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She was friends with two popular girls at school -- Rachael Koloroutis and Tiffany Rowell -- and she had been voted "Miss Irresistible" by the student body at Clear Lake High School in suburban Houston. But on the afternoon of July 18,Christine's life changed forever. Four youths were found shot multiple times at point blank range in a home in the placid Clear Lake neighborhood. Two of the victims were her friends, Koloroutis and Rowell, who had recently graduated.
Koloroutis was planning to attend college in the fall.
It would take three years to unravel the mystery. After numerous dead ends, police caught a big break in Julywhen an anonymous tipster called. The tipster described facts only the killers could have known and gave them two names -- a boy, Chris, and a girl: Christine Paolilla. Christine was arrested, tried and convicted of the crime. She is now appealing the conviction. The question that haunted everyone, including the police, was, "Why?
Rachael and Tiffany had befriended Christine and offered her advice, including beauty tips. The friends even carried pictures of each other in their wallets. Christine Paolilla spent her childhood in suburban Long Island, N. Charles Paolilla was killed by falling bricks during construction on a high-rise in New York City. A few months later, Christine's grandfather and great-grandmother also passed away.
According to her mother, Christine started asking questions: "'Mommy, I don't understand Her mother says she tried to raise the children on her own, but the pain of losing her husband led her to drug addiction. She eventually lost control of her world and, temporarily, custody of her children. At age 7, Christine went to live with her grandparents. Hard to not internalize that as a tremendous rejection, Christine's suffering didn't end there.
By the time she was in kindergarten, she was diagnosed with an irreversible hair-loss condition called alopecia. Classmates would come up behind her, pull her wig off her head. I can't even imagine really, truly how she was feeling. As a parent, as a mother the pain ofwaking up in the morning thinking, 'What am I going to have to go through today?
Who is going to hurt me today? Christine's early teen years were a struggle. But eventually she was able to forge new friendships that helped her feel like she belonged. She couldn't speak highly enough about them.
How much fun they were. How loving they were, how they had so much fun Every minute they spent together was lively and fun, and they laughed all the time and I saw such a change in her personality. Tiffany and Rachael were a year ahead of Christine in school. Rachael was beautiful and popular and may have helped Christine feel like a normal teenager. The intensity of the relationship was understandable, said Saltz. Rachael really felt sorry for her.
Paolilla said one that Christine trusted her new friends was that she "felt OK without the wig on with them, which is not something that she did with many of her friends. Christine also had a friend her parents did not approve of: Chris Snider. Christine briefly met Snider in school, when she was in the eighth grade. He was about two years older and didn't look like her other friends. He had "body piercings, spiked hair, chains hanging from his jeans Christine felt bad for him because nobody wanted to be his friend and she thought she could help him, said Paolilla.
Christine and Chris began dating. According to Christine's mother and stepfather, Snider started isolating Christine from her family and friends. Paolilla said Snider emotionally abused Christine, even showing up at school one day and pulling her wig off to embarrass her in front of her classmates. Despite it all, Christine appeared to cling to the relationship.
And he would be jealous of, and potentially want to get rid of anybody else in her life. Dick said Snider had some sort of hold on Christine. There's only so much you can do. Christine's parents were additionally concerned about Snider's drug use. The parents consulted with attorneys and police officers, they said, and even tried to get a restraining order and have Snider arrested, to no avail. Saltz tied the relationship to Christine's early loss of her father. The details of the July murder remain sketchy.
On the afternoon of the murders, a neighbor saw a "male" and "female" dressed in black, walking up to the house. Using the neighbor's descriptions, Houston Police Department forensic sketch artist Lois Gibson created composite sketches of the suspects. The sketches were eventually released, and may have led to tipsters calling in. But the most revealing piece of evidence as to what happened in the house that day came from Christine's videotaped interrogation after she was arrested in She told police that Snider had a gun and forced her to take a second gun but that she never willfully fired it.
Instead, she said, Snider put his hand on hers and caused her to fire the gun. She said Snider later beat a severely wounded Rachael to death. According to Christine, Snider threatened to do the same thing to her and her family if she told anyone. She went to work at Walgreen's less than 30 minutes after the murders, instead of calling police. A man Christine later married, Justin Rott, told police a different story. He said Christine admitted to going to the house to participate in a drug heist, and when Snider started shooting she didn't hesitate to in.
Rott said Christine told him that it was her, not Snider, who beat Rachael to death with a gun. When the police finally caught up with Christine in Julyshe was high on heroin, living in a hotel room strewn with used needles. She and Rott had been holed up in the room for over eight months. In Septembershe was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Christine is serving her time at women's penitentiary in Gatesville, Texas. Though she is not eligible for parole untilshe filed an appeal right after she was convicted. Though Christine was 17 years-old at the time of the murders, she was automatically sentenced to life in prison.
Isbell argued before a Houston appeals court last December that "a mandatory life sentences in a murder case is unconstitutional for a defendant under 18 years of age. Houston Police Sgt. Brian Harris said in an interview with Deborah Roberts that he believes Christine still does not "own" the crime. Lori Paolilla now lives with the anguish of a mother whose daughter struggled with, and ultimately succumbed to, the harshness of the world around her. LOG IN. We'll notify you here with news about. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest?
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