The former Italian socialite Patrizia Reggiani, was convicted for arranging the 1995 murder of her ex-husband, fashion heir Maurizio Gucci.
Patrizia Reggiani’s life changed forever on March 27, 1995, when her ex-husband, fashion heir Maurizio Gucci, was shot to death by a stylishly dressed gunman outside his Milan office — but it was not grief she initially felt.
“I was very happy because all my problems were gone,” she declared in a new docu-series “People Magazine Investigates: Crimes of Fashion,” premiered Monday night on Investigation Discovery. “And then I felt very lost.”
The show explores the stories of depravity, obsession, and family betrayal in the fashion world.
But the now 69-year-old the problems are not over. People reported within two years, she was arrested in 1997 for the control of Gucci’s murder. At the time, police said the Italian socialite paid four accomplices, including her paranormal, $375,000 to commit the murder.
The publication revealed Gucci married Reggiani in 1972, when they were both 24. They quickly became one of the most powerful couples in all of Italy, and were famous for their jet-setting lifestyle, which included luxury homes in New York, Milan and Acapulco, a ski chalet in the Swiss Alps, on a farm in Connecticut, as well as their 200-foot yacht.
In 1985, Gucci told Reggiani, he went on a short business trip. He never returned home. Instead, he went with a younger woman.
After a highly-publicized legal battle, the couple eventually divorced in 1994. Reggiani, who was left behind in the education of their two daughters, admitted in the documentary that she was heartbroken and bitter.
“Maurizio always loved me, he wanted me to be the best,” she said. “But he is completely changed.”
At the time of Gucci ‘ s death, he was reportedly worth nearly $100 million, money that he is after his mounting debts forced him to sell his shares in the iconic luxury brand, which his grandfather, Guccio Gucci founded in 1921.
“I have a very clear memory of the moment that I discovered that Maurizio was killed in Milan,” said his financial advisor Andrea Morante, who also participated in the show. “And my first reaction was: Why would someone want to kill Maurizio?”
In 1998, Reggiani was convicted of ordering of Gucci’s murder and sentenced to 29 years in prison. The hit man got life in prison.
Her psychic, Giuseppina Auriemma, who first contacted the killers, was given 25 years. Auriemma claimed that it was her client who ordered the murder.
The Guardian reported in 2016, a journalist once asked Reggiani why they hire an assassin.
“My sight is not so good,” she’d said at the time. “I didn’t want to miss.”
The publication is also proved to be Gucci’s mistress, Paola Franchi, claimed she and her fallen lover was planning to marry at the time of his death.
“Patrizia was stalking us,” she claimed. “They still had spies in Maurizio circle and they knew everything about our plans, his business, everything. She called many times to abuse him and threatened to kill him… I begged him to hire a bodyguard, but he refused. He did not believe Patrizia would go through with her threat because of their girls.”
Franchi, who was also accused by the press as a gold digger, scoffed at the claims.
“Oh, they always resort to these stupid types,” said Franchi. “Actually, it was my previous husband, whom I left for Maurizio, was even richer, so it was all nonsense.”
Despite the scandal, the multi-billion-dollar fashion brand would continue to grow. Today, it is one of the biggest luxury labels in the world.
Reggiani served 18 years in prison and was released in 2016. She is often seen in the fashion district of Milan, with her parrot on her shoulder.
Reggiani still contends was wrongfully convicted.
“I am not guilty, but I’m not innocent,” she said. “Maurizio always loved me. And I think that all the things that happened were a misunderstanding. As I met Maurizio now, I would tell him, ” I’m sorry.'”