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Johnny Roselli

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Eagle Lion Studios

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Eagle Lion Studios

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Employment History

Collector

Syndicate-controlled unions


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Mafia Wiki

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Giancana

Representative


Chicago Outfit

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mafia.wikia.com

Johnny Roselli
Johnny Roselli John "Handsome Johnny" Roselli (July 4, 1905 - August 9, 1976) also known as "John F. Stewart" and "The Silver Fox", was an influential mobster in the Chicago Outfit who helped them control Hollywood and the Las Vegas Strip where he worked closely with the Los Angeles crime family. Roselli was also involved with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to kill Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in the early 1960s. Born 'Filippo Sacco' in Esperia, Italy (in the Province of Frosinone) on July 4, 1905, {His FBI File has a {false} birthdate of June 4, 1905 Chicago Illinois} Roselli had been best known by his mob nickname of "Handsome Johnny. The exact date and reason for Roselli moving to Los Angeles is unknown. However, Roselli moved to Los Angeles in 1924, before either Capone or Nitti became boss of the Chicago Outfit. 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. 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 multi-million dollar extortion campaign against the motion picture industry. Note defendent was not brought to trial on either of these charges because defendent jumped bail and changed name to Roselli and fled to California; charges dismissed 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. On December 4, 1942 Roselli, a professed U.S. patriot, enlisted into the United States Army. He served as a private until he was arrested March 19, 1943. 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. 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 Humphreys, used his influence with President Harry Truman's Attorney General, Tom C. Clark, to spring Roselli and the other Outfit bosses from prison. After his release, Roselli returned to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a movie producer with Bryan Foy. {Ironically it is alleged that as a co-producer Roselli was involved in making of two law and order films "He walked by Night" and "T Men" and a third film on a prison break out "Canyon City"} 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. 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 early 1950s, Roselli gradually shifted his focus away from Hollywood and toward the fast-growing and highly profitable gambling mecca, Las Vegas, Nevada. By 1954, Roselli had become the Chicago and Los Angeles mob's chief representative in Las Vegas. His job was to ensure that the Chicago and Los Angeles mob bosses each 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. John Roselli After the Cuban Revolution in January 1959, Cuban dictator 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, Jr. would be receptive to overtures on killing Castro. In 1960, the CIA recruited ex-FBI agent Robert Maheu, who later would become a top aide to billionaire Howard Hughes in Las Vegas, to approach Roselli. 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. 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. 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. 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) and was ordered deported to Italy by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. However, Italy refused to accept Roselli, so he remained in the United States. 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. Shortly before Roselli testified, an unknown gunman shot and killed the disgraced Giancana in the basement of his Oak Park, Illinois home. Giancana's murder supposedly prompted Roselli (whose own power base disappeared with Giancana's death) to permanently leave Los Angeles and Las Vegas for Miami, Florida. On April 23, 1976, Roselli was called before the committee to testify about a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy. 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. Roselli had been living in Miami and left his home one day to go play golf and from then on went missing. His car was recovered at Miami International Airport with his golf clubs in the trunk. In the time leading up to his disappearance, many friends and family members had pleaded with Roselli to leave Miami to which he reportedly had quipped "stopped worrying about me, I'm not afraid to die". On August 9, Roselli's decomposing body was found in a 55-gallon steel fuel drum floating in Dumfounding Bay near Miami, Florida. Roselli had been strangled and shot, and his legs were sawn off. According to this theory, Trafficante believed that Roselli had revealed too much about the Kennedy assassination and Castro murder plots during his Senate testimony, violating the strict Mafia code of omertà (silence). Former CIA pilot "Tosh" Plumlee claims to have flown Roselli from Tampa to Dallas, arriving on the morning of November 22, 1963, on a mission to abort the assassination of President Kennedy.


www.crimemagazine.com [cached]

And long-standing deportation proceedings against CIA-connected mobster Johnny Roselli were dropped.
Without going into specifics, government lawyers explained in court that Roselli had performed "valuable services to the national security. A Giancana henchman, Roselli was an important contact man in the Mob/CIA assassination plots against Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Roselli and Jack Ruby are reported to have met in hotels in Miami during the months before the JFK assassination. Years later, Roselli told columnist Jack Anderson: "When Oswald was picked up, the underworld conspirators feared he would crack and disclose information that might lead to them. In the mid-'70s, as congressional committees probed the Mob and the CIA, Roselli was dismembered, squeezed into an oil drum, and tossed off the Florida coast; Giancana was gunned down in his kitchen; and Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Nixon-era stories by Anderson about mobster Johnny Roselli (the Mafia's liaison with the CIA) and various Mob/CIA plots infuriated the president and led to White House discussions about the columnist's murder.


www.thewatcherfiles.com [cached]

Roselli later became a rogue asset of the CIA, and testified before Congress (the Church Committee on Assassinations in 74) about a CIA contract which was handed him.
Roselli worked for the Mafia Council of 9, which incl.


www.theforbiddenknowledge.com [cached]

Roselli later became a rogue asset of the CIA, and testified before Congress (the Church Committee on Assassinations in '74) about a CIA contract which was handed him.
Roselli worked for the Mafia Council of 9, which incl.


mafia.wikia.com [cached]

Johnny Roselli, the Outfit captain who was sent to Hollywood to extort the major movie studios like RKO, Paramount, MGM and 20th Century Fox made major inroads in accomplishing that.


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