Patrick Cronin - Seacoast Online
Smart's family denies profit
Relatives opposed to sale of items from prison
HAMPTON — The family of Pamela Smart wants the world to know their daughter is not making a dime on so-called murder memorabilia offered for sale on several Web sites.
"Please be advised that unequivocally and without question, neither our daughter, Pamela Smart, nor anyone from her family has profited from the sale of so-called murder memorabilia resulting from her tragic imprisonment," the family stated.
The released statement from the family came on the heels of several media reports about the sale of murder memorabilia on numerous Web sites such as murderauction.com and daisyseven.com.
On those sites you can purchase pro-Pam bumper sticker and a signed letter from Smart for $20. You can also buy your own copy of a picture of Smart in prison dressed in scanty lingerie.
Controversy regarding murder memorabilia sparked state legislatures to consider a new bill that would require any money made off a violent crime to be turned over to the courts. In turn the court would then give the money to the defendant's victims or use it to pay the defendant's fines or the cost of his or her incarceration.
Rep. John DeJoie, D-Concord, said he introduced his bill at the request of a lawyer from his district who was concerned with what was being sold online.
While lawmakers have sent it back for further study, the Smart family said it is fully behind it.
"We wholeheartedly support Rep. DeJoie's proposed legislation calling for penalties for those who profit from the misdeeds of others," the family stated.
Smart, former media coordinator at Winnacunnet High School, is serving a life sentence after being convicted of persuading her teenage lover from Seabrook and his friends to kill her husband, Gregg, 17 years ago on May 1, 1990.