The secret diary of Mussolini’s mistress
On April 7, 1926, a middle-aged woman of Irish descent, Violet Albina Gibson, committed a failed assassination attempt on the prime minister of fascist Italy. Benito Mussolini survived the incident with a slight nose wound, the perpetrator was apprehended, and the government of the United Kingdom apologized for the inconvenience. After the events, hundreds of get well notes were sent to Il Duce by the Italians, and among them were the enthusiastic, admiring letters of the barely fourteen-year-old Clara Petacci as well, who would later follow the fascist leader into death as his lover.
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