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Operation Family Secrets - How a Mobster's Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago's Murderous Crime Family-logo

Operation Family Secrets - How a Mobster's Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago's Murderous Crime Family

Frank Calabrese, Jr.

The Calabrese family of Chicago is a close-knit, middle-class, multi-generational Italian-Irish-American clan. They operate family businesses. They work day and night striving for the American Dream. All three sons forge a bond with their controlling father, Frank Sr., and their soft-spoken favorite uncle, Nick. As a boy, the oldest son, Frank Jr., realizes that his father and uncle are also "made" members of another close-knit family: the oufit. In Operation Family Secrets, Frank Calabrese, Jr., tells the turbulent tale of a family dominated by a violent patriarch who breaks a long-standing unwritten outfit code and "brings the street into his home" by enlisting two of his sons into the outfit's 26th Street/Chinatown crew. Calabrese reveals for the first time the outfit's "made" ceremony and describes being put to work alongside his father and uncle in loan sharking, gambling, labor racketeering, and extortion, and plotting the slaying of a fellow gangster, while they commit the bombing murder of a trucking executive, the gangland execution of two mobsters whose burial in an Indiana cornfield was reenacted in Martin Scorsese's blockbuster film Casino, and numerous other hits. The Calabrese crew's colossal earnings and extreme ruthlessness made them both a dreaded criminal gang and the object of an intense FBI inquiry. Eventually Frank Jr., his father, and Uncle Nick are convicted on racketeering violations, and "Junior" and "Senior" are sent to the same federal penitentiary in Michigan. Upon arrival, Frank Jr. makes a life-changing decision: to go straight rather than agree to his father's plans to resume crew activities afer serving his sentence. But he needs to keep his father behind bars in order to regain control of his life and save his family. Frank Jr. makes a secret deal with prosecutors, and for six months-unmonitored and unprotected-he wears a wire as his father recounts decades of hideous crimes. Frank Jr.'s cooperation with the FBI for virtually no monetary gain or special privileges helps create t

The Calabrese family of Chicago is a close-knit, middle-class, multi-generational Italian-Irish-American clan. They operate family businesses. They work day and night striving for the American Dream. All three sons forge a bond with their controlling father, Frank Sr., and their soft-spoken favorite uncle, Nick. As a boy, the oldest son, Frank Jr., realizes that his father and uncle are also "made" members of another close-knit family: the oufit. In Operation Family Secrets, Frank Calabrese, Jr., tells the turbulent tale of a family dominated by a violent patriarch who breaks a long-standing unwritten outfit code and "brings the street into his home" by enlisting two of his sons into the outfit's 26th Street/Chinatown crew. Calabrese reveals for the first time the outfit's "made" ceremony and describes being put to work alongside his father and uncle in loan sharking, gambling, labor racketeering, and extortion, and plotting the slaying of a fellow gangster, while they commit the bombing murder of a trucking executive, the gangland execution of two mobsters whose burial in an Indiana cornfield was reenacted in Martin Scorsese's blockbuster film Casino, and numerous other hits. The Calabrese crew's colossal earnings and extreme ruthlessness made them both a dreaded criminal gang and the object of an intense FBI inquiry. Eventually Frank Jr., his father, and Uncle Nick are convicted on racketeering violations, and "Junior" and "Senior" are sent to the same federal penitentiary in Michigan. Upon arrival, Frank Jr. makes a life-changing decision: to go straight rather than agree to his father's plans to resume crew activities afer serving his sentence. But he needs to keep his father behind bars in order to regain control of his life and save his family. Frank Jr. makes a secret deal with prosecutors, and for six months-unmonitored and unprotected-he wears a wire as his father recounts decades of hideous crimes. Frank Jr.'s cooperation with the FBI for virtually no monetary gain or special privileges helps create t
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The Calabrese family of Chicago is a close-knit, middle-class, multi-generational Italian-Irish-American clan. They operate family businesses. They work day and night striving for the American Dream. All three sons forge a bond with their controlling father, Frank Sr., and their soft-spoken favorite uncle, Nick. As a boy, the oldest son, Frank Jr., realizes that his father and uncle are also "made" members of another close-knit family: the oufit. In Operation Family Secrets, Frank Calabrese, Jr., tells the turbulent tale of a family dominated by a violent patriarch who breaks a long-standing unwritten outfit code and "brings the street into his home" by enlisting two of his sons into the outfit's 26th Street/Chinatown crew. Calabrese reveals for the first time the outfit's "made" ceremony and describes being put to work alongside his father and uncle in loan sharking, gambling, labor racketeering, and extortion, and plotting the slaying of a fellow gangster, while they commit the bombing murder of a trucking executive, the gangland execution of two mobsters whose burial in an Indiana cornfield was reenacted in Martin Scorsese's blockbuster film Casino, and numerous other hits. The Calabrese crew's colossal earnings and extreme ruthlessness made them both a dreaded criminal gang and the object of an intense FBI inquiry. Eventually Frank Jr., his father, and Uncle Nick are convicted on racketeering violations, and "Junior" and "Senior" are sent to the same federal penitentiary in Michigan. Upon arrival, Frank Jr. makes a life-changing decision: to go straight rather than agree to his father's plans to resume crew activities afer serving his sentence. But he needs to keep his father behind bars in order to regain control of his life and save his family. Frank Jr. makes a secret deal with prosecutors, and for six months-unmonitored and unprotected-he wears a wire as his father recounts decades of hideous crimes. Frank Jr.'s cooperation with the FBI for virtually no monetary gain or special privileges helps create t

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Pompian, Keith Zimmerman, Kent Zimmerman, Todd McLaren

Length:

10h 43m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

07:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

26:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

18:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

38:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

11:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

29:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

18:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:22