36 years Ago, the Vatican city citizen Emanuela Orlandi disappeared without a trace. Since then, conspiracy theories and rumors are circulating around the case. Now, the Vatican has launched its own investigation into the fate of the then 15-Year-olds. On this occasion, we present to you here once again in August 2017 published an exciting report from our correspondent Nicolas Bush on the mysterious crimes.
the Same will encounter two people, one of them is Pope, the other the brother of a missing girl, they will shake hands, and Pope Francis will say a sentence that Pietro Orlandi hits like a fist in the pit of my stomach.
but Francis needs to bring his sermon to an end, it is the Morning of the 17th century. In March 2013, the first Sunday after his election as the new Pontiff. He talks about the mercy of God in front of an eager congregation in St. Anna, the main Church of the Vatican city state.
Pietro Orlandi was long a part of this community, but the curiosity is driving neither his Faith nor to the New in the Church. He wants to solve a crime. And for this he needs the Pope.
He wants to know from him what his sister Emanuela.
Emanuela was the youngest citizen of the Vatican city state. She disappeared without a trace. Your brother is until today a wall of silence
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He sees Francis in a simple purple chasuble to preach, nothing to him is magnificent. His clothes, his attitude would emphasise that Here is a man who wants to break with traditions. Therefore, Pietro Orlandi is here; he hopes that Pope Francis breaks with Tradition.
Pope John Paul II, so it looks Orlandi, has him and his family lied to. Pope Benedict XVI has carried out the lie persistently in silence. Will Francis finally tell him the truth?
15-Year-old disappeared without a trace
Where is Emanuela Orlandi? Vatican starts after 36 years of internal search in a mysterious case
Missing As the Church service to end, occurs Pietro Orlandi through the Portal. The new Pope is shaking some of the believers. As Orlandi holds out his Hand to him and introduces herself, takes Francis and says: Emanuela is in heaven.
The set is beyond Orlandi, the earth under your feet. He answers: for as Long as I have no certainty of what is to happen to her, I am looking for more.
Emanuela is in the sky, repeated Francis, he disappeared in the crowd. And Pietro Orlandi to say alone with his pain and the questions: How the Pope can be so sure? Where does he get the assurance that Emanuela is dead?
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Pietro Orlandi has thought long and hard about this sentence of the Pope. For four years, he rummaged through his head, dug in his life. Let him make requests. Let him try to meet Francis again, in vain.
What he believes after all the years of brooding, meaning of this sentence?
He means that the Pope knows more than I do. More white than any other about the fate of my sister, says Pietro Orlandi.
Now, in the early summer of 2017, he runs again against the walls of silence. He enters the Vatican state by the Wirtschaftstor, nods to the Swiss guards, called his name and walk in God’s secular Kingdom.
monks and priests, who he has known since childhood, the nod barely to the greeting
He turns into an alley, makes a group of Benedictine monks, the space is now in front of a four-storey house. His voice gets a softer tone, he says: Here we are all grown up. Life in the Vatican, appeared to me to be slower and slower as the back of the wall, it is like being in a different time, in a special place, charged with a Higher.
Pietro Orlandi, 56 years, still connects a lot with this world, he grew up here as one of the 800 Vatican citizens, and his mother still lives intra muros, your apartment is on the Papal post office, a good 100 meters from the apartments of the Pope. In the past few weeks, but Orlandi has made the connection with the Vatican on a sample. Monks and priests, who he has known since childhood, the nod barely to the greeting. Some look away. Pietro Orlandi is not surprising.
He has published a Letter:
I’m Pietro Orlandi, and after so many years, I’m still here and demand to know the truth about the abduction of my sister Emanuela, a citizen of the Vatican city state, on 22. June 1983.
An innocent 15-year-old girl, was brought about, is your own life to live, until today, no justice. When their life was just a piece of paper, you can go to the archive.
It is said: “Whoever is silent, is an accomplice.” This is not true. In the Vatican there is one who knows something, and for many years, is silent, is an accomplice of those who bear the responsibility for the Disappearance of my sister.
Pope Francis, you can show people the right way, you want to build “bridges and not insurmountable walls to build”. I ask you, do the Same for Emanuela.
Pietro Orlandi, Emanuelas brother, on St. Peter’s square,
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More than 30,000 people on the Petition have already signed. But the Vatican is silent. This Silence damn it Pietro Orlandi to fight another day. He says: Always when I’m a Moment in my life so really happy, then I feel a twinge, like an inner voice that reminds me that I must not allow myself.
Due to Emanuela.
The world of Orlandis is a small Catholic
Shy, she says Pietro Orlandi was and continues through the soul of the quiet streets of his Childhood. A little bashfully. Mainly because of the glasses she had to wear. Proud of you, especially on your brown hair, you brushed several times a day. Sometimes I teased her, stroking her head. Emanuela then: stop it, you stupid man!
Because of the 22. June 1983.
A Wednesday in the summer holidays and hot. The mother sends Emanuela, with their 15 years, the youngest citizen of the Vatican city state, and her sister Cristina in the morning to the bakery, has served, flour, eggs and yeast to buy for the Pizza in the evening.
The world of Orlandis is small and Catholic. For almost a century, the men in the service of the popes, Großvater Pietro as a hostler and court servants in the case of Pius XI And there is no need to interview that father Ercole inherits its Position, also the honorary office of Sedarios, one of the men who carry the sedan chair of the Pope, in his appearances in front of the St. Peter’s Basilica on your shoulders – until John Paul II, this is a custom. Since then, Ercole is distributed mainly in the Post.
From the new Pope Francis Pietro Orlandi hoped to finally learn the truth. But the awful sense of his
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The father educates his five children strictly: family! Respect! Manners! You eat every evening at the long table in the apartment directly behind the wall of the Vatican, the key is always in the door, God’s servants take heed of the seventh commandment. More than a dozen families of servants living in the Vatican, for their children, a paradisiacal Playground, who’s “heaven and hell” in the Vatican gardens.
that 22. In June of 1983, exerts Emanuela after lunch, the flute, she wants to later. to the school of music, outside of the Vatican The mother kneads the dough for pizza, Pietro lies on the bed and listens to the Sex Pistols. At 15.30 Emanuela bursts, without knocking, into his room.
I’m going to be late for a music lesson, you drive me with the bike?
Oh, Manu, today I’m not in the mood. I have to do! Emanuela is not there: But it only takes ten minutes. May I know what did you do please be so Important?
Finally the door bell rings. Cristina comes back – alone
Pietro-in-law at the time. I had an appointment with my friend, he says today, and: I Would have driven Emanuela just.
jumps around on that day to him and go ask him again and again:, come on, today I’m lazy, I don’t want to take the Bus.
no, Pietro. And Emanuela stands there a moment, note book in one Hand, flute and backpack in the other, turns around, throws the hair in the nape of the neck and then the door behind him.
Pietro Orlandi pauses for a moment, as he told the. I’m racking my since that day 34 years ago, the brain-whether or not it would’ve happened if I would have brought them but only for the music school, he says quietly.
It excited her sister Frederica, which is by 19 at home to the phone, Emanuela,: A man had offered her before the music hour, a Job for the company Avon. You should do commercials for cosmetic products at a fashion show in the Palazzo Barberini. Incredible of 375,000 Lire you’ve offered her. Frederica is the frivolous, that is, finally, almost a month’s wages. She says, Emanuela to come home and be with the parents to talk about it.
Cristina is supposed to meet with her after class in front of the Palace of justice, but the sister’s waiting in vain.
Pietro Orlandi always felt for his little shy sister
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pushes home the mother in these minutes, the pizza sheet in the oven. Pietro looks at football in Brazil against Sweden. Restless, you are against 20.15. Where are Emanuela and Cristina? Finally the door bell rings. Cristina comes back alone. Call the music school, Girlfriends, phone calls by all hospitals. Pietro scoured the area on his Suzuki.
Pope John Paul II returns the following day from his second trip to Poland. An observer, noticing the nervousness in his Wake, the tension is enormous in the summer of the Cold war, in which the Pope travels, of all things, in his Polish homeland. The Communist leaders, the war had imposed right across the country, the relations between the state and the Church are shattered. Since the Pope with Lech Walesa, the leader of the banned solidarity trade Union, and in Rome, the youngest citizen of the Vatican city state disappears.
These are Disappear facts about Emanuelas, says Pietro Orlandi. A lot more we have not. As long as the Vatican remains silent, there are only theories about what happened to Emanuela.
On the way from the Vatican to the music school, she went to the Palazzo Madama is over
And there are two men that have dogged the case. Anyone an expert with their own witnesses, investigation results, own more or less plausible conclusions. Everyone in the firm Conviction that their theory is the solution of the Case and the other just bullshit. It is theories, in which secret services, the Mafia and greedy men of the Church, are to play a role. In one, a Gangster appears and a secret apartment. In the other the man who wanted to assassinate the Pope, and agents of the Ministry for state security of the GDR.
the Latter Ilario Martellas theory. Martella was at that time investigating judge, one of the most respected in his country. Today, he is an old man, about 80 years of life have slowed down his movements, but the judge in him, the same can probably never retire. With a challenging glance, he is sitting at the dining table of his apartment in the University district of Rome, in front of a stack of manuscript pages from which he quotes again and again with a firm voice. Sentences from the book on the case of his life, he is currently working on. For him the case was solved finally, but, please, the series.
Pietro Orlandi has many such unbelievable stories. But he knows how it tears you apart, if you cling to you and need to experience that you to burst
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It was at that time done everything Possible, to the Disappearance of Emanuela educate, begins Martella. And Emanuela is not run by a no-man’s land. On the way from the Vatican to the music school she walked past the Palazzo Madama, the seat of the Italian Senate. A wax policeman says, Emanuela had gone against 17 at the Corso Rinascimento along, then stopped and had a conversation with an elegant, 30-year-old man who had risen from a green BMW. Another police officer claims to have seen the BMW driver showed the girl a bag with the inscription “Avon”. And a classmate of Emanuela says, you’ve been waiting for against 19 at together with your on a BMW-driver, of which you have told. After half an hour you’ve gotten home.
the man with The BMW is not for the police, also after a long search. The Carabinieri thought that Emanuela had been attracted by a girl-catchers and forced into Prostitution, there were countless such cases in Italy. But then the calls came Martella says. Of course, many were among the callers freeloaders and insane, the poor family Orlandi over the months, terrorized. But the more calls from a particular direction, the more it became clear to me that we have to do it with an unprecedented conspiracy.
knew Pope John Paul, to whose humanity he appealed?
The first call in the parents, three days after Emanuelas Disappear: Here is Pierluigi, I am 16 years old. I met the girls at Campo de’ Fiori. They had a Stand with chains. She has spent as the “Barbarella”. A day later, Pierluigi: “Barbarella” products sold by Avon, has a flute with black case, ashamed of her glasses. 28. June, “Mario”: He had seen “Barbarella” in his Bar and heard, as she has over the sale of Avon products spoken. You have said that she was tired of the Routine of everyday life and wanted to recover some of the family. However, it would be in September for the wedding of her sister, and back again.
happening Now of some value, Notice Martella says. Pope John Paul II opens at 3. July, it is Sunday, the window of the papal Chamber, and said at the end of the Angelus prayer: in closing, I would like to Express my sincere condolences to, and my proximity to the Orlandi family. She’s very Worried about their 15-year-old daughter Emanuela. Since the 22. June she is no longer returned home. I share the Fears and the suffering of the parents. I hope on the humanity of the one who is responsible for this case.
Emanuela loved the music. On the day of her disappearance, she had flute lessons, beyond the wall
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This statement of the Pope is at such an early stage, it is not yet clear whether Emanuela from home, run away or been kidnapped, it raises a question, says Martella: Pope John Paul knew, to whose humanity he appealed? Determined, he continues: There were some calls directly to the Vatican, they were recorded. But the Italian authorities received from the Vatican, only the first few seconds of transmit.
Two days later, on may 5. July, is a call to the press office of the Vatican. A man answers, he speaks with an American accent: He belonged to the group of Mario and Pierluigi, he says. His demand: the release of Emanuela against the release of Ali Agca, the Pope should turn on. Ultimatum: 20. July 1983.
Ali Agca, says Martella slowly. A Demon. A cunning Criminal with a cold intelligence. I got to know him well. Too good.
Two shots hit the Pope,
Peter’s square, 13. In may 1981, shortly after 17 o’clock. John Paul II has ended his General audience, in a white Jeep. The car stops again and again, so that the Pope can shake the hands of the believers. Suddenly, a tiny man pushes. Shoots. Two shots hit the Pope. A projectile penetrates into the stomach, through the intestines, only a few millimeters next to the spine. The Pope is injured, survived hard. Ali Agca is immediately arrested.
But why he wanted to kill the Pope? Who gave him the order? I should find out at that time as a young investigating magistrate, told Martella. But Agca, a murderer, a legal terrorist by the Turkish “Grey wolves”, like at the beginning, to spread new lies. In April 1982, but Agca from prison to align, he wanted to meet me. As I to him seats, he says, he got shot in the orders of the Bulgarian secret service to the Pope. For me, this sounds plausible: Pope John Paul II with his anti-Communist stance and covert million in donations for solidarity to become a threat to the stability of Poland and thus of the Eastern bloc.
Agca has served in all of the years, many versions about his Client. But I’m not convinced that he lied here once, says Martella, and leans back. We have then taken the Bulgarians, in the vicinity of Agca in St Peter’s square. As it turned out: a spy for the Bulgarian secret service. For the rulers in the Eastern bloc, it was now precarious. Soviet communism: a Regime that does not shrink back even before the assassination of the Pope? However, the Bulgarians sought the help of the most efficient secret service of the socialist brother States. In the case of the Stasi. Martella shows on a document. In the Stasi files, I have now found this Letter, classification: top secret. The Bulgarian Minister of the interior, writes here in Russian to the Stasi chief Mielke. He is grateful for the help to fight back against the defamation of Bulgaria to the Pope-assassination. The secret service of the GDR and the Bulgarian authorities had done everything Possible to protect Bulgaria’s integrity.
Ilario Martella was involved as the investigating judge in the case. And two years earlier with the assassination attempt on John Paul II.
done Everything Possible, repeated Martella. What is that supposed to be, if not the kidnapping of Emanuela Orlandi?
I have spoken with former Stasi employees, they confirmed to me There was an “Operation Pope”. And Lieutenant Colonel Bohnsack, an employee of GDR Top-spy Markus Wolf, said one of my fellow judges: The case of Orlandi is part of the “Operation Pope”. Which also served to place after the kidnapping of Emanuela a false trail. On 4. August 1984 was, for example, the first of the Stasi fake ransom note in the case of the Italian news Agency Ansa. The “Turkish anti-Christian United front Turkesh” writes: “Emanuela Orlandi, our prisoner is transferred for immediate execution at the Christian 30. October.” Some of these letters followed. But there was never a “United front Turkesh”.
At 7. May 1983, is kidnapped Mirella Gregori, a girl the same age as Emanuela
The Stasi wanted to Turkish Islamists to push the act in the shoes. But in reality, says Martella, put yourself behind the kidnapping. A few weeks before you or your ally had probably launched an attempt. On 7. May 1983, is kidnapped Mirella Gregori, a girl the same age as Emily, a student of a Catholic high school. Three months later, an Unknown is calling with an American accent in the Bar with parents: I belong to the same group, which has to do with Orlandi. Turn on the power to the state President, if you want to see your daughter again. A month later, again, the Unknown, the friend of Mirellas sister is on the phone: Take a piece of paper, write, I’ll dictate it to you now, what is wearing Mirella for clothes. Go with the note to Mirellas mother, and her holding the piece of paper under the eyes.
The description of the garments agreed to, said Martella, so cold but a girl trafficking ring. Already Mirella, of which Martella is convinced, had been abducted by the Agca to compress. Most likely, you will not be killed, as the Italian state and the Vatican to negotiate. And a new, more public, more effective sacrifices is selected from: Emanuela. Maybe even using Eugen Brammertz, a Benedictine father, and, as it turned out later: unofficial Stasi employees. He sits back in an office, from which he can have on the house of the Orlandis.
The world of the Vatican is small: Orlandi family with John Paul II – in front of him with glasses Emanuela, outside her brother, Pietro,
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Martella visits the Pope assassin Ali Agca in prison. Tells him that a girl was kidnapped in order to set him free to compress. Agca acts horrified, later, he writes: I am against this criminal act, I am the innocent girl and her family. I refuse any exchange. To me, it goes well in the Italian prisons.
But at the same time Agca no longer worked with us, reported Martella. He claimed to act on behalf of the CIA. He believed that he would come soon, because he didn’t want to look at his clients as a traitor.
Martella pushes aside his manuscript and rises from his chair. The case Orlandi is a heavy defeat for the Italian justice, he says on the way to the door. For too long, got carried away with the investigators in incorrect hypotheses.
A Gangster, smiling at her, called Renatino; soon he will ascend to the Boss of the “Banda della Magliana”
In a cafe on the Hadrianeum Prosecutor Giancarlo Capaldo, a busy man with schlohweißem hair sipping on a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Capaldo represents the mafia theory, so that in the case of Emanuela Orlandi, inevitably, Ilario Martellas against players. As of the “solution” of the Case, the speech is warp, Capaldo the angle of the mouth, as if he had just drank vinegar instead of juice. There is no connection between the Pope’s assassination and the kidnapping of Emanuela Orlandi, he says.
Giancarlo Capaldo in the year 2008 Anti-Mafia Prosecutor in Rome, extortion and kidnapping fall within its area. And, therefore, lands on 1. July the testimony of one of Sabrina Minardi on his Desk.
Sabrina Minardi, at that time, the 60, the daughter of a grocer. Poverty, first marriage, with striker Bruno Giordano of Lazio, as bombshell of the Seventy, champagne on ice, parties, and jewels. After the divorce, drugs, Prostitution. In 1982, she is sitting in a piano bar, as the waiter brings her a bouquet of red roses and a bottle of champagne. A man smiles at you, Enrico De Pedis, called Renatino, a Gangster, soon he will ascend to the Boss of the “Banda della Magliana”. De Pedis, gives her a suitcase full of 100,000-Lire-Seem to be: Give them all! When you get home and not all have issued, I don’t open the door! Sabrina Minardi falls for him. And his life style: Bulgari, Cartier, cocaine.
the Pope assassin Ali Agca to court. In whose behalf he wanted to kill the Pontiff?
the memory of the woman whose testimony has Giancarlo Capaldo, 2008, on the table, is severely impaired. And yet, he says, appear to me to be worthy of your information in many Parts of think, also because you can’t see the benefits of your confession. Sabrina Minardi told that De Pedis had set her Emanuela a few days after her Disappearance in the BMW. The girl was conscious, but slowly, laughed, and cried like mad. They were driven up to a gas station, then Emanuela was set in a Mercedes with a Vatican license plate. A man in the garb of the priests have received.
A man had pulled bags out of the car and into a concrete machine
thrown Into a house in Monteverde, you’ve kept Emanuela then trapped, in the cellar, a secret access could be reached, says Minardi. She’s a few months later with her Lover to a construction site hazards. A man had pulled bags out of the car and into a concrete machine thrown in. You think to know what was in the bags.
We have found the hiding place, it looked exactly the same as Minardi, has described it, a different Ex-member of the gang could recall, says state attorney Capaldo. Emanuela was lured into a trap, probably to blackmail the Vatican. A blackmail to Mafiaart: the money or the life of an innocent girl.
is Possible, says Capaldo, the Magliana gang should get back the money invested mafia bosses and their accomplices at the Vatican Bank. The Bank was encircled in the ‘ 80s scandal, she was involved in business with mafia money and scams. And that she has gambled away the money of their dubious clients into dubious deals. It is also possible that someone in the Vatican was part of the conspiracy. Later, however, the Mafia is supposed to have with the Vatican arranged.
A month before Emanuela was kidnapped Mirella Gregori. Then these calls
were to explain Maybe as to why a notorious mafia boss Enrico De Pedis 1990 Sant in the crypt of the Church’Apollinare was buried, a tomb, this is actually would be cardinals-and high-reserved-makers. De Pedis was it said in the official statement, a large have been the benefactor of the poor.
this story Also suggests that the Vatican is about to Disappear know more about the backgrounds of Emanuelas. But in the 30 years of the investigation in the case of Emanuela nothing more than denial and obstruction of the work of the Italian authorities, came from the Vatican, Capaldo says. Therefore, the Prosecutor was also against the fact that 2012 is the tomb of De Pedis was opened. There were rumors, Emanuelas be added Remains, along with the Mafioso. Capaldo would have rather used the pressure from the Public, to demand full access to the archives of the Vatican. In the grave no bones of Emanuela.
In the Vatican there is an Omertà
The case, says Capaldo and sighs, is a maze from which we will only find out if the few that know something and still life, and finally unpacking.
Emanuelas brother, Pietro Orlandi is now in front of a massive tower in the Vatican, he says he doesn’t know which theory about the fate of his sister, he should believe. Whether the Mafia was behind in intelligence, or girls retailers. He wanted to believe in nothing, until he find out the truth.
His gaze moves up the tower. In here, he says, I worked until 2008, I was sitting in a windowless office, and I have a mich for the Vatican Bank to Bank Transfers taken care of. Then you don’t want me anymore. I guess I have asked too vehemently to Emanuela.
The Job had been wearing Pietro Orlandi of John Paul II. Christmas 1983, he visited the family, comforted her and said: “love Orlandis, you know that there are two kinds of terrorism, one national and one international. Your matter is a case of international terrorism.” This sentence of the Pope, he was a Holy word for me and my family. And, unfortunately, for many investigators, says Pietro Orlandi.
Giancarlo Capaldo was Anti-Mafia Prosecutor, an electrifying statement on the table, 25 years after Emanuelas kidnapping
He drew attention away from the Vatican, übertünchte for example, the question of why the Vatican would be the analog carrier, the police, during Pope John Paul II stressed publicly again and again, “to do everything possible to contribute to a happy solution in this matter”. As a lie this sentence is revealed in a telephone conversation, intercepted by the Italian police a year and a half after Emanuelas Disappear. A supervisor says the Deputy head of the Vatican police prior to questioning by the investigator: you’re not saying Anything, after all, what do you know, nothing!
In the Vatican there is an Omertà, a cartel of silence, says Pietro Orlandi. He goes back to the gate, past the Swiss guards, comes out of the world that robs him of the mind, turns a cigarette and tells that he came to know of a Familiar that on the Desk of Georg Gänswein, the then private Secretary of Pope Benedict, a Dossier, title: “Emanuela Orlandi”. He had always asked to see it, in vain.
Sabrina Minardi was a prostitute bombshell, game woman,. Finally, she shared her life with the mafia boss Enrico De Pedis. The continued her one day, a young girl in the BMW.
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most Recently, he has believed seven years ago, to the fate of his sister to clarify. As the Pope-is released-be assassin Ali Agca from prison in Turkey, he flies to Ankara. As he sits opposite Agca in his apartment, the TV is noisy at full volume, because Agca believes that they would be listened to. Almost an hour talking Agca. Emanuela had been kidnapped, to have him released. The Plan had been carried out in cooperation with the CIA and the Italian secret services. Emanuela does not live, he did not know just where. The Vatican will hold you in a monastery. He, Agca, wool help him find you.
you must not say anything. Mother’s despair, it is greater than ten years earlier,
Da Pietro Orlandi is no longer listening. He has many such unbelievable stories. But he knows how it tears you apart, if you cling to you and need to experience that they burst. He can’t push the memory of the July 1993. He had been worried about a gift for the reunion, a ceramics: two penguins, a tight embrace.
The note was precise, he was a confidence man of the family lawyer: Go to Luxembourg in the monastery of Peppange! The confidence man shows some Black-and-White photographs, a young woman in a robe how to wear it nuns, tied back hair. She sits next to the organ.
Emanuela at the time of their first communion. It is hidden in a monastery?
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And the Orlandi family thinks of Emanuelas love for music. The face in the photos seems to her to be the same, the attitude also. You pass around the photos in the family circle, again and again. Are soon for sure: This is it.
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The parents and Pietro are travelling with an investigative judge and police officers, and together they go on a Luxembourg police station. The action should remain secret, the young woman could be or hidden escape.
Our mother is to identify to the guard through a glass window. She is full of anticipation, to close Emanuela in her arms, says Pietro Orlandi. My father and I, we wait in the hallway. After a few moments, the mother re-enters from the door, the face of a dead man. You have nothing to say. Mother’s despair, it is greater than ten years earlier. Greater than the night Emanuela disappeared.