When: March 1995
In 1995, Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of the House's founder and heir to the Gucci fortune, was gunned down outside of his office. As details emerged and pursuit of a killer developed, the case became so bizarre and so ratchet that the entire fashion world and country of Italy could not look away. As the New York Times put it in 1998, "The case brought together some of the country's favorite obsessions: sex, money, designer footwear and astrology."
Maurizio was married to the eccenctric socialite Patrizia Reggiani, a woman born in the lap of luxury who famously once said she'd rather weep in a Rolls-Royce than be happy on a bicycle. A younger woman was the reason for their divorce, but the last straw was when Maurizio only offered her $650,000 in a settlement, way below the milli that Patrizia wanted. This set off the following chain of events that are so ratchet we can't even comment on them.
Patrizia told her astrologist to hire a hitman, who killed Maurizio. The astrologist snitched, and the hitman went to jail for life. When Patrizia was arrested and put on trial, she claimed the astrologist was blackmailing her, but despite that she was happy about the murder. Patrizia got sentenced to 26 years in jail. After 13 years, she rejected parole because she doesn't want to get a job on the outside. She said "I would prefer to stay in my cell and water my plants" and take care of her pet ferret.