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Well, here it goes...

Having read all manner of opinions on the subject, I choose to forego adding my voice to the cacophony, at least until I know enough on the matter to offer an intelligent opinion. Not that anything I do will have any impact on the course of events, though. After all...

Nope, not gonna go there.

Lessee, nothing singularly eventful occured in my life this week. Spent Sunday studying and then went with Mom to a concert, where the featured pianist bore an eerie resemblence to aminomiko's fiance. (No, really!) Monday was class in which none of the DNA labs came out, so that will be an... intriguing lab report to turn in. I'm debating whether or not to even do it, as it seems that the teacher doesn't even look at anything we turn in. Good, I suppose, but at the same time rather dissappointing. Then I was cajoled (at gunpoint, nonetheless) to play hooky from orchestra and spent a most agreeable evening (and morning) watching DVDs and playing... something which I can't remember the title of right now. Tuesday was lost to my sleeping in and then hanging at Mom's watching my poor ole' kitty wander around listlessly. Yesterday was my second test in biology, and I meant to get up early to study for it, but ended up barely making it to class on time. Not that I should have bothered, as none of the questions on the damn test were on the study guide, and I had to randomly guess on most of them. Grr. Then home for a nap, up in time to watch Dubya call Saddam out, and off to work through a horribly deserted downtown.

And speaking of work, why did no one tell me they hired two newbies? One of whom I now have to train. And just found out that all that 11x17 Igt D. spent last night and tonight folding is folded backwards! Ick. Proof, people, is not a dirty word! I'm presently trying to think of a positive way to tell H. about the Igt, but nothing springs to mind. Ah, well, at least they all hate me anyway right now, so more bad news can only heighten the dramatic potential around here. Still haven't heard anything about the talk I was promised from D. or St., but G. did mention I was "a bad girl", so I have a feeling court is adjourned while they prepare their case. Heh. I have abysmal timing. Had to wait until reviews were being written to go nuclear. Ah, well, I didn't really want another 1 cent raise anyway. And it gives them something new to gossip about.

Relatives defend suspect in Smart disappearance

Father: 'Brian is the one who got that girl back safely'

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CNN) --Relatives are defending Brian David Mitchell, the homeless man suspected of abducting Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart nine months ago.

Shirl Mitchell, the suspect's father, says there is no justification for the alleged abduction but that his son's actions should be put in perspective.

"Brian is the one who got that girl back safely ... Now, that's quite an accomplishment," the senior Mitchell told CNN on Saturday.

"How many of these fiends, degenerates, take little kids and dismember their bodies or kill them outright and bury them. Now when they're getting to be overcritical of Brian, they should remember that," he said, urging that Mitchell not be "dumped out as garbage."

On Wednesday, police arrested Mitchell, 49, and his wife, Wanda Ilene Barzee, 57, in Sandy, Utah, after residents recognized the bearded and robe-clad Mitchell as the man police had named as a suspect in the case. Mitchell was walking with two veiled women -- Barzee and Elizabeth, who had been missing for nine months and turned 15 during that time.

Police say Elizabeth was abducted at knifepoint from her bedroom during the night of June 5, 2002. As details about the case emerge, Mitchell's father is taking to task those who would condemn his son.

"Of course, they're continuing to say he's a monster for taking away a minor. But they have to back up a little and realize that ... [Brian's] a saint because he took care of that girl and helped her for all those months," he said.

Authorities in Utah have said Brian Mitchell, a self-proclaimed prophet who called himself "Emmanuel," and companion Barzee could face charges of aggravated kidnapping.

Mitchell's father, 83, who described himself as a voyeur and the author of two volumes about his personal theology that include explicit sexual content, also acknowledged showing his son pictures of genitalia at the age of seven or eight. The father said he believes his erotic literature contributed to an after-school episode of indecent exposure when Mitchell was a teenager.

A few weeks in juvenile detention, bouts with alcohol and drugs -- including an LSD trip that put him in the hospital -- were other contributing factors, the elder Mitchell said. He added that the family suspected Brian Mitchell was abused in daycare.

Calling himself "too impulsive" as a parent, the father also catalogued early incidents in his own troubled relationship with Mitchell.

"He slapped one of the neighbor kids with a hose, hurting the kid, making the kid cry. So I went out and slapped him with [the hose] and probably said 'how do you think that feels.' That was too harsh," he said.

Mitchell's father also told CNN about an incident when he drove his son to a park and told him "you are on your own." He said he wanted his son to "appreciate having a home just by being loose in the world for a little while."

"That might have set his mind in that pattern. Now he is wandering around the whole country that way," the father said, referring to Mitchell's life as a panhandling drifter who preached to the homeless and passers-by.

Although they have rarely talked in the past 15 years, the father says he now feels "equally responsible" for what has happened to Mitchell, adding that he'll do whatever he can to help reduce any sentence his son might face.

He also said Mitchell's sister, Lisa, should receive the reward offered for Elizabeth's return.

"She's the one that turned Brian in," he said, referring to information that his daughter had provided authorities. The father told CNN that he has suggested his daughter use the reward money to hire a high-powered attorney to defend Mitchell "so that he'll get off with as little a sentence as possible."


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 20th, 2003 07:29 am (UTC)
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! How the hell did he manage to do THAT?! The pages were NUMBERED! DRILLED! ... that's just.. Oo; ... inane ...
Mar. 20th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is creepy... He does look like Nate, only not as gaunt and with more hair. O.o

Ewww... It sounds like the whole Mitchell family needs to be locked up and undergo some intensive therapy, hopefully with electricity involved. O.o
Mar. 20th, 2003 02:10 pm (UTC)
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