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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 t. This book was particularly relevant for me since I grew up in the neighborhood

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Family Secrets The Case That Crippled the Chicago MobAnd their eually 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 stree. Amazing account of the downfall of several senior members of the Chicago mob We

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review Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob 103 ☆ 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 eighteHem 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. “Family Secrets” was a truly detailed thorough look at the state of the Maf