Lambert complained that he could not cope with the many ghosts of previous victims of the curse of Ca' Dario. The first death was that of the original owner's illegitimate daughter, who died - apparently of a broken heart - after marrying into the Barbaro family. But the curse originated a century later, with the death in an ambush of Giacomo Barbaro, after which the locals avoided buying the place.
Later owners who came to sticky ends included an Armenian diamond merchant, who died in poverty after losing his fortune, and two Englishmen, one Rawson Brown and his lover, who both committed suicide. A later (American) owner was hounded from the country, because his lifestyle was too flamboyant even for the normally tolerant Venetians.
And between Lambert and Gardini came an Italian businessman, Fabrizio Ferrari. The naked body of his sister Nicoletta, who lived in the Palazzo, was found in a field.
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