COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A new documentary tells the tragic story of a central Ohio woman, Judy Malinowski, who died after her ex-boyfriend set her on fire, but not before she recorded testimony to be used against him at her own murder trial.
“The Fire That Took Her,” produced by MTV Documentary Films and directed by Patricia E. Gillespie, is in limited release in theaters starting Friday, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
The film’s trailer includes interviews with Malinowski’s mother, Bonnie Bowes, a vigorous supporter of her daughter during Malinowski’s fight for justice.
In August 2015, Malinowski was horrifically burned by Michael Slager outside a Gahanna gas station. After 59 surgeries and nearly two years in the hospital, she was moved to a palliative care center.
When Malinowski died in June 2017, Slager was indicted for aggravated murder with death penalty specifications.
One day before his murder trial was set to begin, Slager agreed to plead guilty to aggravated murder to avoid the death penalty. He was then sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole.