This summer Lifetime is delving into some suspense, crime and justice story in its new ‘Ripped from the Headlines’ series. One of the offerings slated within the network’s specials is a documentary special titled ‘Elizabeth Smart: Finding Justice’. Here is everything you need to know about it.
‘Elizabeth Smart: Finding Justice’ airs on Sunday, August 2, at 10 pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
The documentary is hosted by kidnapping survivor and advocate Elizabeth Smart, providing an unvarnished look at the real-life case that is the core of the film. Smart sits down with a fellow kidnapping survivor, Candra Torres, and dives into the true story of her life that inspired the book and the movie ‘A Murder to Remember’. Torres was held captive by a stranger and succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome, a psychological condition in which a victim develops a connection with the captor. Smart interviews Torres about a series of events that started with the death of her husband under mysterious circumstances and the brainwashing that she endured under her captor.
The film comprises a montage of exclusive interviews, police reports, press-clipping and courtroom transcripts. It is a hard-hitting account of the nightmares Torres suffered at the hands of a malicious murderer and a skilled manipulator. Smart and Torres discuss the challenging recourse process, healing and transforming from victims to survivors.
Smart was kidnapped at age 14 from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002. She was held captive by Brian David Mitchell, and his wife Wanda Barzee on the outskirts of the city for a period fo approximately nine months, before she was discovered. Smart was abducted at knife-point, while her sister pretended to be asleep in bed. Mitchell, who claimed to be a religious preacher, held Smart at a camp in the woods where he repeatedly assaulted her. Since her abduction and rescue, Smart went on to become a survivor and advocate for missing persons and victims of sexual assault. Barzee was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in 2010 for assisting in Smart’s kidnapping and abduction. Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison in 2011.
‘Elizabeth Smart: Finding Justice’ is a series of specials, a part of Lifetime’s ‘Ripped from the Headlines’ movies. It is produced by Telepictures and Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey serves as Senior Executive Producer. Jeremy Spiegel and Scott Eldridge are Executive Producers, while Mioshi Hill and Gena McCarthy Executive Produce for Lifetime.
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