John Roselli

Born Jul 4, 1905

John "Handsome Johnny" Roselli, sometimes spelled John Rosselli, was an influential mobster for the Chicago Outfit who helped them control Hollywood and the Las Vegas Strip. Roselli was also involved with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the early 1960s. Some conspiracy theorists believe he was also involved with John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination in 1963.… Read More

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1905 Birth Born on July 4, 1905.
1911 5 Years Old Filippo immigrated with his mother, Mariantonia Pascale Sacco to Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1911. … Read More


1922 17 Years Old In 1922, Sacco committed a murder and fled to Chicago, changing his name from Filippo Sacco to John Roselli. … Read More
1924 19 Years Old 1 More Event
However, Roselli moved to Los Angeles in 1924, before either Capone or Nitti became boss of the Chicago Outfit.


1942 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1942, Roselli was indicted on federal labor racketeering charges, along with George Brown, former president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union, and Willie Bioff, labor racketeer and former pimp.
1943 38 Years Old 1 More Event
He served as a private until he was arrested March 19, 1943.


1948 43 Years Old The extensive influence the Outfit had over Hollywood is best illustrated in 1948 when boss Tony Accardo told Roselli to force powerful Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn into signing then-unknown actress Marilyn Monroe to a lucrative multi-year contract. … Read More


1956 51 Years Old By 1956, Roselli had become the Chicago and Los Angeles mob's chief representative in Las Vegas. … Read More
1960 55 Years Old In 1960, the CIA recruited ex-FBI agent Robert Maheu, who later became a proxy to billionaire Howard Hughes in Las Vegas, to approach Roselli. … Read More
1961 56 Years Old In 1961, after the failed CIA-sponsored Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba, these assassination attempts, which included hit teams of snipers, trained on Roselli's secret CIA base in the Florida Keys, continued with a vengeance, now with CIA legend William "Wild Bill" King Harvey, taking charge of Roselli's efforts.
1963 58 Years Old In 1963, singer Frank Sinatra sponsored Roselli for membership in the exclusive Los Angeles Friar's Club. … Read More


1967 62 Years Old The cheating was finally discovered in July 1967 by FBI agents tailing Roselli. … Read More
1968 63 Years Old In 1968, Roselli was tried and convicted of maintaining an illegal residence in the United States (he'd never acquired lawful US residence or citizenship), then was ordered deported to Italy by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. … Read More
1971 66 Years Old The assassination attempts by Roselli were publicized in 1971 by Jack Anderson, a Washington Post reporter and acknowledged by the CIA in 2007 when it declassified the Family jewels documents.
1975 70 Years Old On June 24 and September 22, 1975 Roselli testified before the 1975 U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCIA) led by Idaho Senator Frank Church about the CIA plan to kill Castro, Operation Mongoose. … Read More
On April 23, 1976 Roselli was called before the committee to testify about a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy. … Read More
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