Wilma Montesi

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Wilma Montesi (3 February 1932 – 9 April 1953) was an Italian woman whose body was discovered near Rome. The finding of her lifeless body on a public beach near Torvajanica, on Rome's littoral, led to prolonged investigations involving sensational allegations of drug and sex orgies in Roman society.

The accusation of Ugo Montagna and Piero Piccioni (son of vice-prime minister, Attilio Piccioni and lover of actress Alida Valli) caused a scandal. Subsequently they were absolved of all charges. Her murder remains unsolved.

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  • The Montesi Affair, Time Magazine, March 22, 1954.
  • The Montesi scandal : the death of Wilma Montesi and the birth of the paparazzi in Fellini's Rome by Karen Pinkus (University of Chicago Press, 2003) ISBN 0-226-66848-7
  • Death and the dolce vita : the dark side of Rome in the 1950s by Stephen Gundle (Canongate, 2011) ISBN 978-1-84767-654-2
  • (Italian) Nu magazine - Wilma Montesi, vergine e "martire".
  • (Italian) La strana morte di Wilma Montesi ISBN 88-7118-157-3