Yallop tried as hard as he could to prove Marcinkus’ involvement in the murder plot, and failed. But Marcinkus is not the most important potential conspirator. After all, he was not in the Pope’s bedroom that morning. But Cardinal Villot was. If there were a murder plot, Cardinal Villot’s involvement would be absolutely essential, since every single decision, including verifying the Pope’s death, the disposition of his body and his burial was in his hands as Camerlengo and the interim head of the Holy See. The conspirators would have to depend on him to make absolutely certain that there would be no autopsy, and that no evidence of the murder would remain. But what motives could the cardinal have had participating in a plot to kill the Pope? Pope John Paul the First ( formerly Cardinal Albino Luciani, Archbishop of Venice). He was the first bishop appointed by John XXIII and a close advisor of this Pope during his reign. It was Luciani's influence on John XXIII that caused this Pope to shed his conservative cloak of eighty years and bring change to the Church. Luciani developed the seminary at Vittorio Veneto from utter obscurity to one of the most recognized schools of theology in the world. Paul VI named him Patriarch of Venice in December 1969 and groomed him to become his successor, which he did as Pope John Paul I on August 26 1978. A revolutionary prelate, whose pontificate spanned only 33 days, the press caught the Vatican in a series of lies and/or inconsistencies concerning the circumstances of this pope's death on Sept. 29, 1978 at age 65 ( just 44 days after Paul VI's death), that gave rise to rumors of foul play).