On December 10 Brian Mitchell, the despicable psychopath who kidnapped and sexually abused the 14-year old Elizabeth Smart for nearly a year, was convicted on all charges.
I remember very well how everybody was cheering when they found her alive. According to the past experience of similar cases, such an outcome was nearly impossible statistically. The vast majority of girls kidnapped in such a way have ended up dead. It turned out that the police was close to getting her several times. In one of the cases the officer wasn’t able to see her veiled face because Mitchell told him that it was against their religion (thank you Muslim fanatics for that!).
It is also great that Mitchell, who tried to go with the insanity defense, was seen by the jury for what he was – a cunning and manipulative creature who was able to face justice. It is well known that psychopathic behaviour, where you apply some odd standards on other people doesn’t equal insanity. Of course, the lefties who think that everybody who has committed a crime is a lovable victim of long chain of capitalist injustices were disappointed with the verdict, but, hey, what can you do? They wouldn’t be lefties if they didn’t think that way.
The major issue here lies with her father (in my opinion). That problem has never been discussed, allegedly out of respect to the family’s ordeal.
The family met Mitchell in Salt Lake City shortly before the kidnapping. He was an unemployed street bum, who was begging for money. They gave him five dollars. That’s where it all should have ended – five bucks are more than enough for a bum. However, Ed Smart had to go even further to express in a deeper way his Mormon (or Christian) righteousness. He hired Mitchell to work on the roof of his home. That’s how the pervert created the elaborate plan to kidnap Elizabeth.
Don’t you think that Smart’s behaviour was too weird? Despite his name, he was not that smart. Here we have a successful businessman with a large house and six kids, who ignores the safety of his own children and invites a low-life street bum into his house with dire consequences.
This is not smart behaviour at all. It is more worthy of Ned Flanders, the misguidedly pious character from the Simpsons, who usually gets gutted or beheaded in the Halloween episodes after deciding to provide help to some weird creatures.
Ed Smart is not a cartoon character and that makes him even scarier. How could have he lived with himself, if the happy ending didn’t occur and the wacko killed his daughter?
Being a Good Samaritan is not always good, unless you use your brain.
The whole case makes me recall the parable about the swine and the pearls…