Ex-madam guilty of silicone death

A former madam who bragged of doing black-market “body sculpting” on thousands of women was convicted of murder in the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks.

Ex-madam guilty of silicone death

Padge-Victoria Windslowe’s colourful testimony during her Philadelphia trial included claims that she was “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections” and that model Amber Rose was “a walking billboard” for her work. Yet Windslowe had no medical training, other than tips she said she picked up from overseas doctors who performed her sex change operation and a physician-client of her escort service who became her lover.

“I think it was a hoax, like her whole life has been a hoax,” Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega said of the supposed training.

The evidence showed that Windslowe travelled to hotel rooms and “pumping parties” with tools of her trade stuffed into a shiny pink purse: a water bottle filled with liquid silicone, a red plastic cup, needles and syringes, and Krazy Glue to close the wound.

Windslowe, 45, name-dropped the likes of rappers Nicki Minaj and Kanye West and tennis star Serena Williams during her testimony and claimed to have been baptised “Genevieve” after her sex change by the late Roman Catholic Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. Rose’s representatives have not responded to messages seeking comment about the claim that she was a client.

Authorities argued that she fled in 2011 after a botched injection killed Claudia Aderotimi, a 20-year-old London break-dancer and college student.

The trial was halted last week while Windslowe was hospitalised for chest pains. She has been in prison since 2012, when the confounding 18-month investigation led to a coroner’s homicide ruling.

“As we moved forward with this bizarre case from house to house (as Windslowe was on the move), from search warrant to search warrant, from year to year, we just stayed on top of it,” police Lt John Walker said.

Windslowe conceded that she had injected Aderotimi, but her lawyer argued that she never wished clients any harm. Prosecutors called her reckless, especially in her choice to use industrial-grade silicone and cut it with saline in a home blender.

The jury took less than four hours to reject a lesser manslaughter charge and convict her of third-degree murder, which involves malice but not premeditation.

Windslowe also was convicted of aggravated assault for injuries to a Philadelphia woman hospitalised after the injections and two weapons counts — for using of low-quality silicone.

She faces 20 to 40 years in prison on the murder conviction alone at her June 11 sentencing.

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