Pamela Smart has admitted to being responsible for the murder of her husband Greggory's for the first time in a new interview – but still denies that he is plotting his murder.
Smart, who was imprisoned in 1991 after her teenage lover Billy Flynn and his friends shot Greggory at their marital home a year earlier, says she is now ready to accept her share of the debt before his death.
But she claims that it was Flynn's only decision to kill Greggory after she made an unwise comment about how they could not be together while he was in the neighborhood.
"For years it was the fault of the whole world – not mine. I think I did not want my fault at a certain level in my head, "she said.
Pamela Smart (left in 2015) has admitted for the first time that she feels a sense of responsibility for the murder of husband Greggory in 1990, but still denies that she has killed him – that was the work of her then teenage lover, Billy Flynn ( pictured in 2015)
Smart was sentenced to life in 1991 for encouraging Flynn to murder Greggory (right) and to help him plan the murder, including the killing of a robbery.
She said to the Washington Post: & # 39; & # 39;[Now] I feel responsible for the death of my husband. . . . When I think about it, I say that this is all my fault.
& # 39; I had not taken that first, awful decision [to have an affair] nothing would have happened. & # 39;
But she refutes the claims of Flynn, which she did during her trial, that she paid him and his friends $ 500 each to kill Greggory and make it look like a burglary – including having a door unlocked so that she can home could enter.
Flynn (on the photo during the trial) testified that Smart had turned off the crime, including leaving a door open so that he could come into her house to execute it
Smart from prison also said that she gave her wedding ring to her mother shortly after she was locked up and that she still wanted to keep it.
& # 39; Why would not I? I mean, I'm still married, "she said.
Smart expressed herself during a new legal bid to shorten her entire life, and said she is afraid to die of old age behind bars.
The phrase touches her – and many of her campaigners, including some of America's most prominent feminists – because Flynn was released in 2015.
Patrick & # 39; Pete & # 39; Randall, who stopped Gregg while Flynn shot him in his head, was released the same year, while henchmen Vance Lattime Jr. and Raymond Fowler also walked out of prison years before.
Smart's lack of guilt and remorse about Gregg's death was a controversial issue during her earlier calls, including during the release of a documentary last year.
In the three-part film, Pamela Smart called: An American Murder Mystery, Smart gave a challenging interview when she said: "I want the world to know that my confinement is unjust, my trial was unfair and I'm in prison for a crime that I have not committed. & # 39;
At that time, Paul Maggiotto, who persuaded Smart, said that any profession in the water would be dead, provided she did not accept the responsibility for her actions.
He told Fox News: "Part of the requirement to be eligible for a potential pardon is to take responsibility for what you have done and to admit that you have destroyed the lives of three other people when you this did, just like having your husband has been killed.
Smart's sense has proved controversial because she remains in jail despite Flynn and Patrick Randall (left during the trial, right in 2015) – who committed the murder – released
Accept accept responsibility and continue from there. & # 39;
Associate Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin, who considers every request for leniency that Smart does, was equally damning to her.
& # 39;[Smart has blamed] the news media, the witnesses, the judge and the public prosecutors …
Her attempts to blame others for her confinement are a reflection of not only her fault, but her inability to be rehabilitated, & # 39; he said.
According to the version of the events presented during the process, Smart Flynn seduced when he participated in a self-esteem course that she volunteered to teach at the Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, where she was director of media services.
She took his virginity while watching the rancid film for 9 1/2 weeks and soon she sent him photos of herself as she seductively posed in lingerie.
When she saw an opportunity to get rid of her husband and play the victim, she told Flynn that Gregg was dead when they could be together.
Paul Maggiotto, the prosecutor in the Smart process, has previously said that any leniency order that she launches will be destined for failure unless she can accept responsibility for her crime.
Smart claimed that she would lose her house, money and even their dog Halen in a divorce and that killing him was a better option.
She also stood to collect a benefit of $ 140,000 in life insurance.
But Smart's legal team is now challenging aspects of this version of events, including that Flynn was a virgin.
Instead, they say she was the one who was inexperienced in love-she had only one serious friend before she got married.
Since he was imprisoned, Smart has earned two master's degrees, one in science and one in literature, and is now working on a doctorate.
She is also a grievance representative and HIV prevention advisor for fellow inmates and wants to work on HIV prevention when the UN is released.
The only thing she does not want to do is die behind the bars.
I'd rather be put to death than die in here, & # 39; she said.