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To Die For Author: Pamela Smart Deserves Her Chance at Freedom

To Die For Author Joyce Maynard: Pamela Smart Deserves Her Chance at Freedom

Originally posted 05/26/2015 05:20PM

The author who concedes her novel may have helped cement a lingering portrait of Pamela Smart as "a ruthlessly ambitious killer" has asked that Smart be given a chance at freedom after her 1991 conviction and life sentence for conspiring to murder her husband.

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Taryn Manning: My Mom Was 'Concerned' to See Me Play Kidnapping Victim Michelle Knight

Taryn Manning: My Mom Was 'Concerned' to See Me Play Kidnapping Victim Michelle Knight

Originally posted 05/01/2015 12:55PM

Taryn Manning wasn't afraid to take on the role of Michelle Knight, though her mom couldn't help but express her concern.

In Cleveland Abduction, the Orange Is the New Black actress plays the oldest of the three women who were held captive by Ariel Castro for nearly a decade before their daring escape in 2013.

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Inside the Secret World of the Alleged Cleveland Kidnapper

Inside the Secret World of the Alleged Cleveland Kidnapper

Originally posted 05/08/2013 07:20AM

Joining his family for rice and beans and an afternoon of yard work at his mother's working-class Cleveland home on Monday, Ariel Castro was in high spirits.

"The first thing he said was, 'Familia!'" his brother-in-law Juan Alicea tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. Before he left, "He kissed his mom goodbye and said, 'I love you, Mom; the food was good.' Just like normal."

But as much of the country would soon learn, it was no ordinary day.

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