Want To Meet A Real Life (Ex) Mobster?

Well at least a retired one turned informant for the FBI? Ex-mobster Frank Calabrese Jr., originally from Chicago and now living in Arizona, a member of the Outfit at age 18 is speaking tonight at the Arlington Heights Library at 7pm.

Frank's book "Operation Family Secrets: How a Mobster's Son Brought Down Chicago's Murderous Crime Family" is a top read at the library and his talk will be his second back in the area (first being at Elmhurst College on Tuesday) after having had anonymous phoned-in death threats to his original two Borders appearances.


According to a Daily Herald article, Calabrse isn't worried that his life, or those of his audience, are in danger at the Arlington Heights library.

"If they wanted to do something to harm me they wouldn't call," Calabrese said.

"You take everything seriously but in my experience, a phone call is not something those involved in organized crime do," he said.

It sounds to be an interesing night as the article also states that despite threats of violence that caused bookstores in Oak Brook and Chicago to cancel his appearances, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is going ahead using the same two security staffers who help with crowd control at all their popular programs, said library spokeswoman Deb Whisler.

In "Operation Family Secrets", Calabrese talks about growing up as the son of a violent mobster, his own entrance into the Outfit at 18, and the chain of events as he worked to put his father, Frank "The Breeze" Calabrese Sr., away for good.

So even though the library says that all 200 tickets for the event have been given out, maybe you can sneak in last minute if there are a few no shows...I mean how often do you get to meet a known ex-member of the mob unless your unlucky enough for it to be your last moments...

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