Billy Flynn was just fifteen years old when an affair with his teacher Pamela Smart would end with the murder of her husband Greg Smart. According to court documents Billy Flynn and Pamela Smart would start an affair in 1990 that quickly grew out of hand. Eventually the two plotted together along with two other teenagers on how to get rid of her husband Greg Smart so the two could be together and the plan ended in murder. When Greg Smart came home he was brutally attacked by the three teenagers before being fatally shot by Billy Flynn. The police initially thought the murder was a case of a robbery gone bad however one of the participants father went to the police saying his gun went missing from his home. Soon after the teenagers involved story would fall apart and everyone was arrested. Billy Flynn would ultimately be convicted of murder and would be paroled after spending twenty five years in prison. Pamela Smart would continue to deny her involvement in the murder of Greg Smart and would remain in prison three decades after the murder.
Pamela Smart 2020 Information
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Inmate Name SMART, PAMELA
Date of Birth 08/16/1967
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility BEDFORD HILLS
Date Received (Original)03/11/1993
Date Received (Current)03/11/1993
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
Pamela Smart was transferred from the New Hampshire Department Of Corrections to the New York Department Of Corrections in 1993
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The triggerman in the Pamela Smart murder case — whose 1991 trial prompted sensational media coverage and spawned a Nicole Kidman movie — has been released from prison after serving nearly 25 years.
William Flynn was 16 and known as “Billy” in 1990 when he and three friends participated in what prosecutors said was Smart’s plot to kill her husband in Derry, New Hampshire. Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and served his sentence in Maine.
Also released on parole Thursday in New Hampshire is Patrick “Pete” Randall, who held a knife to Gregg Smart’s throat while Flynn shot him in the head.
Pamela Smart, who was 22 and worked as a media coordinator at the boys’ high school when her husband was killed, is serving life in prison without the chance of parole. She admitted to seducing Flynn but insisted she didn’t plan her husband’s murder.
The trial inspired the Joyce Maynard novel “To Die For,” which was made into the movie starring Kidman.
The board granted Flynn parole on his first attempt, on his 41st birthday in March.
He told the board that he’d always be haunted by the killing. “I will always feel terrible about what happened 25 years ago,” he said in March. “Parole will not change that.”
Flynn testified in Smart’s 1991 trial that she threatened to break up with him if he didn’t kill her husband.
On May 1, 1990, he and 17-year-old Randall entered the Smarts’ Derry condominium and forced Gregg Smart to his knees in the foyer. As Randall restrained him holding with a knife to his throat, Flynn fired a hollow-point bullet into his head.
Both Randall and Flynn were sentenced to 28 years to life in prison. Two other teenagers served prison sentences and have been released
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At the end of the day, Pamela Smart was the murderous adult in the room.
The New Hampshire school media director—the original inspiration for Nicole Kidman‘s breakout turn as a sociopathic local weathergirl with Barbara Walters-level aspirations in To Die For—was 23 years old in 1991 when she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of her husband.
William “Billy” Flynn, who physically pulled the trigger and testified against Smart at trial, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as was sentenced to 40 years to life, with the option to shave 12 years off if he behaved himself in prison. He was released in 2015.
But Flynn was 16 when he shot 24-year-old Gregory Smart to death, and Smart was considered the master manipulator whose actions unequivocally caused her husband’s death.
If you missed its original run last year, ID’s three-part Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery is now streaming on Hulu, and there’s nothing that isn’t still creepy and baffling and haunting about the whole case.
“From the tawdry affair, to teenage assassins, to the explosive nationally televised trial, this case transfixed the entire nation as Pamela Smart emerged as the original black widow,” Henry Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, said last year when the series was announced. “Since the story of Pamela Smart ranks as one of the most scandalous and controversial crimes ever, we were compelled to bring this uniquely fascinating story to our viewers with a fresh perspective.”
Shortly after 10 p.m. on May 1, 1990, Pamela returned from a school meeting in Hampton, about 35 miles away, to the Derry, N.H., condo she shared with Gregg Smart, her husband of barely a year. She walked inside and found him lying face-down. A brass candlestick was lying near his left foot. His diamond-studded wedding ring and a wallet full of credit cards were under his body; a TV and stereo speakers were sitting by the back door.
“This all happened in a matter of not even a second, I think,” Smart later told authorities about coming home to the gruesome scene. “I remember seeing him and the candlestick.” She said she at first thought maybe he had been hit in the head, and that perhaps someone was still inside the house.
Screaming, “my husband!” over and over, she pounded on different neighbors’ doors until someone let her inside, while 911 calls were made from at least two nearby units.
Gregg was officially pronounced dead at the scene, killed by a single gunshot to the head, at 11:19 p.m. It was the first homicide Derry—population 32,000 at the time—had that year.
But though the local cops weren’t consumed with murder cases, it didn’t take long for Derry Police Capt. Loring Jackson to determine that this didn’t look like a burglary gone wrong, as the clothes tossed around the closet and the electronics by the door appeared to be staged to make it look.
“No signs of a struggle,” Jackson said. “Burglars don’t usually fight. They don’t pack guns. There were red flags all over the place.” Those red flags apparently included Smart’s behavior following the brutal murder of her husband, including her eagerness to sit down with police right away, in which she promptly surmised it was a burglary gone wrong; how quickly she granted media interviews; and how she walked right on top of the blood stains on the carpet when they took her back a few days later to collect some of her things.
Everyone else walking through the place had given the blood stains a wide berth.
“Cold, calculating, manipulative, self-centered, totally unfeeling for anybody but herself,” Jackson later told People.
Overall, Pamela Smart only had three months to play the grieving widow. She was arrested on Aug. 1, 1990.
Pamela Wojas met Gregg at a New Year’s Eve party in New Hampshire at the end of 1986 while she was on winter break, bonding over a shared love of rock ‘n’ roll. In high school, Pam was a cheerleader, class president and an honors student, but she also loved heavy metal music and partying, as did Gregg, who didn’t go to college, when she first met him.
“I decided Gregg was the one for me early on in our dating relationship,” Smart says in An American Murder Mystery. “I was very much in love with him.” He decided to move to Tallahassee while she finished her communications degree at Florida State.
After two years of dating, they married on May 7, 1989, moved into their condo in Derry and set up a picture-perfect life. They got a Shih Tzu and named him Haylen, a twist on Van Halen, one of their favorite bands.
But just months in, Gregg, who had buckled down as a buttoned-up insurance salesman since their wedding, confessed to being unfaithful. Pam was a Type A personality who was fiercely organized and had figured out early on that she wanted more than the suburban housewife life. She has said that the admission of the one-night stand clouded her whole view of the marriage and made her want out.
At the same time, the former college radio host took a job as media services director for the Hampton School Board and harbored dreams of being a force in broadcasting. The more activities the merrier, so in addition to teaching the kids about AV equipment and video production, she volunteered for Project Self Esteem, a drug- and peer-pressure awareness program at Winnacunnet High School, in Hampton.
And in early 1990, she started having sex with a WHS student named Billy Flynn.
“I feel like if that had not happened,” “that” being her husband’s affair, “I wouldn’t have gotten involved with somebody else,” Smart told the Washington Post in January amid a renewed effort to have her sentence commuted to give her a chance at parole. Since going to prison, she has earned two master’s degrees and worked as a teacher’s aide and counselor for fellow inmates. Most recently she was working on a doctorate in ministry.
“Sometimes I find answers,” she mused. “Sometimes I think I don’t even understand my own self.”
Smart added, “It was easy to cast me into that role of the femme fatale and leave it at that.”
Flynn, a 15-year-old sophomore when he first glimpsed a 22-year-old Smart at a school assembly in 1989, was instantly smitten, according to Stephen Sawicki’s 1991 book about the case, Teach Me to Kill. “‘I’m in love,'” he supposedly told his pal Vance “J.R.” Lattime Jr., right then and there.
“I thought he was a good kid,” Smart said. “He was easy to talk to, friendly. He liked some of the same music I liked. He played the guitar.”
He also still had the shaggy hair and rock ‘n’ roll sensibility that Gregg had when she first met him.
Billy wasn’t the only one enamored with Pamela. So, too, albeit platonically, was student Cecelia Pierce, who was assigned to be Smart’s intern and promptly idolized the smart, ambitious and not all that much older advisor. The two became friends and Pamela would have the teen over to her condo for dinner, usually when Gregg wasn’t there.
Smart started spending time with both Cecelia and Billy together, at first to work on a video project but it turned into a lot of extracurricular hanging out.
While the 1995 film To Die For is technically based on Joyce Maynard‘s 1992 novel of the same name, Maynard’s book was inspired by the Smart case—and Gus Van Sant‘s dark comedy, from the generically fashionable condo where Nicole Kidman’s Suzanne Stone Maretto lived with her husband, Larry Maretto (played by Matt Dillon) and Suzanne’s small dog to the insecure Lydia (Alison Folland) who idolized Suzanne and the hopelessly tragic teen murderer Jimmy (played by a fidgety Joaquin Phoenixin his first role since he was just a kid in Parenthood) captures the feel of how the real-life story played out, at least as seen through the eyes of the media.
The real case had already been packaged—through endless news coverage, some of which Smart readily participated in; the first trial to be televised in full by Court TV; a CBS movie, Murder in New Hampshire, starring Helen Hunt and Chad Allen as Pamela and Billy; and multiple true-crime books—and in To Die For, what happened is being recalled in hindsight by the surviving players for a documentary crew.
With broad satirical strokes, Van Sant unambiguously (and, as it turned out, presciently) leaned into Suzanne’s obsession with being famous and how that, more than anything else, drove her to get her teen boy-toy to kill. Larry wasn’t a cheater, but rather an average guy who was content to stay in his hometown, living a block away from his parents; work a day job; hang out with his buddies; and have kids and a wife who stayed home—an offense punishable by death in Suzanne’s eyes.
Kidman was already a star, but To Die For brought Mrs. Tom Cruiseinto the serious-thespian conversation, with the Golden Globe win—Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy—and a lot of chatter about an Oscar nomination that never came to pass (definitely qualifies as a snub) to show for it.