is that it doesn't focus on Elizabeth! Tom, Elizabeth's uncle, does an outstanding job of keeping her out of the 'spotlight' He shares HIS story!! And what a story it is!! I have great respect for all of the Smart Family after reading this book and for the whole SLC community. This is a book everyone should read!

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