Paula Sladewski Was Not an Actual Playboy Model; Boyfriend Tells His Story

Hey rest of the media, can we have a chat? So, a pretty young girl winds up burned to death in a dumpster somewhere in North Miami-Dade, and all anyone can focus on is the fact that she once appeared in a Playboy video?

Over 80 girls are listed in the credits for that video, and the description boasts that over 6,000 aspiring models were involved in Playboy's pseudo-reality TV hunt for their next Playmate. There's no indication that the victim, Paula Sladewski, actually posed for Playboy or its website. In fact, her family tells The Herald that nothing big ever came out of her modeling career. 

Yet, CBS News seems to be the biggest culprit blaring "Playboy Model," in the headline. One affiliate even called her a top Playboy model, which, as far as we can tell, is not really the truth.

We know, we know, it sexes up the headlines, but it just seems a

little disrespectful when there's a dead girl who was found burned

alive in a trash can during her vacation, and everyone's running around

saying that all that really matters in her life is that she posed

topless for a lad rag, when that doesn't even appear to be the case.

Now that that's out of the way, The Herald reports that Sladewski's boyfriend, 34-year-old Kevin Klym, a person of interest in the case, has now given his side of the events.


to the missing persons report he filed, he says that the two got into

an argument at Club Space. He wanted to leave, and yelled at her, but

the bouncer kicked him out, leaving Sladewski alone in the middle of

the Overtown super club. He took a taxi back to the hotel. Though, the

missing persons report wasn't filed until hours after the body had

already been found.

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Kyle Munzenrieder