Nicknamed “The Black Widow” by Italian tabloids but known as “Lady Gucci” in more distinguished circles, Reggiani admitted to having want to her ex-husband died, enraged at his impending marriage to a much younger woman and his $ 170 million windfall from the sale of his Gucci stock in 1993, two years after their divorce was finalized. And she admitted to being happy after her death, believing that all of her problems were finally gone.
But she maintained her innocence in the murder plot, telling the writer Sara Gay Forden in the prison correspondence, “Maurizio was a man I had loved the most, despite all his mistakes. ‘”
Reggiani and four accomplices were convicted of murder after a five-month trial in 1998.
Born in Vignola, in the north of the country, in modest circumstances, she and Maurizio Gucci were both 24 when they married in 1973 — despite his father Rodolfo Gucci‘s concerns.
“Be careful, Maurizio,” Rodolfo told him, according to Forden’s 2000 book. Gucci House. “I got information about the girl. I don’t like her sound at all. I am told that she is vulgar and ambitious, a social climber who only has money in mind. Maurizio, this n isn’t the girl for you. “
To which her son replied, “Dad, I can’t leave her. I love it.
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 had turned to Patrizia for support and the strength to stand up to his own father, but as he grew in power he felt oppressed by its critics, “Forden told New York Post. They separated in 1985.
First sentenced to 29 years in prison for paying $ 375,000 to have Maurizio killed, an appeals court reduced her sentence to 26 years and she was released in October 2016. In 2017, according to the United Kingdom Telegraph, a court ruled that she was legally entitled to an annual allowance of $ 1.2 million from Maurizio’s estate, as well as arrears of payment from 17 years in prison, under the terms of an agreement that ‘he signed two years before his assassination.
“Maurizio has always loved me, he wanted me to have the best,” Patrizia said on People Magazine investigates fashion crimes in 2018. “But he’s completely changed.” She also said, cryptically, “I’m not guilty, but I’m not innocent. Everything that happened was a misunderstanding.”