Case Study 6: ‘Suicidal’ Blonde

29 Feb

I’m not even sure where to start with this story. There is so much I’d like to change about it that I want it entirely re-reported (if that makes sense). First, there is barely evidence apart from “police said” provided in the story to call what the model did a “suicide attempt.” Her lawyers deny it, and there doesn’t seem to have been an effort to contact Sliwinski herself for a comment.

If I had to mention suicide in the story, I would only put it in reference to what the police said. I don’t think “suicidal blonde” should be used at all. It makes assumptions we can’t know for sure without confirmation from Sliwinski, and she’s not talking.

*The story and headline use charged adjectives such as “beloved” and “suicidal,” which have no place in this story. It looks to me that the writer was going for the “sexy” angle of the story, which is inappropriate in a situation where three people died.

**Has to be either “today” or “this week,” but can’t be both. Research I did showed it should say “today.”

Chicago murder trial begins for ex-model

Three musicians died after woman’s car slammed into theirs

They probably never saw her coming.

During lunch hour on July 14, 2005, three local musicians who worked together at an audio electronics company were stopped at a traffic light in a Honda Civic in a suburb north of Chicago.

At a speed authorities estimate at 70 miles per hour, a former model ran three red lights and slammed into the Civic from behind in her red Mustang convertible.

Both cars went airborne on impact, witnesses said, and each landed, crushed, upside-down on the pavement.

The three young men died. The woman broke her ankle.

Today, more than two years later, her murder trial begins.**

Police said Jeanette Sliwinski, then 23, was trying to kill herself, but her lawyers have denied it. Her attorney did not return a call seeking comment on the case.

“The one thing that would have brought this thing to closure would have been had she been successful in what she set out to do that day,” said Dave Meis, older brother of victim Douglas Meis, referring to Sliwinski’s alleged suicide attempt.

The crash and subsequent arrest brought Sliwinski Internet infamy. Many blogs and websites have posted modeling pictures of Sliwinski since she was arrested.


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One Response to “Case Study 6: ‘Suicidal’ Blonde”

  1. Ronald R. Rodgers February 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    EXCELLENT, BUT ONE COMPLAINT – WHERE IS DISCUSSION OF THAT LINK – YOU SPIKED IT = WHY??

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