the Vatican closes the investigation into the Teutonic Cemetery

The Vatican City State courts have decided to close the Teutonic Cemetery section of the Emanuela Orlandi case, named after this 15-year-old Italian girl, daughter of a Vatican employee from whom she benefited. citizenship, mysteriously disappeared in 1983 when she left a music lesson, announced the Holy See Thursday, April 30.

The case was revived in the summer of 2018 when the Orlandi family received an anonymous letter claiming that the teenager’s body was hidden in a tomb in the Teutonic cemetery. “Look for the place the angel points to”, said the letter.

Within the framework of an investigation opened by the Vatican justice, excavations had been carried out on two tombs of this cemetery, usually calm German enclave between the Saint-Pierre basilica and the Room Paul-VI, towards which the statue of an angel points the finger.

Very old bones

The two tombs were empty but the investigation had pointed out the presence of two adjacent ossuaries created during works in the cemetery in the years 1960-1970. These had been sealed for future studies.

According to a press release from the press room of the Holy See, these studies, carried out by an Italian specialist in forensic medicine in the presence of representatives of the Orlandi family, made it possible to identify only the bones prior to the death of the young Emanuela, most recent dates back to “At least a hundred years”.

These developments prompted the promoter of justice of the Vatican City State (equivalent of the prosecutor) to ask for the case to be closed, which the single judge (equivalent of the investigating judge) accepted.

Multiple theories over the years

In the spirit of ” collaboration “, the Press Room said, the Vatican – sometimes accused of having concealed the body of the missing – agreed to leave “The Orlandi family is responsible for conducting, in private, any additional investigation into certain fragments already found and preserved, in sealed containers, at the Gendarmerie”.

From the failed attack on John Paul II to sexual scandals in the Vatican, all theories have been put forward to explain the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi. Some have argued the idea of ​​a link with the accounts of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), the Vatican bank, and its dangerous relations with the Roman mafia.

According to them, the teenager was kidnapped by the mafia to put pressure on the Vatican which, according to different theories in vogue, would have succeeded in exfiltrating the girl and hiding her abroad, or would have refused to pay a ransom and concealed his body.

A classification requested in 2015

In 2005, a person even announced on Italian television that the girl was in the tomb of Enrico De Pedis, a leader of the dreaded band of Magliana in the 1980s. The tomb of the latter, in the Basilica of Saint -Apollinaire, was excavated in 2012, without result.

In the absence of convincing evidence, the Rome public prosecutor’s office, then headed by the anti-mafia magistrate Giuseppe Pignatone – now president of the Vatican Court of First Instance – had asked in 2015 to close the case.


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