On October 4, 2019, Antonio Gozzini at the ripe old age of 70, knocked out his wife Cristina Maioli, hitting her with a hammer in her sleep in their apartment in Lombroso Street, Brescia, and then he mortally stabbed her in the throat. Then he watched over Cristina’s tortured corpse before putting into action a ridiculous suicide attempt and flaunting his willing to kill himself, but he didn’t die (unfortunately people like him rarely die).
The PM Claudia Passalacqua postponed Gozzini’s trial, rightly asking for a life sentence since, before the massacre, the trade of some actions, carried out by the man through his bank, was suggesting a premeditation. And instead, today, the killer is considered incredibly mentally incompetent because of… lo and behold: a total vice due to a “jealousy delirium”. What really makes angry isn’t the “unjudicability” of the assassin, that I hope will be locked away for life in a criminal asylum, rather the explanation of the “jealousy delirium” which pathetically recalls the “honor killing”.
What went wrong to let such a brutal killer get away with it? As owner of an investigative agency authorized to criminal defense investigations, I think many factors have played a role: first of all, the psychiatric evaluation (exactly the one of the Prosecutor) that, from what I’ve heard, has been quite indulgent. Maybe the PM should have better chosen her consultants.
Secondly, it has been taken little account of the crime dynamic: the knocking out, which came first to the mortal throat-cutting, reveals a desire of control and the worry of bumping into the victim’s look, which is not the behavior of a delusional person and indeed highlights a sort of planning of the criminal act.
Thirdly, the so called “police records” and the information coming from the neighborhood, which could have been proof of domestic violence, have been omitted. Depression aside, only a used-to-violence person can kill in such way.
Coming back to the explanation of the “jealousy delirium”: if this is valid everything should be. And instead, I’ve heard about poor women inflexibly condemned to life prison for having killed their husbands in their sleep, husbands that have tortured them for a lifetime. For them, nobody has accepted the thesis of total vice for abuses or depression caused by the brutalities suffered. My detective agency Octopus has been dealing with family protection since 1988 and, every time I face a case of domestic abuse, I’ve the feeling that in judging femicides and homicide double standards are used.