The True Story of the Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, Who Inspired ‘The Vatican Girl’

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Almost four decades ago, the track of a 15-year-old girl was completely lost, despite the fact that everyone mobilized to find her, the efforts were in vain, since her whereabouts are unknown to this day. take that scary casewhich happened neither more nor less in the surroundings where the Pope lives, Netflix presents “The Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Manuela Orlandini”.

Here’s everything you need to know about the true story that inspired the docuseries. “After leaving a music class, 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi disappears, dragging the Vatican into a mystery that has lasted for decades”this is how he briefly introduces the streaming platform.

A protester holds a candle during a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on June 22, 2013 (Photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP)
A protester holds a candle during a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on June 22, 2013 (Photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP)

Emanuela Orlandini was a 15-year-old girl who disappeared under mysterious circumstances on June 22, 1983. After losing track of her, some people reported seeing her inside Vatican City, although their testimonies are unclear. not reliable. His case has become an unsolved mystery in Italy.

She was the fourth of five children. His family lived in Vatican City because his father Ercole Orlandini worked in the Vatican prefecture, arranging papal audiences, according to HuffPost Italie. As a result, his gardens were available to his family. “We felt like we were in the safest place in the world”said the girl’s older brother, Pietro Orlandini, released Guardian.

Before her disappearance, the minor was taking flute lessons at the Tommaso Ludovico Da Victoria school, linked to the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. He was also part of the choir of the church of Sant’Anna dei Palafrenieri in the Vatican.

A protester holds a poster of Emanuela Orlandi, during Pope Benedict XVI's Regina Coeli midday prayer in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, May 27, 2012 (Photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP)
A protester holds a poster of Emanuela Orlandi, during Pope Benedict XVI’s Regina Coeli midday prayer in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, May 27, 2012 (Photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP)

Before going to his music school. This Wednesday, June 22, 1983, Emanuela Orlandini asked Pietro to accompany her to her flute lesson, but as he had other commitments, he could not go, which his older brother regrets, because he does not Never imagined that would be the last time I would see her.

Shortly before his flute lesson. The minor is approached by an Avon representative, who informs her of a job offer. Because the conversation caused her to be late for her class, she tells what happened to her sister, who asks her not to make a decision on the job offer until she discusses it with his parents.

After his music lesson. The teenager was seen at a bus stop with another person, apparently getting into a dark colored BMW. Since then, no one knows where he is.

Protesters hold up placards
Demonstrators hold signs of Emanuela Orlandi reading ‘Missing’ during Pope Benedict XVI’s Regina Coeli midday prayer in St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican, on May 27, 2012 (Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP)

June 23, 1983

The police officially declare that Emanuela Orlandini is missing. After the announcement, in the following days, various media reported the case, and his family’s home phone number was put in the newspapers for any information.

June 25 and 28, 1983

On June 25, the family received a call from a teenager named Pierluigi, who said he had seen Emanuela, giving details of his physical appearance. He said the young woman went by another name because she ran away from home and was selling Avon products.

Three days later, a man named Mario claimed to have seen the minor, who told her she had fled her home, but would be returning for her sister’s wedding. The calls continued over the following days and the photo of the girl filled Rome.

July 3, 1983

During the Angelus, Pope John Paul II appealed to those responsible for the girl’s disappearance, which raised speculation that she had been kidnapped.

Pietro Orlandi, brother of Emanuela Orlandi, meets supporters, family and friends during a sit-in behind St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in Rome on January 18, 2020 (Photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP)
Pietro Orlandi, brother of Emanuela Orlandi, meets supporters, family and friends during a sit-in behind St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican in Rome on January 18, 2020 (Photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP)

After the Pope’s appeal, the Orlandi family began to receive anonymous calls in which they claimed that Emanuela was a prisoner of a terrorist group, which in exchange for her release demanded the release of Mehmet Ali Ağca, the Turk who shot the Sovereign Pontiff in May 1981. .

Communications continued until someone identified as “the American” because of his accent played a recording of the teenager’s voice. A few hours later, the same person called the Vatican to request an exchange of Orlandi for Ağca; not only that, because he pointed out that Mario and Pierluigi, who had called the family before, belonged to his organization. On July 6, the pope was given 20 days to be freed, although the magistrate handling Orlandi’s case did not believe there was a credible link. Another ultimatum is given on July 20 of the same year, but nothing happens.

In May 2012, police searched the grave of Enrico De Pedis, then the exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, claimed that Emanuela Orlandi had been kidnapped by a member of the Vatican police for sex parties and then murdered. He said officials at a foreign embassy who did not identify themselves were involved in the case.

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