It was Elizabeth Smart’s father, Ed Smart’s belief that nothing bad would happen to his daughter. That mentality proved helpful after he was reunited with her nine months after her kidnapping, captivity, and physical abuse. Today, a granddad to two kids, he is a happy man. Learn more about his life before and after his daughter’s abduction, right here in our Ed Smart wiki.
Kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom, taken captive, and being raped repeatedly over a period of nine months, Elizabeth Smart is lucky to be alive. After being rescued, she started a fresh life following the traumatizing ordeal. Her father was a distraught man during the time that she was kidnapped. Here is more about him in our Ed Smart wiki.
Ed Smart, age 62, was born on May 18, 1955, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ed Smart’s wife is Lois Smart, to whom he got married in 1986. Since his daughter’s abduction, he has lobbied to Congress, as well as the Senate, in order to ensure that no one else is abducted and that the state has robust mechanisms to track down and rescue missing children. Ed and Lois Smart were the forerunners of this campaign.
Not much is known about Ed Smart’s occupation except that he is the owner of a real estate and mortgage company. He is based in Salt Lake City and is an alumnus of the George Washington University with a BBA in finance. He also has an MBA with a specialization in urban planning. Apart from speaking for child safety and creating awareness for child protection, he authored books like Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope, and Young Times. Nothing is known about Ed Smart’s net worth, but it is believed that he is doing well with his business, public speaking, and book sales.
Elizabeth Smart’s parents were very concerned about her well-being when she was taken from her bedroom in 2002. Her father, in particular, was emotionally strung when Elizabeth appeared in the courtroom to testify with her side of the story. In the video below, Ed Smart speaks about the emotional testimonial that his daughter gave in court. It’s something no parent should ever have to go through and though the ordeal is now just a horrid memory for the smart family, Ed Smart continues to raise awareness as much as he can.