Police eye link between ranting videos and murder suspect
BROCKPORT, N.Y. » Police are looking into a link between bizarre, ranting YouTube videos and Facebook postings and a woman charged with killing a random victim in western New York.
Thir ty- one- year- old Holly Colino has been charged with shooting 33-year-old Megan Dix in the head Friday as Dix sat in her pickup truck on a lunch break in Brockport. Colino was taken into custody Monday in nearby Henrietta after police responded to a report that a woman pointed a gun at someone in a restaurant parking lot.
In a YouTube video, a woman who identifies herself as Holly M. Colino accuses strangers of stealing her identity by imitating her hair, eyebrows and lips.
“It’s like accomplicing murder, using someone else to go murder somebody,” she says at one point.
In another video, she accuses a former employee of the state College at Brockport of being “so envious and jealous of me she wanted my contacts.”
In a number of video scenes, she is in a car in different parking lots, pointing out women and saying they’re mimicking her hair or eyebrows. In one video, she yells incoherently about someone damaging her vehicle and stealing bank statements, “onlookers calling the police,” ‘’dead bodies,” being alone and living outside.
A Facebook page for Holly M. Colino is filled with long stream-of-consciousness rants and links to several of the YouTube videos.
Colino’s cousin, Todd Colino, of Tempe, Arizona, tells the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle he had found angry graffiti from her in Phoenix and believed her mental illness was worsening. He told the newspaper in a telephone interview Tuesday that the graffiti, which accused “women who imitate” Holly Colino of being “sex offenders,” led him to fear she was going to hurt somebody or be hurt.
Police say Colino was from the Rochester area but had been living in Arizona recently. Her brother, Jason Colino, lives in the Rochester area, Todd Colino said. He said family members had tried to get Holly to seek help for her apparent psychiatric issues but she refused.
Todd’s sister, who lives in California, told the newspaper Holly had lived with her and her father for a while but was asked to leave when her personality grew dark and angry. Todd Colino said Holly has lived in her car and elsewhere in recent years.
Colino pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday and was sent to Monroe County Jail without bail. She’s due back in court Friday. Her public defender, Joshua Stubbe, didn’t return a call seeking comment.