Friday, June 8, 2007

Ratting out the Outfit


WLS-TV (ABC7) in Chicago this week provided a preview of the Family Secrets Trial testimony of ex-mobster Frank Culotta. Culotta (left), an ex-convict, turned on his former Chicago Outfit associates 25 years ago and has been a professional government witness since that time. The Family Secrets case involves 14 defendants, including Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo.

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2 comments:

Andrew Breza said...

I wonder why he hasn't gotten more media attention outside of Chicago. This is a huge story.

On another note, this is a great blog! I found you through StumbleUpon.

Tom Hunt said...

Andrew, thanks for the kind words. I do think the newspapers of major U.S. cities eventually will cover the trial pretty closely. I honestly don't know why the preliminaries haven't received more attention. It is at least as big an OC story as any from New York.

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