Shortly before her death, Meyer had made one of her friends promise to destroy her diary if anything happened to her (the "erase my browser history" of the pre-internet era). Unfortunately, the friend was in Japan at the time of the murder, so she called Bradlee and told him about the request. According to Bradlee, he unlocked the door of Meyer's house to look for the diary and found CIA counterintelligence head James Jesus Angleton in the living room, already doing that. It's worth noting that Angleton was also a friend of Meyer ... and her spook ex-husband. Bradlee later went to Meyer's studio and again found Angleton, this time on his knees, picking the lock. After an embarrassed Angleton left, Bradlee found the diary, and soon realized its contents should never be made public.
Out of a sense of patriotic duty (and figuring that no one was better than the CIA at burying secrets), Bradlee agreed to give the diary to Angleton, on the condition that it was destroyed. Years later, Angleton admitted that he had in fact kept the diary for unknown reasons (definitely not masturbation-related). Bradlee's outraged wife insisted that Angleton hand it over, and they burned it in a birdbath, protecting Meyer's greatest secret ... until Bradlee himself blabbed about it in his autobiography in 1995.
An Italian Mobster Was Inexplicably Buried In One Of Rome's Most Famous Churches
In 1997, an investigative journalist got a tip to take a peek inside the crypt of Rome's magnificent Sant'Apollinare alle Terme church. They did, and discovered the tomb of Enrico De Pedis, the most notorious crime boss in Rome, who was shot dead by his own gang in 1990. Sant'Apollinare alle Terme is an ancient, spiritually important basilica, under the direct control of the Vatican. Burial there is usually reserved for bishops or other high-ranking figures. Enrico De Pedis was a famous murderer. So what the literal hell?
Via Wikimedia Commons, University of Bologna, AlchetronOne of these is not like the others.
That question has never been satisfactorily answered. To make things weirder, De Pedis has been heavily linked to one of the Vatican's most famous unsolved mysteries: the 1983 disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, a 15-year-old girl who had the "honor" of being the first (and only) kidnapping victim in the history of Vatican City. Strong rumors and an increasing amount of evidence suggest that Orlandi was snatched by De Pedis' men. The Roman police even excavated his tomb in 2012 after receiving a tip that Orlandi was also buried in there. But wait, why would a powerful mobster even want to kidnap the daughter of a simple (read: non-rich) Vatican City clerk?
The most common theories involve a power struggle between De Pedis' gang and Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the Vatican's shady finance chief. It's been speculated that Orlandi was kidnapped to put pressure on the Vatican after $1.3 billion disappeared from the mafia's favorite bank / money laundering service and magically appeared (at least in part) in various Vatican shell companies. Soon, the bank collapsed and executives started dropping dead. According to a former gang member, De Pedis got a fancy burial as a reward for negotiating an end to the hostilities being carried out by ... uh, also De Pedis.
AlchetronSo probably not someone who's going to be featured in a stained glass window any time soon, is what we’re saying.
It gets weirder. As part of the ongoing "Vatileaks" scandal, Italian journalists recently published a document supposedly written by a Vatican paymaster, which listed expenses related to keeping Orlandi alive and hidden. They included boarding school fees, accommodation in London, and even gynecological visits. The list ends in 1997 with "transfer to Vatican City State, and related final processing." The journalists emphasized that they didn't know if the document was real, just that it was definitely from the files of a senior Vatican official. But even if it was fake, why would the Vatican have that? Who made it? And how has HBO not made a show out of this yet?!
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