Tim Gratz Posted February 8, 2006 Share Posted February 8, 2006 An interesting story I found on the Internet (re a Robert Capriano): The most important and rewarding project for Cipriano was a movie development deal that he pioneered. Cipriano landed the exclusive rights to the Frank Ragano Story. Frank Ragano was the personal attorney to Jimmy Hoffa, Santos Trafficante and Carlos Marcello in the fifties, sixties and seventies. Frank Ragano came to Cipriano through a dear friend and business associate New York City based New York Times Book Editor named Tom Lipscomb. Frank was in his golden years and wanted to tell the story of his years with Jimmy Hoffa. Frank Ragano needed to “make things right.” Cipriano contracted with Robin Moore, writer of such books and screenplays as (1969's The French Connection, the story of an international drug ring; 1965's The Green Berets, about the Vietnam War; and 1994's The Moscow Connection, about illegal Russian arms smuggling. to sit down with Ragano and make sense of the entire story. In 1948 Ragano began representing Mafia boss, Santos Trafficante, he also worked for New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello and in 1961 he defended Jimmy Hoffa against claims that he had plundered the Teamster Pension Fund. Frank sat Cipriano down in Tampa Florida at a Holiday Inn Hotel and explained that Trafficante, Marcello and Hoffa had all been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kenendy. Further, that Ragano was quoted as saying that at the beginning of 1963 Hoffa had told him to take a message to Trafficante and Marcello concerning the plan to kill Kennedy. When the meeting took place at the Royal Orleans Hotel, Ragano told the men: "You won't believe what Hoffa wants me to tell you. Jimmy wants you to kill the president." He reported that both men gave the impression that they intended to carry out this order. In Frank’s admissions he added that in July, 1963, he was once again sent to New Orleans by Hoffa to meet Santos Trafficante and Carlos Marcello concerning plans to kill the President . When Kennedy was killed Hoffa apparently said to Ragano: "I told you, you could do it. I'll never forget what Carlos and Santos did for me." He added: "This means Bobby is out as Attorney General". Marcello later told Ragano: "When you see Jimmy (Hoffa), you tell him he owes me and he owes me big." Cipriano proceeded to arrange the stars financing, production deal, director and producers, while holding on to the Executive Production position. Robert Cipriano, Griff O’Neil, Bob Parkinson, Clifford Perlman (Ceasars Hotel Casino) (Parkinson Friendly Productions) and Robin Moore met with Frank Ragano for production detailed meetings throughout all of 1985. After six months of pre-production, the temporary casting of Robert Redford as Hoffa, and other named Hollywood stars, MGM, the distribution on the project decided to retract their commitment due to influence and concerns by the Teamsters. The project was shelved until Oliver Stone and JFK was completed. http://www.2424worldconcert.com/bios/rjc.htm What happened to Cipriano later? See: http://www.xenu.net/archive/personal_story...iano/mutual.htm Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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