When Sinatra Sang for His Life

The Kennedys, the Mob, and the FBI — the Rat Pack’s legendary 1962 residency at the Villa Venice brought the secret power structure of postwar America under one roof.

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When Frank Sinatra sauntered onstage at the Villa Venice restaurant just before midnight on November 26, 1962, a thin frost coated the windshields of the FBI stakeouts up and down Milwaukee Avenue. It was the biting cold — more than the expected presence of the Feds, more than the evening’s extortionist contract terms — that consummated the […]

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