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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Calm Heroine Turns Heart of Court Killer

Posted by a4g @ 3/17/2005 03:14:00 PM

When Ashley Smith returned home to her apartment Saturday morning from a shopping trip, it was to a shock that none of us hope to ever encounter.

Calm faith in God helps heroine change a killer's heart

"Do you know who I am?" the six-foot-one stranger asked.

"Yes," she replied. She recognized his face from the news. It was none other than wanted man Brian Nichols.

The next thing Ashley knew, she was in her apartment, bound and trapped, looking into the eyes of an alleged mass murderer. Some would have panicked, but Ashley was made of something different. She began to talk.

And in talking, she softened the heart of a killer.

"He was totally opposed to drilling in ANWR [the Arctic National Wildlife Preserve]. He heard it would damage the native caribou population-- cause environmental devastation." But Ashley's calm demeanor broke through his hardened defenses.

Killer says, "I now support the Republican plan to drill in ANWR."

"I read to him from Dermot Cole's Amazing Pipeline Stories. How the caribou around the Alaska pipeline are actually flourishing after the construction. He didn't say anything, but I think it touched him somehow."

Pastor John Brennan, of the New Life Evangelical Community of Atlanta thinks someone else was in the apartment with them. "God was there, too. He was speaking through Ashley. He usually votes Republican, and is growing impatient with congressional inaction on this important piece of legislation. I think Brian Nichols could feel that in the room."

Atlanta police spokesperson Alicia Cates believes Ashley was instrumental in Nichol's giving himself up to oil drilling in Alaska. "It's an uncommon courage she showed. If more people were like Ashley, I think we'd be a lot less dependent on foreign sources of oil."


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