Linda Pugach, blinded in infamous NYC crime, dies at 75

Pugach later married the man who hired hit men to throw lye in her face


Associated Press
January 24, 2013 6:45PM (UTC)

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Pugach (POOH'-gash), who was blinded in 1959 when her lover hired hit men to throw lye in her face — and became a media sensation after later marrying him — has died in New York City. She was 75.

The 2007 documentary "Crazy Love" details the infamous New York City crime.

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Her husband, Burton, says his wife died Tuesday at a hospital in Queens. The cause was heart failure.

Burton Pugach served 14 years in prison for hiring the thugs attack his then-girlfriend Linda Riss after she spurned him. He was married at the time.

After his release, Pugach divorced his first wife and convinced Riss to marry him in 1974.

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He told The Associated Press Thursday that theirs was a "fairy tale romance."


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