Top Italian Unresolved Mysteries Part II
Italian Mysteries: the murder of Samuele Lorenzi
One of the most recent homicides to shock Italy was the murder of a 3-year-old boy, killed in his parents' bedroom. The crime was all the more shocking because the family lived in a very peaceful town in Val d'Aosta in Northern Italy, where the crime rate is close to zero and everyone seems to know one another. The only suspect was the child's mother, Anna Maria Franzoni, who was eventually convicted. In light of the conviction it could be assumed that this mystery is solved, but there are still many unanswered questions about the dynamics of the situation and the motivations for the murder. The child's mother has always maintained her innocence, as has her entire family, including her husband with whom she had another child after the murder.
According to Anna Maria Franzoni she left her son, Samuele, alone for only a few minutes in the early morning while getting him ready for school. While the logistics of the house and the surrounding area mean that an intruder was a possibility, there was no evidence to suggest forced entry. The child's mother is extremely convincing in her public interviews, so much so that many have posited that she may have blocked out the memory of the murder completely, to the point that she doesn't know that she's lying.
The case is very sad, not only because of the obvious tragedy of Samuele's death, but also because of the light it shed on cases of infanticide by mothers, something that is becoming more widely discussed. While the trial has pronounced a verdict, there are still many questions surrounding this case that captivated so many Italians.
The disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi
The mystery of the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, daughter of a Vatican employee, goes back to 1983. The young woman was last seen in June of that year and seems to have literally vanished without a trace.
After her disappearance Italy was filled with posters featuring her face, newspapers and TV talked about it for years, but the truth about what happened to Emanuela Orlandi remains unknown. Many speculate that her disappearance is related to the scandals involving the Vatican Bank and the attempted murder of Pope John Paul II only a few years after the mysterious death of John Paul I.
Others have said Orlandi was kidnapped by a human trafficking ring that sold her into slavery, or the Roman mafia, but these ideas have led nowhere. A simple and tragic explanation was that someone kidnapped and killed her and then hid the body. Unfortunately, at this point, it seems her family will never know the truth.