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Salt Lake City, Utah / Smart Kidnapping / Mitchell Interview / Smart Interview / Welner, Butterworth Interviews #723914

CNN Evening News for Saturday, Mar 15, 2003
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Salt Lake City: Jeanne Meserve) Exclusive interview with Shirl Mitchell†, the father of Brian Mitchell, who is suspected of kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home, presented; details given about Brian’s childhood. [MITCHELL – talks about his son’s time in a juvenile detention center for indecent exposure.] The relationship between the Mitchells and about the father’s writing of religious works discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with Elizabeth Smart’s uncle Chris Smart† about Elizabeth’s ordeal. [In Salt Lake City, SMART – reacts to the Mitchell interview; says Elizabeth is doing great; comments on the apparent attempt to kidnap Elizabeth’s cousin; states the family’s wish for Mitchell’s conviction.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner† and child psychologist Dr. Robert Butterworth† about the healing process facing Elizabeth as she recovers from her ordeal. [In New York, WELNER – says the Smart family’s support is helping her adjustment; comments on cult dynamics; talks about the role of Mitchell’s wife; says the research in this area is based on captives in Bogotá, Colombia.] [BUTTERWORTH – reacts to the Mitchell interview; says Elizabeth is lucky to be alive; talks about emotional bonding with the kidnapper; says the best interests of the child & of the prosecution may be at odds.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Meserve, Jeanne

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