In the wake of her inevitable book deal, it turns out that "purpose" wasn't the only thing setting Ms. Smith free.
From your Chicago Sun-Times:
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 meth during the hostage ordeal.And if you can't believe a self-described methamphetamine addict when she says she's quitting, who can you believe?
Smith did not share that detail with authorities at the time. ***
Smith, 27, a widowed mother who gained 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 hasn't used drugs since.