Dubbed “the Black Widow” by the Italian tabloids however generally known as “Girl Gucci” in additional genteel circles, Reggiani admitted to wanting her ex-husband lifeless, furious over his impending marriage to a a lot youthful lady and his $170 million windfall from the sale of his Gucci inventory in 1993, two years after their divorce was finalized. And he or she admitted to being pleased after he was lifeless, pondering all her issues have been lastly gone.
However she maintained her innocence within the murder-for-hire plot, telling author Sara Homosexual Forden in correspondence from jail, “Maurizio was a person that I had liked most, regardless of all of his errors.'”
Reggiani and 4 accomplices have been convicted of homicide after a five-month-long trial in 1998.
Born within the northern metropolis of Vignola in humble circumstances, she and Maurizio Gucci have been each 24 years outdated after they married in 1973—regardless of his father Rodolfo Gucci‘s considerations.
“Watch out, Maurizio,” Rodolfo instructed him, per Forden’s 2000 ebook Home of Gucci. “I’ve obtained details about the woman. I don’t just like the sound of her in any respect. I’m instructed she is vulgar and impressive, a social climber who has nothing in thoughts however cash. Maurizio, she isn’t the woman for you.”
To which his son replied, “Papá, I am unable to go away her. I like her.”
Reggiani persuaded Maurizio to be extra formidable in his position at Gucci, and it was throughout their marriage that he turned head of the corporate. “As a youthful man, he’d regarded to Patrizia to help him and provides him the power to face as much as his personal father, however as he gained energy, he felt oppressed by her criticism,” Forden instructed the New York Put up. They separated in 1985.
First sentenced to 29 years in jail for paying $375,000 to have Maurizio killed, an appeals court docket diminished her time period to 26 years and she or he was launched in October 2016. In 2017, in line with Britain’s Telegraph, a court docket dominated that she was legally entitled to an annual allowance of $1.2 million from Maurizio’s property, plus again funds from the 17 years she was in jail, per the phrases of an settlement he signed two years earlier than he was killed.
“Maurizio all the time liked me, he needed me to have the most effective,” Patrizia stated on Individuals Journal Investigates: Crimes of Vogue in 2018. “However he modified utterly.” She additionally stated, cryptically, “I’m not responsible, however I’m not harmless. All of the issues that occurred have been a misunderstanding.”