Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Homer Glen wife of a notorious mobster doing 62 years in Leavenworth filed for divorce at the Joliet courthouse.
Sixty-two years must have been just too long for the Homer Glen wife of a mobster sent to Leavenworth to wait. Barbara Calabrese, the wife of Anthony "Tough Tony" Calabrese, filed for divorce from the mob enforcer and suspected hitman at the Joliet courthouse last week. Barbara Calabrese, 53, gave as the grounds for divorce from her 52-year-old husband that he has a "conviction of a felony or other infamous crime," according to her petition. Anthony Calabrese has more than one infamous crime—he was convicted of armed robberies in Morton Grove, Maywood and Lockport. Those cases landed him in Leavenworth until July 2061, according to the Bureau of Prison's website. Before that, he got seven years for a 2002 conspiracy to commit extortion …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The New Year didn't start out all that great for everyone.
The New Year turned five days old today. And out of those five days, the Will County Courthouse was only open for three of them. That may not be a lot of days, but they were still action-packed and exciting. How action packed and exciting? Well, let's take a look: Are you a fan of true crime? Then come like our Facebook page.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Thankfully, it was a short week.
It was a three-day week at the Will County Courthouse, so there wasn't a lot going on. It was nice while it lasted, because that's all going to change next week, starting with Monday's sentencing hearing for quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn. Vaughn was convicted in September of murdering his wife, 34-year-old Kimberly Vaughn, and three children—Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and Abigayle, 12—in June 2007. Vaughn is going to get life in prison. But that's next week. In the week that just ended, we saw Coal City woman Tiffany Unland, 30, fail to convince a judge to further reduce her bond from $120,000 to $50,000. Unland already got it lowered once from $200,000. Unland allegedly killed a Palatine man in a drunken crash on Route 6 in Channahon …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
A Frankfort lawyer locked up in the county jail allegedly offered to pay as many as four inmates to kill his wife.
A Frankfort lawyer jailed for allegedly unleashing a brutal beating on his wife in a courthouse hallway was charged with offering to pay at least four fellow inmates thousands of dollars to kill the woman. It was unclear where attorney Robert Gold-Smith, 50, planned to get the money to pay for his wife's murder, as he told Judge Marzell Richardson he is broke, homeless and unable to pay for an attorney. Judge Richardson assigned a public defender to Gold-Smith's case during a brief hearing Tuesday afternoon. Gold-Smith will be back in court Oct. 17—both for the murder-for-hire case and the shocking allegations of viciously beating his wife, Victoria Smith, 45, outside a Joliet courtroom as they left a divorce hearing in November 2010. Gold…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The judge in the Drew Peterson murder trial may allow testimony from a man Drew Peterson supposedly wanted to pay to find him a killer.
Prosecutors will find out Friday morning if they have recaptured vital testimony from a man who claimed Drew Peterson offered him $25,000 to find someone willing to kill his third wife, Kathleen Savio. The testimony from the alleged hitman headhunter, Jeffrey Pachter of Braidwood, looked to be lost on the very first day of Peterson's murder trial when Judge Edward Burmila ruled prosecutors goofed by failing to notify defense attorneys that he would be testifying. But the prosecution renewed their bid to get Pachter on the witness stand late Thursday and Judge Burmila said he would take the matter under consideration. Peterson supposedly made the startling offer to Pachter in late 2003. At the time, the two men were working together at a …