If you were a social outcast and you made some new friends who actually seemed to care about you, your first instinct probably wouldn't be to kill them. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened in the Miss Irresistible murders. Christine Paolilla, who killed Rachael Koloroutis and Tiffany Rowell on July 18, 2003, had been bullied relentlessly... but instead of killing her bullies, she murdered two of her closest friends. Killer teens normally go after ex-lovers or bullies, which is why the Christine Paolilla murders facts leave us with more questions than answers.
Cases of teens who murdered their friends are very rare, and this one is particularly unusual. The killings were bloody and violent, and police said it appeared to be "overkill." Was jealousy a motive? Was it the influence of drugs and a toxic relationship? Was she deeply mentally ill? Or some combination of all three?
No matter what the reason, the details of these murders are graphic - take a deep breath before you venture on into this strange, confusing, and fascinating case.
Two Students Befriended Her And Changed Her Image
It wasn't until high school that Paolilla made two truly close friends. Tiffany Rowell and Rachael Koloroutis, two popular girls, befriended Paolilla and quickly set about trying to change her life for the better. The girls were older than she was, and Paolilla spoke highly of them at home. She became comfortable enough not to wear a wig around the girls, to show the person she really was. They gave her a total makeover, including a new wig, better makeup, and a different wardrobe. By her senior year, she was voted "Miss Irresistible" by her whole high school. Finally, she had the acceptance she craved.
Christine Paolilla And Her Boyfriend Killed Four People
On July 18th, 2003, Christine Paolilla and her boyfriend, Chris Snider, entered the home of Tiffany Rowell and began shooting. They killed Rowell and Rachael Koloroutis, shooting Koloroutis six times. They also killed Marcus Ray Precella, Rowell's boyfriend, and Adelbert Nicholas Sanchez, Precella's cousin.
Paolilla shot Koloroutis in the crotch, who attempted to crawl away as she sobbed and asked, "Why?" Paolilla then pistol-whipped Koloroutis until she was dead.
Paolilla did this to Rowell as well. Paolilla would later say they had come to the house to get drugs and money, and that the shooting happened unexpectedly. Police even suspected that drugs might have been a motive, but was there something more?
A friend of Rowell and Koloroutis's called the house repeatedly with no answer. They showed up to the house late in the afternoon and found the house covered in blood. Police were called, and they initially believed the murders were done by professionals - but they had no idea as to why.
She Went Straight To Work After The Murders As If Nothing Happened
After the murder, Paolilla and Snider fled the scene, and Snider simply took Paolilla to work at Walgreens an hour or two later as if nothing at all had happened.
Although Paolilla did show signs of distress in front of her family (she was so depressed she couldn't even attend the funeral of her two friends), it didn't last long. She went into rehab for her addiction and broke up with Snider as he was sent to jail for other charges. She met another addict named Justin Rott in rehab, and the two fell in love. She inherited a good deal of money from her late father and after the two got out, they got married and bought a condo together. Really, she just went on with her life following the murders, still seeking her happy ending.
The Crime Went Unsolved For Three Years
The problems with solving this crime were numerous. There was little evidence at the scene and no known motive. It left the authorities with few suspects, but at least they had a local witness who saw two people walking away from the scene. She was able to help with a police sketch, but since the female suspect had a bandana on, it didn't help narrow down suspects; it could have been any young person leaving that scene.
The crime then went unsolved for years. Police put the sketches on billboards and on TV, but it was not until July 2006 police got an anonymous tip that would crack the case. This tipster said Paolilla had confessed to killing four people to him while in rehab, and police were finally able to track her to a hotel room and apprehend her. Still the question remained: why did she do this?