Holly Crawford: A Look Back

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LUZERNE COUNTY -- Holly Crawford is locked up without bail in Luzerne County.

Crawford and her boyfriend, James Roche, face charges of criminal homicide.

For some who know Holly Crawford, it is a shock.

"Her activities were always very low key, non-violent, never knew her to be a violent person. Even in the cat case, she was doing something from a business perspective, not to be cruel or hurt anyone," said attorney John Pike.

John Pike was once Holly Crawford's attorney.

In 2010, she was convicted of animal cruelty.

Investigators said she pierced kittens and tried to sell them as Gothic cats.

It is a case that got national and even international attention.

According to court records, Crawford has been in trouble repeatedly, but never for serious violent offenses and has admitted to having substance abuse problems.

In 2003, she testified at a homicide trial, admitting to driving a couple to New Jersey after they killed a 16-year-old boy in the Back Mountain of Luzerne County.

Holly Crawford grew up on Dobson Road in Ross Township, the Sweet Valley area of Luzerne County.

It is where she still lives and now where investigators said they found her hiding in the woods this week along with her live-in boyfriend Roche.

"Holly was a quiet little girl. When we first moved out here, Holly and her parents moved out soon after and even as a little girl, she used to walk down that dirt road by herself to get on the school bus and by herself when the school bus let her out and walk back up that dirt road. So I was always a little concerned about Holly," said neighbor Pat Waisakowski.

According to state police, Roche and Crawford killed Ronald Evans and his 43-year-old son, Jeff Evans, because Roche was jealous of a relationship between Ronald and Holly.

In court papers, state police said Roche shot both men multiple times, but Crawford was there too.

"I know she had a hard life growing up, it was not the easiest. She was dealt a raw hand, and I think she tried to cope with it the best she could and unfortunately they have come back to haunt her," said Pike.


  • DE

    @bleh I happen to have an MBA, and this witch is far from innocent. If she was locked up when she was supposed to be, these two men would be alive today. We are NOT talking midemeanors here, NOW who’s ignorant?

  • JP

    I agree that sometimes innocent people are caught in bad places or are falsely accused, but there is no way in ….. that I would ever admit to something I did not do. However, this girl is far from innocent even if she wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger. She has apparently had enough chances to turn her life around, but chose not to. “admitting to driving a couple to New Jersey after they killed a 16-year-old boy in the Back Mountain of Luzerne County.” Seriously who does this and is involved in another incident yet again, but wants to claim innocence??

  • Christina

    Crazy for her former attorney to say she had a “hard life”. I grew up right down the road from her and her life was no different than many growing up in rural Pennsylvania.

  • Randy

    She is as guilty as the person that pulls the trigger and fails to report the crime. A person like this does not deserve to be talked about like an honored war veteran, an her poor life. (SAD). I look at her past as a “road of crime”!!

  • William DeFazio

    Now now, she;s a sweetheart of a girl. ARE THESE PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR MINDS??????? This girl is a sicko and all the signs were there that she would be famous but for all the wrong reasons! People makes excuses for these scumbags! I know plenty of people who grew up poor, neglected, with drunken parents or abusive ones who are terrific people today because they learned from it! You either live it or learn from it! While i feel for any child who has it rough growing up, once you reach adulthood, you’re responsible for yourself, and your actions, no one else!

  • burtfan

    Never any serious violent crimes? So driving two murderers across state lines so they can escape is okay? This pos should have been in jail.

    • DE

      Oh my! was just gonna say that! “In 2003, she testified at a homicide trial, admitting to driving a couple to New Jersey after they killed a 16-year-old boy in the Back Mountain of Luzerne County.” Say WHAT?! So typical of a defense attorney! To downplay even the worst of ’em! When you KNOW your client is a loser, at least try to defend their best interests with dignity, not with BS. Don’t insult our intelligence! However, if one has ever served on jury duty, you know the defense attorneys always seem to get the “pick of the litter” in their favor!

      • bleh

        As someone who was falsley accused of a crime,(innocents proven) and one who believes in our justice system. I find your comment that the defense attornies “get the pick of the liter”. We in America now live in a “lock them up for life” society. Where even a minor misdemeanor 3 offense could mean never being gainfully employed. People sometimes earn second chances, people sometimes are falsley accused for various reasons, and sometimes even people plead guilty to certain crimes just based off of evidance even when innocent of crimes.

        These are things that happen. Having “intelligance” without proper education is defined as ignorance.

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