Atlanta woman reveals she gave drug to kidnapper

Smith was struggling with meth addiction
A book by Ashley Smith, the Atlanta woman who read portions of Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life to the man who held her hostage and persuaded him to surrender, says that she also gave the man some of her crystal methamphetamine and did not immediately tell police.

The news is disclosed in her book, Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero, which was released late last month. Apparently, the night she was held captive, Smith was asked by Brian Nichols if she had any marijuana. Nichols had escaped from an Atlanta courthouse after stealing a guard’s gun and shooting four people.


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