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The Pamela Smart Murder Case

Preface

My intent here is to be non-committal and unbiased. However, I don't have time to recall or research the entire case. My wife, a defense lawyer, has used some of the prosecution's tactics against NH government and is quick to cite this case to show they are legal, I'll touch on that toward the end and in the postscript.

Just the facts

On May 1, 1990, Gregory Smart was shot and killed at his home in Derry, New Hampshire. Ultimately, a jury concluded that the killer was a 15 year old high school student named William Flynn. Gregory Smart's wife, Pamela (Pame) Smart was found guilty of accomplice to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and witness tampering.

Testimony at the trial reported that Flynn and Smart were lovers, and Smart used Flynn as a hit man, threatening to terminate their relationship if he didn't follow through. Smart met Flynn at Winnacunnet High in Hampton, NH where she was the director of media services.

Flynn was sentenced to 28 years for second degree murder, Smart to life without parole. Both Pame Smart and Linda Wojas, her mother, have steadfastly proclaimed Smart's innocence and have been trying to get an appeal heard ever since the trial ended. So far, all requests have been denied.

The Persian Gulf War

On August 1, 1990, Pame Smart was arrested and charged in her role with the murder. The next day Iraq invaded Kuwait, claiming that Kuwaitis had been taking oil from Iraq's oil field. Not only did the invasion annoy the Kuwaitis and the neighboring Saudis, it scared their oil customers. In response, the US, Britain, France, and the other forces of the American Way responded, pushed the Iraqis back, and then had to stop because the UN resolution only permitted freeing occupied land. In the resulting stalemate the US, hoped that Iraqis would take care of Saddam Hussein, Shiites and other dissidents expected US assistance, but got none and the remnants of Hussein's Republican Guard readily quashed the rebellion.

As the war wound down, NH residents who had become CNN news junkies were about to lose their "fix." Fortunately for them, the Pam Smart trial was about to begin and the entire state turned its attention to the Rockingham County Courthouse. I guess from the news shots of satellite trucks and whatnot, a good portion of the rest of the country followed.

The result was the most covered and most sensational trial in NH history. It had drama such as William Flynn's tearful account of how he killed Gregg Smart. It had a young, stoic widow unemotionally hearing claims of her masterminding the murder of her husband of less than a year, and listening to a conversation with a friend about the case where the friend was wearing a tape recorder set up by the prosecution. It had parents of both sides upset at the other, and everyone's parents and grandparents upset at the how judge Douglas Gray allowed the trial to become so sensationalized.

The aftermath

Smart started serving her sentence in a NH prison. Within a couple years later she was transferred to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York suddenly and without notice. I don't recall if the state offered a reason, but Smart alleges it was done to make it harder for her to work with her lawyers on the appeal or be visited by her parents. Others with connections to the prison say it was because she was a disruptive influence through manipulating other inmates.

She spends her time tutoring other inmates and working on correspondence courses, earning a Master's Degree in the Science of Law and a Master's of Arts from Mercy College. A beating by two other inmates in 1996 gave her with a fractured eye socket and other injuries that caused permanent damage. The eye socket damage left her with no sensation on the that side of her face and plastic surgery required installing a metal plate.

The impact

One of the controversial aspects of the case was that the state wired Cecelia Pierce, another student and ex-friend to talk to Smart to get damning evidence against her. Protests that this was illegally obtained evidence were rejected by the Attorney General who concluded the action was legal and ethical. It's pretty clear to me that they needed a court order per wiretapping statutes. On the other hand, that ruling has made it hard for the state to prevent citizens from surreptitiously taping state employees. And that is why this page exists, see the postscript.

The petition

In 2010, a petition was started stating "It is time for her sentence to be commuted to time served and allow her to go home to her family." It has a ways to go to reach its 5,000 signature goal. Read the rest of this page and some of the links before deciding if you will sign it.

Recent events

Spikes in access to this page correlate with news articles and TV spots on the case, so it's clear that public interest isn't fading any time soon. So I'll try to keep the page up-to-date.

  • 2016 Oct 13:
  • 2015 Dec 16:
    One victim in the case was Vance Lattime Jr's father, Vance Sr. He owned the revolver that his son stole and brought into the murder plot. All these years it's been sitting in an evidence room and Vance Sr started trying to get it back in 2011. The state wants to keep it in case some of Pam's legal manuvering results in a retrial.

    I assume Vance Jr can't buy a replacement for Dad, but he might be able to give his Dad money to buy a replacement.

  • 2015 Nov 14:
    No, not innocent of murder, but innocent of "weapons possession and contraband charges" for a "non-serrated cake instrument" that she had for 17 years - for cutting cake.

    "She says she had to serve 90 days in solitary as a result, and the disciplinary action is hurting her hopes of getting a pardon or her sentence commuted from New Hampshire's governor."

  • 2015 Apr 8:
    A few days before a parole hearing for Patrick Randall, Pamela Smart's spokesperson Eleanor Pam claimed "We believe that Pete Randall, who Pamela Smart had never met and therefore could not have manipulated, was the actual shooter."

    The article says:

    Pam said their claim that Randall is the shooter is based on forensic gun evidence. "Forensic testimony ruled out a left-handed shooter. Flynn was left handed. We believe they switched their story to create a more sympathetic narrative and motive for the crime," Pam said. A report published in 2006 by journalism students at Keene State College, who spent over a year investigating the case, mentioned a ballistics report showing the gun was fired by a right-handed person.

    The assertion had no effect on the result of the hearing. Randall was granted parole on April 10th, with a June release date.
  • 2015 Mar 12:
    In a harsh response to Flynn's parole, supporter and advocate Eleanor Pam, released this statement:

    Once again, Bill Flynn has cynically used a winning strategy to get himself a better deal. He paints himself as Pamela Smart's victim and blames her for acts he himself committed. Successfully playing the innocent virgin, he weeps into his tissues every chance he gets.

    Teenager Flynn was a murderer, a liar and a thief. He was well known to the police and an experienced criminal. He was never Smart's victim but she has certainly been his. For two and a half decades she has been paying for his crimes while and and his gangster co-conspirators have reaped the benefits of their perjurious testimony.

    The New Hampshire parole board has today decided to send this self-confessed killer home to his wife while Pamela Smart continues to serve the sentence that should be his - one that ends in 99/99/9999.

  • 2015 Mar 12:
    As expected, a short parole hearing granted William Flynn parole with a release date no earlier than June.

    Flynn spoke on Thursday to the parole board via phone from Maine, where he is part of a work release program.

    "I will always feel terrible about what happened 25 years ago," he said. "Nothing I can say will be of comfort, but I hope this will be the last time (Gregg Smart's family) will be publicly reminded of their grief."

    Flynn's accomplishments in prison contributed to the decision, Sytek said. While behind bars, Flynn has earned a college degree, become a journeyman electrician and gotten married. He's also demonstrated he's been able to function in the community during his time in the work release program, she said.

    "I have not seen such accomplishments (by inmates)," Sytek said.

    Val Fryatt, Gregg's cousin, said she wanted Flynn to fulfill his entire 28-year sentence. There were too many "should have beens," she said.

  • 2015 Mar 10: Smart family supports Flynn's parole request
    On Thursday, Flynn will have a parole hearing in Concord (he'll "attend" by speaker phone from Maine). Gregg Smart's family has generally been supportive of his parole after age 40 (Thursday is also Flynn's 41st birthday). In this Boston Herald article, brother Rick Smart says "I think he did his time. He was at a young age. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying he shouldn't have been punished, but I want to put this behind me and I'm sure he wants to put it behind him."

    The hearing is getting international attention. The Herald article also ran in the British tabloid .

  • 2014 Jul 16:
    This short article in People magazine reports that the documentary CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart (see below) will be aired on HBO August 18th.
  • 2014 Jul 12:
    This reports that William (Billy) Flynn, the person who shot Gregg Smart, has been granted work release. He had been moved to Bolduc Correctional Facility, a minimum-security facility, in Warren, Maine in July 2013.

    Also, Patrick Randall has been moved to a transitional work center next to the NH State Prison, a step toward gaining work release.

    Both men have had their sentences reduced from 28 years to 25 for being model prisoners, and now become eligible for parole next June 4th.

  • 2014 Jan 18:
    This is the better of the first two reviews Google sent my way. I don't know anything beyond what's in the review, but apparently Jeremiah Zagar focused on the circus aspects of the trial and excessive sentences.

    Zagar stops just short of arguing for Smart's innocence, but he pokes enough holes in our perception of the facts that in a show of hands at the post-screening Q&A, half the audience who'd assumed she was guilty said they'd changed their minds. Yet when a woman stood up and said she'd like to start a letter-writing campaign to free Smart, only a handful of people applauded in support.

  • 2014 Jan 6:
    Chris Bradley, a 37-year-old company actor at Seacoast Repertory Theatre was once a pen pal with Pame Smart and will be making a film based on letters they exchanged starting in 1992 when Bradley was a 14-year-old eighth-grader in Newburyport, Mass. His initial reasons for writing were mixed, he said, starting with the fact he was a lonely, lost boy.

    "At the time (the murder) was a featured scandal and everyone was so against her. A friend and I decided to be contrary," he said, adding neither understood the gravity of the situation. "We decided to support her."

    At 14, he believed Smart was innocent. He wrote her a letter of support. Smart responded kindly and the pen pal friendship began and continued through Bradley's senior year.

    The film will consist of Bradley explaining the situation and reading letters, "and it will be really funny," producer Rae Dawn Chong said.

    "Not to make fun of Chris or Pame, it's the insanity of it," she said. "She's serving a life sentence and she's giving sex and love advice to this 14-year-old gay boy!"

    The film project launched the last week for ,000, but is shooting for ,000 or more. The participants hope to film at the Rep in the spring.

  • 2013 Jan 20:
    Pamela Smart, one of the world's most infamous inmates, is being urged by a group of supporters to petition the new governor of New Hampshire for a chance at parole, said Eleanor Pam, a self-described "strong advocate" for Smart.

    "Those who are her supporters, including and especially me, are eager for her to appeal to the new governor through the New Hampshire Executive Council," Pam said. "We are hopeful, and do believe, that the governor will be open to reviewing the facts of the case fairly and that Pamela will finally receive relief from endless, cruel and pointless suffering behind bars for an act she did not commit."

    But according to a spokesman for New Hampshire's newly elected Gov. Maggie Hassan, any request from Smart for a pardon is a long shot.

  • 2011 Dec 13: , one of the Discovery cable TV channels, will be airing a series on called "Scorned: Love Kills." The series starts on Jan 21, the Feb 11 (10 PM) show will be on the Pamela Smart case. The series isn't listed on the web site yet, I found the report at
  • 2010 Oct 22: Dean Smart, Gregg's brother, announces new book.
    Contacted by WMUR, Dean Smart said "If she would come out and admit that she was involved and admit that she prompted those boys to do that I might, you know, maybe her sentence should be reconsidered." He also mentioned a book on Gregg's life, will be available "within the month."
  • 2010 Oct 22: Pame is .
    Not surprisingly, that sets a new record for page views here with 2059. The most before was in 2004, with 1349 views on Aug 28 when Ray Fowler was having problems after his release.
  • 2010 Sep 1: William Smart, Gregg Smart's father, dies of pancreatic cancer
    William Smart quietly and adamantly worked to oppose any of Pame's motions for a new trial or sentence reduction. He also spoke at parole board hearings for the boys to keep three of them in prison for their full sentences. He had softened his stand against William Flynn, as Flynn has pulled his life together in prison. Gregg's brothers will carry on his father's efforts. .
  • 2010 Feb 4: WMUR airs and hosts a multi-part interview with Smart
    After airing the first segment, that and the rest of the interview is now up at .
  • 2009 Nov 3: Smart wins (but very little) in suit over National Enquirer affair
    is first in print about a settlement over her treatment and solitary confinement after a prison guard sold photos of her to The National Enquirer. She was awarded ,750 and her attorneys ,125 in fees.
  • 2009 Oct 23: Settlement agreement with New York nearly finalized
    In a story mostly about the appellate rejection last month was a note that the case over Smart's treatment in the wake of the National Enquirer affair is not over. notes at the end:

    "According to court documents, the New York Attorney general's office and lawyers for Smart are currently working to finalize a settlement agreement.

    Smart sued the state in 2006, claiming unfair treatment by prison officials after scantily clad photos of her in a cell appeared in the National Enquirer.

    In the suit, she alleges that after the photos appeared in the supermarket tabloid, she was forced to spend two months in a 23-hour-a-day low-down facility."

  • 2009 Sep 30: Appeals court: State not liable for Pamela Smart's prison beating at Bedford Hills
    This news item got very little coverage. reports "The appeals court upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss the claim, saying the prison was not negligent for injuries Smart sustained in the attack.

    "While the state's duty to an inmate encompasses protection from the foreseeable risk of harm at the hands of other prisoners, the state is not an insurer of an inmate's safety," the Sept. 22 ruling stated."

  • 2009 Mar 14: Patrick Randall sentence reduction
    In a story from reports that Judge Kenneth McHugh, who sentenced a teenage Randall, decided to clip the minimum term of the sentence, reducing it by three years, making him eligible for parole in 2015.
  • 2008 Feb 12: Decision for William Flynn on sentence reduction
    The request was denied with Judge Kenneth McHugh concluding that 18 years in prison is not enough time, especially with Gregg Smart's family strongly opposed to a release now. However, the says the judge will make Flynn eligible for parole after spending 25 years in prison, that would be a 3 year reduction. William Smart suggested Flynn should serve at least 23 years of his sentence to match the 23 years of Gregg Smart's life.
  • 2008 Feb 6: Bedford Hills was not negligent in Smart's 1996 beating
    This was part of a lawsuit filed in 2004. Part was denied in 2006 and this part had a hearing in 2007. Judge Stephen Mignano ruled that the . This ruling seems to have gotten very little press even though it may lead prisons to tolerate a much higher level of violence among inmates.
  • 2008 Jan 25: Hearing for William Flynn on sentence reduction
    William Flynn, who fired the shot that killed Gregg Smart, has been granted his request for a hearing to request a sentence reduction. It will be held in Rockingham Superior Court where Smart's trial was held.

    An has a good summary of Flynn's time in prison. The article notes that "Flynn has also gotten married, to a woman six years his senior who was coming out of a divorce when they met at the prison." His wife, Kelly, has a teenage daughter.

  • 2007 Sep 3: Eleanor Pam has produced an . It's definitely a pro-Pame site and the first one that deserves respect.
  • 2007 Apr 7: to request the NH Governor to reduce Smart's sentence was Emailed to the Governor's office, the Executive Council, and others. While the petition site made it clear that signers were supporters, several signers included comments making it clear they opposed the petition. kept the names, but excluded the negative comments.

    A May 6th has a good summary. An editorial might note that the process gives online petitions a bad name and are not worth any consideration. Ultimately the petition will either be ignored or denied.

  • 2006 Jul 29: 2004 Lawsuit against Bedford Hills dismissed
    In the wake of the lockdown and strip searches after the prison photos of Pame were printed by the National Enquirer, she filed a lawsuit accusing officials at New York's Bedford Hills. U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet dismissed the suit, saying that Smart did not sufficiently prove that her rights had been violated.
  • 2006 Apr 3: Pame Smart and another infamous inmate, , filed lawsuits in 2004 against Bedford Hills charging they were sexually abused by prison guards. Smart says she was forced to pose in lingerie for photos by a corrections officer as "insurance" against her because he had tried to rape her. Prison officials said Smart was put into protective custody to safeguard her after the photos were published by the National Enquirer and she complained about the assault.
  • 2005 Jul 15: Executive council rejects Smart Pardon request
    As expected, the five-member Executive Council voted unanimously to deny a pardon hearing for Smart.
  • 2005 Jul 14: A parole board hearing results in granting Vance Lattime parole. He would be released on Aug 8.
  • 2005 Jun 16: Pam Smart pardon [to be] put on Executive Council agenda
    The reports Governor Lynch will finally give this to the Executive Council for consideration, but it's not exactly clear when. The newspaper talked to four of the five councilors, all are cool on the idea of holding a formal hearing on the request.
  • 2005 May 14: The Rockingham Superior Court grants Vance Lattime's request that three years be suspended from the minimum of his sentence, accomplice to second degree murder. This makes him eligible for parole in June.
  • 2005 Apr 29: Fowler set for re-parole on June 14
    I nearly went to the parole hearing, but wound up in Comcast hell with problems setting up a new cable modem. Apparently things went okay, the first report came from WNNE, a Vermont TV station. The story also mentions that Vance Latime's sentence has been reduced by three years, and could be paroled this year.
  • 2005 Apr 7: Fowler pleads guilty to parole violation
    The Hampton Union reports that Ray Fowler has pled guilty to the parole violation charge. I guess this is the logical conclusion to pleading guilty to witness tampering. Thanks to the time already served, his earliest parole date on the charge is the end of June. He will have a parole board hearing on that on April 28.
  • 2005 Mar 8: Fowler pleads guilty to witness tampering charge
    The Hampton Union reports that Ray Fowler has pled guilty to the witness tampering charge. It appears to me that this is due in part to not being able to afford a lawyer who could put on a decent defense and in part due to the wheels of justice moving so slowly that there is little to be gained by going to trial. The witness tampering charge carries a one to three year prison term, eligible for parole after one. His has been in prison since the parole violation for 263 days and gets credit for that.

    The risk is that parole board will revoke the original parole, the hope is he'll be released by the end of the summer. A parole violation hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 5.

  • 2005 Jan 11: N.Y. professor: Smart is innocent
    The Union Leader ran an article about Eleanor Pam, Pame's academic director when Pame was working on her masters degrees from prison. Pam decided during that period that Smart is innocent. Much of the article's contents are comments from polled Executive Council members who haven't seen the pardon request yet.
  • 2005 Jan 6: Pamela Smart asks for a pardon
    The , "because her trial was irreparably tainted by media coverage and that her sentence was disproportionately harsh." I'm not sure if she's looking to be released, for a commutation to allow parole, or a new trial, but I think it's the first. In any event, pardons need to be approved by NH's governor and four of the five member Executive Council. The Red Sox have a better chance of winning the World Series than Pame has of getting a pardon. However, that's about the only avenue left for her. I'll post a note when the pardon is denied.

    The Nashua Telegraph says the pardon is requesting a reduction in her "life without parole" sentence. That has a chance of being heard, but I'd be very, very surprised if it is granted.

  • 2004 Dec 17: "Oprah film crew details Smart case."
    Seacoast Online reports that a cable television network established by Oprah Winfrey has taped the story of Pamela Smart for its . The documentary should air this spring. The series looks at female felons and tries to identify the moment they "snapped."
  • 2004 Aug 25: The probable cause hearing on the witness tampering charge.
    This was heard in Hampton District Court. I had hoped to attend, but I'm busy with too much other stuff. Apparently it was a remarkable hearing with the State Attorney General's office replacing the Seabrook prosecutor, one of the police officers' testimony changing from what he gave at the parole board hearing, and the witness who was tampered with wasn't there. She didn't want to press charges and doesn't want Fowler back in jail. Why is the state bothering to pursue this at all? I've seen about the hearing. A has a good summary.
  • 2004 July 27: Raymond Fowler's parole revoked
    See for details.

    I don't have much experience with parole boards. While the actions seem a bit harsh, they are not surprising. At the parole hearing in 2003, I remember the board sternly telling Fowler that they didn't want to hear about him from the police. The parole board didn't have to let him out early, so it must be easy for them to justify putting him back into prison. Also, parole boards do not pass judgement on the original charge or sentence, they accept them on their face. A common result is that someone who did a crime can impress a parole board with his remorse and rehabilitation, whereas someone unjustly convicted would have to fake the remorse and admit to the crime before winning parole.

    I think the following is the germane timeline.

    1. Fowler gets girlfriend.
    2. Things turn into a love triangle, after girlfriend becomes pregnant with Fowler's child.
    3. June 8: Fowler hears girlfriend is taking drugs with new boyfriend around 2 AM.
    4. He and his brother leave home in Seabrook NH and go to boyfriend's home in Salisbry MA, knocks on doors, windows, and yells to wake her/get her attention. He may have had a verbal altercation with the new boyfriend. (Media reports say he went to his girlfriend's house, I hear otherwise.)
    5. He lets air out of 1 of tires on her car to keep her from driving while under the influence of drugs.
    6. "It wasn't a wise choice," Fowler told the board. "I was concerned about the well-being of my baby."
    7. Police arrive, the Fowlers leave after being told he would receive a summons for disturbing the peace.
    8. That morning: Fowler reports the incident to Barry Osborn, his parole officer since leaving prison.
    9. June 15: Fowler goes to meet his new parole officer, Bob Meegan. Meghan decides Fowler is "in crisis," arrests him, and sends him back to prison.
    10. July 27: At the parole board hearing on the matter, Fowler is charged with witness tampering (a felony). (At this point, I don't think Fowler has received the summons for the disturbing the peace incident. Can you be charged with witness tampering before someone is charged with a crime? Probably, witnesses can be tampered with when it is clear a murder has been commited but before there is enough evidence to charge someone.)
    11. The parole board unanimously decides to keep Fowler in prison pending arraignment and parole hearing on the witness tampering charge and a hearing later to determine whether to revoke his parole altogether.

    Seabrook Police Chief David Currier said of the events, "High profile or not, rich or poor, we're going to treat people equally." I think this means that Salisbury and Seabrook are bad places for fighting with your girlfriend or spouse.

  • 2004 July 3: Raymond Fowler faces parole revocation
    has more detail, but doesn't add much to what you've read above. Fowler was sent back to prison on June 15th.
  • 2004 April 24: Petition for "Certificate of Appealability" denied.
    Ever since her conviction, Pame has been trying get a new trial, but so far has been rebuffed at each step. The latest was an attempt "to pursue an appeal from the denial of her federal habeas petition." This appears to be a mechanism used when one's constitutional rights have been violated and a lower court has refused an appeal. A three judge panel ruled against her, saying some claims were forfeited by not bringing them up before, and that others did not merit an appeal. Let me know if you want to see the entire decision.
  • 2003 Dec 16, 9:00 PM PBS:
    I just heard (Sept. 7) that a documentary that may have triggered a recent flurry of page accesses will be broadcast on PBS in December. A reader dropped me a note last month mentioning that PBS was planning to air it. She noted in part:

    I did a google search on Smart because last night I saw a movie called 'What I Want My Words To Do To You', a documentary about women at Bedford Hills Prison who are in a writing project with Eve Ensler (the playwright who created the Vagina monologues). Smart is one of the women in the writing group and talks about her case some. I thought the movie was very moving and recommend it if you can find it somewhere. I did hear that it will be shown on PBS on the POV show.

    The newer note says "This powerful film received a standing ovation at its debut and went on to win an award at the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake this past winter."
  • 2003 October: The National Enquirer and solitary confinement.
    I wasn't planning to note this, but events seem to be making this into a Item of Significance. In August or September The National Enquirer ran a story with photos about Pame's life in prison. While the article probably ran without her knowledge, the prison retaliated with more than two months of solitary confinement and daily strip searches. Pame filed a lawsuit against Bedford Hills after she was released from solitary.
  • 2003 April 3: The Parole board finalized Raymond Fowler's parole request.
    A parole plan (meeting schedule, employment plans, etc) needs to be written and approved before release. That should take 2-4 weeks. The board meets at the state prison, only five miles from home so I attended along with family and reporters. The parole hearing was a bit of a mix of patting Fowler on the back for doing everything asked of him during his prison term and stern warnings about what happens should he miss a requirement of his parole plan.

    Since his earlier hearing, Fowler has been at a halfway house in Concord NH and working in the community. While in prison he learned a furniture building trade but transportation limitations forced him to work as a cook at a nearby restaurant.

  • 2003 March 13, Elizabeth Smart
    An uptick in people searching for Pame Smart pages coincided with the return of Elizabeth Smart to her family in Utah. As far as I know, there is no relationship between that family and Gregg Smart's family.
  • 2002 November 26, "One of teen-agers in Pamela Smart case up for parole"
    CONCORD, N.H. - The father of murder victim Gregg Smart says one of the four teenage boys convicted of helping Pamela Smart kill her husband 12 years ago should be paroled.

    Raymond Fowler was scheduled for a parole hearing Tuesday morning. He could be released as early as January.

    "He's mentally challenged," William Smart, the victim's father, told WBZ-AM radio. "I don't want to say anything derogatory against the poor kid. He's been there for 12 years and it's time for him to get out. Don't ask me about the other three guys because I'll tell them to stay there forever."

    Fowler waited in a car while his 15-year-old friend William Flynn shot insurance salesman Gregory Smart in the Derry condominium he shared with his wife, Pamela, according to prosecutors. Fowler, a Seabrook resident, was 18 at the time. The says that Fowler was more involved than just being the driver.

  • 2002 October 27, Judge denies appeal from Pam Smart
    In her third appeal, she argued that she was denied her right to her fair trial because of extensive media coverage, but a U.S. District Court judge rejected her arguments in an order made public Thursday.

    According to Judge Steven McAuliffe, the appeal mirrored Smart's previous attempt to win a new trial "except for a few minor stylistic changes."

    He said Smart's case did not meet the requirements for intervention by a federal court.

    Smart also claimed that her Eighth Amendment protection from cruel and unusual punishment was violated because her punishment was more severe than the 28-year sentence given to William Flynn.

Sentences and Prisons

Who sentence up for
parole Last incarceration location life without parole N/A Bedford Hills, New York William Flynn 40 years to life, 12 years suspended
In 2008 made eligible for parole after serving 25 years
In 2015 granted parole 2015 Patrick Randall 40 years to life, 12 years suspended
In 2009 made eligible for parole after serving 25 years 2015 Vance Lattime 30 years to life, 12 years suspended
(reduced by 3 years in 2005 and paroled) 2005 Raymond Fowler 15 to 30 years (paroled in 2003)
(returned to prison for a parole violation 2004)
(reparoled in June 2005) 2003

Related links

The official Pamela Smart web site
A blog run by the person who created the "Free Wrongly Convicted Pamela Smart" petiton.





Postscript

This page exists because a counter on reported that several people were finding that page when searching for Pamela Smart or Pam Smart. (The counter saves the referencing URL for a page, and for search engines, picks out the search string involved. It doesn't say who is reading the page, except in a very few circumstances. Typically, all I can identify is your ISP. If you use AOL, well, all I know is that another AOL user visited the page.) I tried searching for Pame Smart information, but didn't find many good resources among the many references to a motion picture about the case. I decided to start this page for curious people.

Somewhat to my surprise this found its way to the top of the typical Google search and high up on others. So now I find I have one of the most read pages on the case and feel that I need to keep it up to date. I even went to the parole hearing for Raymond Fowler in part to be able to update this as soon as possible. Perversely, as I added material, the Google ranking dropped. They seem to elevate short pages, so pages like the Hampton Library's did better. After Google seemed to have mostly blacklisted my ISP, I registered WermeNH.com, I figured the link there might not rank very high since most pages that refer here use the old URL. Still, interested people found their way here, and for quite a while Google let this back into the top few links.

Please forward me any links or accounts that you think should be included here. If I think they add to the story, I'll incorporate them. I'm always curious why people visit this page. Feel free to drop me a note. I don't harvest Email addresses and I use Linux, so it's unlikely you'll ever hear back via a virus.

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