Before the verdict in the Family Secrets case, the mobsters put on a good face.
Frank Calabrese Sr. chatted with his attorney, Joseph R. Lopez, a skilled cook, about how to cook lobster tail.
Ever the flirt, Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo flashed a wink and a smile at two female attorneys.
James Marcello gave a wave and a smile to his son, James Jr., a faithful attendee of his father's trial.
Paul Schiro showed the same poker face he did through trial and sat huddled with his attorney.
Then the verdicts came.
Calabrese Sr. was found responsible for 7 of 13 murders.
He licked his lips repeatedly, a quick flick of the tongue, lizardlike, as the findings were read. His eyebrows arched. He leaned slightly forward. When he turned around to look at the gallery, his eyes were red. The killer was slightly teary eyed.
Joseph Lombardo slouched in his chair, his head tilted to the right, held up by his palm. When he was found liable for the Daniel Seifert murder, his head tilted sideways a little bit more. Then he straightened up and stared into space, expressionless.
James Marcello clasped his hands together but otherwise showed no emotion.
And Schiro, the only man out of the four mobsters not found liable for a mob hit, still sat stonefaced, not even a glint of relief of his face.
--Thanks to the crack Sun-Times staff of Abdon Pallasch and Art Golab for their observations from the gallery.