By STEPHANIE HAYES, Times Staff Writer
Published October 27, 2007

CLEARWATER – She was glamorous, even with destruction all around.

She had chestnut curls, crimson lips and fiercely arched eyebrows. She wore hats and gloves and overcoats cinched in the middle of an hourglass figure.

Maria Castagna came from a wealthy family in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She worked as nurse and assistant to a well-known plastic surgeon.

Then, fallout.