Skylights and Screen Doors - The sensational murder of Gregg Smart became a media circus...

Date: 2011-04-12


Penny C. Sansevieri        

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 The Truth Behind the Tragedy

The sensational murder of Gregg Smart became a media circus,

and now his brother reveals the personal angle to the story



(BARRINGTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE) – It was a shocking crime that stunned the country: the school aide who had an affair with a teenage student and then urged him to kill her husband.


On May 1, 1990 Gregg Smart was gunned down in his home in Derry, New Hampshire. On March 4, 1991 his wife Pamela Smart was placed on trial, and ultimately convicted of accomplice to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and witness tampering.


The sensational aspects of the case — that Pamela was a school media coordinator who had been having an affair with one of the perpetrators of the crime, a 15-year-old student named William Flynn — sparked a media frenzy that captivated millions who watched the live trial and also spawned several books and two movies.


Now for the first time, Gregg’s brother Dean reveals the personal side of the tragedy — about growing up with a brother he idolized, and the true story of the events that led up to that tragic night. You’ll see the first televised trial in American history through the author's eyes — from the circus atmosphere in front of the courthouse, to the emotional testimony of witnesses, to the closing arguments and sentencing. 


A poignant memoir, Skylights and Screen Doors is an affecting story of innocence lost and a brother remembered - and of the trial that shocked the nation.


About the author: Dean J. Smart graduated from the University of New Hampshire’s writing program with a bachelor’s degree in English. While at UNH, Dean studied under Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic. Dean resides in a small New England town with his wife and family. A writer and poet, Dean is currently writing the sequel to Skylights and Screen Doors and is putting the final touches on a book of poetry. Learn more at


Title: Skylights and Screen Doors: The Real Story Behind the Gregg Smart Murder

Author: Dean Smart

Genre: True Crime/Memoir

ISBN: 1-936680-02-3

Publication Date: March 2011

Pages: 309

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Mont Clair Press