Mobsters still get press

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The Outfit
“The Outfit” (Gus Russo)

I'm sure this detail will show up in a movie or television drama in three years or so.

Government's key witness pleads guilty in mob murder case | Chicago Tribune : The star witness in the government's case against a dozen alleged Chicago mob figures pleaded guilty Friday to taking part in a conspiracy that included 18 murders.

Nicholas W. Calabrese -- under heavy security -- admitted that he took part in planning or carrying out 14 of the murders, including that of Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, long known as the Chicago mob's man in Las Vegas, and Spilotro's brother.

The Spilotros were beaten to death and buried in an Indiana cornfield. Joe Pesci played a character based on Tony Spilotro in the movie

Casino (Widescreen 10th Anniversary Edition)


The husky, white-haired Calabrese is expected to be the key witness against his brother, Frank Calabrese Sr., and other major mob figures charged in the government's Operation Family Secrets investigation.

James Marcello and Joseph ”Joey the Clown“ Lombardo, both reputed to be major mob bosses in the Chicago area, are among the 12 defendants. They have pleaded not guilty and are being held in custody pending trial.

A federal marshal who was assigned to guard Calabrese at one time, John T. Ambrose, now is charged with leaking information concerning Calabrese's whereabouts to organized crime. He has pleaded not guilty.

Calabrese said little at the hearing. But when U.S. District Judge James Zagel asked what he did for a living, he said: ”Aside from illegal activities I was a rigger at McCormick Place,“ the large exposition hall on Chicago's lakefront south of downtown.

In his signed, 16-page plea agreement, Calabrese admitted he was a member of the 26th Street or Chinatown Crew of the Chicago mob and took orders from his brother in carrying out an array of criminal activities.

He said that included collecting debts for loan sharks.

His plea agreement said the murders he took part in were sometimes ”committed in order to protect the Outfit from individuals who were providing information about the enterprise to law enforcement officers.“ ...

After entering his plea, Calabrese was whisked out a rear door of the courtroom by marshals. He is being held in an undisclosed location to keep him safe from mob reprisals.

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Some Like It Hot is my nummber one Mob Movie.

It's before dripping blood and all this new stuff.

The first time I visited Chicago, 1996, I got to try the deep-dish pizza. I'm going to drop dead, so to speak. Ilker Yoldas is quite a character. I've been trapped in MBL since ...? You haven't been there in a while. I thought the place was a dud. Actually it's fun.

Loyalty to the best blog in America made come see you.

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