By John Follain
At the evening of Monday, may well four, 1998, in Vatican territory, the our bodies of the commander of the Swiss protect, his spouse, and a tender lance corporal have been present in the barracks of the picturesque strength entrusted with holding the pope. It used to be the worst massacre to happen in additional than a century within the center of the best authority of the world's 1000000000 Catholics. 4 hours later, the Vatican introduced that the lance corporal, twenty-three-year-old Cédric Tornay, had shot the couple, then dedicated suicide in "a healthy of insanity" as a result of frustration with the unit's self-discipline -- a end it reaffirmed after a nine-month inner inquiry.
But as John Follain's hard-hitting exposé indicates, the authentic record was once a travesty, a tissue of suppositions, contradictions, and omissions. according to an exhaustive three-year research, urban of secrets and techniques finds how the Vatican, the oldest and so much secretive autocracy on the planet, staged an intricate plot to hinder justice -- and conceal the scandals it dared now not confess.
A stunning divulge, drawn from an intensive research, delves into the reality in the back of the homicide of the Swiss shield, his spouse, and a tender vice-corporal on the Vatican, revealing an international of corruption, hypocrisy, betrayal, and injustice that reaches to the top point of this mysterious autocracy.
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Extra resources for City of Secrets: The Startling Truth Behind the Vatican Murders
Then I was told that Tornay’s head had been ripped off. I said that even if there was only my boy’s left big toe, I would go to Rome to fetch it. So they tried telling me that all the hotels were full. All they wanted was for me to stay where I was and wait for the little chalet without windows—that’s what we call cofﬁns back home in Switzerland. ” “Yes. They’d put him in Saint Martin’s, the Guard’s chapel just behind the barracks, right under the pope’s windows. Tornay was lying 43 J O H N F O L L A I N in an open cofﬁn.
It was in this building that Tornay lived when he ﬁrst arrived in Rome. I asked Baudat when she had last spoken to her son. “At lunchtime on the day he died. He’d been on duty from seven to eleven o’clock that morning at the Audience Hall, and he was due to work again from three to seven in the evening. He’d booked a ticket for me to attend the swearing-in ceremony; he was hoping that I would come and see him get the medal. But I wasn’t sure I could get away. I called him on his mobile phone; we spoke for half an hour.
As her husband was on the telephone, it was Meza Romero who opened the door. The lance corporal had changed his clothes after completing his afternoon tour of duty at the synod of bishops. He was dressed casually and wore a black leather jacket. The corridor leading to the sitting room was so small that in no more than three steps Tornay was able to reach Estermann. His new commander was still on the telephone, holding in his right hand the remote control for the television set that he had apparently switched off moments earlier.
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