SUSPECT IN GUCCI MURDER CASE SAID TO CONFESS
MILAN — The case against Maurizio Gucci’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani — who is accused of having her former husband gunned down in March 1995 — may have gotten a major boost last week when Pina Auriemma, a psychic and Reggiani’s close friend, decided to confess to her role in the killing.
After spending more than a year in Milan’s San Vittore jail, where Reggiani, Auriemma and three other suspects are being held, Auriemma has already been interrogated for several hours by prosecutors.
The confession could be a coup for prosecutors on the case, who up to now had largely circumstantial evidence on their side. The trial is set for April 16.
Prosecutors declined to comment on news of the confession.
According to Italian press reports, Auriemma told authorities that, at Reggiani’s insistence, she introduced her to a Milan hotel porter, Ivano Savioni, who allegedly arranged the killing. She reportedly said Reggiani had developed a burning hatred for her ex-husband, who left her and their two daughters in the Eighties, although he continued to support her with lavish alimony payments.
Reggiani’s lawyer Gianni Dedola brushed off news of the confession, saying he was more determined than ever to press forward with Regiani’s defense.
“The whole story has not by any means been told,” Dedola said. “These reports are highly disputable,” Dedola said.