Reggiani, dubbed “the black widow” by Italian tabloids but known as “Lady Gucci” in more posh circles, admitted that he miss her ex-husband died, furious about his impending marriage to a much younger woman and his $ 170 million windfall with the sale of his Gucci share in 1993, two years after their divorce was finalized. And she admitted that she was happy after he died, and thought all her problems were finally gone.
But she maintained her innocence in the murder-for-rent plot, says author Sara Gay Forden in prison correspondence, “Maurizio was a man I loved the most, despite all his mistakes.”
Reggiani and four accomplices were convicted of murder in 1998 after a five-month trial.
Born in the northern city of Vignola in humble circumstances, she and Maurizio Gucci were both 24 years old when they married in 1973 — despite his father Rodolfo Guccitheir concerns.
“Be careful, Maurizio,” Rodolfo told him, according to Forden’s 2000 book Gucci House. “I received information about the girl. I do not like the sound of her at all. I am told she is vulgar and ambitious, a social climber who has nothing but money in mind. Maurizio, she is not not the girl for you. “
To which his son replied, “Dad, I can not leave her. I love her.”
Reggiani persuaded Maurizio to be more ambitious in his role at Gucci, and it was during their marriage that he became head of the company. “As a younger man, he looked to Patrizia to support him and give him the strength to stand up to his own father, but as he gained power, he felt oppressed by her criticism,” Forden said. on the New York Post. They divorced in 1985.
First sentenced to 29 years in prison for paying $ 375,000 to have Maurizio killed, an appeals court reduced her term to 26 years and she was released in October 2016. In 2017, according to Britain’s Telegraph, a court has ruled that she is legally entitled to an annual allowance of $ 1.2 million from Maurizio’s estate, plus repayments of the 17 years she has been in prison, according to the terms of a two-year agreement before he was killed, signed.
“Maurizio has always loved me, he wanted me to have the best,” Patrizia said People Magazine investigation: Misdemeanors of fashion in 2018. “But he has changed completely.” She also cryptically said, “I’m not guilty, but I’m not innocent. All the things that happened were a misunderstanding.”