The ‘Crazy Love’ story of the Pugaches on News Closeup

Posted at 9:22 PM, Jan 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-25 21:28:38-05

Linda Riis was a pretty girl from the Riverdale section of the Bronx. In 1959 she gained national recognition because she became a victim of a horrible crime. Her married boyfriend had three thugs throw lye into her face after she became engaged to another man.

Burt Pugach spent 14 years in Attica for the crime. When he came out he continued to profess his love for Linda, proposed to her during an interview with me, and they were married for 39 years.

That is, ntil this past week, when Linda died, closing another chapter in a strange tale of crazy love.

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