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Tuesday, December 8, 1998 Published at 15:28 GMT

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Sinatra files to be released

Frank Sinatra: Always denied connections with the underworld

The FBI is releasing 1,275 pages of files on Frank Sinatra on Tuesday - which could settle once and for all the rumours about his supposed links with the Mafia.

The entertainer, who died in May aged 82, persistently denied connections with organised crime figures such as Lucky Luciano and Chicago Mafia boss Sam Giancana.

The files were requested after Sinatra's death in May, and FBI spokesperson Linda Kloss declined to comment on whether they contained evidence of Mafia connections.

"We aren't talking about that. We're just going to let the records speak for themselves," she said.

[ image: Sinatra's files will be available at the FBI's Washington HQ]
Sinatra's files will be available at the FBI's Washington HQ
But she did say the files did include a number of threatening letters Sinatra had received during his career, adding celebrities often handed documents over so the FBI could investigate them.

Although he allowed himself to be photographed with mobsters, Sinatra always denied links with the underworld.

In 1963 he lost his Nevada gambling licence when mobster Sam Giancana was seen in the Cal-Neva Lodge casino, in which Sinatra held a major interest.

When he appeared before the House of Representatives' Select Committee on Crime, he accused members of what he called indecent and irresponsible actions for allowing a self-confessed murderer to give evidence which linked him with underworld figures.

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