The Incredible Story of Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Ann Smart was just like any other 14-year-old girl living a seemingly perfect life until tragedy struck. Her incredible story made headlines and captivated the nation for months. Here is the unbelievable true story of Elizabeth Smart.


Meet Elizabeth Smart


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Elizabeth Ann Smart was born on November 3, 1987, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Raised in a very traditional Mormon family, the Smarts were active members of the church. Elizabeth was a shy and self-conscious child. By all accounts, Elizabeth had a normal childhood until she was 14 years old. 


Picture Perfect Family


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The Smart family was picture perfect. Elizabeth was the second of six children. Being devout Mormon’s, the family was actively involved in their community. They would even hire homeless people to do some handy work around their house. There was nothing outwardly special about the Smarts.


The Unthinkable



On June 4, 2002, the Smart family came back from an event. Elizabeth’s dad, Edward, locked the doors but did not turn on the alarm. Her mother, Lois, explained that if the children got up in the night it would set the alarm off. It should have been a normal evening like any other. Then the unthinkable happened.


A Stranger



In the early morning on June 5, a man broke into their home. He entered the bedroom Elizabeth shared with her 9-year-old sister, Mary Katherine. Mary pretended to be asleep and watched as the strange man approached her sister’s bed.