Chicago Outfit

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Feds Accuse Alleged Extortionist Of Threatening Witness

Federal authorities want to lock up a defendant they say is an Outfit connected extortionist who just this week leveled a threat against a witness in the case against him.


Frank Calabrese Sr.

Priest Pleads Guilty To Trying To Help Convicted Mobster

A Roman Catholic priest says he’ll plead guilty to trying to help a convicted mobster recover an expensive violin hidden in a Wisconsin home. Sixty-five-year-old Eugene Klein made the announcement Wednesday just as his federal trial was about to get underway.


Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Feds: Ex-Cop Planned Murder With Meat Cleaver, Ambien, Torture Chamber

Former Chicago cop Steve Mandell and alleged accomplice Gary Engel aimed to pose as cops to abduct Riverside businessman Steve Campbell, tie him to a wheelchair, blindfold him, mutilate his genitals, then drug him with Ambien sleep pills and kill him, federal prosecutors said.


Mob associates Jasper Campise, left, and John Gattuso were murdered after a failed hit. (CBS)

30 Years Later, Mob Hitmen Murders Remain Unsolved

A mob gambling operator “was taken for a ride” and lived to tell about it. The men tasked with trying to kill him did not.


Robert Grant, special agent-in-charge of the FBI's Chicago office. (FBI)

Grant: Organized Crime Alive And Well In Chicago

Organized crime wears a new face in Chicago — and the retiring special-agent-in-charge of the area’s FBI office says many times, it speaks a foreign language.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2012

Renee Fecarotta Russo (Credit: CBS)

Family Says ‘Mob Wives: Chicago’ Star Is ‘A Joke’

A decades-old mob murder has been making national headlines again, thanks to a reality show taping in Chicago.

CBS 2–05/16/2012

Jerry Scalise, Arthur Rachel

FBI Tapes Reveal Mobsters’ Talks Of Robbery Plans

When an aging mob crew plotted a series of armed robberies, Big Brother was watching from above. The FBI was using either a plane, a helicopter, a satellite or perhaps a drone to keep tabs on the would-be stickup men.

CBS 2–01/24/2012

Frank Calabrese Jr. talks with CBS 2's John Drummond. (CBS)

Mob Informant Talks About Chicago Politics

Chicago’s most famous mob informant is accusing some Illinois politicians of helping the mob thrive in Chicago and get protection from the police.

CBS 2–03/15/2011

Al Capone

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, 82 Years On

This is the 82nd the anniversary of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, still one of the city’s most sensational and infamous crimes.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2011