The name Gucci is familiar enough, but many of today's fans of the luxury line may not be aware of the sensational murder that shook the brand two decades ago in Italy. The Guardian revisits the case of Maurizio Gucci, the last actual "Gucci" to run the company, who was shot to death in his office foyer in Milan in March 1995. But this isn't a whodunnit: His ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, was eventually convicted of arranging the murder and served 16 years in prison until her release two years ago. As part of her release, Reggiani had to get a job, the first of her life, and she now works as a design consultant for a costume jewellery firm named Bozart. “We were a beautiful couple and we had a beautiful life, of course,” recalls Reggiani, who, for the record, still maintains her innocence.
That's a far cry from the flippant remark she gave to an Italian camera crew not too long after her release, when asked why she didn't shoot her ex-husband herself instead of hiring a hitman. "My eyesight is not so good," she responded. "I didn’t want to miss." And then there was her one-word diary entry the day of her husband's death, which translates to "paradise." The public's general "amnesia" about the murder strikes reporter Abigail Haworth as unusual because "the saga has everything: glamour, greed, sex, death, betrayal, raging status anxiety," she writes. "It probably says more about the primal allure of a name like Gucci than all the sales figures in the world." Click for the full story, which includes an interview with Maurizio Gucci's girlfriend at the time of his death—Reggiani ordered her evicted from her ex's luxury apartment just hours after his killing. (Read more Gucci stories.)