48 HOURS correspondent Erin Moriarty goes inside the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and talks with inmate Pamela Smart and others about an unusual music program, in the next edition of the podcast “My Life of Crime,” available today on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.
“My Life of Crime” is the new podcast from the producers of 48 HOURS, America’s Saturday-night true-crime destination. The series brings listeners along with Moriarty for an immersive, intimate and sometimes irreverent look at true-crime stories. Some are infamous, some are little known, but all include Moriarty’s signature reporting.
In “Music and the Murderers: Behind Prison Walls at Bedford Hills,” Moriarty talks with a group of women participating in a songwriting workshop. Just an hour north of New York City, the prison is home to some of the most notorious murderers, including Kim Brown, who was convicted for killing her last music teacher, and Smart, who was convicted in 1991 of conspiring with three teenagers to have her husband killed. Smart, who was sentenced to life in prison, maintains her innocence.
Smart opens up about her case, her time in prison, and being attacked when she first arrived at Bedford Hills. When Moriarty sees Smart, the inmate is wearing pink sneakers and lots of gold jewelry. Not a blonde hair is out of place.
“I still try to keep my girly self up. You know, I mean, I try because I feel like if I don’t care about the outside, I’m not going to care about the inside anymore,” Smart says.
“I don’t want to die here. No, I don’t,” Smart says. “And I would like to be able to go home and take care of my parents, to live a life. I have dreams and aspirations for myself. But mainly, I want to be able to be with my family. I’ve been away from them for so long.”
Smart says the songwriting class is a way to get away from the realities of prison life.
“It’s an escape from this place, more so than an escape from the garbage that goes around myself, my name and all of that,” Smart says. “It’s more of an escape from the drudgery of incarceration, you know, and day-to-day routine, that can be stifling and very oppressive all the time.”
Moriarty has been a correspondent for 48 HOURS since 1990. Her reporting appears across all CBS News platforms and programs. Her work has been honored with virtually every major broadcast journalism award, including nine Emmy Awards. In 2019 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. “My Life of Crime” is created by the team at 48 HOURS. Judy Tygard is the executive producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Michael Vele is the series producer/editor. Luis Giraldo, Marc Goldbaum, Tamara Weitzman, Liza Finley, Ryan Smith and Jaime Hellman are the producers. Morgan Canty and Emma Steele are the associate producers.