Could Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper strike again?
In a shocking update, the Utah parole board announced Wanda Barzee will be released next week — but she recently told a prison pen pal she has no regrets in her evil decision to snatch the then 14-year-old, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
“She said she was compelled to do so by God!” the friend told Radar of the 2017 letter. “She also said she would do it again!”
In a letter to her pen pal, Barzee, 72, said she wants to recruit more innocent girls
“For Elizabeth Smart to have fallen,” she wrote, according to the friend, “I’m in need of a handmaid to take her place.”
The friend, a young mother, said Barzee sent followers to her home after cutting off correspondence.
“It just freaked me out!” she claimed. “We put padlocks on both of our doors and keep the windows locked at all times.”
“It scares me. And they’ve come back to my house several times!”
As Radar previously reported, the Utah parole board determined Barzee should be granted time served in federal prison toward her current state prison sentence. (She is serving 1 to 15 years for plotting to kidnap Smart’s cousin in 2002 after completing her sentence for kidnapping Smart in 2016.)
“I was surprised and disappointed to learn of the pending release of Wanda Barzee. It is incomprehensible how someone who has not cooperated with her mental health evaluations or risk assessments and someone who did not show up to her own parole hearing can be released into our community,” Smart said in a statement today.
Smart, now a 30-year-old mother of three, recently revealed the horrors she suffered at the hands of Barzee and fellow kidnapper Brian David Mitchell.
“There aren’t words to describe the humiliation, pain, and total degradation I felt over the subsequent hours,” the Salt Lake City native wrote of being repeatedly sexually assaulted.
“In my opinion, rape is worse than murder.”
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