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Supporters of convicted murderer Pam Smart — who has always maintained her innocence — are launching a Twitterstorm on Sunday to support her release after she has spent 27 years in prison coercing her teenage lover into killing her husband Greg Smart.
The Twitterstorm will take place on March 26 at 5 p.m. in New Hampshire, 10 p.m. in the United Kingdom and Monday the 27th at 6 a.m. in Australia, according to Smart supporter Sue Corcoran of Aylesbury, England, who is coordinating the event.
“After doing my own research, I know that her trial was unfair and a lot of the so-called ‘evidence,’ which was used to put her away for life, should never been admissible in court.
“She was guilty of an affair, no more, no less,” Corcoran said in an email exchange with InDepthNH.org.
Corcoran began supporting Smart after watching the HBO documentary “Captivated, The Trials of Pam Smart.”
Greg Smart’s May 1, 1990, murder in Derry still garners publicity as Pam Smart, now 49, plans to petition the Governor and Executive Council to get out of prison.
One person who won’t be participating in her Twitterstorm is the former assistant attorney general who prosecuted Smart, Paul Maggiotto, who now practices in Concord.
“A million tweets is not grounds to get out of jail,” Maggiotto said.
Maggiotto asked if Smart has really changed, suggesting she is now just manipulating different people.
“She wanted to be a media darling. She likes the attention,” he said. He steadfastly believes she is guilty and should serve out her full life sentence with no chance for parole, which would mean she would die in prison.
Smart’s only legal option now is to seek a pardon, he said. “Nobody has gotten a pardon in New Hampshire history,” Maggiotto said.
Smart was the media coordinator at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton where she met the then-15-year-old Billy Flynn, who carried out Greg’s murder with help from three friends while Smart was at a board meeting that night.
Flynn and his friends have all been released from prison because they cut deals early on to testify against Smart.
Corcoran believes there has been a grave miscarriage of justice and plans to take that message to Twitter on Sunday.
“We as her supporters are going to attempt to ‘trend’ #FREEPAMSMART on Twitter,” Corcoran said. A Twitterstorm is defined as a sudden spike in activity surrounding something, often started by one person.
Corcoran explained how it works: On Twitter, one would follow Smart’s page at @pamelasmart. Then Tweet a picture with a comment that must include the hashtag #FREEPAMSMART. Or to re-tweet, one must re-tweet with a comment and #FREEPAMSMART.
Tweets can include a picture or a quote or any of the videos for Smart that are on Youtube under #FREEPAMSMART, Corcoran said.
Pam Smart was featured in the November 2016 issue of the New Hampshire Magazine in which she restated the difficulties of being imprisoned for a crime she insists she didn’t commit. She is incarcerated in the maximum security Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York.
Smart was quoted in the magazine as saying she is innocent and hopes people will stop judging her for the affair with Flynn that should have never happened.
“Is there no mercy and compassion in this state at all? For me, it seems like there is none,” Smart said. “I’m not saying that I deserve it. I’m saying that’s what I wish for.”
About InDepthNH: Nancy West founded the nonprofit New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism in April. West is the executive editor of the center’s investigative news website, InDepthNH.org. West has won many awards for investigative reporting during her 30 years at the New Hampshire Union Leader. She has taught investigative journalism at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting’s summer program for pre-college students at Boston University. West is passionate about government transparency. The New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, formerly called Investigative News Network, which is also InDepthNH.org’s fiscal sponsor. Click here to read about INN to learn more about the mission of nonprofit news.