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
Woman in Aptly Named Crazy Love Movie Is Dead
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)

"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. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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