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Chicago Hitman Frank Calabrese Sr. Dies in Prison

By David Amoruso

Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Sr. died Christmas day at the age of 75. He was serving a life sentence at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina after having been convicted of several murders at the Family Secrets trial in Chicago.

Calabrese Sr. will not be remembered as a kind person. During his trial there was gruesome evidence of several vicious murders that Calabrese Sr. had a personal hand in. The evidence literally made the mob hitman laugh in a full courtroom.

His bad temper and violent behavior even alienated Calabrese Sr. from his own relatives. His own sons testified against him. Adding to the heap of evidence that resulted in guilty verdicts against Calabrese Sr. and Chicago bosses Joseph Lombardo and James Marcello. The Family Secrets trial was the biggest trial against the Chicago Outfit in decades and succeeded in sending many top mobsters to prison for life.

Frank Calabrese Jr. told the Sun-Times on Wednesday that his father’s violent history made his death especially emotional. “I believe he was taken on Christmas Day for a reason. I hope he made peace. I hope he's up above looking down on us. He's not suffering anymore. The people on the street aren't suffering anymore.”

Calabrese’s attorney in the Family Secrets trial, Joseph “Shark” Lopez, told the Chicago Tribune that Calabrese Sr. had been in bad health. “Last I spoke with him a little over a year ago, he was a sick man,” Lopez said. “He was on about 17 different medications. But always a strong-willed individual.”

In the video below you can see Calabrese Sr. and his son Frank Jr. in prison discussing a rogue bookmaker.

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Comment by stephen on December 28, 2012 at 6:03am

frank calabrese would have never won dad of the year,but the man was a scary and brutal guy for the outfit.

Comment by Dale .L. Porter on December 30, 2012 at 11:20am

If I'm not mistaken I read a book about him his son authored and even tho' I enjoyed reading it my inner reaction was "How can you rat on your own family?".Well,who am I to judge?.Yes,he was a pretty brutal gangster,but to survive and thrive in that business you have to be or find another line of work,if they let you walk away.

Comment by stephen on December 31, 2012 at 1:29pm

if you read frank jr book,in his words,he tells how he and his uncle were abused both physically and i know these are tough,rough killers but if you continue to abuse or bully someone over a long period then that person or animal will strike know the real beast i suppose you have to be in the life,so condolences to his family.

Comment by Paddy78 on January 4, 2013 at 12:19pm
he died of a broken heart...ratted on by his own family and son none the less.....never read those books the rats write they say what makes it look ok
Comment by stephen on January 4, 2013 at 4:35pm

fair enough paddy,but f_ck his broken heart.

Comment by Mike on January 5, 2013 at 9:25am
Another bites the dust. Good.


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