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June 18, 2007

Sopranos May be Over But Chicago Mob Trial (Family Secrets) with Joey the Clown Lombardo Just Beginning

Posted in: Corruption,Crime,Murder

While so many people are still talking about the ending of the fictional mob TV series, The Sopranos, a real life mob trial will be taking place in Chicago. Well, its not like Chicago has a long history of mob activity. I guess Boston isn’t a college town either.

Federal prosecutors have targeted individual Outfit street crews and their leaders in the past, but Family Secrets will essentially put on trial the structure and enterprise that was the Chicago mob during the last few decades.

Expected to go on trial with Lombardo for racketeering conspiracy will be James Marcello, named as the boss of the Chicago mob at the time of his arrest; Frank Calabrese Sr., a made member of the Outfit’s 26th Street crew and once Chicago’s reputed top loan shark; Paul “the Indian” Schiro; and former Chicago police officer Anthony Doyle. (Chicago Tribune)

Crime buffs speculated that Lombardo (Joseph “Joey the Clown” Lombardo) ¬†was hiding out in the hills of Sicily or enjoying a life of ease in the Caribbean. Chicago mob hiding in the Caribbean? That could never be.

To read the on goings on the Chicago mob is to be like watching the Sopranos, Good Fellows or Casino.

That witness – Nicholas Calabrese, brother of Frank Calabrese Sr. – knows four decades of mob history from the inside and really does have a link to the movies. He is expected to testify against his brother.

Nicholas Calabrese pleaded guilty to several counts in May and admitted that he took part in 14 mob murders including that of Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, known as the Chicago Outfit’s man in Las Vegas. Spilotro, who inspired the character played by Joe Pesci in the movie “Casino,” and his brother were beaten to death and buried in an Indiana cornfield in 1986. (Yahoo News)

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