Prosecutor Mitch Mars put the pieces together for jurors in the 1986 murder of Emil Vaci in Phoenix.
Now, they'll have to decide if they form a convincing picture.
Vaci, 72, was killed by the Chicago Outfit because he was going to testify before a federal grand jury about a slots cheat, Jay Vandermark, who was overseeing the Outfit skim on slots at a few casinos but ripped off the mob for millions of dollars.
Outfit killer Nick Calabrese, a star witness for the government, said he and another mob hitman, Joseph Hansen, parked a light blue cargo van next to Vaci's car in the parking lot of the restaurant where Vaci worked.
Federal prosecutor Mitchell Mars, in a searing final argument for the government, laid out the evidence against Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo in the most comprehensive fashion to date concering his alleged role in the 1974 murder of Bensenville businessman Daniel Seifert.
Seifert was shotgunned just yards from his wife and 4-year-old son at his fiberglass factory in Bensenville.
Here's the government's evidence:
Lombardo had the best motive to kill Seifert. Former federal prosecutor Matt Lydon testified at trial that Seifert was the only witness to link Lombardo to a 1974 Teamster pension fund fraud case. When Seifert died, so did the case against Lombardo. Mars argued that if Lombardo had been convicted in the 1974 case, his access to the millions of dollars in Teamster pension fund money would have been gone too.
"He loses his grip on the golden goose," Mars told jurors.
Emma Seifert, Daniel's widow, testified that Lombardo was at Seifert's business the week before Seifert was slain, casing out the place.
Anthony "Twan" Doyle, Michael Ricci, Frank Calabrese Sr.
Anthony Doyle this week tried to explain away portions of the above conversation he had with Frank Calabrese Sr. when he and a former Chicago homicide detective, Michael Ricci, visited the reputed Outfit killer in prison on Feb. 19, 1999.
Doyle, Calabrese Sr. and Ricci are talking in a visiting room about Calabrese Sr.'s current obsession:
A young Frank Calabrese Sr.
Federal prosecutors want to stop Frank Calabrese Sr. from testifying on two key points for his defense.
In a court motion filed Sunday, the Family Secrets prosecutors are asking U.S. District Judge James Zagel to prevent Calabrese Sr. from testifying that his sons stole his classic cars or valuables from his vacation home in Williams Bay, Wisc.
James and Michael Marcello April 24, 2003 Milan, Mich. prison visiting room
Jimmy and Mickey Marcello had a lot to talk about when Mickey visited his half-brother at the federal prison in Milan, Mich., according to federal prosecutors.
They were worried about Outfit killer Nick Calabrese. They had been hearing he had done the unthinkable: gone over to the FBI and turned informant.
And their concern was getting ratcheted up day by day.
In the following conversation, they discuss an article that had just been published by journalist Carol Marin about the Family Secrets investigation. It was an early look at some of the Outfit hits the feds were looking into, and it caught the attention of the Marcello brothers.
Take a peek into their world through the two video excerpts on this page and the next.
Check out continuing page for the transcript to follow along with the two excerpts, as well as translation of the code, from the federal government's perspective.
The sound quality isn't great, so crank up the volume.
In the last two days in the Family Secrets trial the Banks family of Chicago, politically powerful, clout heavy, have been mentioned not once but twice.
First came James Banks, a zoning attorney and nephew of Ald. William Banks.
Ann Spilotro, the widow of slain gangster Michael Spilotro, testified that when she sold her business in the late 1980s after her husband's death, she felt she got ripped off by the buyers - James Banks and state lawmaker James DeLeo.