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The Versace Murder
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:11:49 pm »
13 December 2010 Was Gianni Versace murdered by the mob?

Strolling in the Miami sunshine with the latest fashion magazines tucked under his arm, Gianni Versace appeared unusually relaxed.

But Versace, then 50, was never to enjoy another day. On his return home, as he fiddled with the lock on the front gates of his palatial, art deco mansion, a stranger in a white shirt and grey shorts approached — and gunned him down with two close-range shots to the head and neck.

That murder, in July 1997, made headlines around the world. Was Versace the victim of a professional hit — or a crazed madman? And what on earth was the motive?

Certainly, the belief of those who witnessed the awful events outside Versace’s home was that he had been slain by a hitman, such was the clinical nature of the killing.

Martin Weinstein, who was at the scene, said: ‘I saw him lying in a pool of blood, with his face blown off. It was execution style.’

Bizarrely, a dead turtle dove was found beside Versace’s blood-spattered body, which some speculated could be a professional killer’s calling card.

But very quickly, the police, and Versace’s family, dismissed these suspicions, with investigators pinning the blame on Andrew Cunanan, a 27-year-old ‘high-class’ gay prostitute, who was allegedly seen running from the scene.

After an international manhunt he was was found to have committed suicide in the upstairs bedroom of the Miami houseboat where he had been hiding out. The case, as far as the police and the Versace family were concerned, was closed.

As for the presence of the dead dove, it was written off as a freak coincidence: detectives claimed the bird was simply hit by a bullet fragment as it flew overhead at the exact moment Cunanan opened fire.

But now, 13 years later, the colourful life and death of Gianni Versace has taken a remarkable new twist amid sensational allegations that the designer to the stars was the victim of a mafia contract killing.

Two high-ranking mob hit men, Giuseppe Di Bella and Filippo Barecca, have independently claimed that Versace was killed by the mafia. They also confirmed that the dead turtle dove beside Versace’s body was indeed a calling card from his enemies.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1337585/Was-Gianni-Versace-murdered-mob.html

Looking into this at the moment.
Anyone with any info on this, post away

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Re: The Versace Murder
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2013, 12:57:21 pm »


PRINCESS Diana was convinced she was about to be assassinated in the days before she died, according to a new witness.

Former bodyguard Lee Sansum has told the Sunday Express of Diana's deepest fears - magnified by the shooting of her friend Gianni Versace - before she made her fateful final journey through the streets of Paris.

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Re: The Versace Murder
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2013, 06:29:49 pm »
Enrico Chico Forti is an Italian originally from Trento, a television producer and investigative cameraman. At the time of the Versace murder he took a lot of pains to poke his nose into prohibited places, even managing to buy the houseboat where Cunanan was found dead (and which sank mysteriously shortly thereafter).

Chico Forti was going to shoot a documentary and went to talk to Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather, who supposedly said: “You’re looking for the truth about the Versace case? You’re really looking for trouble! Look, this is not poker or blackjack. Maybe it's roulette, but it’s Russian roulette. Do you really want to play with a pistol pointed to your head?”

After spending months on the investigation he succeeded in making a short film titled “The Smile of the Medusa,”  a documentary broadcast in Italy on Raitre, one of the national TV Channels. Afterwards Chico Forti claimed “What I have shown is that the gigolo Andrew Cunanan was dead when he was taken to the houseboat. The story of his suicide is just a farce.”

Add to this scene, US detective Frank Monte, who believes that Forti was a “troubleshooter” for Versace’s dealings with his difficult siblings Santo and Donatella. Monte ascribes his insider knowledge to an investigation he carried out for Versace in 1996 concerning the death of a family associate.

Towards the end of 1997, renowned Ibiza hotel mogul Anthony Pike had traveled to Miami, as a guest of a German man named Thomas Knott, who had been staying at Williams Island for some time in an apartment right below Enrico Forti’s apartment.

Knott was a “schemer” who was sentenced to six years in jail in Germany for billionaire scams; he had disappeared during a probationary period and had reappeared in Miami (as a guest of other Germans) in Williams Island, where he used the cover as a “tennis instructor.” His scam this time involved selling Forti a hotel owned by Anthony Pike.

On June 15th, 2000, after a twenty-five day trial, Enrico Forti, called "Chico", was found guilty for the murder of Dale Pike, son of the Anthony Pike.

Police say Pike came to Miami to confront Forti about the sale of a hotel in Ibiza, Spain that the Italian had negotiated with his elderly father.

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Re: The Versace Murder
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2013, 08:21:53 am »
High-profile attorney Scott Rothstein owned a share in the Versace mansion after its 2000 sale, until federal agents seized it among his other assets in their investigation into a massive Ponzi scheme. Rothstein is now serving a 50-year prison sentence.

As the Scott Rothstein's bogus scheme revved up in 2008, monster investor George Levin, flying high with Ponzi profits, began buying aircraft. It is believed that Levin, who was a close associate of Rothstein's, took money off the table from the Ponzi to buy the planes. Levin sold one of those planes for about $1.1 million on November 23 -- a few weeks after the Ponzi scheme collapsed. I'm told the sale went down offshore in Barbados. The buyer was a Delaware-registered company called Mark IV Aviation, which is actually owned by a mysterious fellow named Mark Shubin.

“Mark Shubin was Wally Hilliard’s business partner in a number of airplanes, including a $35 million Gulfstream."

Wally Hilliard was the owner of the flight school where two of the four 9/11 hijacker pilots trained.

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Re: The Versace Murder
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2019, 02:27:34 pm »
Jews Behaving ? badly ?  ( a new old topic ? )

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/fbi-scott-rothstein-ponzi-scheme-1-billion-2009-11
WSJ: An alleged Ponzi scheme by prominent Florida attorney Scott W. Rothstein likely topped $1 billion, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

Law-enforcement authorities are still gathering information on the massive suspected fraud, and criminal charges aren?t likely to be filed for weeks, added a spokeswoman at the FBI?s field office in Miami.

Earlier estimates were vague, with press reports usually saying ?hundreds of millions of dollars;? the New York Times used $500 million. Clearly, this is much more.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_W._Rothstein

Scott W. Rothstein (born June 10, 1962) is a disbarred lawyer and the former managing shareholder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the now-defunct Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm. He was accused of funding his philanthropy, political contributions, law firm salaries, and an extravagant lifestyle with a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, one of the largest such in history.[1] On December 1, 2009, Rothstein turned himself in to authorities and was subsequently arrested on charges related to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).[2] Although his arraignment plea was not guilty, Rothstein cooperated with the Government and reversed his plea to guilty of five federal crimes on January 27, 2010.[3] Rothstein was denied bond by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Rosenbaum, who ruled that due to his ability to forge documents, he was considered a flight risk.[4]


https://therealdeal.com/miami/2013/06/27/court-moves-ahead-with-rothstein-case-over-gianni-versaces-former-south-beach-home/
Court moves ahead with Scott Rothstein case over Versace mansion
Trustee overseeing firm's liquidation attempted to halt case
June 27, 2013 03:00PM

Scott Rothstein and Casa Casuarina

The trustee in charge of the liquidation of lawyer Scott Rothstein?s firm could not halt a Florida state court case over the former South Beach home of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace, Law360 reported.

Bankruptcy Judge Raymond B. Ray allowed tenant 1116 Ocean Drive LLC and mortgage holder VM South Beach LLC to proceed with a lawsuit filed last month. Trustee Herbert Stettin argued that the tenant violated an automatic stay. Restaurateur Barton G., owner of 116 Ocean Drive LLC, denied the allegation in the lawsuit.

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Rothstein, a convicted Ponzi schemer
, invested in the mansion, which has been listed for $75 million, Law360 said.

Last year, Rothstein admitted to funneling millions through his firm to acquire a 9.99 percent stake in the 19,000-square-foot property in 2009 and more to later keep the property running. Casa Casuarina?s majority owner Peter Loftin controlled Luxury Resorts LLC, to which the money was wired. Loftin put the home on the market last June for $125 million, then dropping the asking price to $75 million in May, Law360 said, citing Curbed.

Rothstein received a sentence of 50 years in 2010 for his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, the report said. [Law360] ? Mark Maurer
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