In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation

In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation

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by Tom Smart, Lee Benson
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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:
04/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
261,985
File size:
4 MB

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Nancy Grace
"America stood on the outside looking in, breath held tightly, at events surrounding the disappearance of 14 year old Elizabeth Smart. Her return was nothing less than a miracle. Now, through the eyes of Tom Smart, we are finally inside a story that none of us will ever forget. Amazing."
—anchor, Court TV

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