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Hostage Gave Meth to Atlanta Fugitive

Hostage Gave Meth to Atlanta Fugitive

By GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago



Ashley Smith, the woman who says she persuaded suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols to release her by talking about her faith, discloses in a new book that she gave him methamphetamine during the hostage ordeal.

Smith did not share that detail with authorities at the time. But investigators said she came clean about the drugs when they interviewed her months later. They said they have no plans to charge her with drug possession.

In her book, "Unlikely Angel," released Tuesday, Smith says Nichols had her bound on her bed with masking tape and an extension cord. She says he asked for marijuana, but she did not have any, and she dug into her illegal stash of crystal meth instead.

Smith, a 27-year-old widowed mother who gained widespread praise for her level-headedness, says the seven-hour hostage ordeal in March led to the realization that she was a drug addict, and she says she has not used drugs since the night before she was taken captive.

"If I did die, I wasn't going to heaven and say, `Oh, excuse me, God. Let me wipe my nose, because I just did some drugs before I got here,'" Smith told the Augusta Chronicle.

Police said Nichols took Smith hostage in her apartment March 11 after a shooting rampage at the Atlanta courthouse.

During the ordeal, Smith says, she pulled out Rick Warren's book "The Purpose-Driven Life" and read to Nichols a chapter called "Using What God Gave Me" to gain his trust. Nichols later released her, and she called 911 and told authorities where to find him.

Nichols is accused of killing four people, including a judge, and could get the death penalty.

Since Nichols' arrest, Smith has received $70,000 in rewards and has been bombarded with offers for books, movies and speaking engagements. Her ordeal has been held up as an example of the redemptive power of faith.

"It's hard for people to understand the miracle of the story," she told the newspaper. "This was totally a God thing, to me in my life. This was God getting my attention, going, `I'm going to give you one more chance.'"

Financial details of the book have not been released, but Smith pledged to donate an undisclosed portion of the book's proceeds to a memorial fund for the victims.

Calls to Nichols' attorneys were not immediately returned Tuesday. Prosecution spokesman Erik Friedly would not comment on the case.

Smith says in her book that as the night wore on after Nichols had snorted some of Smith's meth she tried to win Nichols' trust by talking about her faith in God and relating to him her personal stories.

She says she told him how her husband had died in her arms four years earlier after being stabbed during a brawl.

She writes that she asked Nichols if he wanted to see the danger of drugs and lifted up her tank top several inches to reveal a five-inch scar down the center of her torso the aftermath of a car wreck caused by drug-induced psychosis. She says she let go of the steering wheel when she heard a voice saying, "Let go and let God."
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You know that whole Atlanta thing was weird......I wonder if we will ever know why he snapped.....and the angelic hostage turned out to be a Meth addict. Just weird....maybe that's why they kind of bonded.....

btw, of course the police shouldn't charge her for drug possession being a hostage of someone who just killed a bunch of people is enough....but I wonder if it was actually the drugs that got through to him?? I mean would he have let her go if he wasn't able to zonk out on Meth?
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Well, I knew something was going on. She was a working class-looking woman who didn't have custody of her child. I don't think that that's EVER happened to a southern woman who didn't have some serious drug issues.

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She wanted to fuck him...


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lol@let go and let god
Also, gives new meaning to easy does it, lol, wonder if he knocked them boots, will that be in the book????
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Meth as a replacement for weed? WTF? She's lucky he didn't get angry on the meth and hurt her.


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Meth as a replacement for weed? WTF? She's lucky he didn't get angry on the meth and hurt her.
Well he was so crazy it probably worked the opposite on him.
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Well, she helped with the sale of the The Purpose Driven Life book.

I wonder if she would have gotten all the publicity that culminated with this book deal.

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I think she should be charged.

Plenty of people have been taken hostage and charged with crimes committed during their ordeal. What makes her any different?

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yeah like that Cindy Sheehan who also should be charged, agree.
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Meth is supposed to be better than weed, although i dont know that from experience.

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Moral of the story: We should all walk around with weed and meth in case we get held hostage.

I find it disgusting that people would make money off this kind of thing. "Wow look at me, i convinced someone to let me go by talking to them about God"... not really worth more then a few cents to me.
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yeah like that Cindy Sheehan who also should be charged, agree.
for protesting, which is covered under the first amendment... yeah that makes sense. :retard:

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