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Oprah Shows Changing Lives-O-Meter

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Celeb Show Appearances

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Show Segments Ripped From The Wires

  • Teen Boy Lives With Killing His Molester
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  • Female convicted killers

Week  6 Show Breakdown

10/22/2010 When Your Own Mother Is a Notorious Killer
10/21/2010 Lisa Marie Presley Speaks Out About the Death of Michael Jackson
10/20/2010 First TV Interview – Tyler Perry Speaks Out About Being Molested
10/19/2010 Susan Boyle, Jackie Evancho, Debby Boone – The Next Big Thing
10/18/2010 Exclusive: The 16-Year-Old Boy Who Killed His Molester
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Air Date: October 22, 2010

Diane Downs

Diane Downs in the early 80’s shoots her 3 children. She gets life plus 50 years, 2 of the children are alive today. Her youngest daughter (4th child) Becky Babcock talks about her convicted murder mother. “She’s not a mother. She is a monster.” She says, she regrets writing to her biological mother. Becky wanted to relate to someone after she gave one of her children up for adoption. Becky thought connecting with Diane would help her heal from the pain. She now knows her adopted family is all she needs. Diane would not share the name of Becky’s biological father after Becky asked her in letters.

Pamela Smart

Lisa Ling interviews Pamela Smart in New York at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Her 15 year old then lover Billy Flin kills her husband Greg Smart. She tells Lisa that she did nothing and was not in any way involved in the killing. She is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Lisa asks what would you say to Billy? Pamela says, “Tell the truth. Tell the truth. But I know he doesn’t care. He’s going home. It’s like he killed somebody and got a way with one way or another.” Lisa ask what about Greg? “I’m sorry.”

Pamela’s mother Linda Wojas sits with Oprah. The jury was not sequester during her daughters trial and says there were 1200 news articles out. She believes her daughter did not get a fair trial. During Pamela’s time in prison she has earned 2 master degrees and helps others. Dr. Eleanor Pam is Pamela Smart’s mentor says she believes absolutely she is innocent. “I think she was punished for sin not the crime.”

One of the jury members Alec Beckett talks to Oprah over WebEx on the show. Alex says, he was out of the country before the trial and did not know about anything from the media. He says the jury did not know the sentence was life.

Dean Smart (Greg’s brother) sent a statement to the Oprah show saying they believe she is guilty and the boys found guilty along with Billy. Pam did not cut a deal and that is why she is serving life.