Crime of the Truest Kind

EP32 | Crime of the Century: The Murder of Gregg Smart (part one), Derry, New Hampshire

September 16, 2022 Anngelle Wood Media Season 2
Crime of the Truest Kind
EP32 | Crime of the Century: The Murder of Gregg Smart (part one), Derry, New Hampshire
Show Notes

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.
 
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