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Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped 15 years ago. Why she’s sharing her ‘terror’ now.

Elizabeth Smart attends the “I Am Elizabeth Smart” panel during the Summer TCA press tour July 28 in Beverly Hills. Smart, who was kidnapped 15 years ago, is telling her story through two TV specials this month.
Elizabeth Smart attends the “I Am Elizabeth Smart” panel during the Summer TCA press tour July 28 in Beverly Hills. Smart, who was kidnapped 15 years ago, is telling her story through two TV specials this month. Invision

Elizabeth Smart’s name made national headlines 15 years ago.

She was just 14 when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home on June 5, 2002. Smart would remain missing for more than nine months before being returned to her family.

Smart, who turned 30 last week, is telling her story through two television specials.

“Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography,” is a two-part documentary that will air Sunday and Monday on A&E. On Nov. 18, the movie “I Am Elizabeth Smart,” premieres on Lifetime.

“The three words that really describe my kidnapping are terror, boredom and rape,” Smart says in a clip previewing the A&E special. The video was first aired by E! News.

Smart would endure abuse from her captors until March 12, 2003, when she was reunited with her family and her kidnappers were arrested in Sandy, Utah.

Brian David Mitchell, who broke into the Smart family’s home and kidnapped her, is serving a life sentence in Arizona after being convicted in 2010. His wife, Wanda Barzee, was sentenced in 2009 to 15 years. She is reportedly serving a state prison sentence in Utah.

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