Director Patricia E. Gillespie Talks About her Documentary ‘The Fire That Took Her‘ Which Released on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Having screened on Monday, October 15, 2022 at the Newport Beach Film Festival, ‘The Fire That Took Her‘ was directed by Patricia E. Gillespie who felt the need once hearing the tragic story of Judy Malinowski to share how this poor woman, who suffered with an addiction was drenched in gasoline at a gas station, set on fire and then almost treated as the aggressor in the trial against her ex-boyfriend who had a history of domestic abuse from previous relationships.
Gillespie made sure to find partners in presenting the film that were willing to tells Malinowski’s complete story, scars and all. Gillespie dives deep with the family and the tragedies that struck their daughter and how in a landmark moment, Malinowski was the first person in American history to testify at her own murder trial.
Unfortunately, Malinowski had succumb to her injuries and past away, while her boyfriend only received an 11 year sentence in the State of Ohio, but luckily, Judy Malinowski is not a forgotten statistic and thanks to Gillespie will be remembered by the world through the Judy’s Foundation and Judy’s Law.
Some viewers may find ‘The Fire That Took Her‘ to be a difficult watch, but it is something everyone needs to see and no longer bury their heads in the sand regarding domestic abuse, whether in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship, people of all walks of life have suffered and endured these tortures and ‘The Fire That Took Her‘ lets you know that there is hope, if one person is touched by Judy Malinowski’s life.
‘The Fire That Took Her‘: Mother-of-two, Judy Malinowski, was doused in gasoline and set on fire by her crazed ex-boyfriend. She would go on to set new legal precedent, becoming the first woman to testify at the trial for her own murder. ‘The Fire That Took Her‘ goes inside her landmark case to ask a timely question: How much must women suffer in order to be believed?