The authorities in Wisconsin released an 911 audio call placed minutes after 13-year-old James Cleos was found and taken to a neighbor's house in the rural Gordon. (January 15)
BARRON, Wisc. "When Elizabeth Smart came home after nine months in captivity, she struggled with the glory that accompanied her kidnapping.
She could not go anywhere without knowing. Trips to the grocery store took longer. She was no longer wall-mounted.
Her return was the start of a new trip, she said in the Barron County, Wisconsin, on the night of the day.
"In my opinion, I thought I could just go back to who I was before I was kidnapped," she said. "At that time, I did not realize that, in fact, this girl, Elizabeth Smart, which existed before my abduction, no longer existed."
Smart spoke at Barron High School to help the community move forward after the return of 13-year-old James Cleos, whose escape from the house of Jake Patterson two months ago attracted national titles.
21-year-old Patterson is accused of having shot dead his parents Jaime on October 15, kidnapping a teenager and keeping her in 88 days in Douglas, Gordon.
Patterson, who returned to court on charges of March 27, has to face allegations of first-degree murder, abduction and arsenal.
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Smart also received nationwide attention after being abducted in 2002 her bedroom Salt Lake City street preacher Bryan David Mitchell and had been in the hands of Mitchell's wife, Wanda Barz, for ninety months. Mitchell raped her daily and used religion to justify her actions.
Elizabeth Smart a municipality address at Barron High School. Stolen as a teenager, Smart spoke of 13-year-old James Clause, who was kidnapped in October, and her parents were killed. Clossus escaped in January. Smart said that it was important to give Jamie a "space to restore her life." (Photo: Haley BeMiller / USA Today's Network – Wisconsin)
Smart is now a Child Safety Officer and on the night she encourages Barron residents to respect their private life when she begins to cure and regain her life. She offered those who want to talk to her, write a letter she can read when she is ready.
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Smart has also emphasized that it is never worth asking a victim an issue that begins with: "Why did not you?"
"Whatever they do, they did it right because they survived," she said.
Jayme Closs poses with his aunt, Jennifer Smith, and her dog with whom she was reunited on the night of the night. The photo was posted on the Healing for Jayme Closs page. (Photo: Jennifer Smith)
The gym was filled with people who wanted to hear from Smart who spoke about 30 minutes. Sheriff District B Aron Chris Fitzgerald called it a huge night.
"It was a very powerful message," said Mary Crookhas, of Lake Rice, "This is probably a must for the community."
Now that Jamie is home, Smart said that Citizens have the right to continue living. Seven will take the time to mourn their parents James, James and Denise, but everything will get better, she said.
Smart also called James a wonderful young woman who will find her way forward.
"Despite the horrors she saw, despite the terrible things she suffered from her and her loneliness, she was still saved. "She survived," Smart said.
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