Friday, December 28, 2012

Frank Calabrese Dies

According to authorities, Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Sr., a hit man who strangled victims and then slashed their throats to be certain they were dead, has passed away in a federal prison in North Carolina.

Ross, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons claimed that Calabrese, 75, died Tuesday at the Butner Federal Medical Center. Ross had no further details on the cause of death, though Calabrese revealed at his sentencing in 2009 that he suffered from a host of ailments, including an enlarged heart.

Calabrese's son Frank Calabrese Jr., who had helped put his father in jail by secretly recording him boasting about mob killings,  told the Chicago Sun-Times: "It's very emotional right now because there were two sides to my dad, and I miss the good side." 

Family members claim Calabrese inflicted violence on them as well, with one son, Kurt, recalling during Calabrese's sentencing that his "father was never a father - he acted as an enforcer to me," threatening to "bite your nose off" and make him "disappear."

Frank Calabrese Jr. told the Sun-Times on Wednesday that that violent history made his father's passing especially emotional.

"I believe he was taken on Christmas Day for a reason,"
Frank Calabrese Jr. was quoted as saying. "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."

R.I.P Frank Calabrese

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