In 1959 pugach began a courtship of linda riss, a 21yearold woman from the east bronx. Pugach, known as burt, went on trial in queens on charges that he had. He spent fourteen years in prison for hiring men to ruin linda risss face using lye relationship with linda riss. In 1997, pugach was once again accused of threatening another woman with whom he was having an affair.
The screenplay by klores, who also wrote boys of 2nd street park explores the troubled relationship between new york city attorney burt pugach and his tenyearsyounger girlfriend linda riss, who was blinded and permanently scarred when thugs hired by pugach threw lye in her face. Its me and burt against the world the boston globe. Linda riss pugach with her husband, burton, in a 2007 film. Love is blind, and so too is linda pugach, one of the loonytuners in the somewhat sickening, mildly gonzo documentary crazy love. Crazy love is a 2007 american documentary film directed by dan klores and fisher stevens. Dan klores crazy love tells the astonishing story of the obsessive rollercoaster relationship of burt and linda pugach, which shocked the nation during the. Theirs was to become an extraordinary love affair twisted, passionate and embittered. In the years since, the strange romance of burton and linda pugach has seldom been far from public view. Clayton nc, 27520, raleigh nc 27610, garner nc 27529 possible relatives. And within a year it had turned into a dangerous obsession, which ended splashed across the front pages of. Because in june 1959 burt hired two men who threw acid in lindas.
Dan klores crazy love tells the astonishing story of the obsessive rollercoaster relationship of burt and linda pugach, which shocked the nation during the summer of 1959. Linda riss pugach, whose blinding by her lover, burton n. Ap linda pugach, who married the lover who hired a hitman to blind her, has died. Burt and linda pugachs halfdark living room in rego park, queens. For those who think love has blinders, meet one of them. Linda stewart burt, age 55, clayton, nc 27520 view full report. In 1957, linda riss was a receptionist in her early twenties who bore a striking resemblance to elizabeth taylor, while attorney burt pugach. Now, straight out of the truthisstrangerthanfiction file comes the documentary crazy love to provide us with a brilliant and mindblowing account of their story. Pugach, in 1959 became a news media sensation, and whose marriage to mr. Pugach in 1974 became an equally sensational sequel. The article gives a good recap of the story and of their life up to date. Burt pugach, linda pugach, bob janoff, sylvia hoffman, rita kessler, joyce guerriero, berry stainback, janet pomerantz, rusty. Burt threw lye in lindas face, spent 14 years in the slammer, and then the two were married.
Nearly 50 years ago, after linda spurned him and became engaged to another man, a jury convicted burt, a lawyer, of hiring a thug to throw lye in her face. Burt and linda dated for a time, broke up, and she began seeing another man. Publication date 1976 topics pugach, burt, pugach, linda publisher new york. His wife, linda, appeared at his trial as a character witness for him. Linda riss loses her right eye and is legally blind in her left. Burt pugach born april 20, 1927 is a new yorkbased lawyer who spent 14 years in prison for hiring men to throw lye in the face of his former girlfriend and future wife linda eleanor riss february 23, 1937 january 22, 20. Linda pugach was blinded in 1959 when her lover hired hit men to throw lye in her face he served 14 years in prison%2c and she later married him. The bizarre true story of linda riss and burt pugach. Last night, linda pugach, whose whirlwind fairy tale romance with burt pugach became the subject of the 2007 documentary crazy love, died at the age of 75 in queens, new york. The story of baby jesus large square books by jennings, linda paperback book. Linda died of heart failure on january 22, 20, at the age of 75. In 1997 pugach was once again accused of threatening a woman with whom he was having an affair. But beneath her dark glasses, lindas eyes were disfigured, though her skin was unscathed.
A shelf is lined with twodozen books, half of them copies of a very. In 2007, filmmaker dan klores produced the documentary crazy love about burt and linda pugach. A book about them was published in 1976 called a very different love story, by barry stainback. Crazy love couple burt and linda pugach, whose twisted romance continued even after he had her blinded nearly 50 years ago, were burned out of their apartment recently when she started a fire. Burt and linda pugachs intimate account of their triumph over tragedy. Burt pugach was a successful lawyer, used to getting what he wanted, and he had to have linda. Crazy love pugach couple burned out of queens home new. Linda pugach, who was blinded in 1959 after burt hired hit men to throw lye in her face. Linda riss pugach, whose life was ripped from headlines. New york linda pugach, who was blinded in 1959 when her lover hired hit men to throw lye in her face, and became a media sensation after marrying him, has. Nearly 50 years ago, after linda spurned him and became engaged to another man, a jury convicted burt, a lawyer, of hiring a thug to throw lye in. Burt and linda pugachs intimate account of their triumph over tragedy by berry stainback published 1976 by morrow in new york. With those words, linda pugach explained, perhaps as well as anyone could, an unfathomable chain of events.
A very different love story 1976 edition open library. Linda pugach, star of tabloid tale crazy love, dead at 75. Burt pugach, who represented himself, claimed to the judge he had to turn down a plea bargain. A very different love story burt and linda pugachs inti. Linda pugach, blinded in infamous crime by future husband. Crazy love aka love is in the air shares the details of this very strange love affair, and how this extremely unlikely couple has stayed together for 30 years. Burt, a 32yearold, married attorney, and linda, a beautiful, single 20yearold girl living in the bronx, had a whirlwind ro. Burt pugach born april 20, 1927 is a new york based lawyer who spent 14 years in prison for hiring men to throw lye in the face of his former girlfriend and future wife linda eleanor riss february 23, 1937 january 22, 20. In a shocking story that dates back to 1957, burt pugach met linda riss and decided he had to have her. Burt and linda pugachs intimate account of their triumph over tragedy by stainback, berry. We found 2 records for susan pugach in maryland and california. Burt, a 32yearold married attorney and linda, a beautiful, single 20yearold girl living in the bronx had a whirlwind romance, which culminated in a violent and. I read this book years ago, when it was published in 1976 long before amazon. A book about the couple, a very different love story, by berry stainback, was.
Linda pugach testified during the 1997 trial and supported her husband, who was convicted of harassment but acquitted on more serious charges. Linda pugach, who famously married the man who hired three thugs to blind her with lye in 1959, died tuesday night. Pugach appeared at the trial as a character witness on behalf of pugach. Amy fisherjoey buttafuco dead wringers for burtlinda pugach. Burt pugach, whose blinding of his lady love in 1959 was tabbed by the tabloids as a vision in viciousness, a crime so cruel that the victim linda riss exacted her vengeance against him in the most vicious of vendettas. Pugach, in 1959 became a news media sensation, and her later marriage to mr. Burt pugach conceived april 20, 1927 is a new york based attorney who went through 14 years in jail for employing men to toss lye despite his previous sweetheart and future spouse linda eleanor riss february 23, 1937 january 22, 20.
Select the best result to find their address, phone number, relatives, and public records. After burt pugach, a lawyer, was convicted for the crime and spent 14 years in prison, he divorced his wife and convinced linda to marry him. With burt pugach, linda pugach, bob janoff, sylvia hoffman. Linda pugach, who married the man who tried to blind her. In 1959 pugach began a courtship of linda riss, a 21yearold woman. A book about the couple, a very different love story, by berry stainback.
In 1959, burt pugach entered into a relationship with linda eleanor riss who was born on february 23, 1937. In 1976 they cowrote a book, a very different love story. Fisher spent seven years in prison for attempted murder of buttafucos wife, blamed joey in her book and now is all kissyfaced with him, again. Linda and burt pugach, just another bickering couple from queens. Linda riss pugach was burt pugach s mistress while he was married to another woman, but when she tried to break it off, he hired three men to attack her and blind her with lye. Lovebirds amy fisher and joey buttafuco are replaying the unusual romance of burt and linda pugach. Their baffling romance was fodder for tabloid headlines and the. Linda pugach, blinded by lover whom she later married. Crazy love by dan klores dan klores, bob janoff, linda. The crime earned pugach a 15to30year prison sentence, but less than a year after he was released on parole, a peculiar thing happened linda riss and burt pugach got married. Crazy love by dan klores dan klores, bob janoff, linda riss. The reallife subjects of the film, burt and linda pugach attend the premiere of crazy love at the beekman theater, may 22, 2007 in new york city photo by evan agostinigetty images. Burt did not take this well, and ended up spending some time in jail as well as a mental hospital. Susan pugach phone, address, background info whitepages.142 536 20 580 3 1495 337 590 253 54 216 1399 1052 482 492 161 1418 819 407 1086 133 95 1366 1505 380 867 1142 312 728 44 678 1082 459 755 102