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Roberto Calvi
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    (April 13, 1920-June 17, 1982)
    Born in Milan, Italy
    Chair of Banco Ambrosiano (1975-82)
    Nicknamed 'God's Banker' for his close association with the Vatican
    Convicted of violating Italian currency laws (1981)
    Fled the country while out on bail appealing his conviction
    Found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London
    Death initially ruled a suicide
    Second inquest returned an open verdict, unable to determine if it was suicide or murder (1983)
    He was a member of the secret, pro-fascist P2 Lodge.
    He set up a network of offshore companies in the Bahamas and South America.
    He reportedly used the bank to launder Mafia drug money.
    The Banco Ambrosiano collapsed with over $1 billion in funds unaccounted for.
    The money was allegedly used to fund Italian political parties and Latin American dictatorships.
    The day he died, an arrest warrant was prepared, accusing him of the attempted murder of one of his aides at the bank.
    Conspiracy theorists think he was involved in the death of Pope John Paul I.
    Shortly before his death, he told a journalist, 'If the whole thing comes out, it'll be enough to start the third world war.'
    Some of the money siphoned through his bank may have gone to Poland's Solidarity movement.
    His family contends that he was manipulated by other people.
    He was exhumed (1998) and an independent forensics report concluded that the injuries to his neck were inconsistent with hanging.
    He was apparently killed to keep him from talking.
    A briefcase of bank documents that he took with him to London disappeared.
    His son said, 'I believe the killers were sending a message by killing him in public in the heart of the city. There was definitely something theatrical about it.'

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