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40 Years After A Mystery Disappearance, The Vatican Launches An Inquiry, According To Emanuela Orlandi

The disappearance of the 15-year-old girl who resided in the Vatican has intrigued people ever since 1983, just as much as it has raised questions. A recent Netflix documentary series followed the path of this peculiar case.

Has Netflix thrown any light on this 40-year-old, enigmatic case? There is no way to confirm it, but the Holy See declared on Tuesday, January 10, the beginning of an inquiry into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, two months after the broadcast of a miniseries in four episodes on the American streaming service. This Vatican-based adolescent vanished in 1983, and the Italian police were never able to crack the case.

According to the Holy See’s press office, the “promoter of justice,” the Vatican’s equivalent of a prosecutor, “has launched an inquiry,” as the family has adamantly sought for decades. On June 22, 1983, Emanuela Orlandi, who was 15 at the time and whose father worked for the Vatican, vanished following a piano lesson in Rome. Since then, other unproven explanations have been developed in response to the case.

What Does The Vatican Seek?

Laura Sgro, the family’s attorney, is now interested in learning more about the goals of the Vatican justice. “The Vatican’s future plans are unknown to us. I’ll request a meeting with the advocate of justice in the coming hours to further comprehend. The Vatican has not taken any action as far “She informed AFP.

She questioned, “What are the papers they want to study, those of the Rome prosecutor’s office inquiry, or do they have a file they want to share?” “I have been requesting for years that certain members of the Vatican summit be heard […], but regrettably some have passed away in the meanwhile,” Sgro said in his conclusion.

This story has been intriguing for many years, and in October 2022, Netflix released a documentary on it in which Emanuela’s brother said that Pope Francis would have informed the girl:

“She is in paradise,” meaning that the Vatican is aware of what has happened to the young woman.

A “true crime” miniseries, as there is currently a lot available on the streaming service. It was directed by Mark Lewis, who was already well-known for his “Don’t F**k with Cats” documentary series. It followed amateur investigators as they tried to track down a cat murderer who turned out to be Canadian criminal Luka Magnotta.

Mafia, An Accessible Tomb, And An Attempted Murder

Enrico de Pedis, a “boss” allegedly connected to the Mafia, the P2 Masonic lodge, and divisions of Vatican finance, was accused of kidnapping the child and encasing her corpse in concrete by a former lover of his. To confirm, the Italian judiciary even went so far as to publicly unveil the grave of the “boss,” one of the heads of the notorious “la banda Della Magliana” gang in Rome, who was assassinated in 1990 to settle a score.

Some ideas contend that this criminal organisation abducted the adolescent in order to recoup the debt from Paul Marcinkus, the former US president of the Vatican Bank (IOR). Another idea suggests that the adolescent was abducted in exchange for the release of Mehmet Ali Agça, a Turk who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.

Mehmet Ali Agça, who was freed in 2010, promised readers in an open letter that Emanuela Orlandi was still alive and that the CIA’s records should be searched for any traces of her.


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