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Episode 32 | Crime of the Century: The Murder of Gregg Smart, Derry, New Hampshire (part one)

Gregg Smart is the forgotten victim in the crime of the century - as it has been called over and over given its history of firsts. Gregg was murdered on May 1, 1990. The 24-year-old insurance broker was shot dead in his home six days before his first wedding anniversary.

At first, it looked like he'd interrupted a burglary, because that's what the killers were told to make it look like. As the investigation wore on, it uncovered a plot rife with salacious headlines by a mastermind who was first tried in the media before they were tried in court. The Smart case was a spectacle, the original crime of the century. The first televised trial.

WMUR Channel 9 in Manchester, New Hampshire preempted its daily programming to televise the two-week trial. People stood in line at 2am to get a seat in the courtroom. The pretrial coverage was frenzied. I often cover stories that affected me. This is one of those. I lived in Southern New Hampshire in the late 80s/early 90s. You couldn't go anywhere without hearing the name Pamela Smart.

Blurry image of Gregg with his mom and dad

Gregg on his wedding day - May 7, 1989

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Sources include

Skylights and Screen doors

by Dean J. Smart, Gregg Smart's younger brother

Teach Me to Kill: The Shocking True Story of the Pamela Smart Murder Case

by Stephen Sawicki To Live For. A Mother's Cry for Justice: From My Daughter Pamela Smart's Prison Journal

by Linda Wojas

Deadly Lessons: A Trial That Stunned a Nation. A Killer Whose Motive Is the Most Shocking of All

by Ken Englade

Sex, Lies & Murder: The Pamela Smart Case BY Jan Bouchard Kerr


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