Before Christine Paolilla received a makeover from her two new friends - Tiffany Rowell and Rachael Koloroutis - fellow students at Clear Lake High School in Texas teased her. As Paolilla’s new friendship blossomed with the teens, peers began to accept her, despite her previous appearance. Paolilla - who received the student body title “Miss Irresistible” - murdered her friends and two others on July 18, 2003. With the help of her then-boyfriend, Chris Snider, Paolilla shot and beat the four teens. Police had no viable leads.
In 2006, Houston authorities received a tip from Paolilla’s former friend, and the police apprehended her in San Antonio. Paolilla, a substance-abuser tried to refute statements made under duress. The courts charged her, and Paolilla faced life in prison - narrowly averting the death penalty because she was 17 at the time of the attacks. The case has spurred features on half a dozen docuseries, yet the public still questions why Paolilla turned on her friends. While Paolilla later maintained her intention was to rob Rowell’s home, theorists speculate jealousy motivated the teen.
Although Paolilla has filed multiple appeals in an attempt to alter her sentence, she is not eligible for parole until 2046 - after having served 35 years in prison.
Paolilla's Friends And Family Didn't Like Her Boyfriend
Paolilla's family and friends - including Koloroutis and Rowell - told her they didn't like Snider. Reportedly, he scared Paolilla's mother and her friends, and they suggested she stop seeing him. This allegedly incensed Snider. Paolilla's family said Snider isolated her from her family and friends.
Paolilla later told authorities Snider was responsible. She also alleged Snider gave her the gun and forcefully directed her how to use it.
Snider Said It Was Paolilla Who Was Abusive
While many accounts paint Snider as an abuser in his relationship with Paolilla, others maintain Paolilla frequently assaulted Snider. In an interview with the New York Post, Snider's relatives alleged Paolilla would get into “nasty fights” with Snider and become physically violent. His family said they used to refer to her as "the psycho." Allegedly, after an argument, Paolilla threatened to kill her then-boyfriend’s family and spent all night trying to break into the Snider house. When she was unsuccessful, she slept on the front lawn.
The police were called several times on Paolilla, and Snider allegedly told family only two things scared him: the police and Paolilla.
Paolilla And Her Boyfriend Killed Four People
On July 18, 2003, Paolilla and her boyfriend, Chris Snider, entered the Rowell home. They repeatedly shot and executed Tiffany Rowell, Rachael Koloroutis, Marcus Ray Precella, Rowell's 19-year-old boyfriend, and Adelbert Nicholas Sanchez, Precella's 21-year-old cousin.
Paolilla later said her and Snider went to the house to get drugs and money, and the shooting happened unexpectedly. Paolilla also claimed Snider was the shooter and physically coerced her into shooting, with his hand over hers. Coroner reports contradicted her story, citing two guns had been shot simultaneously. Reports also maintained the victims died of gunshot wounds or blunt force trauma to the head. Paolilla used the butt of her .38 to bludgeon Koloroutis.
Brittney, a friend of Rowell and Koloroutis's, discovered the bodies. After calling the house repeatedly with no answer, Brittney and two others showed up to the Rowell house later that evening.
During The Assault, Koloroutis Begged Paolilla To Stop
Paolilla shot Koloroutis in the crotch when she attempted to crawl away to phone authorities. Reportedly, Paolilla then pistol-whipped Koloroutis until she died. Officials called Koloroutis's demise "overkill," and suggested the shot to the crotch stemmed from a sexual aggression.
Despite the investigator’s reports, Paolilla’s defense attorney maintained Paolilla never handled the gun, and only Snider was responsible.