CNN: Elizabeth Smart outwitted captor to win freedom

For months, Elizabeth Smart says, she watched the man accused of kidnapping her use religion to manipulate others.

Brian David Mitchell claimed his revelations were divine, Smart testified this week at his federal kidnapping trial. But she saw them as his way to get the two things he truly worshipped -- sex and alcohol.

So, when Mitchell started talking in March 2003 about moving on as food supplies ran low at the camp they'd set up about 30 miles from San Diego, California, Smart came up with a way to steer them back home to Utah.

She told him she had a revelation.

"I said I thought we should return to Salt Lake City," Smart recalled. "I said I didn't know for sure, but God told me we should pray on it. Everything I said was immediately disregarded, but I knew if I said God told me, he would listen to me a lot more."

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