What They Did for Love

In 1994, 25-year-old Toni Dykstra of Los Angeles thought she had met Prince Charming in Carlo Ventre, a successful 46-year-old Italian who treated Toni and her young daughters as though they were his family. But, after Toni gave birth to their child, Santina, the relationship soured. Despite a court custody order, Carlo fled to Italy with Santina in January 1998. Even though Carlo had threatened her life, Toni went to Italy to get her baby. An Italian court ordered the baby returned to the U.S., but the day before she was to return home, Toni ended up dead in Carlo's apartment. Carlo claims he acted in self-defense when Toni attacked him, but did he kill her to keep his daughter?

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