Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo

The daughters of a convicted Italian kidnapper were cleared of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi at a trial at Isleworth Crown Court in December 2013. These “kitchen confidantes” stated that they were “treated worse than Filipino slaves” and added that they’d “rather go to jail” than live in Battersea. There’ll be no more cupcakes for this duo.

The Roll Call - CHARACTERS

1

Steve Cotten (AKA ‘Britain’s Grumpiest Landlord’)

2

Mrs Filthy Piece of Toerag

3

Angela Millington (1981 – 2014)

4

The Cheery Street Sweeper

5

Katherine Knight

6

Brenda from Bristol

7

The Cross Word Couple (AKA ‘The Crossword Couple’)

8

The Pret Prayer

9

The Pret Sleeper

10

Prince John Zylinski

11

The Pret Spitter

12

Marina Gibson

13

Margaret Wooliscroft

14

Angelo Vizcaino

15

Mr Penny Farthing

16

Adolfo Orsi, Jr.

17

Helen Brach (AKA “The Candy Lady”, 1911 – 1977, body never found)

18

Mikel Ruffinelli

19

Ziyanda Palesa Tutu

20

Kensington Claus

21

The Knightsbridge rose seller

22

Sam Malin and Irène Major (AKA “Lord and Lady Hailes”)

23

Paul and Selena Bailey

24

John Bly

25

Joyce Cohen (formerly Joyce McDillon, née Joyce Lemay)

26

Malavath Poorna

27

Linda Sandler

28

Pablo Salcedo

29

Pedro López (AKA “The Monster of the Andes”)

30

June and Leon Bernicoff

31

Leah Chase (AKA “The Queen of Creole Cuisine”)

32

Dominic and Stephanie Parker (AKA “The Posh Couple”)

33

Sarah Meakin

34

Julia Bradbury

35

Raine Spencer; Raine, Countess Spencer (AKA “Acid Raine”)

36

Hannah Campbell (AKA “The Bionic Woman”)

37

Candida Lycett Green (1942 – 2014; nicknamed “Wibz”)

38

The musical tramp

39

Doris Thompson MBE OBE (1903 – 2004) and Geoffrey Thompson (1936 – 2004)

40

Charity Charity

41

Kimi Räikkönen

42

Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo

43

Kester Thomas (1975 – 2013)

44

Gavin Rankin

45

Marina Oswald Porter (born Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, Russian: Марина Николаевна Прусакова)

46

Elena Salvoni (1920 – 2016)

47

Sultan Kösen

48

Boaty Boatwright (also known as Boaty Boatwright Baker)

49

Cedric Robinson MBE

50

Oliver Newton

51

Don who's Donna at night

52

Captain Pugwash (AKA ‘Captain’ Michael M. Maricic)

53

Peter Grace OBE (1938 – 2013)

54

Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)

55

Derek Bell MBE

56

Pamela Jennings (better known as “Soho Pam”, 1964 - 2013)

57

£50 grifter

58

Parrot Man

59

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

60

John Gaze (1947 - 2011)

61

Charlie Richardson (1934 – 2012)

62

Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees (1925 – 2012)

63

Christian Gerhartsreiter (main alias Clark Rockefeller)

64

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)

65

Sir Peter O'Sullevan CBE (1918 – 2015)

66

Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)

67

Claus Von Bülow

68

Alexander Fiske-Harrison

69

Lord Lucan (also known as Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)

70

Umberto Scomparin

5 COMMENTS

  1. Con-artists come from diverse backgrounds. They may come from a broken home and sometimes from stable and well-adjusted families. They may have had an excellent education, or none. So backgrounds do not set them apart. These individuals usually display a lack of conscience and empathy towards others.

    Nor are they set apart by their country of origin, sexual preferences,religious beliefs, or ingrained social values. Actually, pertaining to those last three, the con artist is a free spirit. His or her own personal welfare far outweighs standard social considerations.
    A state of reduced, suspended sensibility and mental numbness caused by illicit drug use, allowed the Grillo sisters to take advantage of the situation.
    Celebrities have in the past attempted to justify and normalise the use of illicit drugs, by claiming it has no effect on the ability to be productive in a chosen career. They must think again. Lawson and Saatchi have been taken for a hell of a ride. The Grillo sisters are having a laugh, and so the Jury in this case.

      • A outcome that is popular with the public is required in very high profile cases. As a Mayor of Los Angeles once said to the Sheriff “Get me a conviction, and don’t let something ridiculous as innocence get in your way” The law was politicized by Tony Blair when New Labour came in power in 1997.

  2. I fear Chaim is correct…..the jury were swayed by quite out of control media coverage. Lawyers should not be allowed to use the media to affect the judgement of often unsophisticated juries. And that is what seems to have happened.
    Let’s see how Saatchi gets on in his civil action against these two Italians from Calabria

  3. I dont know all thedetails of the story,but I cannot understand how this dodgy sisters duo got away with theft . It is also baffling that Saatchi did not engege in proper due diligence before hiring them .
    It is worrying that the jury got shayed by the press frenzy and also it smells of rancor against the “rich” employers-victims. I cannot see how the law was properly applied in this case , there was ample evidence to convict the fraudsters.
    But again the Saatchi household is paying the price for negligently hiring and even worse trusting budding mafiosas..Actually saatchi and lawson got off lightly.. calabrian mafia is the most powerful and terrifying .It could have been a much worse rip-off..

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