As it stands right now, Pamela Smart isn’t getting out. She’s been at New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, a maximum-security facility, since 1993. According to the Washington Post, she’s one of only four female prisoners from New Hampshire locked up outside her home state.
At Bedford Hills, she wasn’t allowed to wear her wedding ring, so she gave it to her mother for safe-keeping. “Why wouldn’t I?” she commented to the Post in 2019. “I mean, I’m still married.”
In response to her latest petition to have her sentence commuted to at least life with the possibility of parole, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has countered that she “places the blame for her crimes and her current predicament everywhere but where it belongs, squarely on herself.” (Per WMUR-TV, her 2019 request for a commutation hearing was denied.)
Smart also recalled sitting down for prison movie night back in the mid-’90s, only to find out the feature was To Die For.
“It’s almost like when you see a car accident and you think to yourself, ‘Why am I looking at this?'” she told the Post. “Later, the reality sinks in that people actually believe that because they’ve seen it on TV.”
She reiterated her thoughts on the film from a few years ago, saying Kidman portrayed her “as flaky, like an airhead. Ambitious to the point where she was willing to step on anybody who got in the way of her ambitions. In the movie she came across as very narcissistic. I’m so not that way at all.”
And those who believe in Pamela’s innocence are going to continue to try to get her out trying every legal lever possible.
“Did she make a terrible mistake? You bet,” her mom Linda Wojas told WMUR in March. “She sure did. Should she spend her life in prison for having an affair with a young man? Never.”
(Originally published April 20, 2019, at 3 a.m. PT)