Daily Mail (UK)
By HANNAH ROBERTS IN ROME FOR MAILONLINE
The mysterious disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican official is Italy’s most enduring cold case.
Emanuela Orlandi vanished while on her way home from a flute lesson in July 1983, and was never seen again.
It sparked an international intrigue that has pointed to the Stasi, the Italian mob and even a Satanic sex cult among the cardinals.
The teenager, the fourth of five children in a devoutly Catholic family, was enticed to meet her abductors with the offer of some work distributing leaflets at a fashion show for Avon cosmetics.
In reality, the Avon job did not exist. No one has ever been convicted of her disappearance and no body has ever been found.
The original theory followed by investigators was that she was kidnapped to secure the release of the would-be assassin who tried to kill John Paul II.
But Vatican insiders have claimed that she died under the influence of drugs at a satanic sex party with prelates.
Others insist she was is still alive and living secretly in a convent with the knowledge of the Vatican.
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