Wanda Barzee Freed: Woman Convicted in Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping Released From Prison
Barzee has been in police custody for 15 years.
The woman who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart has been released from a Utah prison.
Wanda Barzee walked out of Utah State Prison a free woman Wednesday morning after 15 years in police custody.
She'll be on supervised release for the next five years, and she has been warned she can have no direct or indirect contact with Smart, now 30, or her family.
Smart was 14 years old when she was abducted and held captive as a sex slave by Barzee and her husband, Brian David Mitchell, in 2002.
Mitchell is serving a life sentence.
On "CBS This Morning," Smart voiced her fears about Barzee's release.
“I do believe she's still a danger,” Smart told Gayle King. "Through my sources, I've heard that she's still carrying around this 'book of revelations' that Brian Mitchell wrote ... that said he should kidnap me, and not just kidnap me but six other young girls, and that we'd all be his wives ... clearly, she hasn't let it go."
She added: "It's been a roller coaster of emotion, of worry, of wondering what's going to happen ... but I think at the end of it, what I've just come to ... is that I really have spent the last 15 years of my life trying to move forward.”
In an Instagram post Wednesday, Smart wrote: "May we all remain vigilant in watching over our families, friends, and community from anyone who would seek to hurt or take advantage."
Another kidnapping victim, Jaycee Dugard, who was held captive in California for 18 years in a separate case, is expressing support for Smart, telling ABC News that she feels “deeply” for what she is going through.
"I feel deeply for what Elizabeth is going through, knowing this dangerous person is free to walk the street. Believe Elizabeth when she says this woman is a threat to society," Dugard said.
Barzee is now 72 and members of her family are shunning her.
“I wish they would have never let her out," Barzee's niece, Tina Mace, told Inside Edition last week. “Anybody that does that to a child is evil."
Mace added that she believes Barzee is “very” mentally ill and “very” dangerous. She added that if Barzee were to ask her for help, she would say she was "not interested."
"As far as I’m concerned, she's not part of my family anymore," Mace said.
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