(NBC) - Elizabeth Smart said confronting her key tormentor, the captor who raped and tortured her for nine months, for a final time in a courtroom helped her break free of his psychological hold and realize "he no longer has any part of my life."
Smart was only 14 when she was taken by knifepoint from her Salt Lake City bedroom in the middle of the night on June 5, 2002, by Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She then spent weeks at a makeshift mountainside campsite where she was chained, raped and threatened with death before she was taken away to California.
Mitchell is now serving a lifetime in prison, and Barzee is serving 15 years to life.
Smart, who confronted both of them in court, said she wasn't sure what to expect when she saw them, especially Mitchell, but knew he would "never control me ever again or make me feel bad ever again, that he no longer exists in my life, and I never have to let him," she told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie on Monday.
Smart said music played a "huge part" in her recovery. She plays the harp, which she described as "the most relaxing instrument." Smart also leaned heavily on her family.
Thursday, December 12 2013 1:26 PM EST2013-12-12 18:26:36 GMT
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