Anyone remember the Atlanta courthouse shootings last March, when a felon named Brian Nichols shot and killed a judge, stole a car and fled the courthouse, leading to a big manhunt? If you do, I’m sure you can’t possibly forget Ashley Smith, the woman who was on every single network simultaneously telling the story of how she talked Nichols into turning himself in by talking to him about her faith in God. On every network, she tearfully told the story of how she pulled out a copy of Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life, a bestselling bit of Christian motivational tripe, and talked to him about God and that’s why he released her, allowing her to call the police and tell them where the fugitive was.
Well, it turns out that was just a small part of the story. In her new book – you knew she’d have a book, didn’t you? – she reveals that while she did read to him about God, she also dug into her personal stash of drugs and gave him some crystal meth. Probably the good stuff that she was saving for a special occasion. I wonder if that will make it into the script of the inevitable made-for-TV movie.