New evidence re-opens investigation into death of Gatti

MONTREAL – Amanda Rodrigues Gatti has been living under a cloud of controversy for close to four years.

In July 2009, she was arrested for the murder of her famous husband, Montreal boxer Arturo Gatti. He was a junior welterweight champion who retired in 2007 with a career record of 40 wins and nine losses.

The arrest came after 37-year-old Gatti was found dead on July 11 in an apartment while vacationing with his wife and son at the seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas in Pernambuco, Brazil.

His widow was released from jail after an investigation by Brazilian authorities ruled that Gatti’s death was a suicide.

Rodrigues Gatti was then embroiled in a nasty court battle with her in-laws in over Gatti’s $3.4 million estate. In December 2011, she was awarded millions of dollars and moved back to Brazil.

Now, she would like to put the last four years of murder accusations and estate battles behind her.

“I had to go through many accusations, painful names I had to hear, that was not easy,” she admitted.

In an exclusive interview, she told Global News that she returned to Montreal in May last year to rent out her apartment and take care of loose ends. Rodrigues Gatti has since decided to stay in Montreal, because she says she realized that she loves the city.

She has set up shop in Montreal, where she recently opened a new store called Boutique AG – the Amanda Gatti Boutique – on trendy St. Denis Street.

“I have to say, I’ve learned how to love Montreal,” Rodrigues Gatti told Global News.

But friends of the late boxer are concerned that the 26-year-old is at it again, starting a new controversy.

“That’s a real, real, real, helluva move on her part,” said retired boxing champion Otis ‘Magic’ Grant, who now owns a boxing gym in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, where he coaches and manages amateur boxing events.

“The fact that she came back to Montreal, to set up and live for life, is real . . . gutsy,” said Grant.

The young widow has called her new fashion boutique a dream come true and noted that she has designed every item in it.

“It makes me feel very happy, because like I said, it was made with a lot of energy, it’s good energy, a lot of love you know.”

Her four-year-old son Arturo Junior is the other reason she has chosen to live in the city, which she described as beautiful and safe.

“I’m in a place in my life that is so peaceful that nothing bothers me, as long as my son is smiling every day, I’m happy,” she said.

Rodrigues Gatti said that she has everything she wants, except family.

In the exclusive interview with Global News, she has extended a hand of friendship to Arturo Gatti’s mother. She said she would like her mother-in-law to put aside her suspicions and become a part of her life.

However, Ida Gatti, Arturo’s mother told Global News that she is afraid to be in the same room as her daughter-in-law. She is worried that Rodrigues Gatti could falsely accuse her of assault.

New evidence

Although Rodrigues Gatti says she’s in Montreal to stay, Paul Ciolino, a Chicago-based Brazilian private investigator hired by Gatti’s former manager, Pat Lynch, believes she will soon be on a plane to Brazil to face justice.

When private investigators working for Gatti’s family first introduced evidence they claimed showed the boxer’s death was a homicide, Gatti’s family requested an independent autopsy in Quebec. The autopsy report, released in November 2011, revealed that there was no clear evidence of foul play in Mr. Gatti’s death. The report concluded that although Gatti died what was described as a “violent death,” the cause was listed as asphyxiation by neck. The coroner admitted there was no “clear and hard evidence” that a third party was involved in his death and was also critical of Brazilian authorities, suggesting they had mishandled evidence at the scene of Gatti’s death.

Private Investigator Paul Ciolino told Global News that now new evidence has turned up, which he claims points to Rodrigues Gatti as a suspect. He alleges that a bribe was paid to hide evidence and says that’s why Rodrigues Gatti was released by Brazilian police.

Rodrigues Gatti denies these allegations.

“If they want to try [to send me back to Brazil], let them try,” she said.

Ciolino claims the original lead investigator looking into Arturo Gatti’s death has confessed on tape that evidence at the scene was destroyed and alleges that bribes were offered.

“I think Arturo Gatti will get the justice he deserves,” Ciolino told Global News. He added that he “thinks that Amanda Rodrigues will be arrested, and I think the truth will eventually come out this year.”

Rodrigues Gatti maintains her innocence. She insists her husband committed suicide and she called detective Paul Ciolino a liar.

“I really, really don’t care about anything that comes out of his mouth, and about his idea, I really don’t care.”

The Pernambuco prosecutor’s office in Brazil has confirmed that a court hearing has been scheduled for March and that the prosecutor looking into the Gatti case could launch a new investigation.

“The prosecutor will be proceed about the case in the beginning of March,” Gilvan Oliveira, spokesperson for Prosecutors Office in Pernambuco told Global News. “Prosecutor Paula Catherine Ismail is studying the process. I think she will request more tests, more investigation about the crime . . . it’s a big process.”

Rodrigues Gatti said the only things on her mind are taking care of her store and her son.

“I have nothing to hide, I can live anywhere in the world, and I can walk with my head up.”


Exclusive: New evidence re-opens investigation into death of Gatti
Domenic Fazioli
February 25, 2013
Global Montreal

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  • jay

    Everyone knows she did it

  • DilbertDoe

    It’s been proven that he commited suicide, even his brother said he was suicidal. A second autopsy done by a Canadian coroner said it was suicide. Don’t know why people can’t accept the facts.

  • Tommy D

    Forget sending her back, they’ll just let her walk again. This broad needs to take a dirt nap.

  • JesseKaellis

    Lot’s of guys commit suicide by strangling themselves with their wive’s purse. Nothing unusual about that.

  • May Dez

    let me tell u why they cant accept the fact…because anyone who knew him and i mean KNEW him would have known..not only that but that bitch lied and said she met him while walking his dog…..NOT…THATS ANOTHER LIE…THE BITCH WAS A CHEAP STRIPPER..THATS HOW SHE MET HIM…SHE WAS MONEY HUNGRY AND AFTER HIS MONEY..

  • Liz Brustein-Salvato

    Actually Dilbert, it was proven that there was no way that purse strap would’ve held his weight!!

  • missyb

    The family can’t believe he did himself in, that is a tough thing, but, the family just wants his money, i would believe their motives to find their brothers killer, if they donated all that money to a charity, and not themselves!!

  • Death row

    She’s a fucking liar she fought him about the prenup then force him to sign her on the will then kill him so that way she can finally get all his money. Them brazilians taking up for their own ppl they got paid off dem bitches

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  • As if!

    All I want answered is how did the chain arturo always wore around his neck that HE never took off go from a boiling pot in the kitchen at the crime scene to being back around his neck when the coroner took the first lot of photo’s at the morgue. (The photos taken at the actual crime scene showed it was not around his neck). Why can’t anyone including his wife explain that!! She told the cops that after she found her husband dead then decided to cook her baby some food and the chain magically found is way into the pot! Oh come on! That is a clear neon bright flashing light bulb of a clue that there is something seriously wrong with the cops and coroner’s office in Brazil before this investigation started. All I know it’s one day her son will want to know about his dad and how he died and at some point this will all come back and bite her. Unfortunately A lot of people avoid justice in this life time but I believe at some point they will get what’s owed.

  • carina

    The best for her it’s don’t see one dolar of his money, because send her back to Brazil she gonna be free even the justice send her to the jail becaue are so many BS there like if she get 30 years after 5 years she gonna be free…

  • carina

    I’m brasilian, and everybody in Brasil know the police there it’s poor and corrupt…She is a bitch and deserve to spend the rest of her life in jail..The police there cover up, they said nobody force the door that’s why it’s suicide…SHURE SHE OPEND THE DOOR…I really want she paid for her crime…

  • carina

    I’m so sad that bitch was free…She give him a medication to sleap and than open the door for someone do the crime…

  • carina

    Shure she open the door for someone to get there, in Brasil ( I KNOW BECAUSE I’M FROM THERE) if you give 100 reais for someone to said oh you didnt see nothing) they will do. How they can say for sure nobody was inside the room waiting for him there…In the hotel they dont’ know went people go back and for they dont have camera…

  • carina

    It’s so sad someone died like that and nothing hapend to put the people in the jail…

  • carina

    He sign his sentence of dead went he marriage her…

  • Sammy

    The motives of Gatti’s family are very obvious, It was already ruled as suicide.There were witnesses that said he was already bleeding at the back of the head before he got in the resort.How can a 100 pound woman even strangle a former boxing champion in 3 weight class.

  • The TRUTH

    And this c*** has the nerve to open a store in Arturo’s hometown? His people are only gonna take this for so long!

  • john

    lol…exaactly…some people are so gullible.

  • authoritarianproductions@gmail

    She will probably just do a Casey Anthony to her son and kill him so he won’t ask questions. I mean Brazil has some dumb fucking hell ridden don’t ever want to go to heaven bastard police force officers so sad thing is she will probably walk but karma is a bitch. Shell get hers. I’m sure she bribed them with a pretty new american hundred dollar bill and BLOWJOBS for everyone working the case. Most probably just opted for the blowjob and said fuznuck the hu sky I just want those lips on my coznock.

  • Lee White

    Well, Dilbert. Apparently you dont know the facts. Watch the hbo documentary about him and you will see that the p.o.shit wife killed him for his money. The cops screwed up the crime scene and were paid to destroy evidence. Plus his body was in the apartment for 10 hours before police got there. She said she didnt know he was dead but was cooking food 5 feet from his corpse. Yeah, uhuh. She sure sounds like a guilty greedy got him to change the will a week before he ends up dead skanky whore to me.

  • authoritarianproductions@gmail

    Have you seen the murder pics Sammy or should I say friend of gattis ex or possible her or new lover. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you don’t leave a puddle of blood when you supposedly hang yourself or even bleed a little from the head. Come on Sammy take your head out of your stinky ass and open your eyes. Yea and where is his necklace he never takes off EVER! and how come she couldn’t explain being in there 10 hours without noticing Oh my husbands laying in a pool of blood. I’ll just fix a meal cuz I’m hungry. So its obvious what her motives were when the will was changed and the prenup was pissing her off and never signed. Murder murder murder. She needs to be careful though since her cheap nasty store she open is public info. You smell what I’m saying.

  • authoritarianproductions@gmail

    Take your head out of your stinky ass or Sammy stinky pussy. OK maybe she will end up slice and diced up with her nipple cut off and shoved down her lying throat and they can rule that a suicide. Store is public info hmmm.

  • authoritarianproductions@gmail

    He’s brother never stated that wheres your source. Why do people bump their gums without researching . you just sound stupid to others and people laugh at you behind your back and to your face. That’s why you have only 1 friend. Your Shadow. Do your homework first so you don’t sound stupid. I’m just trying to help you out man. Its the day and age of the internet and source fact checking. So don’t be so stupid.

  • tebita

    Please dont let the wonan free…we all know she kill him

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  • Christian Holder

    There is not doubt Gatti was murdered. There is ZERO chance that he committed suicide. This bitch is lying out of her pretty ass. She hired someone to murder Gatti so that she could get his money. She bribed her way out of a prison sentence. She is pure evil, and she needs to be held accountable.

  • Char

    Murdering lying c*nt.

  • Pinto

    Brazilian women are known for this. I have heard of this again and again. They are very sexy, attractive and seductive. If you go into most strip clubs in the united states you will find a Brazilian women. She always set her eyes on the gold she was ether going to divorce Gotti and take everything or have him killed. Brazil can be bought you can buy everything and anyone. perfect place to have someone killed and buy your way free. I know a lot of Brazilian people men and women and the men for the most part are good people, but the women are dangers, snake like!!!!

  • deadeyez187

    SHE did it.. after SHE drugged him.

  • deadeyez187

    yeah that makes sense.. oh wait… you just put a bunch of random english words together to confused people of average and above average intelligence.

  • kiko

    she had somebody kill him if you look at the crime scene arturo hands are purple i think somebody tied his hands and then used a very thin string and strangled him

  • the gronk

    Nah..he’s right. I saw the same documentary. People close to Gatti described instances of him being suicidal.

  • lola

    That lucky bitch……………….

  • Guest

    I don’t think you have the right to judge all the Braxilian women, like EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD, there are good and bad people. I do think she had him murdered, but that does not entitle you to make that kind of judgement…

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  • Glen Moreland

    Wake up and have a look at the evidence…it is gullible people like you who allow murderers to stay out of jail!!

  • hitrider

    Man im a die hard boxing fan..the toughest fight i ever had to watch was gatti and mayweather my two favorite cant be a real boxing fan and not love gatti..he gave his heart and soul in the ring..i just cant see him killing his self. Knowone can make me believe that…

  • peterpiper

    Why wouldnt she share some of the money with his family? 6 million was alot of money. She only ended up getting 2 million after legal fees and his family got 0. Greedy stripper whore

  • Just Louiz

    I hope that the truth will come out and she will go to jail! The place where she widow

  • micky

    i hope her store and life FAILS..

  • michael

    it was a suicide…sad but true

  • Guesthouse

    No one on this feed was at the scene of the crime. To make a judgment of the woman’s character without knowing her based on stereotypes of her culture is unintelligent. If anyone really wants to help solve this put your brains together and see the situation unbiased. If you can’t do that try not to comment.

  • rich Pritchard

    She has a lot of nerve living
    in Montreal. Thats like a slap to the Gatti family s faces. F—-ckin c—nt bitch.

  • Assassin

    Put a price on her head

  • Justice for arturo!!

    Guilty evil monster! all you have to do is watch her leave court laughing her head off 3 weeks after the love of her life killed himself! This case needs sorting justice!!!

  • nickatnoon

    Sammy is a RETARD.

  • nickatnoon

    A skank whore stripper who Gotti CHOSE himself? You sleep with DOGS you get fleas.