Calvi, then 62, was on the run, a frightened man. He had earned his nickname, God's banker, through the deals he did with a financial arm of the Vatican. He had contacts at the very highest level of Italian public life, some, it was revealed, through P2, the secret Masonic lodge to which some of Italy's most powerful individuals belonged. Calvi was a rich man with properties in Italy and Switzerland. He had built up Banco Ambrosiano with the help of his shadowy contacts in P2, in the Italian government and inside the Vatican.
But Calvi was in trouble. He had become entangled in an operation to launder [pounds sterling] million in Mafia money, the proceeds of drug and cigarette smuggling. The deal involved loans to non-existent companies in South America and after a series of betrayals in which he also incurred the wrath of an Italian statesman and leading member of P2, Calvi's bank was on the brink of collapse, with no prospect of repaying the mob. As legal proceedings began in Italy, he fled to London and hid out in a tiny flat at Chelsea Cloisters in Sloane Avenue.
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The collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano will create a disaster of unimaginable proportions in which the church will be greatly affected. It was a plea for the Pope to save him from becoming, in Calvi's eyes, a scapegoat. But even as he posted that letter, his murder had been planned to the last detail. The only people who knew Calvi was in London were those he trusted, among them Flavio Carboni, a Sardinian businessman with whom he had numerous links, and his ex-bodyguard, Silvano Vittor.
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OP, I do have to say that breaking this up into paragraphs would be helpful. There is the theory that Calvi's death and the Banco Ambrosiano are connected to the untimely or rather for some people very conveniently timed death of Pope John Paul I. David Yallop's book "In God's Name" is a detailed recounting of this if you are interested in shady Vatican groups, secret Masonic lodges, the Sicialian mafia, and how all of these three groups merrily overlap. Didn't that pope want to investigate Vatican shady dealings and links to the mafi and end it? No mention of Propaganda Due, a lodge so secretive and conspiratorial that even the Grand Orient of Italy had to expel its members, as Masonic lodge information had to be made available to the authorities.
However he died, it wasnt suicide. I would be interested in seeing the autopsy report. Keidel: killed his wife and buried her in back yard.
A few months later, set a fire that killed two of his children. And, the night his estranged wife died: the man she had been seeing "died of a heart attack". She had met him that night for a drink. Cake Day. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser.
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Unresolved Crime. What are your thoughts? Log in or Sign up log in sign up. This seems very convenient given that Calvi was murdered an unlikely coincidence at best Jumping suicide method: only 3. She was thrown out of that window no doubt! Continue this thread. Thank you for the tip! Very suspicious!
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The twist is that P2 was made up of the authorties Thank you!!!! Thanks for sharing. Thank you for reading! I don't think he had a heart attack. More posts from the UnresolvedMysteries community.