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At the height of the Cold War an intelligence chief was given a mission to have the Mafia assassinate Fidel Castro, a new book reveals.
Handsome Johnny Roselli was the mobster in charge of running the Mafia's casinos in Las Vegas and Havana.
Ascendancy - Revolution - Fidel - Castro - End
But in 1959, after his ascendancy in the revolution, Fidel Castro called an end to gambling on the island.
This infuriated the Chicago Mafia heads Roselli and Sam Giancana and according to the new book 'Handsome Johnny' by Lee Server, the CIA exploited their common enemy and attempted to have him 'whacked.'
Roselli - Officer - Al - Capone - Chicago
Roselli was a high-ranking officer from Al Capone's Chicago Outfit who also worked in Hollywood, according to The New York Post.
An FBI and CIA man called Robert Maheu was enlisted to approach the Chicago Outfit who leapt at the opportunity, the new book reveals.
Castro - Government - Favor - Mafia
Not only were they keen to take out Castro, but they believed they were doing the government a favor for which they would forever be indebted to the Mafia.
Server writes that Roselli turned down $150,000 in blood money, saying he would have Castro killed out of patriotism - he was a WWII veteran.
CIA - Mafia - Heads - Miami - Details
He outlines how the CIA and Mafia heads met in Miami to finalize the details.
One of the CIA men suggested a gangland bloodbath with guns blazing, according to the book,...
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