'Fatal Attraction' Murderer May Be Released From Prison This Summer

Carolyn Warmus shot Betty Solomon, her lover's wife, nine times in a case that drew comparisons to the '80s flick starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close.

By Gina Tron
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Exes and Lovers Killed By Jealousy

A woman who killed her lover’s wife and whose story has long been compared to the 1987 film “Fatal Attraction” may be freed from prison this summer.

Carolyn Warmus, now 55, was granted parole on Tuesday after she appeared before three parole board members, the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told CNN.  She is currently incarcerated at Bedford Hills prison in upstate New York, according to online jail records. She could be out as early as June 10.

The former schoolteacher killed Betty Jeanne Solomon, the wife of her lover Paul Solomon, in January 1989. She shot at Soloman nine times at the victim’s Greenburgh, New York home where she lived with her husband. Paul Solomon worked alongside Warmus at Greenville Elementary School in Edgemont.

The killing was dubbed the "Fatal Attraction" case after the 1987 film, in which the main character played by Michael Douglas cheats on his wife with another woman, played by Glenn Close, who ultimately stalks and terrorizes his family. The Warmus case later inspired two television movies and a book.

Warmus first tried to get parole in 2017 but was denied. Now, it’s a different story.

Carolyn Warmus

Warmus has always maintained her innocence and has claimed she was framed. She told CBS New York that if she was on trial now, the outcome may be different.

“First of all, I don’t even know if there would have been an indictment because there are so many more scientific advances,” she said.

Paul Solomon was initially the prime suspect in the murder, according to WLNY.

Warmus’ first trial ended with a hung jury. She wasn’t found guilty of second-degree until a year later. One issue that was called into question during the first trial was what Betty said in a call for help before she died: she was believed to have said "he's killing" as opposed to "she."

As part of her parole, Warmus will have a curfew established and she will need to get a new job.

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