Elizabeth faces her kidnapper in court after being abducted from her own bed in 2002.
Elizabeth Smart, 23, has been on a eight-year journey to put the darkest moment of her life behind her — being kidnapped. The beautiful young blonde, testified for the first time on Nov. 8, in the Salt Lake City, Utah, federal trial of her kidnapper Brian David Mitchell. Brian, who is charged with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor, awakened Elizabeth with a knife to her neck on June 5, 2002 and held her hostage for nine months.
“It was just indescribable fear,” Elizabeth recalled on the stand. “I remember him saying that I have a knife to your neck, don’t make a sound, get out of bed and come with me or I will kill you and your family.”
Elizabeth’s little sister, Mary Katherine, who was nine at the time, was sleeping in the bed with her, and later woke up their mother Lois Smart.
“[Mary Katherine looked like]a scared rabbit,” said Lois. “She said a man has taken Elizabeth with a gun and that we won’t find her. He took her either for ransom or hostage … My heart sank, and I yelled out to Ed [Elizabeth's dad], called 911, she’s gone. It was utter terror. It was the worst feeling knowing that I didn’t know where my child was. I was helpless.”
Prior to kidnapping Elizabeth, Brian had been a handy man at their Salt Lake City home. Elizabeth was found on March 12, 2003, after America’s Most Wanted aired her story the night before. If found guilty, Brian could spend life in prison.