Dubbed “the Black Widow” by the Italian tabloids but identified as “Girl Gucci” in much more genteel circles, Reggiani admitted to wanting her ex-husband dead, furious more than his impending marriage to a significantly youthful girl and his $170 million windfall from the sale of his Gucci inventory in 1993, two a long time right after their divorce was finalized. And she admitted to remaining content following he was dead, thinking all her complications ended up last but not least absent.
But she managed her innocence in the murder-for-employ plot, telling author Sara Gay Forden in correspondence from jail, “Maurizio was a person that I experienced cherished most, inspite of all of his mistakes.'”
Reggiani and 4 accomplices have been convicted of murder just after a 5-month-long trial in 1998.
Born in the northern metropolis of Vignola in humble situations, she and Maurizio Gucci were being both equally 24 decades aged when they married in 1973—despite his father Rodolfo Gucci‘s concerns.
“Be watchful, Maurizio,” Rodolfo advised him, per Forden’s 2000 book Residence of Gucci. “I have been given information and facts about the lady. I do not like the sound of her at all. I am informed she is vulgar and formidable, a social climber who has practically nothing in mind but money. Maurizio, she is not the woman for you.”
To which his son replied, “Papá, I won’t be able to leave her. I like her.”
Reggiani persuaded Maurizio to be additional bold in his position at Gucci, and it was in the course of their marriage that he grew to become head of the business. “As a more youthful person, he’d appeared to Patrizia to assist him and give him the power to stand up to his possess father, but as he received power, he felt oppressed by her criticism,” Forden instructed the New York Post. They divided in 1985.
Initially sentenced to 29 many years in jail for spending $375,000 to have Maurizio killed, an appeals court reduced her term to 26 many years and she was released in October 2016. In 2017, in accordance to Britain’s Telegraph, a courtroom dominated that she was legally entitled to an yearly allowance of $1.2 million from Maurizio’s estate, plus back again payments from the 17 yrs she was in prison, for each the terms of an agreement he signed two a long time before he was killed.
“Maurizio generally beloved me, he wanted me to have the very best,” Patrizia mentioned on People Journal Investigates: Crimes of Style in 2018. “But he improved totally.” She also said, cryptically, “I am not guilty, but I am not harmless. All the issues that took place were being a misunderstanding.”