The male-to-female transsexual sent to jail after a client's botched cosmetic procedure ended in death was arrested again this morning. Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies and Florida Department of Health agents raided the quiet two-story home of Donnie Hendrix at 8 a.m. They collared her for practicing medicine without a license. She's accused of charging $400 to $600 for silicone injections, the same procedure that killed a 53-year-old Miramar secretary in 2001.
This past January, New Times got to know Donnie Hendrix well. We ran a story about her life, the bizarre crime, and the still-popular bootleg procedure among transgender women in South Florida. We spent a day driving around, drinking tea, and sitting by the ocean with Donnie in her sleepy beach town. So, we have to say, this one shocked us.
Donnie worked as a computer programmer, and during the New Times interview, she kept getting calls from her boss. She'd answer a few questions about how to troubleshoot and then get back to talking. From the looks of her spacious, well-groomed home, she made good money. It seemed she would have no reason to go back to pumping trannies. When she talked about past back-alley injections, she scrunched up her face and shunned the dangerous procedure.
Neighbors told New Times nobody visited Donnie. They described her as a loner who rarely left the house. So the idea she was running a silicone-injection operation out of her pad doesn't make much sense.
But things can change in half a year. Cops say they received a Crime Stoppers tip four months ago and have since been staking out her home. She's now in jail with no bond and couldn't be reached for comment. More on this as it develops.
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