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By Christina Vella

On a scorching summer time day in Italy in 1902, the brutally stabbed physique of count number Francesco Bonmartini used to be came upon, via its decomposing stench, within his locked residence. He used to be a standard Italian provincial aristocrat in all yet a method: he had married right into a fashionable yet deeply relatives. His better half's father used to be one of many nation's most renowned medical professionals. His spouse, Linda, a tender freethinker, was once the apple of her father's eye. Linda's brother dabbled in anarchism. Linda's lover used to be her father's most sensible assistant. Her kinfolk with them have been illicit, incestuous -- and murderous.

The scandal that erupted was once a most sensible information tale in Europe and the United States for 3 consecutive years. Investigators exposed successive layers of a conspiracy that continuously twisted and adjusted its form. The suspects integrated some of these males in addition to their servants and fans. there has been a various array of homicide guns, together with knives, heavy pellets, and poison. there have been rumors of lacking accomplices. Intimate kin between many suspects have been exposed via sensational letters and testimonials. Witnesses died mysteriously. A suspect attempted to kill himself. One query lingered all through and nonetheless haunts researchers this day: what function did Bonmartini's widow, Linda, referred to as "The Enchantress," play? used to be she the spider on the heart of the mammoth net, or did the plot originate with the foremost males who enjoyed her so desperately?

pupil and author Christina Vella combines meticulous learn with a novelist's eye for a very good tale. As she unspools the tight, stressful drama, she deals a desirable photograph of Italian society within the early twentieth century, with a historian's insights into existence at either the pinnacle and the ground. From sexual dysfunctions, to legal stipulations, to the patronage platforms that permeated drugs, legislations, and politics, the Bonmartini homicide offers a window right into a wealthy international. the result's an unforgettable tale and a useful advent to an Italy that continues to be recognizable today.

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