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John Roselli ("Handsome ...
John Roselli ("Handsome Johnny")
This theory is supported by the ...
This theory is supported by the actions of Robert Maheu, an FBI agent turned private investigator who had acted as a CIA-organized crime go-between, and John Roselli, a Mafia principal in the plots. (96) Maheu, for example, was the subject of an FBI wiretap investigation in Las Vegas in the spring of 1962.
As for Roselli
, the committee considered it significant that public revelations about the plots corresponded with his
efforts to avoid deportation in 1966 and 1971 and to escape prosecution for illegal gambling activities in 1967.(100) It was Roselli
who managed the release of information about the plots and who proposed the so-called turnaround theory of the Kennedy assassination (Cuban exiles hired by the Mafia
as hit men, captured by Castro. were forced to "turn around" and murder President Kennedy). (101) The committee found it quite plausible that Roselli
would have manipulated public perception of the facts of the plots, then tried to get the CIA
to intervene in his
legal problems as the price for his
agreeing to make no further disclosures.
Many of the key figures of the Castro plots had, for example, since died or, as in the case of both Giancana and Roselli
, had been murdered.
Trafficante had recruited Cuban nationals to help plan and execute the CIA's assignment to assassinate Castro. (The CIA gave the assignment to former FBI Agent Robert Maheu, who passed the contract along to Mafia figures Sam Giancana and John Roselli.
And long-standing deportation proceedings ...
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.
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
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.
Trafficante owned substantial interests in the San Souci - a nightclub and casino where fellow gangster Johnny Roselli had a management role.
During the Nixon administration, pressure from Washington eased off on other Mafia leaders, too, such as Chicago godfather Sam Giancana; long-standing deportation proceedings against CIA-connected mobster Johnny Roselli
Without going into specifics, lawyers from Nixon's Justice Department
explained in court that Roselli
had performed ''valuable services to the national security.''
A Giancana henchman, Roselli
was an important contact man in the CIA-Mafia assassination plots against Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (Roselli and Dallas gangster Jack Ruby - the killer of JFK assassination suspect Lee Harvey Oswald - are reported to have met in hotels in Miami during the months before the JFK assassination.)
Roselli was also apparently acquainted with longtime Nixon associate CIA agent E. Howard Hunt.
And later, Roselli and Hunt are reported to have been co-conspirators in the 1961 assassination-by-ambush of Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic.
In 1976, Cygne
, a Paris publication, quoted former Trujillo bodyguard L. Gonzales-Mata as saying that Roselli
and Hunt arrived in the Dominican Republic in March 1971 to assist in plots against Trujillo.
Gonzalez-Mata described Hunt as ''a specialist'' with the CIA
as ''a friend of Batista'' who was operating on orders from both the CIA and the Mafia
Giancana’s associate Johnny Roselli, who had also been an organizer in the Castro plots, was found floating in an oil drum off the Miami coast in August of 1976.
According to FBI files, the autobiography ...
According to FBI files, the autobiography of Antoinette Giancana and the testimony of Johnny Roselli to the U.S. Senate Church Commission in 1975, it was Giancana, along with a few other mobsters, who conspired with the CIA to assassinate Fidel Castro in the early 1960s.
's ownership of the hotel was confirmed by the FBI
, which recorded a conversation between Giancana
and Johnny Roselli
(his representative in Las Vegas), in which Giancana said, ''I am going to get my money out of that joint (Cal-Neva) and end up with half of it with no money.''
John Roselli - Giancana's representative in Las Vegas.
had been involved in the early '60s plots against Fidel Castro.
In 1963 Sinatra sponsored Rosselli for membership in the Friar's Club
, where Roselli
was later charged with running a gambling operation.
moved to Miami after Giancana's
removal from Chicago.
In 1975 Roselli
testified to the U.S. Senate's Church Commission
about links between the Mafia and the CIA
Shortly after his
dismembered body was found in an oil drum floating in Biscayne Bay.