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

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

by Tom Smart, Lee Benson
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In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation by Tom Smart, Lee Benson

This riveting inside story of the intense search for the Salt Lake City teenager who was kidnapped from her bed reveals never-before-told details of the largest investigation in Utah state history. Paced like a thriller, this true account moves between the parallel stories of the searchers and the abductor. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556525797
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/18/2005
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About 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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WashingtonMom More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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