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In Plain Sight: The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation Hardcover – April 18, 2005
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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.
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"A compelling account of Elizabeth's ordeal...replete with never-before-told details that only an insider could know." -- John Hughes, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and former editor of the Christian Science Monitor
"A fascinating look at...riveting case which shows how the police, media, and society interact in a high-profile crime case." -- Dr. Henry C. Lee, author, Cracking More Cases, and leading forensic scientist in the O.J. Simpson, JonBenet Ramsey, and Elizabeth Smart investigations
"An important book that does far more than just chronicle the facts of [this] electrifying, terrifying child abduction case..." -- Ernie Allen, president and CEO, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
"An insightful and harrowing memoir This book of behind-the-scene dramas reads like a true crime novel." -- Terry Tempest Williams, author, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
"Provides the only new information about the case in months." -- The Salt Lake Tribune
"Through the eyes of Tom Smart, we are finally inside a story that none of us will ever forget. Amazing." -- Nancy Grace, anchor of Court TV
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Toward the end of the book when the Salt Lake City Police Department thwarted the search of “Emmanuel”, the real kidnapper, I was so frustrated, I had to put the book down and take a walk before I could finish. The SLCPD belongs in a criminal category for the obstruction of justice, not following up on relative's calls identifying Mitchell…. Tom Smart's story shows "me" how IF "America's Most Wanted" hadn't done their story and put out the photos of Mitchell, (That's how the 2 couples who recognized Mitchell were able to call the police and identify his whereabouts to end this ordeal!) Elizabeth's story would have probably had a sad end; like so many other abducted children - never returning home. This book gives step-by-step details of "the miracle" of her rescue.
Elizabeth and her kidnappers return to Utah from Lakeside, CA, in March 2003 just as the photos of Brian David Mitchell, the kidnapper, were released on TV. No other book spells it out so well with photos and the details of what went on behind the scenes in the nine-month search for Elizabeth Smart. All the books were very well written. I was afraid I couldn't handle the details of her rapes, but there weren't any. ( None of the books written on this case go into those gory details....) This book is the culmination of all the books with a total concentration on the rescue efforts. So much would have been missing without this book, "In Plain Sight"! Thank YOU Tom/Lee!
THANK YOU Tom and Lee for all the work you put into sharing your family's grueling journey in the rescue of the abducted Elizabeth Smart. The tentacles that grip and intertwine "so many" over the loss of "one person" was again staggering as I read this story. The “Smart” family, and all branches, brings us inspiration. This book is full of nuggets to help in other such cases. I can't say enough good about this book!
I'm not sure why the family wouldn't have wanted this published, if that's true. If this has happened to me I'd want people to know that there major screwups. Elizabeth is lucky and blessed to have been found but it was because of her family.
It's a good read, hard to put down. If you're like me and you enjoy the crime shows, you'll enjoy the book.