Monday, March 14, 2005

"She was a champ."

We all heard about last week's shootings in the Atlanta courthouse. But have you heard about the woman who called in the shooter's location? CNN's story leads off with this:
The woman held hostage by Atlanta courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols gained his trust by talking with him for hours and spoke of her 5-year-old daughter in a bid to win his sympathy, she told reporters Sunday.

Smith, who was widowed four years ago, said she cooked Nichols a pancake breakfast before he allowed her to leave for a visit with her daughter.

Her subsequent 911 call led to the capture of Nichols on Saturday, after a 26-hour manhunt.

"She was a champ," said Chief Charles Walters of the Gwinnett County police.
She was more than a champ. Calm. Focused. Incredible. Read the transcript of her interview with reporters.

Amazing stuff.

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