Source – saltwire.com
- “…I really like JFK and mid-century conspiracy theories. What does this have to do with Nova Scotia? I am getting there…Before Roselli was Roselli, he was Filippo Sacco. Why he changed his name is unknown…It is known that he was running with bootlegger and nightclub owner Michael Moro before the name switch in the 1930s…he (Moro) is listed as Irene Moro’s husband on her death certificate. He died before the RCMP investigated Roselli for the Kennedy assassination in 1965…The RCMP weren’t able to find much of anything on Roselli in Nova Scotia or Canada, for that matter”
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On August 7, 1976, the body of well-connected mobster John Roselli was found in a barrel by fishermen off the coast of Miami.
Before he found his way to the barrel, he was well involved with casinos and gambling and was one of the originals of Las Vegas during its launch in the 1950s. More importantly, Mr. Roselli played a part in one of the biggest CIA covert operations. He was a main player in Operation Mongoose.
In the late 1950s, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro shut down all mob-run Cuban casinos to rid the country of anyone involved with running them. This cost Roselli and his associates a lot of money. The CIA used this to their advantage and hired Roselli and whoever he could recruit to assassinate Castro. He obliged under the guise of getting his casinos back and running. His job was to try to use a hypodermic needle to stab or to use pills to poison the Cuban leader. The CIA also had the Bugs Bunny-inspired approach involving an exploding cigar in an attempt to take Castro down.
This $50 million dollar project was mostly shut down by the Bay of Pigs, though attempts did continue for years after. (You’ve gotta give it to Castro, that guy was either really lucky or really smart to die of old age.)
However, it has been theorized that Castro found Roselli out and turned him against Kennedy, who had integral parts in Operation Mongoose and later would become president of the United States of America.
Okay, you get it, I really like JFK and mid-century conspiracy theories. What does this have to do with Nova Scotia? I am getting there.
Whoever theorized that Roselli not only conspired to assassinate the president but actually shot the president from a storm drain (if you’re a fan of the X-Files, the Cigarette Smoking Man assassinates the president in the same way) thought it enough for the CIA and FBI to look back on the guy they had hired to assassinate who they wanted him to assassinate for assassinating the guy they definitely did not want him to assassinate.
The FBI started an investigation into Roselli and began looking into potential leads.
Before Roselli was Roselli, he was Filippo Sacco. Why he changed his name is unknown. Roselli could’ve just sounded cooler or he was running from crime. It is known that he was running with bootlegger and nightclub owner Michael Moro before the name switch in the 1930s. Moro wasn’t quite the gangster Roselli would end up becoming or associated with, but he respected the nightclub owner enough to work for him.
When not running his nightclubs or disregarding the American prohibition on alcohol, Michael Moro was collecting antiques in Bear River, Nova Scotia. There he would meet the Rosencrantz family.
The mother of the family, Rosie Rosencrantz (you couldn’t write a better name) often took care of Moro as he had bronchial issues. Moro would marry her daughter, Irene. They would move to the United States and stay in Bear River in the summers. Eventually, with Moro’s condition, he could no longer make trips to Bear River or Nova Scotia due to the humid climate. Mrs. Moro would still travel home alone occasionally.
As revealed in declassified documents, in 1966 the FBI requested the RCMP speak to Rosie Rosencrantz about her relationship with Moro and if she had any association with Roselli as Roselli or Sacco. The RCMP were also to run Roselli’s prints and search all his aliases.
The FBI or RCMP couldn’t ask Irene. Irene and Michael Moro’s marriage deteriorated and Irene moved home sometime in the 1940s. In 1949 local man Myron Selig shot and killed Irene in her car during a dispute. Selig then turned the gun on himself on the main rural road in Victory, Nova Scotia.
Both of their bodies would be buried in Clementsvale Cemetery.
On a side note, Selig had a rather unusual marriage to his wife as they were first cousins. Further unusual they wed at 29 and 28. I’m running under the presumption (and hope) that there was some sort of non-disturbing reason for them to be married.
The motive for the dispute and killing isn’t clear, but Selig unknowingly ended a lot of potential secrets for the government.
Though Michael Moro had moved on and remarried, a fact he kept from the Rosencrantz, he is listed as Irene Moro’s husband on her death certificate. He died before the RCMP investigated Roselli for the Kennedy assassination in 1965, presumably due to his aforementioned condition.
The RCMP weren’t able to find much of anything on Roselli in Nova Scotia or Canada, for that matter.
In 1975 Roselli testified before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Operation Mongoose. In April 1976 he was asked to testify before the committee again on Kennedy’s assassination. In August of the same year, the government wanted him to come back to talk, but he was missing.
On August 3, the FBI launched an investigation into Roselli’s whereabouts. As we know on August 7, four days later, they would find where he was for those last 10 days. In the barrel.
Katy Jean is a writer and tweeter based in Dartmouth. When not typing away, she enjoys chasing after her little boy Vincent and eating spicy noodles