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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