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

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

Stephen Gundle


This real 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, medicines, corruption, and cover-ups

On April 9, 1953, an enticing 21-year-old lady went lacking from her kin 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 stated it used to be suicide, others, a sad twist of fate. yet might the mysterious dying of this quiet, conservative woman be associated with a drug-fueled orgy related to a few of the richest males in Italy? The brief existence and tragic demise of Wilma Montesi used to be performed out opposed to a desirable backdrop. through the Fifties Italy, within the wake of Mussolini's brutal Fascist executive, used to be within the means of reinventing itself, and with assistance from Hollywood stars corresponding to Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, it succeeding. all of sudden Italy, and Rome specifically, used to be the main glamorous position on the earth. however the homicide of Wilma Montesi uncovered a darker part of Roman life—a lifetime of corruption, cover-ups, and carnal pleasures.

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