NEW YORK -- She's the convicted "Fatal Attraction" killer, but behind jail bars, Carolyn Warmus is a Mary Poppins.
As she clings to hope for a new trial, Warmus spends her days trying to cheer others up while wondering how her affair with a married man has left her facing the best years of her life in prison.
And she has blanked out all memory of that afternoon four years ago which turned her world upside down, when her lover's wife was fatally shot.
In her first public interview, Warmus also repeats her lawyer's claims that she was framed by her ex-lover, Paul Solomon, in the 1989 slaying of his wife.
"I just can't fathom how having an affair with a married man has gotten me 25-years-to-life in a maximum-security prison . . . It just doesn't make sense," Warmus, 29, told Forrest Sawyer in the interview at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, to be aired tonight on ABC's "Day One."
"If he orchestrated this whole thing? I'm now convinced that he and his attorney did," Warmus said.
"It's a nightmare. It's an absolute nightmare," she said. "And then I wake up and I keep hoping that the nightmare is over, and it's not."
Mr. Sawyer said that during the interview, the "one thing that caught my eye was that she doesn't remember where she was on the afternoon of the murder." Her excuse for the lapse, he said, is that investigators never asked.
Mr. Sawyer also said that some people at Bedford Hills say Warmus is suffering from a "Mary Poppins syndrome." They told him that she spends most of her time trying to cheer other people up.
Warmus was convicted last year at a second trial of the murder of Betty Jeanne Solomon, who was shot nine times in her Westchester home on Jan. 15, 1989. The first trial ended in a mistrial in 1991 because of a hung jury.