David Yallop

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David Yallop
David Anthony Yallop

(1937-01-27)27 January 1937
London, England
Died23 August 2018(2018-08-23) (aged 81)
London, England

David Anthony Yallop (27 January 1937 – 23 August 2018) was a British author who wrote chiefly about unsolved crimes. In the 1970s he contributed scripts for a number of BBC comedy shows.[citation needed] In the same decade he also wrote 10 episodes for the ITV court drama, Crown Court.

His controversial book, In God’s Name: An Investigation Into the Murder of Pope John Paul I (1984), posited that Pope John Paul I, found dead at age 65 in his chambers barely a month after becoming pope in 1978, had been poisoned by secretive Masons who had infiltrated the Vatican and the Vatican Bank. Reviewers, and the Church, dismissed the book as groundless conspiracy theory. That said, the book made the New York Times Best Seller list for 15 weeks, was translated into multiple languages, and was repeatedly reprinted, selling over six million copies.[1]

In October 1992 he lost his job when, as a scriptwriter for EastEnders, he proposed killing some of the characters by means of an IRA bomb. Yallop successfully sued the BBC for breach of contract.[2] He was also one of the co-authors of Graham Chapman's autobiography, A Liar's Autobiography (Volume VI).

Yallop described himself as a "Catholic agnostic".[3][4]

Yallop suffered from Alzheimer's disease in his later years.[5] He died aged 81 in London on 23 August 2018, leaving a widow (his second wife, Anna Rutherford), three daughters, and a son. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia.[6]


His books include:

  • To Encourage The Others (about the Craig/Bentley murder case)
  • The Day The Laughter Stopped (a biography of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle)
  • Beyond Reasonable Doubt? (the conviction of New Zealand farmer Arthur Allan Thomas (later pardoned), for the murder of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe) was made into a docu-drama feature film, 1978, ISBN 0 552 13453 8
  • Deliver Us From Evil (about the Yorkshire Ripper)
  • In God's Name: An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I, Bantam Books, 1984
  • To the Ends of the Earth (about the capture of Carlos the Jackal)
  • How They Stole the Game (about corruption in football)
  • Unholy Alliance (about the international drug trade and resultant political corruption)
  • The Power and the Glory: Inside the Dark Heart of Pope John Paul II's Vatican (about the Papacy of Pope John Paul II)
  • Beyond Belief (about the sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Church)
  • Ratlines (about how Nazis escaped with the help of the Vatican)


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