JOHN Paul Getty III’s widow has broken her more than four decade long silence over her husband’s kidnapping in 1973.
The then 16-year-old grandson of the richest man in the world, John Paul Getty, was snatched in Rome by the Mafia in a crime that stunned the world.
In a shocking revelation Gisela Getty has said that her husband, known as Little Paul to the family, confirmed that he had discussed his own kidnapping with her before it happened.
The story was told in last year’s Oscar nominated movie All The Money In The World and is being dramatised again in Danny Boyle’s series Trust on the BBC.
Gisela said he talked about his own abduction, aiming to use the profits to create an arts colony paradise in Marrakesh, with LSD in the water supply.
The now 69-year-old widow told The Mirror: “We wanted to do something better with the money than they did – to make a better world, but it got us into very deep waters.”
Gisela and her twin sister Jutta Winkelmann both shared a bed with the Little Paul in there hippy set up in 1970s Italy.
The Nazi SS officer’s daughters, then 23, were already famous in Germany when they shacked up with John Paul in Roman bedsit when he was just 16.
The hippy threesome imagined a lefty utopia filled with drugs and free love.
She said Paul hatched the plot to fund their Moroccan dream by getting his super rich granddad to pay a ransom for his kidnapping.
Gisela said: “One day Paul said, ‘I have talked to people. I have this idea to let myself be kidnapped and then get a place in Morocco. I am his favourite grandson. It is all going to be a matter of a week or so.’”
She claimed no one, including Little Paul took the suggestion seriously until the Italian Mafia got involved.
The young Getty had come to know some members of the Roman organised crime world by flogging paintings for drugs.
But after the twins were abducted for two days by a Mafia don named Ciambellone and threatened with rape, strangling and forced to watch porn by coke fuelled kidnappers they demanded Paul cut ties with the gang.
Just weeks later he was bundled into the back of a van in Rome and driven to a cave 300 miles away and a ransom note for $17million (£11.9 million) but his billionaire grandfather refused to pay.
He told reporters from his Surrey mansion: “I have 14 grandchildren; if I pay a penny I’ll have 14 kidnapped grandchildren.”
Months rolled by and eventually a bloodied ear was sent to a newspaper along with a note reading: “This is Paul’s first ear.
“If within 10 days the family still believes that this is a joke mounted by him, and then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits.”
His grandad eventually coughed up but only as much as was tax deductible, lending a further $1million to his son Big Paul, John Paul’s father – as long as he repaid it plus 4% interest.
Nine men were arrested for the crime but only two were convicted.
Gisela says Little Paul, a “lovely naive boy”, never fully recovered from the “tragic experience” which left him physically and emotionally scarred.
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Little Paul married Gisela nine months after his release and she gave birth to their son Balthazar, now an actor.
But he fell into a downward spiral of drink and drug addiction following his kidnapping eventually suffering a stroke in 1981 rendering him quadriplegic.
He died in 2011 aged 54.
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