In 1849, 14-year-old Luigia Sola was forced to marry Tommaso Trossarelli. On her wedding night the girl fled to her mother's home, but to her dismay she was shown no maternal love and promptly sent back to her husband. In 1856, after her own daughter's death, she took off a second time, spending the following seven years in impeccable moral integrity; in 1863, however, she met 20-year-old Francesco Gariglio, an enterprising young man with whom she instantly fell in love. Their relationship was long-lived, but when the woman found out that her lover had been unfaithful, she started plotting revenge: on the evening of November 24, 1876 an assassin stabbed Gariglio to death in via degli Artisti, right in front of Luigia's eyes. She was arrested that same evening, and sentenced to a life in prison.