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This dossier contains extracts from FBI and CIA files relating to the Mafia fixer Johnny Roselli. It focuses on the episode in the early 1960s when Roselli was approached by Robert Maheur on behalf of the CIA in an effort to recruit Roselli and other mafiosos to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Roselli testified before the Church Committee in the 1970s, which was investigating illegal activities carried out by the US intelligence agencies. Indeed, Roselli's story is number 2 on the CIA's list of 'family jewels'. Initially he testified about the CIA plan, part of Operation Mongoose, to try to assassinate Castro. In his third appearance before the Committee in April 1976 he testified about the Kennedy assassination. He was recalled by the Committee some weeks later but by that point he had disappeared. In August 1976 his body was found in a 55-gallon drum floating in a bay near Miami, Florida. He had been strangled, shot and his legs had been sawn off.