A look at 18 murders detailed in mob case


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Posted Online: Sept. 11, 2007, 12:00 am
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Jurors who delivered guilty verdicts Monday in a racketeering conspiracy case involving the Chicago mob now must determine whether four of the defendants were responsible for any of 18 murders outlined in the federal indictment:

—AUGUST 1970: Michael 'Hambone' Albergo, a mob loan shark, is killed in Chicago. His remains were never found, but before he disappeared he allegedly declared, 'If I have to go to jail, I'm not going alone.' Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime.

—SEPT. 27, 1974: Daniel Seifert is killed outside his Bensenville, Ill., business. Seifert was planning to testify in federal investigation of the $1 billion Teamsters Central States Pension Fund. Joseph Lombardo is accused in this crime.

—JUNE 24, 1976: Paul Haggerty is killed in Chicago, allegedly on the orders of mob higher-ups. Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime.

—MARCH 15, 1977: Henry Cosentino is killed in Chicago. Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime.

—JAN. 16, 1978: John Mendell is killed in Chicago. He was one of several burglars killed after thieves broke into the home of mob boss Tony Accardo and stole jewelry from his basement vault, prosecutors maintain. Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime.

—JAN. 31, 1978: Also in the wake of the Accardo burglary, thief Vincent Moretti and his friend Donald Renno are killed in Cicero, Ill., allegedly while 'Strangers in the Night' plays on the restaurant jukebox. Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime.

—JULY 2, 1980: Reputed mob enforcer William Dauber and his wife Charlotte are killed in Will County, Ill. Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime.

—DEC. 30, 1980: William Petrocelli is killed in Cicero, Ill. Nicholas Calabrese, brother of Frank Calabrese Sr., testified that Petrocelli, leader of a gang called 'The Wild Bunch,' had angered mob bosses by being too flamboyant. Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime.

—JUNE 24, 1981: Michael Cagnoni is killed in DuPage County, Ill. A government witness testified that Cagnoni was delivering cash to mob figures before he was murdered. Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime.

—SEPT. 13, 1981: Chicago mobster Nicholas D'Andrea is killed in Chicago Heights, Ill., his body found stuffed in the trunk of his silver Mercedes. Nicholas Calabrese testified that D'Andrea died during a beating intended to gather information about the attempted murder of a mob boss. James Marcello is accused in this crime.

—JULY 23, 1983: Richard D. Ortiz and Arthur Morawski are killed in Cicero, Ill. Prosecutors allege Ortiz had committed a murder not authorized by the Outfit, but his friend Morawski was not an intended target. Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime.

—JUNE 6, 1986: Emil Vaci is killed in Phoenix, Ariz. Vaci was supposed to testify before a grand jury and his knowledge of casino skimming made mob bosses nervous, Nicholas Calabrese testified. Paul Schiro is accused in this crime.

—JUNE 14, 1986: Anthony 'The Ant' Spilotro, the Chicago mob's man in Las Vegas, and his brother Michael Spilotro are killed in DuPage County, Ill. Anthony Spilotro allegedly angered mob bosses by pocketing money from side deals and having an affair with the wife of a mob associate. James Marcello is accused in this crime.

—SEPT. 14, 1986: John Fecarotta, a loan shark and former union official, is killed in Chicago, allegedly over an internal mob feud. Frank Calabrese Sr. is accused in this crime. His brother, Nicholas Calabrese, is linked to the crime by DNA found on a bloody glove and agrees to testify for the government to avoid the death penalty.

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