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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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The photo slideshow was more realistic than the obit, with its pictures of a combination of coconspirators and victims, along with accounts of where each body turned up.

Also, the description of his method sources it to testimony from Calabrese's brother at trial. That says as much as the vaguely sympathetic remarks from lawyers and the like.

I agree with your take. I wondered if the Marcello in the story was related to Carlos Marcello, the head of the mob in New Orleans from roughly the 30s till the 70s.

Those of us who knew him and worked with him loved him.

Anthony's comment made me wish the writer had sought Patrick Fitzgerald for a comment. I'll bet he would have taken some of the varnish off this portrait.

NMC,

I didn't think of it, but I wonder why they didn't seek out Patrick Fitgerald's view. Even if he chose not to comment, which would be typical for him, they could have mentioned that they sought him out.

I was meaning to ask you if you watched the video of Frank Calabrese Jr. My link to the Tribune article didn't work, which I discovered upon reading your comment about the slide show. I hadn't seen a slide show, but there is a video of Calabrese's son giving his perspective. Can you point me to the slide show you mentioned?

I thought it was strange that they mentioned the role of Calabrese's brother but not the role his son played in the prosecution, since that was the story that got the most play in the past. Calabarese's son wore a wire while imprisoned with his father and testified against him in court. IIRC, he had talked about loving his father and also talked about his father being a horrible human being and an awful father. And again, IIRC, the son has spoken about his relationship with his uncle, describing him in more positive terms as someone who actually protected son from the father.

On the small chance that the Frank Jr reads this, he can clarify if I've got any of that significantly wrong. I will say that when the son was promoting his book I was very positively impressed with the self-examination that he went through and in particular his evident commitment to straightening out his own life and developing a better set of priorities.

The slide show is a sidebar about a third of the way down in the article.

You may be right that Fitzgerald would have not commented, although with a dead defendant (and he's left office hasn't he?), he'd have been a lot more free to do so from the standpoint of ethics, as I understand it, although I'm not completely conversant with justice depts internal rules.

Havent' watched the video yet. Will do so.

You might want to check out the NYTimes obit for him.

Thanks, I'll do that.

For anyone interested, here's the NYTimes article NMC mentioned. Much better. The Chicago Trib should have been on top of this--one of those obits that had already been written except for the date and manner of death.

www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/us/frank-calabrese-chicago-mob-hit-man-dies-at-75.html

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