Plot: A daughter frantically tries to find out why her mother has vanished only one day after speaking with her.
Reality: This story is based on the murders of Janice Hartman and Fran Gladden-Smith. Based on the book "My Sister is Missing".
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
True Stories: Betty Gladden Smith aka Betty Fran Smith
Facts in her disappearance
Betty disappeared 18 months after her marriage to John David Smith III in 1990.
Betty and Sherrie together
John David Smith III filed for divorce in 1991. They decided to try at the marriage again and moved to New Jersey, everything seemed ok for a while, but it became evident that he was abusive. On Tuesday, Oct 4, 1991, Betty phoned her daughter for the last time at 8:30pm. She was home recovering from hip surgery. She did not seem upset and mentioned nothing about traveling. This was the last time anyone heard from Betty. Her family called many times trying to get in touch with her. Finally they reached John, and they were told that Betty decided to go on a trip. Of course no one believe him. It was at that time that Betty's sister Sherrie Gladden Smith, and her daughter started to investigate John's past. They discovered that John had not only lied about being married before, but that his former wife, Janice Hartman, was actually missing too since 1974. Sherrie Gladden Smith chronicled her journey of bringing John David Smith to justice in her book "My Sister is Missing." Betty Gladden Smith's body has never been found.