John Stamos wants to tell you about the most famous crime you may have never heard of

The “Big Shot” star who concerned popularity through “General Hospital” and “Full House” years earlier (not that he has actually aged at all, trust us) informed CNN just recently, “I’m realizing it must look pretty weird.”

However not as odd as the topic of the podcast and how all of it came together.

“The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra” informs the story of the 1963 kidnapping of then 19-year-old Frank Sinatra Jr., the boy of famous crooner Frank Sinatra.
The 10 episode podcast premiered ad-free previously this month on Wondery+ and is now readily available where ever podcasts are streamed.

Stamos informed CNN he found the not extremely well recognized criminal offense story thanks to his own interest in music.

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“Almost like 25 years ago, I was doing a gig at the Orange County Fair with [rock duo] Jan and Dean,” Stamos remembered. “I’d met them through the Beach Boys over the years. And Dean Torrence turned to me and said, ‘Hey, Stamos, do you know anything about producing?’ I told him yes, but I didn’t.”

“He goes, ‘Well, I have this manuscript. I have the rights to the story, my best friend kidnapped Frank Sinatra Jr.,'” Stamos included, holding up the manuscript. “I go “What?!'”

That led to Stamos forming a friendship with the author of the manuscript, Barry Keenan, who was one of the kidnappers and who wrote the manuscript while he was in prison.

Days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Keenan, then 23, and an accomplice grabbed Sinatra Jr., who was newly into his singing career and performing at Harrah’s Club Lodge in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

The kidnappers demanded a $240,000 ransom from the elder Sinatra and were eventually caught and prosecuted.

Stamos said he’s been trying to tell Keenan’s story for years, but ran into several obstacles — including the fact that Sinatra Jr., who died of cardiac arrest in 2016, did not want it told.

But Stamos couldn’t let it go, particularly because the story was so wacky.

He said Keenan proved to not be the most apt kidnapper, forgetting his guns as well as to pay his hotel bill and skiing in Lake Tahoe as everyone from the FBI to mob boss Sam Giancana was trying to locate Sinatra Jr. and his kidnappers.
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“Everyone wants this man and he’s doing runs down the bunny slope up there in Tahoe with his sweetheart. So you can’t make this up,” Stamos said. “And when I speak about it, like I typically state, it resembles the Marx siblings satisfies the Cohen siblings, however doing this podcast…we truly got to dive into Barry and his story and his mind and where he originated from.”

What Stamos found was a mentally ill man who seemingly couldn’t catch a break, believed God told him through the radio to kidnap someone to earn some money, and concocted the scheme.

More than anything the actor said he wanted to shine a light on mental illness, which he said was swept under the rug when the now 81-year-old Keenan was growing up.

“I do not wish to glorify this male, what he did. He made a dreadful error,” Stamos said. “No one got injured. Thank God.”

He said he was already a casual fan of true crime podcasts and wouldn’t mind if “Grand Plan” got additional seasons telling the stories of other unbelievable crimes.

Stamos also wouldn’t be against the story making its way to the screen someday and he said he would want to play John Irwin, Keenan’s mother’s boyfriend.

“He appeared like Clark Gable, had a thin mustache,” Stamos said. “He was a ruffian and he was the one who made the ransom calls since he had a fantastic voice and Barry asked him to do that. Which’s the character I would wish to play.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.