The case of missing Iowa cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins has garnered the attention of many. Now Elizabeth Smart has thrown her two cents' into the fray, like she does most missing persons cases. Surprisingly she didn't lead off with her normal rhetoric of believing every missing person is alive just because she made it.
"It makes me sick every time I hear (about cases like this). It makes me sick there are people out there who have a total lack of feeling and conscience that they could go out and kidnap these innocent young children and do whatever else they're going to do to them, take their innocence away and steal their childhood and hurt so many families," said Smart.
Her sentiments are shared, that's for certain. Whoever has these two beautiful little girls is a piece of scum whether it's someone who knew them or not. The type of mentality behind abducting innocent children is the type of mentality that doesn't belong in a functioning society. Whether it's a child sex predator or scorned drug dealer, it doesn't matter. The abduction of the two missing Iowa girls is reprehensible.
Smart also offered some insight on what helped her keep it together while she was being held captive as a kidnapped child victim of sexual perversion:
"I would tell them to find one thing they know it was worth living for. For me it was my parents' love," she said.
For once Elizabeth Smart didn't come across as a pompous windbag. Sure she is the victim of something that no human being should ever have to experience, but the woman has steadily degraded the importance of missing persons investigations since she became a mouthpiece for these very missing persons. She's a good person to go to if you want to hear a harrowing story of survival, hope and "faith," but when it comes to facts, statistics and experience in working in the industry of investigating crimes, she's really not much help. Nonetheless, she's famous for being one of the very few people to survive an abduction of this caliber, so people will always want to hear what she has to say.
Curiously enough, nobody seems to want to ask Jaycee Dugard about what she thinks, and she was held captive for nearly 20 years -- far longer than Smart. She was not only sexually assaulted by her captors, but she was forced to breed children with them in captivity. She went through something quite a bit worse than Smart and she survived. Why aren't people coming to her for an opinion on these cases?
Where are Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins?
Yesterday a cousin of these two missing Iowa cousins gave insight on the family, claiming that two of their other cousins had been abducted back in February. It's been speculated time and time again that these two little girls could have been abducted by someone who was wronged by the family in some way -- possibly holding them for ransom. The FBI agents on the case are not clarifying on any theories or any of their leads, although they insist that they do have leads in the case. They also insist that the missing girls are alive. Here's to hoping they're correct and these girls can be brought home soon.
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