Pignatelli viewed Hicks as the greatest threat to Doig's survival.
Pignatelli shot this photo of his girlfriend Doig in the 1980s.
"She had further to fall than I did," says the wiry, bearded
man, gesturing to his companion on a beat-up sofa. Next to him sits
a tall but weathered blond who nods in agreement and asks the man
to retrieve a magazine page from the tent they're sharing downtown
during the waning days of the Occupy Charlottesville movement.
The picture– a Miss Clairol ad from the mid-'80s– features an
exquisite blond, arm around a young girl with matching flaxen
locks, and the slogan that launched a thousand home dye jobs: "Does
she or doesn't she?"
"That's me," says the woman as she tearfully begins recounting a
devastating arc that followed her jet-set life of modeling in New
York, Paris, and Milan to the grim reality of homelessness in
"I had nowhere else to go," the woman, Linda Doig, says softly
of her decision to camp out in Lee Park.
"Someone had to take care of her," says the man.
Friends and family say theirs was a toxic relationship at
Two weeks earlier and 3,000 miles away, a salesman in California
named Rusty Bracho felt desperately worried. In mid-November,
having seen Doig's name in a brief online news item, Bracho phoned
"She's going to be dead soon if I can't find her," he told a
reporter, pleading for help locating his friend.
Less than a month later, Bracho's grim premonition was realized,
as the body of the 51-year-old former international model was
removed from a...