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Frank Calabrese Sr.
A federal jury laid seven mob murders on Frank Calabrese Sr.

But that doesn't mean he can't have Christ in his life — at least according to Calabrese Sr.

Calabrese Sr. talks about Jesus Christ a lot in newly released transcripts of secretly recorded conversations between him and his protege, Nicholas Ferriola, the son of late mob boss Joseph Ferriola.

Unlike Calabrese Sr., Ferriola did not go to trial. Instead, Ferriola pleaded guilty in June last year in the Family Secrets case to collecting street tax for Calabrese Sr. while Calabrese Sr. was in prison, as well as running a bookmaking operation with one of Calabrese Sr.'s closest friends, the late mob killer Ronald Jarrett.

Anthony Calabrese
Anthony "Tough Tony" Calabrese

Reputed Chicago mob hitman Anthony "Tough Tony" Calabrese isn't all rough edges.

Sure, he's the main suspect in the Outfit's last known murder, the 2001 shooting of Anthony "The Hatch" Chiaramonti.

True, he's also the chief suspect in the attempted murder of a Naperville woman in 1997.

And yes, he faces the rest of his life in prison after he was convicted in February in federal court in Chicago of taking part in three suburban armed robberies in the suburbs.

The jury convicted Calabrese after hearing a harrowing tape of him beating up an undercover informant in the case.

But take a look at some of the classes Calabrese has taken while spending time in federal prison on another violent crime and you'll see a different side of Tough Tony.

Frank "The German" Schweihs in his younger days

Reputed mob hitman Frank “The German” Schweihs — once among the most feared men in the Chicago Outfit — wasted little time Tuesday showing that the cancer that ravaged his body has not softened his attitude.
“You making eyes at me?” Schweihs said from his wheelchair to a federal prosecutor during a status hearing in his criminal case.
“Yeah you, you making eyes at me? Do I look like a fag to you?” Schweihs asked.

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