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Ol’ Blue Eyes, JFK, his mistress and her mafia boss lover

In this extract from their book Frank Sinatra and the Mafia Murders, Mike Rothmiller and Douglas Thompson chart how the singer helped Irish American party girl Judith Exner become a conduit between the president and the mob

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Las Vegas connection: Frank Sinatra with John F Kennedy. Photo by AFP via Getty Images

Las Vegas connection: Frank Sinatra with John F Kennedy. Photo by AFP via Getty Images

Exactly one month after meeting in Las Vegas, Judith Exner and John F Kennedy became lovers in 1960

Exactly one month after meeting in Las Vegas, Judith Exner and John F Kennedy became lovers in 1960

Sam Giancana quickly wooed and won Judith Exner, who had also become the lover of JFK

Sam Giancana quickly wooed and won Judith Exner, who had also become the lover of JFK

Frank Sinatra and the Mafia Murders by Detective Mike Rothmiller and Douglas Thompson

Frank Sinatra and the Mafia Murders by Detective Mike Rothmiller and Douglas Thompson

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Las Vegas connection: Frank Sinatra with John F Kennedy. Photo by AFP via Getty Images

Distraction had always been JFK’s problem. He believed his brain worked better after he had sex. His father was aware of the faults, and this son was only a presidential candidate by default. Joe Kennedy had planned forever, since his Hollywood mogul period and romance with Gloria Swanson, that a Kennedy would get into the White House. Joe Kennedy Junior was supposed to become America’s first Irish Catholic president, but he was killed in the war and his brother had to fill those shoes.

On the election trail, father could not monitor son because Joe Kennedy’s overbearing presence would have been poor public relations. John F Kennedy had to be seen to be his own man. His sexual adventures were accepted if the women involved could not damage him politically. He was also a show-off and liked an admiring audience. He wanted to impress Californian ‘party girl’ Judith Exner and invited her to his press conference by the main swimming pool of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. He was mid-speech when she appeared and he stopped, looked at her, and announced: “Hi Judy, I’ll be right with you when we finish.”


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