Woman in Aptly Named Crazy Love Movie Is Dead
Linda Riss Pugach was blinded by her ex-lover, later married him
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2013 2:06 PM CST
This handout photo provided by Magnolia Pictures shows Linda and Burt Pugach in 1974.   (AP Photo/ Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures and Shoot the Moon Productions, file)

(Newser) – "Ours was a storybook romance," Burt Pugach tells the New York Times for the obituary of his wife, Linda Riss Pugach. You be the judge: In 1959, the married Pugach hired three thugs to throw lye in the face of Linda when she ended their affair. She was blinded, the attack became a media sensation, Pugach went to prison for about 10 years ... and the two got married when he got out. Linda Riss Pugach died of heart failure this week at 75.

Also of note is the time in 1997 when Burt Pugach represented himself at trial after being accused of sexually abusing and threatening another woman. "You're a wonderful, caring husband," his wife told the court. He got convicted on only one of 11 counts and served 15 days. The Pugaches were the subject of a 2007 documentary called Crazy Love.

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toryd
Jan 24, 2013 10:10 PM CST
She married the man who threw lye in her face and blinded her? Now, THAT's desperate.
Marelicia
Jan 24, 2013 6:15 PM CST
What a sorry as s of a life? She was engaged and blinded at age 21 by her married lover, she waits for him and writes love letters to him in prison for 14 years, she marries him after he serves 14 years, she depends solely on him for her life, she never had any children, he cheats on her, she testilies for him in criminal court in a sexual abuse case, she makes a documentary film with him about his crimes against her, she stayed married to him for 38 years, and dies at age 75, without ever throwing acid in his dirty face. From what I had seen on TV, he never apologized to her, but he continuously lies and denied any involvement in the crime whatsoever. He smirks and only repeats the empty words over and over again, "I loved Linda" "I loved Lind". POS. The two whackos deserved each other but not attention.
Gomez
Jan 24, 2013 3:36 PM CST
She marries the person who blinded her for life. You cannot fix this kind of stupid. Love my ass.