Former Brazos Valley Ranger Promoted to Captain

By: Mike George
By: Mike George

He caught the bad guys in he Brazos Valley for 20 years before being promoted to Lieutenant and moving to Waco in 2009.

Texas Ranger Frank Malinak has been promoted once again, this time to Captain. It becomes effective February 1st.

While living and working in the Brazos Valley he was busy in some high profile cases. Here are just a few of them:

Malinak has had his hand in many of the Brazos Valley's high profile cases, including the Tommy Andrade murder, the disappearance and murder of college student Ashley Beasley, whose body would be found outside of Marlin, the Rafael Holiday homicide in Madison County and the embezzlement trial case of Queen Walker from the Brazos County District Attorney's office.

Tommy Andrade was a Bryan resident gunned down in his home in 2005. Malinak led the investigation which uncovered a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by Chad Davis who claimed Adrade had stolen money from him. Six suspects were arrested and convicted including Davis, his brother Trey and father Willie.

Ashley Beasley was a 24-year-old college student returning to Tarleton State University from College Station in 2001 when she was ambushed on Highway 6 in Falls County. A man pulled up beside her car and shot Beasley in the head. After her car wrecked, he pulled her body from the car and raped her. Malinak's investigation led to a full confession from Conroe resident John Wilburn who's now serving two life sentences.

In 2000, Raphael Holiday killed his 1-year-old daughter and two step-daughters, ages 5 & 7. He forced their grandmother at gunpoint to pour gas throughout their Madison County home, then set in on fire. Holiday is currently awaiting execution on Texas Death Row.

Queen Walker was a longtime employee of the Brazos County District Attorney who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the DA's office. To avoid a conflict of interest, Malinak was called in to lead the investigation which resulted in Walker pleading guilty, serving jail time and made to pay restitution.

Malinak's promotion to Captain means he will be moving to Austin.

Malinak picture courtesy of The Bryan/College Station Eagle

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