All American Mafioso - The Johnny Rosseli Story Expand

All American Mafioso - The Johnny Rosseli Story

Keith Bettinger Keith Bettinger



When the CIA decided to assassinate Fidel Castro, they called upon a classy, well-spoken, and totally ruthless Mafioso named Johnny Rosselli.  In response to the government's offer of several hundred thousand dollars for the hit, Rosselli stood up, saluted and declared he would perform the task for the love of America. 

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Johnny Rosselli was a smooth Mafia man who moved with amazing ease between the worlds of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington. He was the mob point man for several covert operations involving the Mafia and the U.S. Government.   His career reveals the tangled links between Al Capone's Chicago, Harry Cohn's Hollywood, Howard Hughes, Las Vegas, and JFK's Washington.  Johnny Rosselli was a Mafia powerhouse whose mob career spanned five decades, and whose friends included movie mogul Harry Cohn, Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and John F, Kennedy.

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Houdini Souvenir Program

This is an actual reproduction of the souvenir program sold at HOUDINI's shows in the lobby of the theaters during the 1925-26 season  He was presenting his performances on a coast-to-coast tour(s) of North America.


Very interesting historical item relating to HOUDINI.

Keith has a monthly column in the on-line magazine titled Musings of a Retired Cop. He has a Master’s Degree in Human Relations with a major in Clinical Counseling. During his career he received the department’s Bravery Medal, Silver Shield Award, Meritorious Police Service Award, Special Service Award, Professionalization Award, Department Recognition Award, 5 Headquarters commendations and six Precinct commendations. He also was a field training officer, Crime Prevention Officer and an instructor on Post Shooting Trauma and Critical Incidents. He was instrumental in the development of a Peer Counseling Program for Officers Involved in Critical Incidents. He also did debriefings of police officers who were at “Ground Zero” following the tragedies of September 11, 2001.

Keith has written two previous books, Fighting Crime with “Some” Day and Lenny, and End of Watch. He has also contributed stories to the following anthologies; Cop Tales 2000, Charity, True Blue, To Protect and Serve, Dad’s Bow Tie and I Pledge Allegiance. Keith has over 100 articles published in various publications in the United States, Canada and Europe. He also has a monthly on-line column on the POLICE.One one line law enforcement magazine. He shares credit for the screenplay The Master Cheat with his friend and fellow writer Jack Miller.
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