Christine Marie Paolilla is a convicted American murderer who is serving a life sentence for fatally shooting four people, including two of her friends, in their Clear Lake City, Texas home on July 18, 2003. The killings, which came to be known as the Clear Lake murders, made national headlines.
Paolilla was born in Long Island, New York to Lori, a stayathome mom, and Charles Paolilla, a construction worker. She has an older brother, John. When Paolilla wasyears old, her father was killed in a construction accident. Following the death of her husband, Lori Paolilla began abusing drugs and eventually lost custody of her children to her parents. When Paolilla was in kindergarten, she was diagnosed with alopecia which caused her to lose her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. As a result of the hair loss, Paolilla was forced to wear wigs. She also had poor vision and wore thick glasses. Paolilla was frequently ridiculed and bullied by her classmates for her appearance, which affected her selfconfidence.