Melody Ridgley Fortunato was the type of woman young girls are taught to admire. She overcame early hardship, living modestly but with big ambitions in Americus, Georgia. After moving to South Florida, Fortunato took on a sexist boys' club in the Hollywood Police Department and won. Then she divorced a husband whose hobbies were, she said, taking steroids and busting her head open. In her spare time, she studied law, earning a reputation by the mid-'90s for fiercely defending battered women. Fortunato was awarded a JC Penny Golden Rule Award in 1995 for her dogged legal... More >>>
Fortunato victim Nancy Schenkman: "This is about principle."