> Bob Cooley . .. . > Butch Petrocelli . > Tony Spilotro
> Pat Marcy . . . . .> Judge Maloney .. > Count Dante
> Harry Aleman. ..> Judge Wilson . . ..> Ed Genson
> Marco D'Amico ..> Alderman Roti. .. > Guest Appearances
> John D'Arco Sr ..> John D'Arco Jr

Bob Cooley, author, in 1989. He was then a criminal defense lawyer and would soon disappear from Chicago.

The exact date of my suicide is open to debate. Some people would say I pulled the trigger in 1986, when I walked into the Chicago offices of the Organized Crime Strike Force and agreed to wear a wire on some very dangerous people. Others would argue that I was as good as dead three years later, when a dozen FBI agents fanned out across the city with indictments based on the tapes I had made, and the Mob fully realized what I had done to them. I could have easily ended up with a .22 in the head—if I was lucky. If I wasn’t lucky, I could have ended up hanging from a meat hook, getting slowly charbroiled by some animal with a blowtorch.

When Corruption Was King © 2004 by Robert Cooley and Hillel Levin

  From 1986 to 1989, criminal defense attorney Robert Cooley wore a recording device and developed criminal cases against mobsters and corrupt officials. His investigation led to nine federal trials in the Nineties and convictions or guilty pleas for twenty-four.  

“Bob is every bit the hero because he didn’t have to
do what he did.”

Tom Durkin, former First
Assistant U.S. Attorney

“The man is a paragon of corruption. The man is
walking slime.”

Criminal Defense Attorney
Edward M. Genson

Never has a federal investigation accomplished
so much, and never has an investigation revolved as
much around one man. But
to this day, the reasons why Cooley decided to cooperate with federal authorities remain a mystery.

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