I think I’ll just let this quote, from the daughter of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper, who is a street preacher, speak for itself.
The shackled 57-year-old Mitchell was present in the courtroom and sat singing throughout the reading of the verdict. He sang about Jesus Christ on the cross and held his hands in front of his chest as though he was praying.
Mitchell’s former stepdaughter, Rebecca Woodridge, told reporters outside the courthouse that she didn’t know how jurors could not find that her stepfather was mentally ill.
“He honestly believes God tells him to do these things,” Woodridge said. “He’s upset and frustrated that the Lord is making him go through this.”