In 1968, the first of a long series of murders took place in Italy and terrified the entire country. Near Florence, in Signa, eight rounds of a 22 Long Rifle caliber were fired, the same one that will be used in other seven double murders. The Monster of Florence is the name with which the Italian media indicated the “maniac of couples”, author of seven double murders between 1974 and 1985 in the province of Florence. An eighth crime was connected to him, perhaps the first, but of uncertain attribution, committed in 1968. All of the eight murders attributed to the “monster of Florence” have as victims young couples secluded in the Florentine countryside. In addition to the type of victim, the murders had the weapon as common denominator: a 22 Long Rifle loaded with Winchester ammunition marked with the letter “H” on the caseback. All the couples, apart from the last one, were in the car. The victims were often found with stab wounds, and in several cases the killer raged with ferocity on the women’s bodies, removing their pubis. In only two cases, the women killed were left breast mutilated. The investigations never closed until 1991, when the police accused Pietro Pacciani of being the Monster of Florence. Accused, arrested and sentenced in the first instance by the court of Florence for seven of the eight double murders, Pacciani was later acquitted on appeal in 1994. The Cassation overturned the second sentence and ordered a retrial in 1996. The trial, however, could never begin as Pacciani was found dead on February 22, 1998.
Investigations on the monster of Florence continued and also involved some of Pacciani’s friends. Unfortunately, the mistery of the monster of Florence still remains unsolved.