Fatal mistaken identity
Tragedy at ballroom birthday party
The Ottawa Free Press Thursday January 15, 1914
Milan on January 17 – Sara Gindotti, a young girl, was shot dead in her father’s house at Aquilla while dancing at her birthday party. Ernesto Ugaldi, who just returned from America, had been informed that his wife, accompanied by an admirer, was attending the gathering. He entered the ballroom and seeing the girl, who slightly resembled his wife – shot her. During the panic that followed, Ugaldi’s wife, who was in adjoining room in conversation with the victim’s parents, made her appearance. Snatching the still smoking revolver from her husband’s hands she fired at him exclaiming: “You are a murderer and shall die the death of one.” Ugaldi fell seriously wounded and was taken to the prison infirmary by two gendarmes. His wife, who was an intimate friend of Sara Gindotti has lost her reason.