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Not Welcome! Family Won't Take Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Wanda Barzee Back

Family Won’t Take Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Wanda Barzee
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Sep. 16 2018, Updated 10:02 p.m. ET

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The family of Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper Wanda Barzee has turned their back on her.

Barzee, 72, is about to be released from prison for her part in the kidnapping but she is set for a hard time when she walks free.

She will begin a five-year supervised release next week after striking a deal with prosecutors.

But her family is still horrified by the part she played in the crime that shocked America.

Niece Tina Mace revealed: "It just makes you ill. How could anyone do that?'"

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In 2002 her then preacher husband, Brian David Mitchell, kidnapped a then 14-year-old Smart at knifepoint.

And according to Smart, 30, Barzee still poses a threat to people after revealing that she did terrible things to her.

Smart revealed: "She saw me as her slave. She called me her handmaiden. She never hesitated to let her displeasure with me be known."

And like Smart, Mace is alarmed by the announcement this week by Utah authorities, who said they had miscalculated her aunt's sentence and would release her from prison on Sept 19.

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"From what I know, no family can take her in or would take her in," she said.

Federal agents have found a place for Barzee to live when she starts her five-year supervised release, said Eric Anderson, the deputy chief U.S. Probation Officer for Utah.

Barzee has served the 15-year sentence she got in a plea deal the year she testified against street preacher Mitchell.

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