Death Of A Cheerleader: The Shocking Murder Of Jessica Lyn Keen

 

(Jessica Lyn Keen. Picture credit: alchetron.com)

This was a shocking case that remained unsolved for 17 years. It is a case that haunted the people of West Jefferson, Ohio and to this day nobody has ever forgotten what happened to the beautiful and talented Jessica Lyn Keen. 

Jessica was a lot like other 15 year old girls her age but she was determined to spread her wings and do things her own way as teenagers often do. She was a talented and popular girl who did well in school and was a cheerleader. She could sing and had dreams of becoming an actress or zoologist as she was a major animal lover. Things seemed to be going well and she had a great relationship with her parents up until Jessica started going out with an older boy who was a high school drop out.

It didn't take long for Jessica to start skipping school and her grades were going down because she was spending more and more time with her boyfriend who her parents didn't approve of. Whenever her mother tried to set down rules, Jessica would just ignore them and sneak out of the house. 

Tensions were so high in the family home that Jessica's mother decided that it would be best for Jessica to stay at a home for troubled teens for a couple of weeks as a sort of 'sharp shock' to bring her to her senses. Jessica felt that she was in love with her boyfriend and refused point blank to stop seeing him. At this point, Jessica always wore a necklace around her neck with a pendant which said 'Taken' on it, it's unknown if her boyfriend gave her this necklace but it's highly likely.

The two weeks away from her parents should have been a bit of fresh air for Jessica and her parents in that March of 1991 but instead it turned out to be the most horrendous nightmare that nobody could have imagined. 

Whilst at the home, Jessica was said to have gotten on well with the staff but one afternoon some of the other girls overheard her having a tense conversation with her boyfriend on the phone. She then announced that she was going to a shopping mall. 

Nobody sensed anything out of the ordinary until the staff at the home noticed that Jessica had not returned that night and promptly called her mother who then contacted the police.

What nobody knew at the time was that on that afternoon whilst standing at a bus stop Jessica was either abducted or accepted a car ride and for the next six hours she had been held captive, beaten and raped. The poor girl managed somehow to escape from the vehicle and ran down a road in the middle of the night. She was wearing only her bra, one sock, her watch and ring plus duct tape on her mouth, head and around her wrists. The 'Taken' necklace was gone. 

Nobody could imagine the sheer panic and fear that this poor girl must have felt as she was running as fast as she could, trying to get away, trying to find a safe place to hide in the dead of night. She ended up in a cemetery (Foster Chapel Cemetery) and frantically hid behind gravestones as her attacker chased after her and searched for her.

Trying to even imagine what she must have been going through in those moments knowing that this person, this evil monster would just not go away. It's unknown how long she must have been hiding behind the gravestones but a knee print and a sock was found later on by investigators. 

At some point Jessica spotted a light in the distance from an old farmhouse and decided to take a risk and run for it but her attacker was soon close behind and with it being so dark in the cemetery she didn't see the fence she was running towards. She accidentally hit a fence post and fell backwards. Her mother would later say in interviews that she hoped that Jessica had been knocked out by the collision with the post. 

It's so heartbreaking to think of this beautiful young girl with her whole life ahead of her trying everything to save her own life, feeling trapped in that cemetery in the middle of the night and her only hope was that light from the old farmhouse. One wonders if that fence had not been there would Jessica have made it through? When I think of her trying to get away from what was happening I think of her as a strong, brave young girl. To get as far as she did was brave but the odds were stacked against her because of that post and it makes me angry and so heartbroken because she should not have had to go through this. 

When she fell back her attacker caught up with her and picked up a gravestone and beat her so hard with it that the stone actually broke in two. Once he was sure that Jessica was dead, he then threw the bloodied gravestone over the fence and left the cemetery. Jessica had been reported missing but her body was not found for two days. 

Straight away the police suspected her boyfriend due to the argument on the phone and the missing necklace but DNA found on Jessica's body did not match and he had an alibi. He was travelling to Florida with friends at the time.

With no leads and no witnesses, the case ran cold and it was heartbreaking for Jessica's family thinking they would never see their daughter's killer finally brought to justice but 17 years later there was a breakthrough. A man named Marvin Lee Smith was arrested as the DNA found on Jessica's body matched his and he made a confession. He told investigators that he was the only one responsible for Jessica's death.

        (Marvin Lee Smith. Photo credit: 10tv.com)


In the Autopsy that took place on Jessica's body, she was found to have died from blunt force trauma. Jessica had no drugs or alcohol in her system. 


Marvin Lee Smith pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. 


Whenever I cover a case that has remained unsolved or has taken years for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, I can't help but try to imagine what that must feel like for the families and friends of the victims, to have all of those years of waiting and searching for the truth. To know that the killer or killers are still out there. I also think about the people who never get justice, who's murders were never solved. It truly is heartbreaking. 

I can't even bring myself to look at Marvin Lee Smith. I had to include a picture of him for this post but I never like posting pictures of the monsters who commit these horrible crimes. My focus is always on the victims, to help share their story. 

Jessica's mother spoke in an interview about how she felt that she had done everything she possibly could to protect her daughter from the dangers of the world but that horrendous nightmare still happened. 

There's nobody to blame for this horrific crime except for Marvin Lee Smith.

                 (A memorial to Jessica now stands at the post near to where her body was found. Picture credit: findagrave.com)

I've read some comments online about her parents possibly being against the fact that her boyfriend was African American but her mother said that wasn't the case. She said that she was concerned about the fact that her boyfriend had dropped out of school and thought he was a bad influence on Jessica. 

I've also seen comments regarding Jessica being placed in a home for troubled teens. At the end of the day none of us know the real story about what went on. We don't know if Jessica was on the verge of taking drugs or something serious happened which prompted her parents to send her to the home. In my opinion they had their reasons but if there's one thing I know about teenagers, they always find a way to do something. Maybe there was just too much clashing of communication at the family home but at the end of the day, it's not up to me to judge when I don't know any of the people concerned personally.  All I know is, that Jessica did not deserve what happened to her. 

It's a case that I will always remember as I do with all of the cases I have covered. It's important to remember Jessica for the beautiful and talented young woman that she was. 

RIP Jessica.

                                                                       (Jessica's grave. Picture credit: findagrave.com)


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The Evil That Some Men Do | The Judy Malinowski Story

(Judy Malinowski. Picture credit: The Sun

Judy Malinowski has been on my mind a lot this week. I had made a note quite a while ago that I wanted to write about her case on my blog but for some reason I decided that this week would be that time to briefly share her story on here. 

What happened to Judy is truly horrific, heartbreaking and traumatic. I was surprised to learn that quite a lot of people didn't know her story so that was another reason why I felt it was important to share it. 

I have included some court footage as well as some news reports and interviews you may be interested to watch about Judy's case and from Judy herself at the end of this post. 

Before I begin, I have to warn you that I will be sharing some disturbing details and pictures in this post so please keep that in mind before reading further. 

(Judy with her mother. Picture credit: People Magazine

Judy's story is so heartbreaking that it's hard to know where to begin. Having spent time researching her case I was left with a feeling of admiration for this beautiful brave woman but also a deep anger at what had happened to her and for all the suffering she went through in her life. 

Having just battled ovarian cancer in her late 20s, she developed an addiction to pain medication which is quite a common thing for a lot of people who've been through such a traumatic time like that and the toll that it takes on the body is horrific. When she could no longer get access to the pain medication she turned to heroin. Judy had her problems with substance abuse but this didn't stop her from being the loving, caring mother that she always was to her two daughters and her family.

Judy was always trying to find ways to work through her addictions. It was during a stressful time in her life that she met Michael Slager, he was to be nothing but bad news and the relationship between the pair was toxic.    

(Michael Slager. Picture credit: The Sun)

                                                                                                                                                                            On the 2nd of August 2015, Judy went to a gas station in Gahanna, Ohio. Michael Slager was there also. An argument ensued between the pair and Judy threw a cup of soda over him after he had been calling her derogatory names. Michael was furious and the pair struggled with Judy falling to the ground. Michael walked away for a second and then came back, showering Judy in petrol (gasoline) as she tried to get up from the ground, some of the petrol got into her throat and it burned.

The next minute (as he was continuing to call her derogatory names) Michael set Judy on fire. She was begging him to help her but he just stood there, emotionless with what Judy later described as ''emotionless black eyes''. 

Witnesses called for an ambulance and the police and they did what they could to put the flames out, one officer even used a fire extinguisher. It was a miracle that Judy was still alive at this point but one cannot imagine the sheer horror, the pain that she must have been feeling.

Judy's body was covered in third and fourth degree burns (90%), Her beautiful thick blonde hair was completely burned off along with her eyelashes and eyebrows. Doctors had to put her into a induced coma.

(Judy after the attack by Michael Slager. Picture credit: Mirror)

Nobody thought that she'd make it but by some miracle she managed to hang on for two years, it was a hard two years and it brings tears to my eyes when I think of everything she went through not only at the time she was horrendously attacked but in the 700 days that followed. Judy had to endure 59 operations and was in the hospital constantly. 

Her amazing family, her mother and daughters stayed by her side throughout those 700 days.

Michael Slager (can't even bare to type this monster's name) was sentenced to 11 years originally which I believe was an absolute disgrace of a sentence for all that he had done to Judy. 

(Judy with her mother. Picture credit: Hot Spot Media)

When Judy sadly passed away on the 27th of June 2017. She was just 33 years old. 

Michael Slager was charged with murder. He is now spending the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

During the investigation, Michael claimed that the fire had been an accident and that he had tried to put the flames out himself but witnesses dispute his claims and said that he and Judy were arguing beforehand. The witnesses described the attack so Michael's lies didn't stand up in court.

In 2017, Gov. John Kasich signed a new legislation Judy's Law in Judy Malinowski's name to ensure that anyone who purposefully intends to disfigure another individual will serve the maximum sentence possible. 


(Judy with her mother and daughters. Picture credit: ABC News)

I can't even begin to describe the hate I have for Michael Slager and I've never met him and I didn't have the fortunate chance to have known Judy but in a case like this, there are no excuses or explanations...this man is evil through and through, It should be him that's 6 feet under not Judy. Judy was an amazing person and her daughters and mother are just as inspirational as she was, they stayed by her side every step of the way. Looking at the beautiful pictures above of this happy, stunning girl with the bright blue eyes, it's hard to imagine all of the pain that she went through and she was so young. 

Judy had the rest of her life ahead of her, to watch her girls grow up, to be with her family, to fall in love with someone who was going to treat her the way she deserved to be treated. Michael Slager was lucky enough to have had a conversation with Judy let alone a relationship. She was too good for him and he knew it. I say it a lot in my blogs when I've written about controlling partners, it was another case of ''If I can't have you, nobody can''. 

I have included links below where you can read more about this case and video clips from Judy herself talking about what happened that horrendous day. 

Judy Malinowski was a beautiful and inspirational woman who's legacy will live on. RIP Judy x 


(Judy's grave. Please leave some flowers on her online memorial page here)


Thank you for taking the time to read my post, see you in the next one x 


Further reading & sources:

 Judy Malinowski | Find A Grave 

Judy Malinowski | Newspaper Article

Judy Malinowski | Newpaper Article

Judy Malinowski | Legacy.com

Judy Malinowski Deposition (Video)

Judy Malinowski | News Report (Video)

Michael Slager | News Report (Video) 


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The Playboy Bunny Curse? | Murder, Suicide & Tragedy | Part Three

(Left: Ryan Jenkins. Right: Jasmine Fiore. Picture credit: ew.com)

Continued from part two...

Please be aware that some of the details shared in this post will be quite disturbing. 

This case was like something out of a horror movie, the details are horrible. Ryan Jenkins was obsessed with becoming famous and had actually appeared on a reality TV show in order to make some kind of name for himself but it didn't really have the affect that he planned. 

He ended up in a relationship with Jasmine, a pretty blonde with big blue eyes who'd been working for Playboy for a year and had also done other modelling shoots.

The pair ended up getting married and they both liked to give off the image that they were living a luxurious lifestyle. The marriage seemed to be fueld with insecurities and a major importance was put on money. Things turned sour very quickly after their marriage and it's unclear what happened between them (some believe that she was going to leave Ryan because he didn't have much money and that she'd been in contact with an ex partner) but Ryan murdered his 23 year old wife and then made the gruesome task or removing her teeth and finger tips before he stuffed her body in a suitcase.

He then took his own life. He was 32 years old.

Jasmine had to be identified by the serial number on one of her breast implants. 

(Jayne Mansfield. Picture credit: bridesblush.com) 

The Iconic and beautiful Jayne Mansfield who was said to have been Marilyn Monroe's arch rival in the Golden era of Hollywood back in the 50s and 60s was famous for her ''wardrobe malfunctions'' where her blouse would ''accidentally'' fall down to reveal her ample bosom (who could forget that famous picture of Jayne and Sophia Loren). 

Jayne was one of the early Playboy Playmates and was multi talented. She was married three times and had 5 children all before the age of 34. 

Sadly at the age of 34 she died in a car crash in June of 1967, her boyfriend and driver also died in the crash.

(Yvette Vickers. Picture credit: losangeles.cbslocal.com

Yvette Vickers who a lot of people remember as the iconic Honey Parker in Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman as well as an early Playboy model and singer had a glittering career and lived right up to the age of 80.

Her death caused headlines in April of 2011 when her mummified body was found in her home after her neighbour had become concerned. Her body had been laid in the house for a year before being discovered. There were no signs of anything suspicious, Yvette simply passed away at the age of 80 due to heart failure.

(Linda Lovelace. Picture credit: biography.com)

In another tragic story, Linda's life was quite the rollercoaster having been pushed into the spotlight overnight with the success of the pornographic movie ''Deep Throat''. She was seen as the girl next door, natural beauty with a bubbly personality but behind the pretty smile lay a frightened girl who was just trying to survive.

Linda had been abused growing up and then her boyfriend forced her into a porn career. She had been sexually assaulted and forced to do things she didn't want to do or face the wrath of her partner. Linda spent a lot of time at the Playboy mansion and had even posed for Playboy. 

She also made the famous claim that Hugh Hefner tried to get her to have intercourse with his Dogs and spoke quite frankly about the goings on at the Playboy mansion. 

Linda evetually stood up against the porn industry and tried to turn her life around but it seemed that no matter what she did, she couldn't catch a break. Back in those days there was a stigma attached to anyone who had worked in the porn industry.

Linda had been diagnosed with hepatitis resulting from a blood transfusion she been given after a car accident. She also underwent a liver transplant. 

Linda sadly died at the age of 53 on the 22nd of April 2002 after being on life support. She had been involved in another car accident that had left her with severe trauma and internal injuries. Her husband and children were with her when she died.


Going through each of these cases has been quite emotional, especially in the cases where the girls have died young due to a horrific murder or terrible tragedy. Each one of these women is an Icon and remembered by those who loved them and Playboy was just a tiny part of their lives, they achieved so much more whilst they were amongst us. 

I hope that by briefly sharing their stories that you remember them for the beautiful people they were and even if you've just discovered them, hopefully you will go on to learn more about them. Each one of these women have touched my heart this week as I've been researching and putting these posts together. I hope that you have found these posts informative and I thank you as always for taking the time to read my work. 


RIP Ashley, Stephanie, Vincent, Eve, Jasmine, Jayne, Christina, Dorothy, Cassandra, Yvette and Linda. 

Also, RIP to Hugh Hefner, no matter what you may have heard about him or what I have read about him (especially in Linda Lovelace's book), the man is not here to defend himself and although I know that Linda had been though a lot of trauma at the hands of her boyfriend as well as other men in the Entertainment Industry, nobody knows for sure if some of the things she said about Hugh were just for shock factor to sell the book. 

I have read a lot about Playboy and from former Playboy bunnies who claim there was a horrible darkside to it all and I'm the sort of person who likes to see facts and evidence before I make a decision. I'm not saying that these people are lying but you do have to take into consideration that some people may be salty if they have been fired or if they didn't make the cut. I do believe that a lot of dark things did happen but will we ever know the truth?.

I also want to say that I don't believe that Playboy was in any way responsible for their deaths. I just found a link with all of the women in my posts. Posing for Playboy was always believed to have been the ultimate goal and to see people who had so much success end up coming to a sad or horrific end is heartbreaking, just goes to show you never know what's around the corner.

See you all in the next post x 


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The Playboy Bunny Curse? | Murder, Suicide & Tragedy | Part Two

 

(Stephanie Adams and her son. Picture credit: nypost.com)

Continued from part one...

As with my first post in this series, please take into consideration that some of the details shared in these posts are quite upsetting. The murder of Dorothy Stratten was bone chilling but the next case I want to briefly share caused a lot of anger and outrage that nobody could get their heads around it and are still sickened and shocked about to this day. 

Stephanie Adams had been a Playboy playmate turned author of self help books. She seemed to be a woman who was full of confidence and was so great at motivating other people and offering advice that it seemed nothing could get her down but in May of 2018, Stephanie was in a very very dark place in her life. She was involved in a bitter custody battle with her ex husband.

Divorces and custody battles can be tough and anyone would have sympathy for what she was going through but what she did next was unimaginable. Stephanie took her 7 year old son to a hotel in New York and pushed him out of a 25th floor window, she then jumped out herself. The sheer horror of trying to imagine what that poor child must have been going through in those last moments of his life? What kind of mother does that to her child? No matter the circumstances, that little boy deserved to live and to think that his last moments on this earth were full of fear and sheer terror at the hands of his own mother is horrendous, someone who was supposed to love and keep him safe at all costs. 

To do that to a little boy was just selfish and evil, she also denied him a future. That is my opinion and I know a lot of people were sickened at what happened to Vincent, her son. 

(Left: Jonathan Harris. Right: Christina Carlin Kraft. Picture credit: radaronline.com)

Christina Carlin-Kraft was a beautiful model who had posed for various high end and designer brands, not just Playboy. She was known for her striking green eyes and olive skin and was happily engaged to her long term boyfriend. 

Christina was only 36 years old and seemed to have the world at her feet but that all came to a horrific end in August of 2018. Jonathan Harris attacked Christina in her own home and bound her hands together before beating and strangling her to death. This evil monster beat her so badly that even he admitted that he couldn't look at what he had done to her and had to put a sheet over her body.

Jonathan Harris told the police that they met at a club and went back to her house for sex and ended up having a fight over cocaine. Christina had no trace of cocaine or any or drug in her system.

Jonathan was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

(Eve Stratford: Picture credit: Met Police)

I recently covered Eve's case here. Eve worked as a Playboy bunny at a club in London during the 1970s. She was murdered in her own home and to this day nobody knows who did it. Her murder was connected to another girl's murder 6 months after, this man has still not not been found. I talk more about this case and the two other cases which were said to be connected in my 2 part series.

(Cassandra Lynn Hensley. Picture credit: nowrunning.com)

The beautiful Cassandra had been Playboy's 'Miss February' in 2006 and was happily married with two children but she had difficulties with alcohol and drugs. 

She was sadly found dead in her bathtub in January 2014. She was only 34 and her death was ruled an accidental overdose. Investigators said that she had been binging on illegal substances and drinking alcohol before she died.

As if losing his beloved wife was not enough, Cassandra's poor husband found out that Cassandra had been sleeping with another man behind his back and had been with this man the night before her death.

(Ashley Mattingly. Picture credit: shutterstock.com)

This was another sad case to research. From the picture above as well as other photoshoots she has done you would think that the world was this beautiful blonde's oyster. The sad truth is that behind the beautiful smile, Ashley was fighting a battle everyday. 

She had struggled for quite some time with drug addiction but was always determined that she would get her life back on track once and for all and had her heart set on becoming a pilot but it wasn't to be for reasons best known to herself and her family. She decided to end her life in April of this year (2020), she was just 33 years old. 

It was revealed that she had taken her own life by putting a gun in her mouth and pulling the trigger. It's hard to imagine someone taking the decision to end their life in such a horrific way. She had left suicide notes to family and friends. Just two days before her death she posted a strange video to her Instagram page of herself in hospital. She claimed that she had been taken to hospital after vomiting up blood due to drinking too much alcohol. 

It's such as sad and tragic story as are all of these stories that I've been researching for these posts.


Continued in part three...


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