In letters, 'Black Madam' offers to plead guilty

Padge Victoria Windslowe, accused in lethal illegal injections.
Padge Victoria Windslowe, accused in lethal illegal injections.
Posted: June 08, 2014

After 28 months in custody waiting for her murder trial, Padge Victoria Windslowe - the sometime hip-hop performer "Black Madam" and accused purveyor of illegal silicone injections - says she is ready to plead guilty.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported Friday that it had received letters from Windslowe, 42, saying she was sorry for the Feb. 11, 2011, death of 20-year-old exotic dancer Claudia Aderotimi, allegedly after a silicone injection, and wanted to plead guilty.

Just not to third-degree murder - the offer she said was made by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office - but to involuntary manslaughter.

The difference is significant. Third-degree murder carries a prison sentence of 20 to 40 years. Involuntary manslaughter is a misdemeanor that carries a prison term of 21/2 to 5 years, meaning Windslowe could be immediately eligible for parole because she would have served the minimum awaiting trial.

Silicone injections for buttocks enhancement are illegal in the United States.

Windslowe, who lacked a medical license or training, allegedly made a profitable living illegally injecting women with silicone. Aderotimi died after flying to Philadelphia from London to get the injection at an airport hotel.

Windslowe was arrested in February 2012 after another woman complained of twice being hospitalized after attending a "pumping party" in East Germantown at which Windslowe allegedly injected her and others.

Jennifer Selber, chief of homicide in the District Attorney's Office, said that, because of the pending trial, she could not comment on Windslowe's letters or her offer to plead guilty. She said she also did not know whether Windslowe wrote to District Attorney Seth Williams, as she contended in her letters to the Daily News.

As for Windslowe's going public with her campaign to "let us amicably put this case to rest without any more negative press and media attention on our city," Selber said, "It's highly unusual. Her own lawyer says that."

That would be David S. Rudenstein, who just last month said Windslowe was going to trial.

The Daily News quoted Rudenstein as saying his client's letters to the newspaper were "grotesquely inappropriate." Reached Friday in the middle of another murder trial, Rudenstein seemed more resigned than angry.

"No defense lawyer wants to have a client making comments behind their back," Rudenstein said. "The lawyer should be making their arguments."

He reiterated that he believed Windslowe's case would be resolved at a trial, scheduled for February 2015, and not by a guilty plea.

"I think she's really just frustrated that it's taking this long to get there," he added. Frustrated or not, Windslowe may have opened herself up to more legal problems: Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi had imposed a gag order barring the lawyers, principals, and witnesses from commenting publicly about the case.

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