Death and the Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s by Stephen Gundle

By Stephen Gundle

This actual tale of the 1950s murder scandal that rocked Italy portrays the Rome of romance, luxurious, and glamour—as good as a city of carnal crimes, intercourse, medications, corruption, and cover-ups

On April 9, 1953, an enticing 21-year-old lady went lacking from her family members domestic in Rome. Thirty-six hours later her physique was once chanced on washed up on a ignored seashore at Torvaianica, 40 kilometers from the Italian capital. a few acknowledged it used to be suicide, others, a sad twist of fate. yet may well the mysterious dying of this quiet, conservative woman be associated with a drug-fueled orgy related to a number of the richest males in Italy? The brief existence and tragic loss of life of Wilma Montesi used to be performed out opposed to a desirable backdrop. by way of the Nineteen Fifties Italy, within the wake of Mussolini's brutal Fascist executive, was once within the strategy of reinventing itself, and with the aid of Hollywood stars equivalent to Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, it succeeding. all at once Italy, and Rome specifically, used to be the main glamorous position on the earth. however the homicide of Wilma Montesi uncovered a darker facet of Roman life—a lifetime of corruption, cover-ups, and carnal pleasures.

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By Stephen Gundle

This actual tale of the 1950s murder scandal that rocked Italy portrays the Rome of romance, luxurious, and glamour—as good as a city of carnal crimes, intercourse, medications, corruption, and cover-ups

On April 9, 1953, an enticing 21-year-old lady went lacking from her family members domestic in Rome. Thirty-six hours later her physique was once chanced on washed up on a ignored seashore at Torvaianica, 40 kilometers from the Italian capital. a few acknowledged it used to be suicide, others, a sad twist of fate. yet may well the mysterious dying of this quiet, conservative woman be associated with a drug-fueled orgy related to a number of the richest males in Italy? The brief existence and tragic loss of life of Wilma Montesi used to be performed out opposed to a desirable backdrop. by way of the Nineteen Fifties Italy, within the wake of Mussolini's brutal Fascist executive, was once within the strategy of reinventing itself, and with the aid of Hollywood stars equivalent to Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, it succeeding. all at once Italy, and Rome specifically, used to be the main glamorous position on the earth. however the homicide of Wilma Montesi uncovered a darker facet of Roman life—a lifetime of corruption, cover-ups, and carnal pleasures.

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