The FBI long has used ordinary citizens to serve as its eyes and ears throughout American communities, and apparently on September 15, 1959 club performer and Broadway actress Faith Dane dished gossip on Frank Sinatra to someone who -- unbeknownst to Dane -- was a confidential informant who promptly relayed it all to the G-men.
According to FBI records Faith Dane -- "a featured dancer in the ETHEL MERMAN Musical 'Gypsy'" -- told the confidential informant whose name is redacted that "JOE FISCHETTI and several other hoodlums were in FRANK SINATRA's suite in Atlantic City, NJ, during SINATRA's engagement at the 500 Club during Aug., 1959." Dane at the time was living at 136 West 55th Street in the Big Apple, and allegedly told the informant "that she has worked in several night clubs in NY, Chicago, and Miami Beach and has known JOE FISCHETTI by sight for many years."
Indeed, Ms. Dane supposedly further recounted to the FBI informant that in February 1958 "she attempted to sell a painting of FRANK SINATRA that she had done to SINATRA's manager at the Hotel Fountainbleu, Miami Beach, Fla, when SINATRA opened there." According to the FBI informant Dane "stated that she went to SINATRA's suite and noticed among those present JOE FISCHETTI, JACK ENTRATTA, from Las Vegas, 'SKINNY' D'AMATO, owner of the 500 Club, Atlantic City, NJ, and several other persons who looked like hoodlums to her." Dane also reportedly "advised that it is common knowledge that FISCHETTI and SINATRA are close friends, and that SINATRA has a 'hoodlum complex.'"
Joseph "Joe Fish" Fischetti was a first cousin of Al Capone and worked alongside the Chicago gangster, and Frank Sinatra essentially was the mob's performing seal.
Remember kids next time you're dishing dirt: you never really know to whom you're talking!
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