OJ Simpson may have had the process of the century, but it was Pamela Smart who ushered in the era of 24/7 reporting with her murder process.
It all started on August 1, 1990, three months after her husband was found dead in their home, when she was arrested for being an accessory to his murder
In a now famous recording, the arresting officer said to the widow: & Well, Pam, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that we have solved your husband's murder. The bad news is that you have been arrested. & # 39;
She is now thinking about that period in a new episode of Dateline & # 39; s Deadly Secret broadcast on NBC Monday at 10 p.m. and reveals how it felt to be the subject of so much attention during her trial.
& # 39; I was scared & # 39 ;, says Smart, who was convinced to be complicit in first-degree murder, conspiracy to kill, and witness tampering.
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Matricide: Pamela Smart (above on Dateline) will open in a rare interview about her murder process and speak to Dateline for an episode broadcast on Monday at 10 p.m.
Smart has only given a handful of interviews, although in recent years more and more information has been given about her husband's death.
& # 39; You were the biggest show in town & # 39 ;, says Andrea Canning in the interview.
& # 39; Maybe in America. & # 39;
Smart agrees and notes & # 39; at that time & # 39 ;.
Canning then asks: & # 39; Have you wondered why? & # 39; Why me? Why does everyone care so much? & # 39;
Smart opens after a series of one-word answers and describes in detail what it really felt like the most famous woman in the country.
& # 39; Yes I did. And it was completely overwhelming. I mean, there were cameras from … Japan, from … other countries and all states, "she tells Canning.
& # 39; The parking lot was filled with satellite trucks. People stumbled over each other. & # 39;
She then tells how the small town was forced to adapt to this influx of media.
& # 39; They built a huge room in the courthouse to house the media. It was just crazy & # 39 ;, Snmart explains.
& # 39; And when I look back at the images, I … I look like a baby. You know, I look so young. And … and I see … so scared. And that– that's exactly how I felt. & # 39;
The murder and the trial later formed the basis for the critically acclaimed film To Die For from 1995, with Nicole Kidman, a character inspired by Smart.
Newlyweds: She was arrested exactly three months to the day after her husband was found dead in their home on May 1, 1990 (the Smarts above in 1989)
Witness to the defense: reflecting on the trial, she said media attention was sometimes overwhelming and even frightening (Smart above in 1991 during the trial)
Smart is now in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York, where she will spend the rest of her life.
It is now almost three decades after a jury has determined that the former media services director at Winnacunnet High School in New Hampshire has convinced Flynn to pull the trigger.
& # 39; I didn't want him to do that. I didn't ask him, & Smart continued to say Smart, uttering exact words in the few interviews she has done so far.
Her husband's family has also been repeating herself for three decades and stated that she would consider supporting Smart & # 39; s request for conditional release if she admitted that she was responsible for ordering the murder.
On May 1, 1990, Flynn, then 16, and 17-year-old Patrick Randall entered the Smarts & Derry condominium and forced Gregg, an insurance company representative, to his knees in the foyer while another friend waited outside in a flight car.
While Randall held a knife to the man's throat, Flynn shot him in the head.
The Smart family appeared on Flynn's conditional hearing, with Gregg & # 39; s brother Dean said; & # 39; I hope he does something wonderful with his life. & # 39;
Both he and brother Rick said they believed Flynn had served his time and should be released.
Smart, on the other hand, says she can't feel regret because she didn't do anything wrong.
However, she recently began to admit that her affair played a role in the murder of her husband.
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