Padge Victoria Windslowe, who worked under the name “Black Madam” while performing illegal cosmetic surgeries by injecting people with silicon at “butt pumping parties,” had her murder trial kick off this week, though Windslowe hardly seemed to act like she was on trial for murder.
The “Black Madam” actually seemed to blow her own horn during the murder trial Thursday, proudly proclaiming that the work she did on people’s bodies was so popular that she’d earned the moniker, “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections,” reports the Associated Press.
Windslowe, a 45-year-old, transgender-aspiring gothic hip-hop artist, reportedly performed the illegal cosmetic surgeries “on the side,” and is accused of murdering a 20-year-old dancer from London who died in an airport hotel room while undergoing one of Windslowe’s procedures that used industrial-grade silicon and Krazy Glue.
Following the woman’s 2011 death, while Windslowe did her best to avoid authorities, Philadelphia police began to explore the bizarre world of “pumping parties” and illegal cosmetic surgery.
“Everyone was calling me ‘the Michelangelo of buttocks injections,'” said Windslowe to the Philadelphia judge at a final pretrial motion on Thursday morning. “God’s blessed my hands with everything I touch. I make lots of money, in lots of ways.”
The “Michelangelo Of Buttocks Injections” wasn’t quite so cool though on the night in 2011 that the 20-year old dancer, Claudia Aderotimi, died, after complaining of having trouble breathing following Windslowe’s injections. In fact, as soon as Aderotimi started having problems, Windslowe allegedly bailed out of the hotel room and fled.
Aderotimi was getting a “touch-up” from Windslowe, “The Michelangelo of buttocks injections,” to celebrate her birthday. Instead of celebrating, however, the young lady died.
“It’s a nutso situation,” admitted Windslowe’s defense attorney, David Rudenstein, in his opening statements. “It almost blows your mind listening to it.”
At the same time, though, the defense attorney threw up some sheepish defense for Windslowe, the “Michelangelo Of Buttocks Injections,” saying that his heavily-silicon-injected client wouldn’t have been injecting herself for so long if she didn’t think it was safe.
One of Windslowe’s clients, Scheffee Wilson, also recruited clients for the Black Madam, and she testified that she not only recruited the unfortunate Aderotimi, but that she was in the hotel room before, during, and after Windslowe administered the injections.
“She just kept saying she has chest pains, she has chest pains,” testified Wilson. “I was there all night. I was the one who called the ambulance.”
Wilson also noted Windslowe’s fleeing the hotel room when the soon-to-be-dead dancer began experiencing complications, Windslowe reportedly responding by mouthing “Liar.”
Along with proudly proclaiming herself “The Michelangelo of buttocks injections,” the transgender Windslowe also testified that she hadn’t responded to any emails or phone calls following Adertimi’s death because she’d gone to France to escape people who were “transphobic.”
Windslowe also rejected a plea deal of 15 to 30 years in prison in favor of facing 20 to 40 years in the poke, and possibly more given pending additional charges, reports the Huffington Post.
“More than anything in the world, I want to get up there and I want to talk,” said Windslowe on Thursday. “The most important thing is to put Claudia (Aderotimi)’s mother at peace by speaking.”
[Image via AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department file]