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Carolyn Warmus, dubbed the “Fatal Attraction Killer” after she shot and killed her lover’s wife, was released from prison Monday after serving 27 years behind bars.
Warmus, a young school teacher, earned the moniker because of the disturbing similarities between her case and Glenn Close’s love-crazed character in the popular movie “Fatal Attraction,” in which Close’s character becomes so obsessed with her affair partner that she breaks into his family’s home and boils their pet bunny on the stove.
The movie came out just a few years before the 1989 murder of Betty Jean Solomon, who was shot nine times inside her Greenburgh home, according to The New York Post.
Warmus had been having an affair with Solomon’s husband, Paul Solomon, at the time of the murder while the pair worked together at Edgemont’s Greenville Elementary School.
Prosecutors believed Warmus shot Betty Jean in her home on Jan. 15, 1989 and then drove to meet Paul for drinks, later having sex inside his car, The New York Daily News reports.
Authorities initially suspected Paul may have committed the crime, but later turned their attention to his 23-year-old lover, arresting her in the headline-making case 13 months after Betty Jean’s death.
Warmus has long maintained her innocence, telling the parole board in 2017 that she was “found guilty because of the media attention and the publicity” surrounding the case.
Warmus was denied parole on that attempt, but was granted release from the parole board this year and walked out of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility on Monday, according to The Rockland/Westchester Journal News.
Warmus was convicted of second-degree murder in 1992, after an initial trial resulted in a hung jury.
To gain the conviction, prosecutors relied in part on the testimony from private investigator Vincent Parco, who testified that he had sold Warmus a .25-caliber Beretta Jetfire pistol, complete with a silencer, for $2,500 just days before the murder.
Parco is now behind bars himself after he was convicted of trying to blackmail a witness in a child sex abuse case, The Daily News reports.
Warmus received a sentence of 25 years to life after the conviction.
With her new-found freedom, the 55-year-old plans to live in New York City.
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