By Kathryn Casey

Bright, appealing, and either from reliable households, collage of Texas collage scholar Colton Pitonyak and colourful redhead Jennifer Cave had the area at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had simply landed an exhilarating new task, whereas a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious enterprise tuition lured Pitonyak to Austin. but the previous altar boy had a gloomy, unpredictable streak, one who ensnared him within the perilous underworld of gear and weapons. whilst Jennifer didn't appear for paintings on August 18, 2005, her mom turned nervous. Sharon Cave's seek resulted in Colton's West Campus condo, the place Jennifer's family members chanced on a scene helpful of the grisliest horror motion picture. in the meantime, Colton Pitonyak was once nowhere to be found.

A Descent Into Hell is the gripping precise tale of 1 of the main brutal slayings in UT history—and the wild "Bonnie and Clyde-like" flight from justice of a cold-blooded younger killer and his would-be female friend, who claimed that her unquestioning allegiance to Pitonyak was once "just the best way I roll."

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Laura corridor and Colton had an analogous photograph associated with their fb pages, one in all Colton together with his bros: Juan Montero, his fists together with his heart palms prolonged within the common image of contempt, knelt within the heart. within the heritage, in a wise-guy pose, stood Colton, a small V-shaped beard slightly below his decrease lip, donning his invoice cap backward and a derisive smile. In one other fb photograph, Colton, hair matted, wore his black leather-based activity coat and stared into the digicam in a drugged daze. If the profiles have been home windows into Colton’s and Laura’s souls, they have been scary. At one element Laura corridor famous: “I should still particularly be a extra awful individual. It’s within the works. ” That June, Andrea Jiles warned corridor that Colton had became her right into a drug addict. “Colton is cool,” corridor spoke back. “He’s a wealthy boy. ” Jiles checked out her good friend and rarely famous her: “He’d replaced her rather a lot there have been now assorted Lauras. ” regardless of his courting with Laura corridor, Colton and Jennifer talked nearly day-by-day. Jason Mack had doubtless approximately Pitonyak’s emotions. “He used to be in love with Jen,” says Mack. “Laura was once the only he known as if he had not anyone else to hold with, yet Laura was once in love with Colton. Jen? She considered Colton as a chum. ” regardless of now not wanting him for medicines, because she used so little, Jennifer used to be nonetheless interested in Pitonyak. Scott spotted that every time Colton referred to as, Jennifer picked up instantly, after which ran out asserting Colton had an issue and “needs to speak. ” In might, Colton referred to as Scott with a drawback, claiming anyone was once attempting to kill him. part an hour later, Colton drove up in a cab and ran to their condominium door. Scott enable him in and knew instantly that Colton used to be excessive, as he rattled on approximately how he’d been out with an escort, and that her pimp was once after him. Scott idea it appeared like the plot of a nasty motion picture. after they have been on my own, Scott and Jennifer noted Colton frequently, together with the impending hearings over his ownership case. One evening she advised Scott a couple of get together the place Colton performed Russian roulette with a loaded gun, whereas a gaggle of his neighbors watched him pull the set off. Rumors floated round the Delt residence that summer time. anyone heard that one among their inactive brothers, Colton Pitonyak, pulled a gun on a frat child he offered medicines to. yet as a rule, Colton Pitonyak wasn’t a part of Jennifer’s and Scott’s lives, which based on Madyson. They labored their schedules round taking good care of her, and Jen catered to the little woman with the massive smile and the worldly eyes. Jennifer looked to be thriving on her time with the child. She obtained Madyson new outfits, together with a crimson cowboy hat studded with rhinestones. They cuddled and huddled jointly: the little lady searching for a mom and Jennifer dwelling her dream of getting a toddler. On nights while he didn’t paintings on the eating place, Scott and Jen acquired including buddies, enjoying poker or going out to the Canary Roost, a strip-center bar close to the condo. They drank and laughed, Scott sang karaoke, they usually danced lengthy into the evening.

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