Gus Russo

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Gus Russo
Born1950 (age 68–69)
ResidenceCatonsville, Maryland
Known forResearch on the assassination of John F. Kennedy

Gus G. Russo (born 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland)[citation needed] is an American author and researcher of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.[1]

Russo was part of a team of researchers that worked on the 1993 Frontline Lee Harvey Oswald documentary, Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?, for PBS.[2][3] He is the author of Live by the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK, a book which states that Lee Harvey Oswald alone killed the president in retribution for Kennedy's policies toward Fidel Castro and Cuba.[1]

Russo has also written books about the Chicago Outfit and mob lawyer Sidney Korshak. In The Outfit, Russo points out that while the Mafia is responsible for heinous crimes, they aren't the only "business" that engages in destructive and illegal activities. The Mafia's "upper world" counterparts, big business, has been responsible for many crimes themselves (white collar crime), have escaped punishment, and still operate without being prosecuted.[citation needed]

Co-authored by Stephen Molton, Brothers In Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder states that Castro's regime employed Oswald in retaliation for plots against the Cuban leader.[4]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2013, Russo was a resident of Catonsville, Maryland.[5]


  • Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers, by Gus Russo (2006)[6]
  • The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America, by Gus Russo (2003)
  • Gangsters and Goodfellas: The Mob, Witness Protection, and Life on the Run, by Henry Hill, Gus Russo (As Told to) (2004 {hardcover}, 2007 {paperback})
  • Live by the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK, by Gus Russo (1998)
  • Brothers In Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder, by Gus Russo and Stephen Molton
  • Boomer Days, by Gus Russo (2011)


  1. ^ a b Castro, Max J. (February 15, 1999). "Why Oswald killed Kennedy?". The Day. New London, Connecticut. p. A6. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Scott, Tony (November 15, 1993). "Review: 'Frontline: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald'". Variety. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald - Credits". FRONTLINE. PBS. November 19, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2016. (Originally broadcast on November 16, 1993)
  4. ^ Naftali, Tim (January 15, 2009). "Book Reviews: The Road to Dallas by D. Kaiser and Brothers in Arms by G. Russo and S. Molton". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  5. ^ Baughman, Julie (November 5, 2013). "Catonsville resident honors memories of JFK assassination 50 years later". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Cohen, Rich (24 September 2006). "Kosher Nostra". The New York Times. p. 8. Retrieved 30 July 2012.

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