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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

On this date in 1991

It was on this date in 1991 that teacher Pamela Smart was convicted of convincing a 15 yr student (who she was having sex with) at her school to kill her husband. The student Billy Flynn and two friends went to her house and Flynn shot and killed Greg Smart.This was one of the first American trials to be fully televised and ,of course,
because it had all the trappings of a lurid novel, young man, sexy teacher, murder, it had a large viewing audience. Pam Smart received life in prson without the possibility of parole and from what I read has managed to get her masters in law and education, privately funded through some college. It's their money and they can do whatever they want with it, but I feel it could have been better spent elsewhere. I don't believe in rewarding the criminal. Whether or not she pulled the trigger, she set the events in motion and with full knowledge of what an impressionable bundle of hormones a teenager can be, pushed all the right buttons to get him to do her dirty work. Disturbing what people will do for love or lust.

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