As one of the most notorious child abduction cases of the 21st century, Elizabeth Smart revisits her days in captivity only a few miles from her home where she was taken. Living through malnutrition, dehydration, rape and mental torture for almost 9 months, Elizabeth relied heavily on her Christian faith to survive. She describes how she developed the psychology of “survival,” even if it meant outliving her captors over the next 30 years. Often questioned for missed opportunities of escaping, Elizabeth discusses her mindset of being captive at the age of 14 and the fear that was reinforced continuously. Now a wife and mother, she talks about healing, moving forward and educating her children.
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At 9 years of age, Jack Garcia’s parents fled Castro’s communist regime in Cuba to find a new life in the United States. Though NOT Italian, Jack was able to convince the Gambino crime family of the American Mafia in New York that he was Italian. Regarded as one of the most successful under-cover FBI agents, his near 3-year stint as a mobster led to the arrest and conviction of 32 Gambino family members. With a half of a dozen simultaneous identities while working several overlapping cases, even his daughter wasn’t sure of his real name. Just days before becoming a “Made Man,” the bureau unexpectedly pulled him from the case. In this discussion, I spend a little time in mob school with Jack and earn my mob name.