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Mob fixer Johnny Rosselli is back in the spotlight

August 27, 2019

“Strategist.” That word on Johnny Rosselli’s business card summed up his role as a Mob fixer whose colorful adult life, after knock-around teenage criminal years that took him from Boston to Los Angeles, included the gangster’s well-known participation with other Mafia heavyweights in a failed CIA plot to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the JFK years. In addition to this secretive high drama, Rosselli, a silky-smooth playboy thought by the FBI to be responsible for 13 murders, had his hand in various legal and illegal enterprises, including money-making ventures in Hollywood and Las Vegas. Rosselli even helped pave the way for ...

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Organized Crime Roundup: Mobs killed 1 million from 2000-2017, big Mafia takedown in Italy and more

Criminals kill far more people than do armed conflicts and terrorist attacks put together, and organized crime groups and street…

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Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar spent seven years on Forbes list of world’s richest

In the summer of 1989, the world’s most wanted drug lord had narrowly averted assassination, challenged extradition treaties, dared the…

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Santo Trafficante Sr., a ‘Sicilian of the old school,’ ruled Tampa’s underworld for more than a decade

On August 12, 1954, Tampa, Florida, Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Sr. died from stomach cancer. Laid to rest in a…

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New Mob movies focus on women

Women are taking center stage in several Mob movie projects now in the news. Hitting movie theaters this summer is…

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Hank Greenspun, iconoclastic Las Vegas newsman who played both sides of the Mob, died 30 years ago

In the spring of 1952, Hank Greenspun, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, embarked on one of his many…

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Federal judge hands El Chapo life sentence

For Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the journey through the American justice system that started with his extradition…

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Organized crime roundup: U.S. seeks $12.6 billion in El Chapo drug proceeds, Peter Gotti seeks ‘compassionate’ release, eight convicted in ‘modern slavery’ racket in Britain and more

Only days before a U.S. judge is expected to impose a long prison sentence on him for leading a major…

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