Whether it's because of a friend, an ex, or a family member, we've all felt the familiar sting of jealousy. "Thou shalt not covet" might be a good rule and all, but jealousy is a human emotion that's often hard to turn on and off. The following people held so little control over their feelings of jealousy that they ended up killing because of them. In many cases, the jealousy started out small and grew bigger and bigger to eventually take over their every thought and action. These criminals remind us that allowing jealousy to consume you can end in horrific tragedy.
Christine Paolilla Helped Murder Her New Best FriendsVideo: YouTube
Christine Paolilla had a rough childhood. Her father passed away when she was just two-years-old, causing her mother to struggle with drug addiction and to send Christine off to live with her grandparents. To top it all off, Christine suffered from alopecia, a hair-loss condition, leaving her to go through school bullied for wearing a wig.
However, in Paolilla's junior year at Houston's Clear Lake High School, she befriended two popular girls, Rachael Koloroutis and Tiffany Rowell. Elevated by her newfound friendships, Paolilla was even voted "Most Irresistible" by the student body. Despite their kindness, Koloroutis and Rowell were shot at point-blank range and killed in 2003, along with a cousin and boyfriend. It took three years to connect the murders to then 17-year-old Paolilla and her boyfriend Chris Snider, thanks to a tip.
Though Paolilla has since blamed her actions on Snider, who committed suicide, investigators believe she was severely jealous of the beautiful and popular young women who were supposed to be her best friends. While nothing ever came easy for Paolilla, her friends seemed to naturally possess the qualities she wanted most. She was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2012.
Daniel Willyam Was Obsessed With His Roommate
In the summer of 2009, 20-year-old Samantha "Shelley" Nance seemed to have everything going for her. She'd left her small hometown of Italy, TX, to attend the Art Institute of Dallas and she was dating her first boyfriend, Nathan Shuck. Despite the brevity and innocence of their relationship (the couple had held hands once), it was enough to send Shuck's roommate, Daniel Willyam, into a jealous spiral. Willyam, a former Navy pastry chef who was eight years older than Shuck, was obsessed with his roommate and became envious of the new woman in his life.
So envious, in fact, he went to Nance's apartment when he knew she'd be home alone and stabbed her 42 times in her bed. Willyam was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after serving 30 years.
Tiana Browne Killed For Shoes
Tiana Browne wasn't jealous of her cousin per se, but rather her cousin's sneakers, electronics, and success in school. At least that's the reason family members believe she stabbed 16-year-old Shannon Braithwaite 49 times before ripping the shoes off of her feet.
Her defense cited that she was raped by a classmate days before the murder and that she suffered from a psychological disorder. The jury still found Browne guilty and the judge sentenced her to 15 years to life, the maximum sentence for a juvenile.
Ramon Salcido Murdered Most Of His Family
On April 14, 1989, Ramon Salcido went on a murderous rampage. According to Salcido, the night before the murders, his wife told him that their first daughter was not his. In a delusional fit, he decided to end the lives of his three daughters, wife and three others. He then fled to Mexico to see his mother where he was apprehended and returned to the US for trial.
Miraculously, Carmina, who was just 3-years-old at the time, survived the attack. Salcido is currently on death row.