This article was spotted by S.D. and G.P. who passed it along, and to whom I'd like to give a big "thank you," because it concerns a subject that I have written about, in my book Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations, that subject being what I have called "the hidden system of finance." In this case, the story concerns an alleged member of the Mafia, Anthony Raimondi, a nephew of the notorious America mob boss, Lucky Luciano, and his claims stated in his recent "tell all" book, When the Bullet hits the Bone, that he was part of a team that had murdered Pope John-Paul I (Albino Cardinal Luciani), who was pope for a mere 33 days. Pay attention to that number, because we'll be getting back to that. Here's the article:

Meet the mobster who claims he helped whack Pope John Paul I over stock fraud

What concerns us here is Mr. Raimondi's central statement:

He helped kill the pope — so his pals could stay out of hell.

That’s the shocking claim from longtime Colombo gangster Anthony Raimondi, who says that, in 1978, he went to Italy with a team of hit men who whacked John Paul I. They allegedly poisoned him with cyanide just 33 days into the pontiff’s reign, according to Raimondi’s new book, “When the Bullet Hits the Bone,” out now from Page Publishing.

Raimondi, the nephew of legendary godfather Lucky Luciano, claims he was recruited for the murder at the age of 28 by his cardinal cousin, Paul Marcinkus, who ran the Vatican bank. Raimondi’s job was to learn the pope’s habits and be on hand to observe as Marcinkus knocked out John Paul by spiking his nightly cup of tea with Valium.

“I stood in the hallway outside the pope’s quarters when the tea was served,” he writes, adding that the drug did its job so well that their victim wouldn’t have stirred “even if there had been an earthquake,” he recounts. “I’d done a lot of things in my time, but I didn’t want to be there in the room when they killed the pope. I knew that would buy me a one-way ticket to hell.”

Instead, he stood outside the room as his cousin readied a dose of cyanide, he claims. “He measured it in the dropper, put the dropper in the pope’s mouth and squeezed,” Raimondi writes. “When it was done, he closed the door behind him and walked away.”

After the snoozing pontiff was force-fed the poison, a papal assistant checked on him, then cried out that “the pope was dying” — after which Marcinkus and two other cardinals in on the plot “rushed into the bedroom like it was a big surprise,” Raimondi writes. A Vatican doctor was summoned, who ruled that John Paul I had suffered a fatal heart attack, he writes.


They targeted the pope because he had threatened to expose a massive stock fraud run by Vatican insiders, according to the book.

The billion-dollar scam involved a forgery expert at the Vatican who faked the church’s holdings in blue-chip American companies such as IBM, Sunoco and Coca-Cola. Mobsters then allegedly sold the phony stock certificates to unsuspecting buyers.

John Paul I had vowed to defrock the perpetrators, which included Marcinkus and about “half the cardinals and bishops in the Vatican,” Raimondi told The Post. “They would have been thrown out and subject to the laws of the US and Italy,” he said. “They would have gone to jail.” (Emphasis added)

Now before I get to today's high octane speculation, it's necessary for me to lay my cards on the table: I do not believe, and have never believed the idea that Pope John-Paul I simply died quietly in his sleep. I do believe, and have always believed, that John-Paul I was murdered, and murdered precisely for his probable knowledge of, and determination to eliminate, the financial corruption in and around the Vatican bank and its connections. There are a number of "contextual" stories and events at that time that would indicate such. John-Paul I was the Cardinal Archbishop and Patriarch of Venice when he was elected Pope... let that one sink in for a moment. And since we're mentioning weird coincidences, perhaps it is more than a little significant that Mr. Raimondi is a nephew of Lucky Luciano, whose surname bears an uncomfortably close clannish similarity to that of the murdered Pope. In any case, in 1978, during John-Paul's brief pontificate, both Italy and the Vatican were poised on the cusp of the notorious P2 Masonic lodge scandal, which would break out in 1981 when Italian financial authorities, probing the finances of  Italian banker Michele Sindona, discovered links to the lodge, which in turn had deep links into the Vatican, and the Vatican bank. In the culture of corruption that is in my opinion Grand Orient masonry, the number 33 has especial status and significance... interesting that John Paul I  was murdered on the 33rd day of his pontificate.

While there is an inaccuracy - either in Raimondi's book or the reporting on it, I do not know - in that the American born bishop, and later archbishop Paul Marcinkus was never a cardinal, there is something in the article's summary of Raimondi's book that rings true, profoundly true, and that's the part about the Vatican being involved in the forgery and sale of fraudulent American corporate bonds and securities to the tune of $900,000,000, in the 1970s(!), for I mentioned this incident in Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations, pp. 100-112. To make a very long story short, the New York Mafia had been contacted, via an intermediary, by a high-ranking Vatican official, to counterfeit nine hundred million dollars of American corporate securities. The story was investigated by two New York City detectives, who were able to trace the origin of that deal to none other than French hierarch, Eugene Cardinal Tisserant, who at the time was also head of the Vatican archives! As I posited in that book, the pattern of fake bonds and securities was repeated - again and again - in the later bearer bonds scandals of the early part of this century, and thus in my opinion they're a profound clue as to the nature, structure, and functioning of the hidden system of finance, as banks, central banks, secret societies, forgery, and the Vatican are all interwoven in a very complex system involving weapons, drug and human trafficking, money laundering, forgery and fraud.

There is a second aspect of Raimondi's story that rings true in my opinion, and that's his specificity about the manner in which it was done: vallium to knock the Pope out, and then cyanide, to knock him out permanently. Such would have been immediately detectable in an autopsy, and of course, in Vatican law, autopsies on Popes are forbidden for reasons of piety. Thus, for anyone determined to murder a pope for whatever reason, poison of some sort would be the method of choice... knives, guns and so on would be too obvious, and "accidents" would run the risk of exposure.  So at first pass, and without having yet read Raimondi's book, I for one think his story might very possibly be true.

The sad thing is, that Pope John-Paul I may never have known the full extent of the global corruption he was fighting...

...or perhaps he did.

See you on the flip side...



Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Foglamp on November 7, 2019 at 7:00 am

    IIRC, Jimmy “Boots” Rothstein claims that J-PI was murdered on the orders of Ratzinger and one other cardinal after J-PI ordered an investigation into pedophilia and human trafficking in the Roman Catholic Church in the USA:

  2. Pierre on October 30, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Perhaps his death was faked. Warning to anyone not to investigate at all. Jesuits also use poison. “Grand Orient Freemasonry” is synonymous with the mob who go by this little 10,000 page document.
    which says I should be put to death for reading it.
    I don’t understand any of it, is that a valid excuse?
    The only non-footnote or page number for 33 or 66 was this one.
    “If the difference between a square and a circle is a quarter of the former it is also (since the proportion of the two
    figures is 3:4) a third of the latter. The difference consequently between a line of two thousand cubits (which may be
    regarded as the diameter of a circle) and the diagonal of a square whose sides measure two thousand cubits should be a
    third of two thousand 2000/3 = 666 2/3 or 667 — 1/3.” And yet this does not inform one about why opportunistic Murder Inc. is wrong.
    I am currently finishing off this little gem of a book, free at
    deals with satanist luciferian System, including the former Vatican finance head, currently in jail (I suppose), Cardinal George Pell, and I note here that the number 33 comes up a LOT in death or victim numbers, and $33k as victims (shutup) compensation awards. (I can picture it now, Bohemian Grove kiddie hunt, 33 down at last count, mafia/italian accent (but Netenyahoo will do) “Hey sol, we got anuva one here under the table, got time for one more” “Nuh, Vlad, 33 and that’s it, orders from the top” “Can’t we just not count this one” ” Nice one Vlad, you’ll go far in this Satanic world”
    (The teenager at Peat/Milson Island, who was found dead with all his fingernails ripped off, was exactly my age, and born the day the beatles first album was unleashed on the world, a small world it is. brain surgeon whistleblower of a couple of years later I think I met, gave me good advice that my confessed driving like an idiot might involve other people. That, and my subsequent car accident, and perhaps maturing frontal lobe, settled me down. )

  3. Maatkare3114 on October 30, 2019 at 6:59 am

    And so the plot thickens. Nun relives the moment she found Pope John Paul I dead

  4. LGL on October 30, 2019 at 12:41 am

    It’s not just an “an uncomfortably close clannish similarity “,
    As you may well recall, in the Italian language, the plural of nouns terminated in the letter o changes to a termination in the letter i.
    The plural of Luciano would be Luciani.
    (I’m not sure how the grammar works for proper names.)
    The HBO series The Sopranos, in correct Italian would have been i Soprani, if I’m not mistaken.

  5. zendogbreath on October 30, 2019 at 12:05 am

    I thought he took days to die and suffered and turned colors and coughed black crud and……….

    Forgot where and when decades ago – the narrative read that a old secret society poison was used that left convincing misery trail.

    Now how is it that I happen to be reading up on the origin of USSA’s secret shadow government?
    Camelot ruled from the cave of Merlin

    • anakephalaiosis on October 30, 2019 at 3:10 am

      The logical sequence of ᛋ ᛏ ᛒ defines the caretaker of assembly, whose description is Cyning, as being kin to clans.

      The logical sequence of ᚣ ᛠ ᛡ defines the preferred wit of Cyning, in conclusion of the Rune poem, drawing sword from stone.

      Since the Runic rebus of metaphors provides the original Druidic definition of Cyning, they are more important than Magna Carta.

    • Maatkare3114 on October 30, 2019 at 9:36 am

      zendogbreath That’s a lot to take in, some very interesting scenarios there. I need to read it again.

    • Nidster - on October 30, 2019 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks for the link to that article….. that’s a lot of information!

  6. Robert Barricklow on October 29, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I had thought at the time it was an obvious murder.
    I thought everybody has to know; especially those in the Vatican. It’s business as usual. Apparently there was a problem getting the right Pope in and they needed a place holder until… ?
    In that place, intrigue is playtime.

  7. marcos toledo on October 29, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Since the RC Curia ancestry is the old Roman Senate if indirectly should anyone be surprised. Yes old fashioned daggers were out of the question poison plus no autopsy to hide the crime. One wonders who else profited from the pope murder are there others especially intelligence who were in on the crime.

  8. RBG Santa Monica on October 29, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Blaming the “murder” plot on Bishop Marcinkus is not controversial, as Marcinkus spent the remainder of his years avoiding prosecution for numerous crimes and scandals. One problem is Marcinkus may be TOO obvious of a scapegoat, and it is difficult to understand how Pope John Paul would be letting a man like Marcinkus serve his nightly tea, especially after announcing an investigation of the Vatican Bank. In any case, if anyone is interested in learning more about Marcinkus, here is an interesting article from 2003:

  9. Bryce on October 29, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Bang, bang Maxwell’s silver hammer came down upon his head…

    “The chamberlain uses the same silver hammer that he tapped the pope’s head with to break the Fisherman’s Ring in order to illustrate that the pope’s authority has now come to an end.”

  10. Robert Barricklow on October 29, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I wonder how this revelation will be spun?
    No doubt, misdirection and the usual suspects.
    Perhaps more tea leaves are forth coming?

  11. OrigensChild on October 29, 2019 at 8:53 am

    So much for the proverb: Whatever happens in the Vatican, stays in the Vatican… Or, was that Vegas? It’s hard to tell the difference anymore.

  12. Miguel Oniga on October 29, 2019 at 8:01 am

    The 1991 Godfather film is strikingly daring on the subject.

  13. anakephalaiosis on October 29, 2019 at 7:41 am

    The Borgia method of poisoning can be used to terminate flesh tents, and curtail cognitive and reproductive functions, to produce slaves and wipe out bloodlines.

    Jesuits are expert poisoners in covert warfare, and their takeover of the stonemason guilds in 1717, changed the war of religion into a war of classes. Divide et impera.

    Papacy burning French cathedrals is caused by fear of geometry, as the 33rd pivotal point of rose window is derived from the 32-point compass, that is Druidic in origin.

    • Andrew on November 6, 2019 at 11:36 am

      Dear Anakephalaiosis
      This sounds fascinating. Where can I find out more about Papacy burning French cathedrals caused by fear of geometry?
      Also, can you please explain the picture of the rose window to me, keeping in mind that I am not an historian and I cannot read runes?

  14. goshawks on October 29, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Concerning “fake bonds and securities,” they are only fake to outsiders. If one was within the distribution system, they would be recognized and swapped-around at some pre-ordained (sorry) value – possibly having nothing to do with face value. The reason to accept them would be the old gold-or-lead proposition, i.e., obey or die…

    Around Pope John-Paul I, I knew he was knocked-off when I saw ’33 days’ and the immediate cremation of his body. It is interesting to get plausible details on the method of murder. I do wonder about Pope John-Paul I – knowing he was within extreme ‘enemy’ territory – not taking further steps to avoid being offed (an extended ‘vacation’, going to sacred location X to commune with God for as long as necessary, in seclusion with known allies, etc.). Not doing so seems vaguely ‘passive’ concerning his fate…

    • DanaThomas on October 29, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      No pope has ever been cremated, actually. But who is going to order an exhumation? In this century anyway…

      • Tommi H on October 29, 2019 at 6:08 pm

        The exhumation would be highly interesting, as the mob working in here, killing the pope, would be the same mob, who was helping CIA killing the JFK. But I think it wont happen.

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