In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation
By Tom Smart, By Lee Benson


400 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $34.95)

ISBN 9781556525797

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Apr 2005)


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The riveting details behind one of the most infamous kidnapping cases in recent history
This riveting inside story of the intense search for the Salt Lake City teenager who was kidnapped from her bed reveals never-before-told details of the largest investigation in Utah state history. Paced like a thriller, this true account moves between the parallel stories of the searchers and the abductor. The firsthand account of Tom Smart, Elizabeth's uncle and one-time suspect, reveals the details of the flawed police investigation, the media's manipulation of the family, and the eyewitness account of nine-year-old Mary Katherine Smart that went largely ignored by investigators. New research is presented on the family background of disturbed street preacher Brian David Mitchell, who kidnapped Elizabeth as part of a bizarre polygamous plot. Also examined is the critical role of the media, revealing the essential part played by John Walsh and others in facilitating Elizabeth's safe return, and the manipulative influence of Fox News and Bill O'Reilly. Going beyond a mere eyewitness account, the book includes information culled from interviews with more than 150 people involved in the search and investigation, notes from family meetings, and memos from law enforcement officials. Tom Smart is donating half of his royalties to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Rape Crisis Center, and other charities. 


"Should serve a useful purpose in all future crime investigations." —The Daily Spectrum

Author Biography

Tom Smart, Elizabeth Smart's uncle, is a veteran photojournalist for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City, as well as an award-winning features writer. He lives in Park City, Utah. Lee Benson is an award-winning journalist with 30 years of experience as a newspaper writer, columnist, and author. He is currently a metro columnist for the Deseret Morning News and wrote numerous columns about the case as it was unfolding. He lives in Park City, Utah.