When Elizabeth Smart, then just fourteen years old, was abducted from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 the story took the American public by storm. It was every parent’s worst nightmare come true. Years after the kidnapping, Smart has spoken up about her nine-month imprisonment. Here’s what happened.
Elizabeth Smart’s Childhood
Elizabeth Smart was born on November 3rd, 1987 in Salt Lake City. Her parents, Edward and Lois Smart, had five other children for a total of four boys and two girls. The Smart family was involved in their religious community, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints.
Smart was known as a shy child with great potential, and who loved to play the harp. She started playing music at age five and practiced for hours each day. Her mother stayed at home to care for the children, and her father was a successful real estate developer. They were the picture of an idyllic American family, but in one night their lives were turned upside down.