Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese dies in prison at age 75
One of Chicago's most feared mobsters, Frank Calabrese Sr., has died in a federal prison in North Carolina. He died on Christmas at age 75.
Calabrese was convicted in 2007 and sentenced in 2009. He was a hit man who would strangle his victims and then cut their throats to make sure they were dead. Calabrese was blamed for 10 unsolved mob murders that were attributed to the Chicago Outfit, the name the Chicago mob family gave itself. He was sentenced to life in prison.
It was Calabrese's son, Frank Calabrese Jr., who helped put his father behind bars by secretly recording him talking about the murders he committed. "It's very emotional right now because there were two sides to my dad, and I miss the good side," Calabrese Jr. tells the Chicago Sun-Times of his father's death.
It has not been revealed how Calabrese died, but it could be related to the enlarged heart or other illnesses he complained of when he was sentenced to prison.
"I believe he was taken on Christmas Day for a reason," Calabrese Jr. says. "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."