Men's Work in Preventing Violence Against Women
by James Newton Poling
Intimate violence is physical, mental or emotional abuse against a family member or intimate partner. It is an attempt by the abuser to control their victim. It is frequently learned in the home during childhood. It is often perpetuated by alcohol or drug use.The issue is complicated by a lack of knowledge and denial by society, family and perpetrators.
In 1998, Patrizia Reggiani, Italy's "black widow," was sentenced to 26 years in jail for hiring a hit man to kill her estranged husband, fashion heir, Maurizio Gucci, Mafia-style, outside his Milan office. Her family claims new medical tests show the extent of brain damage from a tumor years ago meant she could not have planned a murder. The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara G. Forden --Did Patrizia Reggiani murder Gucci in 1995 because he was preparing to marry his mistress, Paola Franchi? This ascent, collapse, and resurrection of the Gucci dynasty; behind the scenes at the trial.
Burt and Linda Pugach -- It's Rosh Hashanah, 1957 in the Bronx. Linda Riss, 20, an attractive, single working girl, crosses paths with "Burt" (Burton) Pugach, a married, 32-year-old, sophisticated and successful NY attorney specializing in negligence cases. Young Linda, still living at home with her mother and grandmother in the East Bronx , is impressed by his nice Cadillac, private plane, Long Island nightclub and celebrity friends. She enjoyed his lavish attention. He chauffeurs her around, takes her to breakfast before work, meets her for lunch, wines and dines her in the evenings. Still a virgin, Linda refused to have sex before marriage. When she discovers Burt has a family, she delivers an ultimatum; for Burt to divorce his wife. When Linda realizes he lied to her about filing for divorce, she ends the relationship. Pugach stalks and threatens her. She tries to get protection from the NYPD to no avail. When Linda moves on and becomes engaged to marry, so Pugach hires thugs to throw lye in her face leaving her permanently blind and disfigured. Pugach served 14 years in prison for the crime. Linda's fiance left her. When paroled from Attica in 1974, Burt publicly declared his love for Linda. Eight months later a female police officer arranged a reunion for them. They were soon married.
"You would have to walk a mile in my shoes to really understand. I went from hating him, to wanting revenge, to fearing what he would do when he got out of prison, to not thinking of him. After he was paroled and didn't bother me, I thought, 'Well, he found somebody else,' and I was jealous." No longer able to practice law, Burt worked long hours as a clerk to support their life in their modest one bedroom Queens apartment they have lived in all these years. Their opulent lifestyle is long past. In 1976 they were paid $50,000 to co-write,A very different love story: Burt and Linda Pugach's intimate account of their triumph over tragedy.
In 1996-97, Burt was arrested and tried for sexually abusing and threatening to kill a Filipino secretary he had a five-year affair with. At the trial, Linda, his character witness, testified that “Burt is a wonderful, devoted husband.” Burt was convicted of second-degree harassment.and acquitted of sexual abuse.He was sentenced to 15 days in jail.
Since the attack, Linda sees herself as damaged good. She allows nobody other than Burt to see her without her trademark oversized dark glasses covering her scared and discolored eyes and her always perfectly coiffed wigs. Her health has declined. She was left partially blind after the accident but since has become completely blind. Even though Linda is outgoing, fiercely independent and manages to do amazing things on her own, due to her health and blindness, she is reliant on Burt. Their marriage has lasted over 35 years. The two reportedly enjoy bide ring with each other constantly.
"Crazy Love" is a documentary about Burt and Linda. Interviews with Burt, Linda, family and close friends portray a strong woman tired of being alone. The documentary follows them into their golden years together. In For Worse and for Better: Documenting an Obsession. Linda sums it up, "It's me and Burt against the world." I recommend this documentary.
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