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Theresa Riggi, Her Three ‘Killed’ Children And An Edinburgh House Fire

by | 5th, August 2010

MEET Theresa Riggi. The Sun says she is “thought” to have murdered, sorry, “slaughtered” her three children, twin sons Gianluca and Augustino, and daughter Cecilia, 5. She “stabbed” them, suggests the Sun.

Riggi, 46, is believed to have then thrown herself off a second floor balcony of a three-story house in Edinburgh as a small fire burnt.

Riggi is said to have “fled” her husband Pasquale and the family home in Skene, Aberdeen, on July 11. She took to calling herself Mrs Butimore. Police sought her for arrest.

On July 21, police found her:

Grampian Police can confirm that Theresa Riggi and her children, missing from Aberdeenshire since Sunday 4 July 2010, has been traced safe and well outwith the Grampian area.

And then they lost her.

The Daily Express is more circumspect, but no less speculative:

But police later said the children – who have not been named – did not die as a result of the explosion or blaze at the modern three-storey block in Edinburgh. Detectives were waiting to question a woman – thought to be the children’s mother – who was taken to the city’s Royal Infirmary by ambulance.

It is understood the blonde woman was found lying in the street after jumping or being thrown from the building in the west end of the city.

What says an eyewitness?

Fattah Hamami, 19, said: “I think she dropped herself from the third-floor balcony.

The Scotsman has more:

Neighbours said they saw a woman, thought to be the children’s mother, crying on the second-floor balcony of an Edinburgh townhouse and pleaded with her not to jump.

Or as the Edinburgh Evening News has it:

Three children killed in Slateford Road gas blast


“Although the gas supply was isolated however it has since transpired there was no fault with the gas supply to the modern three storey townhouse. Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service extinguished a small fire in the first floor of the house.”

The Herald Sun screams:

POLICE have launched a criminal investigation after three young children were killed overnight by a mystery gas explosion in Edinburgh, Scotland.

More to follow…

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