Many deaths attract the conspiracy theorist. Typical is ‘God’s banker’, Roberto Calvi, found hanged from Blackfriar’s Bridge, London, on 18 June 1982. President of the Italian Banco Ambrosiano, he worked close with Vatican finance, but was facing dozens of charges for embezzlement and Mafia connections.
Was it suicide or was he murdered? At the centre of the theories is P2, an Italian secret society set up by the Gestapo during World War Two. Thought to be at the centre of Italian intrigue, a secret organization that connects Mafia, government, the Vatican and, so it is believed, the CIA, it would be impossible for conspiracies not to arise, or for conspiriologists to exaggerate them.
© Anthony North, Jan 2007