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Before she was killed by the cops this week, Holly Marrie Crahay had effectively been telling everyone it was going to happen. She needed a gun. She needed a car. The cops were after her. It went on for months, the clock ticking away with each entry on her Facebook page.
After Crahay fled a traffic stop and a deputy forced her speeding car into a guardrail on Highway 410 in Pierce County Sunday afternoon, she stuck a gun out the window and began shooting.
A county deputy and a Bonney Lake police officer returned fire, fatally wounding her in the head and spine, and killing a pit bull that charged them.
As Crahay Facebooked in August, "I like to get into trouble and make a fast get away."
Her family says the SeaTac woman was mentally ill, and in court papers she is described as likely being "a danger to both herself and the community."
In today's world of social media nakedness, that was no secret to her Facebook visitors.
Her obsession, she made clear, was a son taken away by the state and put in the hands of foster parents in 2003. She drove about constantly looking for him, to no avail.
She seemed to search for divine guidance as well. "Im looking for GOD to save him he cant leave his body like all of u if anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciate thank u." But perhaps God and her son were one, in her mind.
"I really love u God," she would write repeatedly, tapping all her entries from a cell phone. "Holly & God."
Such moments of serenity were sometimes followed by explosions of hate. Bitches, Snitches, Fucking Mexicans. Even Jesus. " I HATE JESUS HE IF A FUCKING FAG."
Her friends and family wrote to inquire about her health, reassure her, and to chat idly. Sometimes she responded excitedly - "Drive angry was a awsome movie" - and other times ominously: "Today is another step closer."
God im going to make one last effort attempt to find u before september 12th if not expect the end of the world im going to do it if u can read this i cant let u be rapped any longer jesus and christINA r pissing me off they wont shut up sometime i here screams I REALLY LOVE U GOD..HOLLY
Sept. 12 was her 38th birthday. Wishes rolled in from her Facebook Friends. To some, Crahay gave thank yous. To others, she raged enigmatically. "Now u know your going to fucking end today as me and god combined," and later: "We hate everyone."
On a friend's wall, she later wrote, "Can u get me a gun."
She didn't appreciate any interventions. "Linda and amanda call the fucking cops on me i didnt even do anything...Fuck u." Still, she typed later, "Didnt go to jail the cops left."
Besides, she wrote, it would all "be over soon," followed by "god im sick must be the poisen i ate."
Her 20-year-old son - one of three siblings who live with their father - told the Times he received a Sept 12 text message from his mother stating she was "going to shoot someone in Tacoma for taking her child and/or she may just kill herself."
According to court records, on Sept. 23, though legally restrained from seeing her children, she chased after another son who ran away screaming after she threatened to kill him "for raping God."
On the same day, she texted another family member: "I know God is there let him go outside right now I will meet him or I will bring fiery depths of hell right now..."
On Oct. 11 she was charged in King County Superior Court with felony harassment, and was being sought on a warrant carrying $60,000 bail.
By then, Crahay had stopped posting, and seemed to have disappeared. Her Facebook Friends asked how she was, without a response. Then came Sunday's news.
Yesterday, some wrote in to say their goodbyes and regrets.
"I told [police in September] what she was posting and that I was afraid she was gonna hurt herself," wrote one, "and they just let her be....WHY is all I am asking..."