One of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnappers pleads guilty

Wanda Barzee, Brian David Mitchell’s accomplice in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, pleaded guilty today. She got fifteen years in prison. She’s already spent the last five years in a mental hospital. It’s only recently that they decide to forcibly medicate her and she became competent enough to stand trial. As to whether Mitchell will is up for grabs — the courts say he can’t be forcibly medicated.

Barzee apologized to Elizabeth and her family for the suffering she caused them, which is only proper. I feel a little sorry for her. She seems like a pathetic, weak woman. But that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be punished for her actions.

11 thoughts on “One of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnappers pleads guilty

  1. Wendy November 17, 2009 / 10:19 pm

    Completely agree with your assessment, Meaghan!

  2. Justin November 17, 2009 / 10:49 pm

    She may be weak and pathetic, but ultimately she is what she allowed herself to become. Just like everyone else in this world.

    A lot of child molesters are weak and pathetic. And I still think they need a bullet in the back of their heads.

    • Birgitta November 17, 2009 / 11:58 pm

      Yes many child molesters are weak and pathetic but giving them bullets in the back do not solve anything, they should go to jail and serve their time there.

      This is a very sad case, like all other missing persons cases are, but the good thing is that Elizabeth was found and brought home and seam to be doing well.

      We can never know what goes around in the head of an kidnapper, there are way too many kidnappings in USA even thru the press claims all the time that there are not many strangers abductions, in my opinion there are way too many strangers abductions.

      • Justin November 18, 2009 / 12:38 am

        The dead don’t molest. That would solve a lot and I don’t particularly want my taxes to keep these… people fed, clothed and sheltered from the general prison population.

    • forthelost November 18, 2009 / 11:04 pm

      However, most aren’t strangers or convicted sex offenders. They’re family of the child. I think it would be a very bad idea to put them to death. At that point anyone who hurt a child could tell the child if they told the relative would be put to death, truthfully. I don’t want a situation like that to exist.

      And if the death penalty prevented crime in any way… no. I’d still be against it. Besides the whole “you can’t reverse someone put to death” issue, two wrongs don’t make a right.

  3. Meaghan November 18, 2009 / 1:23 am

    In any case, I don’t think Wanda Barzee ever actually molested anybody. She was just her husband’s accomplice.

    • Justin November 18, 2009 / 2:11 am

      And many high ranking Nazis never actually killed anybody. They were just Hitler’s accomplices.

      • Emma l November 18, 2009 / 9:35 am

        Capital punishment has never been proven to reduce crime. So its a pretty useless deterrent.

        However your point about the Nazis is an a really good one. I only found out yesterday that not only was Charles Manson not physically responsibly for any of the infamous murders- he was not even present at the time. Equally culpable of course in my opinion, but still not actually present. I was pretty amazed when I found that out because I’ve read so much about those killings but I never knew that for some reason.

      • Justin November 18, 2009 / 10:46 pm

        Emma, I have a question for you. I’m not trying to be sarcastic or confrontational. I’m just curious.

        If you believed that capital punishment was an effective deterrant and did greatly reduce the number of crimes that one could be sentenced to death for, would you be for the death penalty or not?

  4. Emma l November 19, 2009 / 9:29 am

    Thats a really hard question! Ughh. Erm probably not. My main problems with it are:
    1. As we know there are numerous mistakes made in the justice system and they can’t be undone, once capital punishment has taken place.
    2. It seems illogical. To kill someone as a punishment for killing someone? Never made any sense to me.

    Its hard to make an absolute judgement unless it effects you personally though isnt it? I may have a very different opinion if one of my family members were murdered.
    It doesn’t bother you that its not a deterrent then? You just think its about punishment? I mean thats a totally legitimate point of view- I understand it. I just don’t agree.

  5. Birgitta November 19, 2009 / 9:35 am

    Justin, if guns solve anything, why is the sitiuation so bad? Maybe you wanna have it like in some of the middle east countries? I belive in justice and I want people to be punished for their wrong doings but I am truly against the death penalty, in my eyes murder is a murder no matter who commits it, you don´t solve the problems with problems, you solve problems with looking into the root of the problem.

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