#5: Pamela Smart

 #5: Pamela Smart
Name: Pamela Smart
School: Winnacunnet High School
City: Derry, NH
Age of Teacher:
Age of Student: 15
Rank: 5

First-degree murder

Pamela Smart was a former cheerleader who was unhappily married to her husband Gregory Smart. The director of media services
at Winnacunnet High School, she met and impressed a group of freshmen by sharing her love of heavy metal music (she had even hosted a radio show in college with the moniker "The Maiden of Metal"). According to later testimony, in February of 1990, Smart began having an affair with freshman Billy Floyd. After her husband was found shot to death, she and Billy Floyd, along with three of Floyd's friends, were arrested on suspicion of the shooting. During the trial, the prosecution claimed that Smart had coldly plotted to seduce Floyd and convince him to murder her husband. Smart maintained that Floyd shot her husband of his own accord, after she threatened to end their affair. She was found guilty in 1991 of being an accomplice to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and witness tampering. She was given life without parole. Smart is still imprisoned in upstate New York. While many on this list can claim they've appeared on television in one way or another, Pamela Smart had a movie made about her, the 1995 Nicole Kidman vehicle To Die For.

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