Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob

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Chicago Review Press, Apr 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Painting a vivid picture of the scenes both inside and outside the courtroom and re-creating events from court transcripts, police records, interviews, and notes taken day after day as the story unfolded in court in 2007, this narrative accurately portrays cold-blooded--and sometimes incompetent--killers and their crimes. In 1998 Frank Calabrese Jr. offered to wear a wire to help the FBI build a case against his father, Frank Sr., and his uncle Nick. A top Mob boss, a reputed consigliore, and other high-profile members of the Chicago Outfit were eventually accused in a total of 18 gangland killings, revealing organized crime's ruthless grip on the city throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. After a series of other defendants pled guilty, those left to face off in court alongside Frank Sr. were James Little Jimmy Marcello, the acting head of the Chicago mob; Joey the Clown Lombardo, one of Chicago's most colorful mobsters; and Paul the Indian Schiro. A former Chicago police officer who worked in evidence, Anthony Twan Doyle, rounded out the list.The riveting testimony and wide-angle view provide one of the best accounts on record of the inner workings of the Chicago syndicate and its control over the city's streets.
 

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Contents

2 The Surprise Letter
13
3 Witness of a Lifetime
39
4 United States vs the Chicago Outfit
59
5 This Is Not The Sopranos
87
6 Testimony and Tapes
103
7 Alva and Emma
125
8 A Son Against His Father
145
9 Nick
167
12 From Cicero to Las Vegas
223
13 One and Two
241
14 The Beak the Oven and the Dentist
265
15 Joey
289
16 Crossexamination
311
17 Frank Sr
323
18 Twan
349
19 Closing Arguments
365

10 A Killer Tells His Tale
185
11 Explosion on the Tollway
203
20 End of a Trial End of an Era
389
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About the author (2009)

Jeff Coen is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, covering federal trials and investigations from the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in downtown Chicago. He was present in the courtroom throughout the Family Secrets trial, and his pieces on the case were featured in a popular series in the ChicagoTribune.

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