John Roselli
American mobster
John Roselli
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.
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Jimmy Roselli, Hoboken's Other Crooner, Dies at 85
NYTimes - over 5 years
He was a skinny Italian-American kid from Hoboken, N.J., who could croon like an angel. Before long, his singing made women swoon and grown men cry. For decades, he sang standards to adoring crowds worldwide, including, notably, ''My Way.'' He had brown eyes. Jimmy Roselli, a pop singer widely known as the other crooner from Hoboken, spent his life
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Jimmy Roselli, Italian-American Singer, Dies at 85 - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Michael John Roselli was born in West New York, NJ, on Dec. 26, 1925. His mother died two days after giving birth to him; his father, a prizefighter, abandoned him soon afterward. He was reared in a cold-water flat in Hoboken by his grandfather,
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ANNE M. 'ANNIE' EVELAND - Hornell Evening Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony “Cappy” Roselli, Charles Roselli and John Roselli. Surviving are six sons, James (Rosie) Eveland of Clearwater, Fla., Harvey (Marilyn) Eveland of Tulsa, Okla., David Eveland of Hornell,
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Hoboken crooner Jimmy Roselli mourned at funeral - The Jersey Journal - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
Born in Hoboken in 1925, Michael John Roselli started singing at the age of nine in local saloons and restaurants and got his big break sharing a bill with legendary singer and actor Jimmy Durante in 1946. Italian-American Roselli's talent drew
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Mourners gather for Jimmy Roselli funeral in Hoboken - The Jersey Journal - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
Born in Hoboken in 1925, Michael John Roselli started singing at the age of nine in local saloons and restaurants and got his big break sharing a bill with legendary singer and actor Jimmy Durante in 1946. Italian-American Roselli's talent drew
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Jimmy Roselli - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Michael John Roselli was born at Hoboken on Boxing Day 1925, a block away from Frank Sinatra, his senior by 10 years. He grew up living with his grandfather, a longshoreman who spoke only Neapolitan, after his mother died and his father, a prizefighter
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Sinatras skygge er død, 85 år - Politiken.dk
Google News - over 5 years
Michael John Roselli voksede op i samme gade som den ti år ældre Frank Sinatra i Hoboken, New Jersey. Jimmy Roselli trak sig tilbage fra showbusiness som knap 80-årig i 2004, eller seks år efter rivalen Sinatras død. Foto fra Rosellis hjemmeside Han
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Business, of toch pleasure? - Baaz.nl
Google News - over 5 years
... ontwikkelen van een luidsprekersysteem met oplaadbare accu dat dezelfde prestaties levert als Bose's reguliere SoundDock-systeem en hetzelfde compacte formaat heeft', aldus John Roselli, productmanager van de afdeling Home Entertainment van Bose
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INAUGURAL SPRING SHOW NYC OPENS TO A RESOUNDING POSITIVE RESPONSE AND STELLAR ... - ArtfixDaily (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Top interior designers included Mario Buatta, David Kleinberg, John Roselli, Susan Gutfreund, Lars Bolander, Maureen Footer, Timothy Van Dam and Ron Wagner, Joanne DePalma, DeBare Saunders and Ronald Mayne. Brett Beldock, Tom Scheerer, Matthew Patrick
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Newly Released C.I.A. Papers Document Decades of Tricky Legal and Ethical Issues
NYTimes - over 9 years
The New York Times has assembled a panel of intelligence experts and historians to review and comment on the Central Intelligence Agency documents. Following are the comments of Philip Taubman, an associate editor of The New York Times who has specialized in intelligence issues and national security affairs. Assessments by the others:
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All That Jazz
NYTimes - about 15 years
THE bandleader, a tall, dapper man with a distinguished gray goatee, gave a short downstroke and launched his ensemble into an up-tempo version of the Count Basie Orchestra's ''One O'Clock Jump.'' To a visitor peeking through a cloudy little window, the place had the aura of a swing-era nightclub. The gay music leaked out into the small parking lot
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Essay; The President's Friend
NYTimes - over 17 years
After a Senate committee in 1974 investigated C.I.A. assassination attempts, its report included a mysterious line: ''. . . a close friend of President Kennedy had frequent contact with the President . . . F.B.I. reports and testimony indicate the President's friend was also a close friend of [Mafia bosses] John Roselli and Sam Giancana and saw
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CURRENTS: PLAYHOUSE; Duck Before Entering: Mount Vernon Reinterpreted
NYTimes - over 17 years
In a $1 million venture, the clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Susie, will build a playhouse in Greenwich, Conn., a child-scaled reinterpretation of Mount Vernon. The playhouse, which is being erected temporarily on the grounds of Christ Church Greenwich, will have replicas of six of the main rooms at Mount Vernon and a version of the
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Essay; The President's Friend
NYTimes - over 19 years
Bill Clinton is a lucky President. In the long run-up to his sexual misconduct trial, along comes a book detailing President Kennedy's sexual obsession that makes Clinton look like a choirboy. In ''The Dark Side of Camelot,'' journalism's Javert, the relentless Sy Hersh, tracks down a parade of Presidential paramours and corroborates their
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DIRECTOR OF ALL HE SURVEYED
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: SECRECY AND POWER The Life of J. Edgar Hoover. By Richard Gid Powers. Illustrated. 624 pp. New York: The Free Press. $27.95. SECRECY AND POWER The Life of J. Edgar Hoover. By Richard Gid Powers. Illustrated. 624 pp. New York: The Free Press. $27.95. ON May 9, 1924, at the age of 29, J. Edgar Hoover became the third Director of the Federal
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GANGSTER'S DAUGHTER DISPUTES SINATRA ON TIE
NYTimes - about 33 years
A daughter of Sam Giancana, who led Chicago's largest organized crime group until he was murdered in 1975, asserts in a new book that Frank Sinatra misled Nevada officials at a 1981 hearing that led to his reinstatement in the gaming industry and smoothed the way for his acceptance socially by the Reagan Administration. At the hearing, Mr. Sinatra
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A NOSE FOR TREASURE AND A TASTE FOR
NYTimes - about 36 years
PROFIT THE LAST MAFIOSO The Treacherous World of Jimmy Fratianno. By Ovid Demaris. Illustrated. 463 pp. New York: Times Books. $15. ALADENA FRATIANNO, a ''made guy'' in the Italian rackets, who was born November 14, 1913, in a small town near Naples, Italy, arrived in Cleveland, Ohio, the immigrant son of a landscape contractor, at the age of four.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Roselli
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1976
    Age 70
    On August 9, 1976, Roselli's decomposing body was found in a 55-gallon steel fuel drum floating in Dumfoundling Bay near Miami, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details Federal investigators suggested he may have been killed by Chicago mobsters for keeping an unfair share of the mob's gambling interests in Las Vegas. At the behest of some members of the United States Senate, United States Attorney General Edward H. Levi instructed the FBI to find out if Roselli's earlier testimony regarding the CIA plot to assassinate Castro may have led to his murder. After Roselli's death, journalists Jack Anderson and Les Whitten published an editorial stating that Roselli had told associates that individuals he had recruited to kill Castro had been turned by the Cuban leader to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. Bill Bonanno, the son of Cosa Nostra mafia boss Joseph Bonanno, claimed in his 1999 memoir, Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story, that he had discussed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with Roselli and implicated him as the primary hitman in a conspiracy instigated by the mob. According to Bonanno, Roselli fired at Kennedy from a storm drain on Elm Street. In 2006, the Discovery Channel aired an hour-long television documentary entitled Conspiracy Files:JFK. Based on information in the book Ultimate Sacrifice by Lamar Waldron, the program asserted that Roselli was responsible for framing Abraham Bolden who was arrested the day before he was to appear before the Warren Commission. In 2010, Playboy magazine published an article by Hillel Levin in which Roselli was also implicated in the assassination by Robert "Tosh" Plumlee and James Files, an inmate within the Illinois Department of Corrections.
    On April 23, 1976 Roselli was called before the committee to testify about a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy.
    More Details Hide Details Three months after his first round of testimony on the Kennedy assassination, the Committee wanted to recall Roselli. However, at this point, he had been missing since July 28. On August 3, Senator Howard Baker, a member of the new SSCIA, requested that the FBI investigate Roselli's disappearance.
  • 1975
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly before Roselli testified, an unknown person shot and killed Giancana in the basement of his Illinois home. This happened just days before Giancana was to testify before the committee. Giancana's murder supposedly prompted Roselli to permanently leave Los Angeles and Las Vegas for Miami, Florida.
  • 1971
    Age 65
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 62
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, Italy refused to accept Roselli, so he remained in the United States.
  • 1967
    Age 61
    The cheating was finally discovered in July 1967 by FBI agents tailing Roselli.
    More Details Hide Details Scores of wealthy men including millionaire Harry Karl, the husband of actress Debbie Reynolds, and actor Zeppo Marx, were bilked out of millions of dollars. Grant B. Cooper represented some of the defendants in the case, including Roselli. Roselli was eventually convicted and fined $55,000. During the trial, secret grand jury transcripts were discovered on the defense attorney's table. Cooper eventually pleaded guilty to contempt for possessing the documents.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 57
    In 1963, singer Frank Sinatra sponsored Roselli for membership in the exclusive Los Angeles Friar's Club.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after his acceptance, Roselli discovered an elaborate card-cheating operation run by one of his Las Vegas friends, Maury Friedman, and asked for his cut.
  • 1961
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Maheu passed himself off as the representative of international corporations that wanted Castro killed because of their lost gambling operations. Roselli introduced Maheu to two men he referred to as "Sam Gold" plus "Joe." "Sam Gold" was Giancana, "Joe" was Santo Trafficante, Jr., the Tampa, Florida boss and one of the most powerful mobsters in pre-revolution Cuba. The agency gave the mobsters six poison pills to murder Castro. For several months, anti-Castro Cubans tied to the Mafia tried unsuccessfully to put the pills into Castro's food.
  • 1956
    Age 50
    By 1956, Roselli had become the Chicago and Los Angeles mob's chief representative in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details His job was to ensure that the Chicago mob bosses received their fair share of the burgeoning casino revenues through "skimming". However, according to the Los Angeles office of the FBI, Roselli was employed as a movie producer at Monogram Studios. After the Cuban Revolution in January 1959, Castro closed down all the mob casinos in Cuba and drove out the mobsters. Given that experience, Roselli, Chicago Outfit boss Sam Giancana and Tampa boss Santo Trafficante would be receptive to overtures on killing Castro.
  • FORTIES
  • 1948
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The usually combative Cohn quickly complied without opposition, mainly because Cohn had obtained control of Columbia through mob funds and influence provided by both Accardo and Roselli. In the mid-1950s, Roselli shifted his focus away from Hollywood and toward the fast-growing and highly profitable gambling mecca, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1943
    Age 37
    In 1943, after a year-long trial on the racketeering charges, Roselli and several Chicago mobsters were convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    More Details Hide Details However, in 1947 they were paroled after serving only about three and a half years. It was widely assumed that the Outfit's political fixer, Murray "The Camel" Humphreys, used his influence with President Harry Truman's Attorney General, Tom C. Clark, to obtain these pardons. After his release, Roselli returned to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a movie producer with Bryan Foy.
    He served as a private until he was arrested March 19, 1943.
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  • 1942
    Age 36
    On December 4, 1942 Roselli, a professed U.S. patriot, enlisted in the United States Army.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1924
    Age 18
    He pleaded guilty to bootlegging beer in 1924 (then going by the name "James Roselli").
    More Details Hide Details Roselli began his California criminal career working with Los Angeles mobster Jack Dragna. Roselli became close friends with film producer Bryan Foy, who brought Roselli into the movie business as a producer with Foy's small production company, Eagle Lion Studios, where Roselli is credited on a number of early gangster movies as a producer. In the 1940s Roselli was involved in the Outfit's multimillion-dollar extortion campaign against the motion picture industry.
    However, Roselli moved to Los Angeles in 1924, before either Capone or Nitti became boss of the Chicago Outfit.
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  • 1922
    Age 16
    In 1922, Sacco committed a murder and fled to Chicago, changing his name from Filippo Sacco to John Roselli.
    More Details Hide Details The new name was in honor of Italian Renaissance sculptor Cosimo Rosselli. He became a member of the Chicago Outfit and was known by his mob nickname of "Handsome Johnny". The exact date and reason for Roselli moving to Los Angeles is unknown. Some sources say that Al Capone or Frank Nitti sent him west to oversee the Outfit's business interests such as the racing wire and movie extortion scheme.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1911
    Age 5
    Filippo immigrated with his mother, Mariantonia Pascale Sacco to Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1911.
    More Details Hide Details His father died in 1918.
  • 1905
    Born
    Born on July 4, 1905.
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