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Family Secrets : The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob
by Jeff Coen


Overview - Even in Chicago, a city steeped in mob history and legend, the Family Secrets case was a true spectacle when it made it to court in 2007. A top mob boss, a reputed consigliere, and other high-profile members of the Chicago Outfit were accused in a total of eighteen gangland killings, revealing organized crime s ruthless grip on the city throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Even in Chicago, a city steeped in mob history and legend, the Family Secrets case was a true spectacle when it made it to court in 2007. A top mob boss, a reputed consigliere, and other high-profile members of the Chicago Outfit were accused in a total of eighteen gangland killings, revealing organized crime s ruthless grip on the city throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Painting a vivid picture of murder, courtroom drama, family loyalties and disloyalties, journalist Jeff Coen accurately portrays the Chicago Outfit s cold-blooded--and sometimes incompetent--killers and their crimes in the case that brought them down. In 1998 Frank Calabrese Jr. volunteered to wear a wire to gather evidence against his father, a vicious loan shark who strangled most of his victims with a rope before slitting their throats to ensure they were dead. Frank Jr. went after his uncle Nick as well, a calculating but sometimes bumbling hit man who would become one of the highest-ranking turncoats in mob history, admitting he helped strangle, stab, shoot, and bomb victims who got in the mob s way, and turning evidence against his brother Frank. The Chicago courtroom took on the look and feel of a movie set as Chicago s most colorful mobsters and their equally flamboyant attorneys paraded through and performed: James Jimmy Light Marcello, the acting head of the Chicago mob; Joey the Clown Lombardo, one of Chicago s most eccentric mobsters; Paul the Indian Schiro; and a former Chicago police officer, Anthony Twan Doyle, among others. Re-creating events from court transcripts, police records, interviews, and notes taken day after day as the story unfolded in court, Coen provides a riveting wide-angle view and 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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  • ISBN-13: 9781556527814
  • ISBN-10: 1556527810
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Publish Date: April 2009
  • Page Count: 424
  • Dimensions: 9.28 x 6.28 x 1.12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.58 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 124.
  • Review Date: 2009-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Coen, a Chicago Tribune reporter, dissects one of the most pivotal mob criminal prosecutions, the Family Secrets case, in his revealing, shocking book on self-destructive Cosa Nostra members engaged in a death dance of suspicion and betrayal. Members of the Chicago Syndicate, also known as the Outfit, under the taut leadership of Frank Calabrese Sr., did their share of graft, bribery, extortion, bookmaking and murder, much like in the glory Capone days, but in 1998, Calabresi’s son Frank Jr.—who had “had it with his father’s abusive ways and broken promises”—decided to become an FBI turncoat and get the goods on his father and the powerful men around him. Giving an unfettered glimpse into the strata of the Chicago criminal organization, Coen tallies the strategies of the clever mob mouthpieces, the extensive wise guy body count, and the Feds’ relentless pursuit through the indictment and sentencing. Superbly crafted, this is a tragic, clear-sighted account of how Chicago’s mighty mob was brought to heel. Photos, map. (Apr.)

 
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