The name doesn’t mean much to news junkies these days, but it did 10 years ago.
And it popped back up this week with the assassination in Colombia of aging cocaine queenpin Griselda Blanco.
Rossbach, now in her 50s, was a secretary at the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s office through the 1990s and early 2000s.
And Rossbach became – unwittingly, she claimed – one reason why “Black Widow” Blanco was a free woman living high on the hog when two gunmen whacked her Monday on a street of Medellin.
Rossbach’s story will forever be etched in Miami lore for its sleazy turn.
Rossbach allegedly had hours of phone sex with one of Blanco’s lieutenants while State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office was prosecuting Blanco.
Partly because of the embarrassment caused by the phone sex revelations, prosecutors who first contemplated seeking the death penalty against Blanco allowed the abuela to plead guilty to three murders (when she could have been responsible for as many as 40 in South Florida!). She was sentenced to 20 years but was deported in 2004.
Rossbach claimed she was ordered by superiors to “flirt” with the jailed hitman, and was cleared of all wrongdoings before being canned.
Still comely after all these years, Rossbach’s now a suburban realtor living with her three children in a $500,000-home in Weston, according to records.
She was divorced in 2004.
“Her husband Steve was pretty shook up about the Blanco thing,” said a friend of Rossbach’s. “He let the smoke clear then filed for divorce.”
Rossbach’s cell phone voice mail has been full since Monday’s killing and she hasn’t been picking up.
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