Frank Calabrese Sr.’s murder victims
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org December 26, 2012 9:10PM
Mob loan shark Michael Frank "Hambone" Albergo was killed in a warehouse at 3300 S. Shields in 1970. | Chicago Crime Commission photo
Updated: January 28, 2013 4:00PM
In 2007, Frank Calabrese Sr. was found guilty of 13 murders in federal court.
Car bombs, guns, knives and ropes were tools of the trade used by the mob hit man.
These are his victims:
◆ August 1970: Mob loan shark Michael “Hambone” Albergo is killed at what was then a warehouse at 3300 S. Shields. Now it is a parking lot at U.S. Cellular Field. Outfit members were worried Albergo might implicate them after he was subpoenaed to testify on mob loan-sharking activity. In an unsuccessful attempt to find his body, authorities excavated the area in 2003 after receiving a tip he was buried there.
◆ June 24, 1976: Paul Haggerty is strangled and his throat is slit in a garage in the 2800 block of South Lowe. His body was found — after he had been missing for a week — in the trunk of a car that was towed to the police auto pound. He had been bound, gagged, blindfolded and stuffed into a plastic bag.
◆ March 15, 1977: The murdered and decomposing body of Henry Cosentino was found bound and gagged in an abandoned car in a police auto pound in the 4600 block of West Division. His head was resting on a box of hamburger patties. He had been missing since Jan. 24, 1977.
◆ Jan. 16, 1978:John Mendell, who allegedly led the burglary crew that robbed the River Forest home of outfit leader Anthony “Big Tuna” Accardo, is strangled and his throat is cut in the same garage in the 2800 block of South Lowe where Haggerty was murdered. Mendell’s body, found in the trunk of an Oldsmobile, showed signs of torture.
◆ Jan. 31, 1978: Vincent Moretti and Donald Renno are murdered in a Cicero restaurant.Both were suspected of being involved in the burglary of Accardo’s home. They were found badly beaten with their throats cut in the back of a Cadillac.
◆ July 2, 1980: Mob enforcer William Dauber and his wife, Charlotte, are gunned down during a high-speed car chase in rural Will County because Dauber was cooperating with authorities.
◆ Dec. 30, 1980: Mobster William “Butch” Petrocelli is brutally murdered at an empty building near 14th and Laramie, his face mutilated with a blow torch.
◆ June 24, 1981: Trucking executive Michael Cagnoni dies when a bomb planted in his Mercedes explodes on the Hinsdale on-ramp to Interstate 294. He ran afoul of the mob and knew it. He had hired a bodyguard, carried a gun and wore a bulletproof vest for a while.
◆ July 23, 1983: Bar owner Richard Ortiz and his friend Arthur Morawski are shot in Cicero. Ortiz is killed because the mob believed he was dealing drugs and had committed an unapproved murder. Morawski was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The gunman reportedly fired eight 12-gauge shotgun rounds into the driver’s side of Ortiz’s parked 1983 Mercury
◆ Sept. 14, 1986: Hit man John “Big John” Fecarotta is gunned down outside a bingo hall on Belmont.