Pamela Smart Hitman in Husband’s Murder Paroled

Apr 10, 2015 - by Denise Noe

Alleged Pamela Smart hitman, Patrick Randall, who as a teenager murdered Gregory Smart, 24, won release from prison on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at his first parole hearing. 

Randall was 16 in May 1990 when he held a knife to Gregg Smart’s throat as William “Billy” Flynn, also 16, shot the victim in the head, killing him.

He will be freed after June 4th of this year -- Flynn himself was released in March 2015.

The case grabbed headlines for its sensational mix of sex and violence because Flynn had been having an affair with Gregg’s wife, Pam Smart, then 22, who worked as the media coordinator at the Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Flynn claimed Pam instigated the murder and threatened to break up with him unless he killed Gregg.

While Ms. Smart admitted to the affair, she insisted she had nothing to do with the killing, but was convicted as an accomplice to first-degree murder then sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

She continues to protest her innocence and her many supporters have even launched a website dedicated to making the case that she was wrongly convicted.

At Randall’s recent parole hearing, he turned in his chair to look at relatives of his victim. Randall told them, “Nothing I can say can make it better.”

Patrick Randall also noted that two of his own relatives had died during his imprisonment and elaborated that the deaths of his mother and a grandfather gave him “a slight inclination” about what it is like to have a loved one die.

Of Randall’s losses, Gregg Smart’s brother Dean Smart said, “There’s no comparison. If you had actually lost your mother, imagine it being in the news every day for 25 years.”

Debbie Smart, an aunt to the victim, commented, “I’m deathly afraid of this man. He murdered my nephew.”

By all accounts, Pam Smart began an affair with Billy Flynn a few months before her husband was murdered, and Flynn says she told him she needed Greg killed because she feared she would lose too much in a divorce.

Accompanied by Randall, Flynn went into the couple’s condominium in Derry, New Hampshire on May 1, 1990, forcing Smart’s husband to kneel in the foyer before killing him.

The case inspired the Joyce Maynard novel entitled To Die For which was turned into a film starring Nicole Kidman.

Both Randall and Flynn made plea bargains in which they pled guilty to second-degree murder and were sentenced to 28 years to life. In March 2009 a judge cut three years from Randall’s sentence, citing a good prison record and expressions of remorse.

Two other teenagers were also convicted of involvement in the murder, served their prison sentences, and have been released.

Over the years, Pamela Smart has acquired many advocates who believe her steadfast protestations of innocence are true.

Dr. Eleanor Pam, her spokesperson asserts, “Randall and his co-conspirators, acting in concert and with cold premeditation, ended two lives: Gregg Smart’s and Pamela’s, too. Randall can now reclaim his life but they will not.”

DENISE NOE

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