The daughter of a wealthy insurance executive, Warmus had a troubled teen-age life with a series of unsuccessful romantic relationships. She had an obsession with men and often hired private detectives to stalk them and determine their whereabouts.
Her obsessive behavior eventually caught up with her and she was forced to leave home after one of her former boyfriends obtained a restraining order against her.
She moved to New York City and began working as a substitute teacher for schools in Westchester County for teachers on maternity leave. She also hired private detectives to track down her boyfriends, some of whom she had dated while she was still in college.
Carolyn had long believed that burglars were breaking into her Eastside neighborhood in New York City, and she badgered the detective Vincent Parco for months to help her get a gun for protection. Finally, in January 1989, he sold her an unregistered black Beretta.25-caliber pistol, a homemade silencer and a dozen bullets for $2,500 in cash.
In her second trial in 1992, she was convicted of murdering Betty Jeanne Solomon, a 40-year-old homemaker who had been found mutilated and with a bullet wound to the forehead. She was sentenced to 27 years in prison and the case was sensationalized by the press.