Dubbed “the Black Widow”Italian tabloids. Also known as “Lady Gucci”Reggiani acknowledged to being a gentleman in more formal circles. wanting her ex-husband dead, livid over 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. She admitted that she was happy after he died, believing all her problems had been resolved.
But she maintained her innocence in the murder-for-hire plot, telling writer Sara Gay FordenIn correspondence from jail “Maurizio was a man that I had loved most, despite all of his mistakes.'”
Reggiani and four accomplices were convicted of murder after a five-month-long trial in 1998.
In humble circumstances, she was born in Vignola (northern Italy). Maurizio Gucci were both 24 years old when they married in 1973—despite his father Rodolfo Gucci‘s concerns.
“Be careful, Maurizio,”Per Forden’s 2000 books, Rodolfo relayed this to him House of Gucci. “I have 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 in mind but money. Maurizio, she is not the girl for you.”
His son responded, “Papá, I can’t leave her. I love her.”
Reggiani convinced Maurizio that he should be more ambitious in his Gucci role, and it was during their union that Maurizio became the head of Gucci. “As a younger man, he’d 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 that the New York Post. They split in 1985.
First sentenced to 29-years in prison for paying $375,000 in order to have Maurizio executed. An appeals court reduced the sentence to 26 year and she was released on October 2016. According to Britain’s Telegraph, a court ruled that she was legally entitled to an annual allowance of $1.2 million from Maurizio’s estate, plus back payments from the 17 years she was in prison, per the terms of an agreement he signed two years before he was killed.
“Maurizio always loved me, he wanted me to have the best,”Patrizia stated on People Magazine investigates: Fashion CrimesIn 2018. “But he changed completely.”She also stated, cryptically “I am not guilty, but I am not innocent. All the things that happened were a misunderstanding.”