On Thursday, the wife of boxer Arturo Gatti, 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues,
was released from a Brazilian prison after facing accusations that she
had murdered her husband with her purse strap. Lead investigator Paulo
Alberes told the press that authorities concluded that Gatti had
committed suicide on July 11 while vacationing at a seaside resort
with his wife in northeastern Brazil.
When asked if police had determined the case was a suicide, Alberes
said yes but refused to give further details. Authorities dropped
charges against Rodrigues after a coroner’s report stated that Gatti
had been “suspended and hanged,” which lead to the conclusion that he
had killed himself.
Rodrigues's attorney, Celio Avelino said, “I’ve said before it would
have been impossible for her to suspend and hang a man of that size.”
Avelino confirmed that Rodrigues will be released from jail Thursday
Many of Gatti’s family and friends still refuse to believe that the
boxer would have ever committed suicide. Gatti’s mother told reporters
that, "She [Rodrigues] was yelling all the time, they were always
fighting and she’d say ‘I’m going to kill you!’ when they fought."
But Rodrigues wrote in a letter sent from prison that "The people
most important to my life, who know us, know the size of our love." She
continued, "What hurts me is knowing the suffering of my family and
friends. What hurts me is to know that my husband will not be in my
house waiting for my return."