Chicago FBI agents on Wednesday morning were searching the home of the
late feared mob leader Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra, which had been the
recent target of burglars who believed a fortune had been stashed
there, including possibly, the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond.
The search began Wednesday morning at the fortress-like home at 30th
and Princeton in the Bridgeport neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times
has learned. Agents were apparently interested in seeing if they could
recover any stolen items.
Last month, three men, including Joseph "Jerry" "The Monk" Scalise,
were arrested as they were allegedly casing out the home for a
Scalise and one of his partners, Arthur "The Genius" Rachel, were
arrested in 1980 after stealing the Marlborough Diamond from a London
jewelry store. While the men were sentenced to prison for their crime,
the diamond was never recovered, and its fate has been the subject of
decades of speculation.
It was unclear if federal agents were executing a search warrant or if
they were searching the home with the consent of the owner. LaPietra's
daughter still lives in the home and has not been accused of any
The search comes after federal agents recently went through the home
of another mobster, Frank Calabrese Sr. FBI agents found more than $1
million in cash and jewelry in that search last month, much of it
hidden in a secret storage area behind a family portrait.