Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangster, JFK and Castro

Number 28520
Subject Death Investigation
Source
State
Year 2019
Publication Date April 2019
Summary MAFIA SPIES tells the story of America’s first known attempt at state-sanctioned assassination: how the CIA recruited two top gangsters, Sam Giancana and Johnny Roselli, in a plot to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the Cold War. Using recently declassified documents, MAFIA SPIES reveals many details about the US clandestine military effort from a hidden CIA base in Florida to get rid of Castro and, even more remarkably, how Castro managed to avoid getting killed with the help of a Soviet-trained Cuban spy network and double agents placed in Florida. Using FBI and police records, MAFIA SPIES also points to mobster Santo Trafficante as the likely mastermind in the unsolved murders of Giancana and Roselli, as the proverbial “last one standing” in this complex spy tale.
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Keywords Thomas Maier, assassination, CIA, gangsters, Fidel Castro, Cuba, FBI, murder, spies
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