This week (Fri. December 3), Dateline travels to Italy to cover the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Some people may also know this as the “House of Gucci” murder. Keep reading to find out about this suspenseful case.
House of Gucci- Fact Or Fiction
The House of Gucci film starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver is met with mixed reviews. Especially from the Gucci family. The New York Times reports the following from the family’s statement, “Although the film claims to tell the ‘true story’ of the family, the narrative is anything but accurate.”
The statement further reads:
Even more censurable is the baffling reconstruction of events that advocate leniency toward a woman who was definitively convicted as the instigator of Maurizio Gucci’s murder.”
The statement also says that they feel like the move portrays Patrizia Reggiani as a victim. Now, Dateline is taking a closer look at the case that started it all.
About The Murder of Maurizio Gucci
March 25, 1995, Maurizio Gucci was killed on the steps of his office in Milan, Italy. Gucci’s ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, allegedly hired a hitman to take him out. In 1998, after five months on trial, the court finds Reggiani guilty of the murder of Gucci. After 18 years in prison, the court grants her parole in 2016.
People Magazine reports Patrizia Reggiani said, “If I met Maurizio now, I would tell him to forgive me for what happened.” She also claims that it was “a big misunderstanding.”
However, shortly after her release, Reggiani had a different tune. According to The Guardian, a camera crew showed up outside of Reggiani’s workplace. The crew asked her why she hired a hitman to kill Maurizio Gucci. In response, she said, “My eyesight is not so good. I didn’t want to miss.”
What Was The Motive?
So what was Patrizia Reggiani’s motive for killing her ex-husband? There are several. Some of the speculated motives are jealousy of her ex’s new girlfriend, “bitter about his neglect,” or just anger.
The Guardian points out that a year and a half before Maurizio Gucci died, he sold his stake in the Gucci business. Ultimately, the fashion brand was taken over by an investment bank called Investcorp. However, that didn’t stop the revival of the brand. Domenico De Sole and Tom Ford took over.
This may have been a point of contention for Reggiani because “everything [she] was stemmed from being a Gucci,” explains Milan-based fashion writer Giusi Ferrè.
Ferrè also explains that it didn’t matter that Patrizia was his ex-wife. She was still mad a Maurizio for selling out. Not only that but she wasn’t allowed to use the Gucci name as part of the divorce proceedings.
Dateline will unpack this case by interviewing a friend of Patrizia Reggiani. Additionally, they’ll speak to an ex-girlfriend of Maurizio Gucci, who had a five-year relationship with him.
What are your thoughts on Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci’s murder? Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below. Come back to TV Shows Ace for more true crime news. Don’t forget to tune in to NBC’s Dateline Friday, December 3, at 9 PM ET/8 CT.
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