Diane Holik was brutally murdered in her Austin, Texas, home more than 15 years ago by Patrick Anthony ‘Tony’ Russo, a church leader with an erotic horror fantasy.
It was November 15, 2001, when a massive storm of heavy floods and rain deluged Austin, Texas. So when no one could get in touch with Diane Holik, everyone believed that the lines were down. But, when the skies cleared and Diane Holik missed an important meeting, friends and family became concerned.
The local police arrived at the home at 6300 Pathfinder Drive, where they found the body of a white female who was identified as 42-year-old Diane Holik.
The victim, an IBM at home supervisor, was found in an upstairs bedroom lying face down. She had been tied up and strangled, an autopsy report confirmed. According to CNET, ligature marks were present on the body, though the ligature used was not found at that time.
“Police found a fully clothed body. Holik’s wrists had been bound, and there were marks around her neck indicating strangulation by ligature, meaning a garrote such as a cord or rope. There was no sign of a sexual assault.”
A jewelry box, a key string, and a necklace that had been attached to a charm were missing. The death of Diane Holik sparked fear in local real estate agents, who believed that they could be the next victim.