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Remembering Kristin Smart

We’re getting lots of phone calls and emails regarding the segment last night with Dennis Mahon, updating us on the case of missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart. It will be ten years in May since Kristin disappeared following an off-campus party. Her body was never recovered.

As Dennis reminded us last night, police have long considered fellow student Paul Flores to be the prime suspect, though he’s not talking. Flores has made news again since he received yet another DUI last December — that could be his fourth DUI. Dennis is hopeful that Flores’ growing criminal record can be used as leverage against him to finally get him to open up and talk about what happened that night.

Cal Poly has certainly tried to move on; they don’t mention Kristin Smart and a whole new generation of young women roam the campus today without ever having heard this cautionary tale. The police still consider it an open case, which prevents the Smarts from filing a civil suit against the Flores family. Thankfully, a Sacramento businessman has come forward and posted a $25,000 reward for information.

So what did happen to Kristin Smart that night? Will we ever know for sure? Will the Smart family have achieve closure on what must be such an agonizing issue?

  1. Robin from Avila
    March 9, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    Just wanted you to know how very impressed I was with the Kristin Smart segment yesterday. Very powerful. I cannot imagine the pain her family has experienced, and for the life of me cannot imagine why the Flores family refuses to cooperate. Different set of values, I guess. Good job keeping this important issue up to date and on everyone’s minds.

  2. Hilary in Los Osos
    March 10, 2006 at 4:53 am

    Here’s what Dennis Mahon didn’t really address: While Kristin did not deserve to die and while Kristin should be alive, the Smart family wants Kristin to be portrayed as the total victim. The not-very-nice, pretty sloppy fact is this: Kristin was not tipsy the night of the party — but rather, DRUNK OUT OF HER MIND. And, this was not the first time. Kristin was known as a hard partying kind of girl.

    Drunk people — especially young people — cannot think straight. (Duh) All Dennis said was: “Well, kids in college party. Kids in college drink. That’s just how kids are.” Ummm — excuse me! I was a straight-A student at UCLA — I didn’t think to go out and party. I knew that I was in college to get an education, to get beyond the Long Beach ghetto I grew up in. And, I knew that only a good education would get me out. My parents worked their asses off to help me in school — I did the rest by working part-time. From what you’ve said about your years as a college student, I don’t think you did a heck of a lot of partying either, right?

    Dave, Kristin MADE THE CHOICE to get drunk that night. Again, she didn’t deserve to die because of it… but, at some point, with her record of partying, something bad was eventually going to happen. Look up the facts about college date rape — the huge majority of them have one commonality: alcohol, and lots of it.

  3. John in SLO
    March 10, 2006 at 5:41 am

    Is there any reasonable, intelligent person who does not believe that Paul Flores was involved in the disappearance of Kristin Smart? C’mon! I don’t think he meant to kill her. I think something happened unexpectedly and the poor kid freaked out.

    What I want to know if whether anyone helped him, or not. The logical person is a family member. To me, that’s the disgusting part; a family family helping in the cover-up.

    Thanks, Dave, for having Dennis on the radio. I truly admire his work.

  4. JerryDinAZ
    March 13, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    With all due respect to the family and the pain they still sufferr…Kristin is in the foundation of the performing arts center on campus…the reason they won’t solve this is…they’d have to tear that building down to find her. It’s all about money. Rest in peace Kriston.

  5. rob in los osos
    March 14, 2006 at 5:08 am

    you moved to az, stay in az.
    To say that Kristin is under the PAC shows your utter ignorance of building practices. It would be virtually impossible to bury someone unnoticed in a foundation, especially one as complex as the PAC’s. You’d have to have help from the foreman in charge of the concrete pour, in addition to the concrete pumper and any # of laborers. Stick to your extreme right-wingnut ideology – at least you sound like you’re making sense then.

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