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THE MOB MUSEUM ANNOUNCES PROGRAM WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT-ORGANIZED CRIME DUO CREDITED FOR TAKEDOWN OF THE CHICAGO OUTFIT
Program Part of New Collaboration between Museum and Frank Calabrese Jr.
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LAS VEGAS (December 2023) – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces its public program Operation Family Secrets: The Case that Took Down the Chicago Outfit, with retired FBI Special Agent Michael Maseth and mobster-turned-government informant Frank Calabrese Jr. The program, which takes place on Thursday, Jan. 18, is part of a new collaboration between the Museum and Calabrese Jr.
In 1998, Maseth began his career with the FBI as a special agent. Assigned to the Chicago Division’s Organized Crime Task Force, Maseth soon began being assigned to work with source and Mafia turncoat Calabrese Jr. For much of his first decade as an agent, Maseth’s priority was Operation Family Secrets, the investigation that eventually resulted in a major takedown of the Chicago Outfit.
As a key government witness, Calabrese Jr.’s testimony devastated the Outfit and helped Maseth and the FBI solve 18 murders and many other crimes. Today, he is a renowned public speaker who discusses his former life with the Mob, his journey of amends and his complicated relationship with his father, feared hitman Frank Calabrese Sr. In addition, Calabrese Jr. partners with law enforcement agencies, providing key insight into organized crime. He has also volunteered his time with the Arizona Department of Corrections, coaching inmates on their pending release as part of the department’s rehabilitation program to prevent recidivism.
More insightful programming with Calabrese Jr. will continue throughout the first half of the year. The full roster of these upcoming programs and conversations follows.
Operation Family Secrets: The Case That Took Down the Chicago Outfit
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. followed by a book signing
Location: Inside the historic courtroom on the second floor. A livestream of the presentation will be available on the Museum’s website. To RSVP to attend in-person or for the livestream link, click here.
Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission.
Description: In 1998, a letter landed on the desk of the Chicago FBI office, setting in motion an extraordinary seven-year investigation. Its source? Frank Calabrese Jr., the son of notorious mobster Frank Calabrese Sr., offering to help the FBI bring his father and other Chicago Outfit leaders to justice. The operation, known as Family Secrets, stands as one of the FBI’s most successful organized crime takedowns. Mobster-turned-government informant Calabrese Jr. and retired FBI agent Michael Maseth will provide the ultimate insider’s view of the Family Secrets case. A book signing of “Family Secrets: How a Mobster’s Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago’s Murderous Crime Family” with Calabrese Jr. will follow this program.
Coffee with Calabrese
Dates: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January.
Time: 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Location: The Underground speakeasy.
Cost: $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased with Museum admission online or at the box office.
Description: Frank Calabrese Jr. wanted out of the Mob, but his father — a soon-to-be convicted killer — wouldn’t let him leave the life. Instead, he risked it all and cooperated with federal law enforcement, prompting one of the most expansive organized crime investigations and trials of the 21st century — Operation Family Secrets. This January, guests are exclusively invited to hear the ex-Chicago Outfit member’s firsthand account while enjoying coffee, tea and an assortment of pastries.
Cocktails and Conversation with Calabrese
Time: 8 to 9 p.m.
Location: The Underground distillery.
Cost: $35 per person. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. To purchase tickets, click here.
Description: Guests are invited to join reformed mobster Frank Calabrese Jr. in The Underground distillery for the exclusive opportunity to hear stories from his past with the Chicago Outfit. Each month from January to June, Calabrese Jr. will talk about a different chapter from his life, including his family dynamics, the inner workings of the Chicago Outfit and wearing a wire while in prison with his father, notorious hitman Frank Calabrese Sr. Calabrese Jr. will also discuss how his cooperation with federal law enforcement launched the most prolific American Mob investigation of the 21st century. One craft cocktail is also included with each ticket purchase.
The Family Secrets Package Raffle
The Mob Museum presents the thrilling opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas, featuring airfare, hotel stay, transportation and an evening with reformed mobster Frank Calabrese Jr. Guests will have the chance to hear firsthand accounts of his time in the Chicago Outfit, his reason for leaving the crime family and his role in assisting federal law enforcement with Operation Family Secrets, one of the biggest Mob prosecutions in American history.
Dates: Raffle tickets are available for purchase through Dec. 31, 2023.
Raffle details and rules at the following link: themobmuseum.org/raffle
Winner Announcement: Jan. 2, 2024
One lucky raffle participant will win:
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