Mob hitman Frank Calabrese Sr. dies at 75 - New York News

Mob hitman Frank Calabrese Sr. dies at 75

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Federal Bureau of Prisons said convicted Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Sr. has died at the age of 75.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said Calabrese died Tuesday at the Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina. Ross had no information on the cause of death.

Calabrese was one of the main figures in the history of Chicago's organized crime, as one of several reputed mobsters convicted in 2007 Family Secrets case. They were part of a racketeering conspiracy that included 18 decades-old murders.

Calabrese was blamed for 13 of the Chicago Outfit murders. He was serving life behind bars.

He was one of four defendants ordered to pay more than $24 million, including millions in restitution to the families of murder victims.

His son, Frank Calabrese Jr. ­ who risked his life and secretly recorded his father in prison as he bragged about mob murders said Wednesday he had "a lot of emotions" running through him.

"It's very emotional right now because there were two sides to my dad, and I miss the good side," Calabrese Jr. said, a key witness against his father at trial.

"I believe he was taken on Christmas Day for a reason," Calabrese Jr. said. "I hope he made peace. I hope he's up above looking down on us."

"It's always been hard for me that he had to be locked up like that. Then again, I didn't forget a lot of the things that happened," Calabrese Jr. said. Calabrese Sr. was known for not only the terror he inflicted on the streets, but also the violence he visited upon his own family.

"He's not suffering any more. The people on the street aren't suffering any more," Calabrese Jr. said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire and Associated Press contributed to this report.

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:26:19 GMT
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
  • Man dies trapped in elevator shaft

    Man dies trapped in elevator shaft

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:06:40 GMT
    New York City NewsNew York City News
    A man died after becoming trapped between an elevator shaft and elevator car in the Bronx, said police. Police were called to 680 Tinton Ave. in The Bronx at about 3:55 a.m. on Monday. The man was found unconscious between the 18th and 19th floors. It is not clear how the man became trapped. A police investigation was underway. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
    A man died after becoming trapped between an elevator shaft and elevator car in the Bronx, said police. Police were called to 680 Tinton Ave. in The Bronx at about 3:55 a.m. on Monday. The man was found unconscious between the 18th and 19th floors. It is not clear how the man became trapped. A police investigation was underway. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
  • Mayor, family move into Gracie Mansion

    Mayor, family move into Gracie Mansion

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:51:30 GMT
    It's home, sweet new home for Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family. The mayor, his wife and two children spent their first night in Gracie Mansion on Sunday. The De Blasios returned from a vacation in Italy Sunday afternoon.
    It's home, sweet new home for Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family. The mayor, his wife and two children spent their first night in Gracie Mansion on Sunday. The De Blasios returned from a vacation in Italy Sunday afternoon. De Blasio had spent some time debating whether to move out of his family's home in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, but the family ultimately decided to make the shift.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices