Gucci ‘Black Widow’ Killer to Go Free


In 1995, Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of fashion entrepreneur Guccio Gucci and heir to the double G fortune, was shot and found dead on the marble staircase of his house where he was living with his mistress, interior designer Paola Franchi. His former wife Patrizia Reggiani was convicted of ordering his murder in 1998 and sentenced to 26 years in prison, and now a judge will decide if she goes free after serving 16 years of her 26-year sentence.

This was a great loss, as she had once said, “I would rather weep in a Rolls-Royce than be happy on a bicycle.” Priorities. (The hit man hired to whack the Gucci prince got a life sentence.) It goes on, playing like a ridiculous soap opera about astrology and fine leather goods. Reggiani’s very own personal psychic, Guiseppina Auriemma was possibly the genius behind the operation. Auriemma was the one who first contacted the killers. She got 25 years. Cue fortune telling jokes here. After the guilty verdict was read out to Reggiani and she was escorted to jail, she reportedly said, “evidently, they didn’t believe me. Truth is the daughter of time.”

In Milan and Florence, Gucci stores displayed silver handcuffs with the Gucci insignia in store windows. The Italian presses called her “The Black Widow.”

According to The Daily Beast, “now a judge is expected to free her completely as long as she agrees to do three years of community service, which she now says she will do.” Reggiani told a Milan judge that she is ready to work going forward. Her attorneys have petitioned to permit her take a position as a style consultant in the Bozart costume jewelry showroom in Milan owned by her friend and to volunteer in a soup kitchen in Caritas soup kitchen. A ruling will happen in the next few days.


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