Apparently it wasn't that impromptu book club meeting about Rick Warren's "Purpose-Driven Life" that saved the day for hostage turned heaven-sent hero Ashley Smith after all.
In her new book, "Unlikely Angel," the woman who said she persuaded Atlanta courthouse gunman Brian Nichols to turn himself in by talking about her faith in God and citing the chapter "Using What God Gave Me" from Warren's best-selling book now admits that she actually won him over by giving him some of her methamphetamine during the hostage ordeal. (Apparently the tempermental spree killer had wanted some marijuana but all she had on hand was crystal meth and, heck, she was just "using what God gave" her.)
"It's hard for people to understand the miracle of the story," she says. "This was totally a God thing, to me in my life."
It sounds like the only miracle was that she hadn't snorted all the "ice" before Bri showed up. I wonder if this is what the Rev. Rick Warren and the gang meant by her having "personal issues" (that have cost her custody of her 5-year-old daughter) as they were parading their "angel" around the talk shows to hawk more copies of his book.
Let's just hope she was able to use her $70,000 reward money and her book advance to buy some more crystal meth (you know these folks can never get enough). I'm sure today she's winning over all of her right-wingnut pals talking about the Good Lord nonstop for days on end ...
Oddly, the press release for her "tell all" book neglected to say how many times she gave Nichols oral.
Full story: Hostage Gave Meth to Atlanta Fugitive (via The Associated Press)
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 6:12 AM