A New York woman who spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of the 1989 murder of her lover’s wife, in a case that many compared to the plot of the Michael Douglas thriller ”Fatal Attraction,” has been released on parole.
Carolyn Warmus, 55, was released from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York State Monday to community supervision and will be on parole for life, the New York State Department of Corrections said.
Information regarding Warmus’ exact whereabouts following her release were not noted, as a Department of Corrections spokesman said in a statement to People such details are kept private “for safety and security reasons.”
Warmus was 26-year-old schoolteacher and heiress to an insurance fortune when she killed Betty Jean Solomon, the wife of her colleague, Paul Solomon, officials said.
He discovered her body in their Greenburgh home on Jan. 15, 1989. She had been shot nine times.
“I just got home,” Solomon said during a 911 call. “I think my wife is dead. She’s on the floor bleeding.”
Though police originally suspected Solomon of killing his wife, but they later turned their attention to Warmus, with whom Solomon was having an affair.
Investigators said Warmus believed Betty Jean to be in her way of having a life with Solomon, and killed her hours before meeting him for a date.
The case drew a media frenzy, as many at the time said comparisons could be drawn to the 1987 film “Fatal Attraction,” which stars Glenn Close as a woman driven to try killing the wife of her lover.
Warmus has always maintained her innocence and said so publicly as recently as 2016, when she was interviewed in prison by WCBS.
“The only thing I was guilty of was making a bad decision and being involved with a married man who pursued me," Warmus said. “I don't know if there even would have been an indictment if the trial were held today because there's so many more scientific advances."
Warmus was found guilty of second-degree murder in 1992 and was sentenced to 25 years to life. She was granted parole after two previous requests were denied.
After her parole was granted, an attorney for Warmus reportedly said in a statement: “We’re very pleased of course and we are planning her future.”