The Benedetti-Riggio Murders
"collateral crimes of the Monster of Florence"
Over the course of seventeen years from 1968 to 1985, a serial killer was preying on courting couples in the Italian city of Florence. Much like the Lucca Murders, the killer would typically ambush the victims in isolated lovers’ lanes, firing shots until both were dead, after which he would, in some instances, commit gruesome mutilations on the body of the female, taking away body parts for some unknown purpose. Because of the horrific nature of these crimes, the perpetrator was nicknamed the Monster of Florence.
Although it is generally accepted that the Monster killed fourteen people during this reign of terror, some investigators suspect there were other victims. In the case of Graziella Bendetti and Paolo Riggio, a young couple murdered in Lucca in January 1984, the similarities are striking. But the Lucca murders were never linked to those of the Monster because of several differences, despite the fact that it bore all the hallmarks of the Monster and occurred towards the end of his killing spree.