On Tuesday, the jury reached a verdict on the 1996 Kristin Smart case – Paul Flores was found guilty of the murder of Smart, a 19-year-old Cal Poly student at the time, and his father, Ruben Flores, was found not guilty as an accessory to the murder. Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong sent out a […]
Mustang News reporter Abigail O’Branovich sat down with Chris Lambert, the host of the “Your Own Backyard” podcast, who has been reporting at the preliminary hearing, and soon trial, for the Kristin Smart case. Lambert’s Hallway Blog has kept his listeners informed and “in the seat next to him” as he attempts to bring justice […]
Content warning: This article discusses multiple forms of trauma, including rape. Survivors of such violence can access virtual confidential services through Cal Poly Safer’s website. Ahead of a preliminary hearing starting today, popular podcast “Your Own Backyard,” released a two-part episode this month detailing the criminalizing allegations against Paul and Ruben Flores in the Kristin Smart case. […]
Tracy Ruiz chose to attend Cal Poly in 1991 because it was close to the beach and she thought it was safe. After Kristin Smart went missing in 1996, however, Ruiz realized her alma mater could be dangerous for women. Now that Ruiz is a teacher, she wants to pass on critical thinking skills to […]
Chris Lambert released episode eight of his podcast “Your Own Backyard” which details the disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristen Smart in May of 1996.
She has been missing for longer than she has been alive. The story of Kristin Smart, a Cal Poly student who has been missing for 23 years, is documented in a new podcast series “Your Own Backyard,” which made its debut Sept. 30, 2019. Podcast creator Chris Lambert, a central coast native, grew up hearing […]
It happened in 1996 — a Cal Poly freshman went missing. Her investigation has been ongoing for the past 23 years. To this day, it is unknown what happened to Kristin Smart. Orcutt resident Chris Lambert has lived on the Central Coast his entire life. His interest in Smart’s case was sparked at a young […]