The ‘Other’ Italian Job

In 1982 in the early hours of a mild June night, beneath an arch of London’s Blackfriar’s Bridge spanning the River Thames, is a long taught rope dangling from the street level ironwork. Hanging by his neck is a small man, his hands tied behind his back. His very expensive coat pockets are full of twelve-pounds of broken bricks and masonry. He is crooked Italian banker Roberto Calvi. He vanishes from his home in Rome a few days previously.

It makes headline news. But the mystery surrounding this death is rapidly eclipsed when the collapse of his Banco Ambrosiano, one of the biggest banking failures in history, reveals a twisted net of intrigue that scandalizes the world.

His secretary keeps some special books. She either jumps or is helped out of a fourth-floor window.

Why bother to dress up, wrap a rope around your neck and the railings, tie your hands behind your back, and jump? This knot; is a Cable-tow, used by Masons. Calvi is a member of the notorious Italian Mason’s lodge P2, with links to the Vatican Bank.

With his connections, the Mafia-style gangs are targeting European cash – and Brussels admits it is powerless to prevent them. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer’s money are disappearing into fraudsters’ pockets and Swiss bank accounts, with over 50 international crime syndicates unmasked by the European Commission’s anti-fraud unit, UCLAF. The Asian Dragons move in and are also stealing fortunes.

On the Swiss Italian border in the Alps, a Ferrari sports car stops in blinding snow.

Minutes later, a pickup truck stops behind them. Two men get out and quickly tie a rope to the car rear, return to their pickup pull the car backward toward the edge of the mountain road. Here they untie the rope and push the car over the edge into a deep ravine. The next spring thaw the frozen bodies of two Italian ladies are found.