SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Another one

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013

* Chris Kelly, Orlando Jones, Michael Scott and Phil Pagano. For a while, suicides were an all too common “exit strategy” for Chicago-area people under investigation for alleged corruption. The Daily Herald wrote about this disturbing pattern in 2010

Suicide experts say the one common thread is that the victims likely felt a sense of being cornered and were unable to see other solutions to their problems. In reality, anyone contemplating suicide should call 911 or immediately contact an organization like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at (800) 273-8255.

“They felt that they were boxed in, that their world as they knew it was crumbling,” says Maris. “There is a lot of similarity in all of these.”

Dr. Lanny Merman, director of the American Association of Suicidology in Washington, D.C., says such deaths are called “executive suicide.”

“They can’t tolerate the loss of face,” he says. “So death becomes preferable to public disgrace.”

* And now, another one

A prominent Bridgeport businessman who wore a wire for the feds, helping convict a former Cook County commissioner and a former Chicago alderman, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his plumbing business, authorities said.

Michael DiFoggio, 58, was found with a single gunshot wound to the head around 10 p.m. Tuesday at his family business, Difoggio Plumbing in the 3200 block of South Shields Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

* Sneed tells us more

DiFoggio had not been sentenced yet in his tax case and could have faced as little as probation given his critical cooperation.

Yet for that cooperation, DiFoggio had been shunned in his tight-knit community. He had been trying to sell his luxury home for about $1.5 million, which included an indoor pool, without any luck. He was no longer welcome at the Old Neighborhood Italian American Club, a nearby hangout for local businessmen and mobsters that his father had co-founded, along with mob boss Angelo “The Hook” LaPietra.

DiFoggio also had been having difficulties in his marriage, sources say. His wife filed for divorce less than two weeks ago, and DiFoggio had been talking with his wife on the phone at his office before he apparently killed himself.

His cooperation with the feds was a source of widespread speculation in the neighborhood and whether more indictments were in the works.

“According to my clients on the street, there was a Second Act coming,” said prominent defense attorney Joseph R. Lopez, who has represented many organized crime figures over the years.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


21 Comments
  1. - Roadiepig - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 10:43 am:

    As tight knit as these crime syndicates are, being shunned for turning evidence against one of your own is a sure way to be shunned as a “rat”. Even if what they are doing is right, in their inner circle they are the one who is “wrong”. The price you pay for being dirty yourself too I guess..


  2. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    Yeah, I imagine he wasn’t too popular around the old Bridgeport social club.

    A $1.5 million home in Bridgeport? My, how times change. Real estate is really hot there these days. And a true melting pot. Irish, Poles, Italians, Lithuanians, Chinese, Hispanics. Lots of restaurants popping up.


  3. - walkinfool - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 10:49 am:

    I am sorry that this occurred. These losses just should not happen as they do.


  4. - John Q - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:00 am:

    Another common thread of all these folks is that they have a public stature and an inflated opinion of themselves. They do not see themselves as criminals and are not prepared for the consequences of their actions. These people were not even facing hard time in rough prisons. The bottom line is only criminals should commit crimes. You never hear of career criminals or really bad people harming themselves.


  5. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:04 am:

    It must be devastating when your whole world falls apart and everyone you know turns against you. Was the pressure to take his own life from within, or from those who felt he betrayed them?


  6. - Judgment Day - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:04 am:

    I’m amazed we don’t have a far greater suicide count. We’re too often putting people’s lives (witnesses, not necessarily the true ‘bad’ guys) at the tender mercies of pretty young AUSA’s, and the pressure for these AUSA’s to ’score’ convictions on the bad guys is intense, to say the least.

    After you have seen the haunted looks in people’s eyes who have come through the system after they finally realize exactly how brutally the federal judicial system has just decimated their lives - it’s just frightening. And too often these aren’t the really bad people - they’re just fish who got caught up in the net.

    The look is like the ‘thousand yard stare’ - only it’s about realizing that they have just been condemned to a hopeless future.

    That’s why we need something like “Aaron’s Law” Link is http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/06/aarons-law-is-finally-here/


  7. - Judgment Day - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:06 am:

    ” pretty young AUSA’s,”

    should have been “very young AUSA’s,”

    bad syntax on my part…


  8. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:08 am:

    “A Bronx Tale” …

    “I’ll I know is a rat was the lowest thing anyone could be in my neighborhood, and I didn’t rat.”

    Further …

    Colagero: Daddy, why did you say I did a good thing for a bad man?

    Lorenzo: Because sometimes in life you gotta do certain things that you gotta do even though they’re not right. Do you understand what I’m saying?

    Colagero: No it’s just that, I thought I did the right thing, and now I’m not sure I did.

    Lorenzo: You did do the right thing and when you get older you’ll understand why.

    And “Goodfellas”…

    “You took your first pinch like a man and you learn two great things in your life. Look at me, never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.”

    Can’t live in Bridgeport and not follow those two quotes and expect to be …”welcomed around”.

    It is, sadly and tragically…. what it is.

    I feel for his family, I feel for him as well.


  9. - Excessively Rabid - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:22 am:

    ==all too common “exit strategy” for Chicago-area people under investigation==

    And at least one in Springfield.


  10. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:25 am:

    Good point, ER. Some folks and I were talking about him just the other day. Just tragic.


  11. - Noneofyourbiz - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:25 am:

    Let the man’s family digest what just happened.
    Who cares what Joe Lopez has to say….


  12. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:28 am:

    Conspiracy theories start in i,2,3……

    I can’t imagine being in his position. To throw away a life is a useless tragedy. I feel for his family.


  13. - BDuty6 - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:33 am:

    Not to be morbid and add to the roll call, but there was also Caseyville police chief JD Roth who was under investigation when he committed suicide earlier this year.


  14. - walkinfool - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:42 am:

    I’m with JudgmentDay in general, without wanting to comment on this sad case specifically.

    The way that Federal prosecutors brutalize people, especially those who “cooperate” with them, is a disgrace. There seems to be no effective control on them, or their behavior, which is often driven by ego or political ambition.

    Once you’re in their web, you life is often destroyed in ways beyond what happens to those who don’t “cooperate.” Tax audits and stretched adverse findings, property takings, frozen accounts, threats to associates, fake wire fraud cases, threats to destroy family members, on and on.

    You’ve made a pact with the devil, twice.


  15. - Thomas paine - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:45 am:

    Its one thing to get yourself in trouble…that may garner you some sympathy. But when you go out of your way to get other people in trouble, to lessen your own plight, you aren’t going to find anyone to shake your hand in Bridgeport or any other tight knit neighborhood.


  16. - flea - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:47 am:

    Suicide is not painless..for the person or the family, I expect. Peace


  17. - Amuzing Myself - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 11:51 am:

    Reference to a Second Act. Yeah. Suicide. Sure.


  18. - Cheswick - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 3:56 pm:

    == …they finally realize exactly how brutally the federal judicial system has just decimated their lives - it’s just frightening.==

    Definitely.

    An equally disturbing thing to me with such suicides is the inevitable shrug of the shoulders by the feds afterwards. As if it’s just another aspect of the business.


  19. - downstate commissioner - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 8:02 pm:

    Don’t agree with the tone of several posts. Personally feel that sometimes suicide is the honorable way out of some situations. It may be an admission of guilt, but it certainly saves time and expense for everybody…


  20. - BIG LOU - Wednesday, Oct 30, 13 @ 8:25 pm:

    If you want to go to jail,Hire lopez as your attorney.Every person he represents,goes to jail.


  21. - Henry Clay - Thursday, Oct 31, 13 @ 9:37 am:

    Regarding the Feds: A lot of how you are treated is based on which Department or section of the fed government is there to help fix things that are broken. I once helped the FBI (prior to 9/11). They were good to me. Offered me money to help them but I told them I did not want any. The FBI kept my help anonymous.My impression of the FBI agents that I dealt with was that they were nice, dedicated people, over-worked, and terribly under-funded. The Fed branch of government that dealt with pension funds and fraud was a horse of a different color. They were purely going through the motions. The guy that they had sent to my house to talk to me was so bored with his job that he actually fell asleep in his chair for a couple minutes during my explanation of what had taken place in a huge corporate fraud. Maybe he dozed off because it was warm outside that day? Anyway, like everything in life, it just depends on who you get as to how seriously they take their job. The FBI gets “two thumbs up” from me based on my past experience with them.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* Today's numbers are grim, but slightly hopeful
* One way or the other, the bill has to be paid
* Tax issues are bipartisan because they work
* Adventures in tracking
* Thompson says namesake building "looks like a scrap heap"
* Rauner takes page from Oberweis playbook
* Today's must-read
* Fanning the flames
* *** UPDATED x2 - Quinn responds to Rauner - Rauner responds *** The assault weapons front opens wider
* Teh crazy spreads
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * SNK Playmore brings King of Fighters ’98 to Android
        * Firefox Beta gets new tab panels, easy language switch
        * Chrome Beta for Android gets Material, single sign-in
        * iPhone 6 separate launch strategy, Galaxy Alpha, Xperia Z3 & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Google offers more services as Chromecast turns 1 year old
        * Moto X gets a back-to-school discount
        * How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive

        * HARKEN Project Could Help Save Lives On The Road
        * Blink Security Camera Now A Kickstarter Project
        * BlackBerry Passport Leather Flip Cover Case Spotted
        * Lightcycle Deemed Not Road Worthy In China
        * Swarm For Windows Phone Teased
        * Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9506) Receives Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update
        * Possible Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 Hits The FCC

        * Noesi's arm, Eaton's bat lead Sox over Twins
        * White Sox 5, Twins 2: Noesi Dazzles
        * Danks focuses in on Twins as series continues
        * Noesi's arm, Eaton's bat lead Sox over Twins
        * White Sox send Putnam to DL, recall Rienzo
        * Beckham trying to work way out of slump
        * Zach Putnam goes on the 15-day DL; Andre Rienzo recalled from Charl...


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Timing of divorce filing stuns billionaire Ken .....
        * Fiesta del Sol Festival kicks off in Pilsen - W.....
        * Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring In.....
        * Citing irreconcilable differences, Billionaire .....
        * New war of words in Illinois' race for governor.....


        * Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands
        * Michelle Obama attends fundraiser for Democrats
        * Michele Obama attends fundraiser for Democrats
        * Feds release data on states getting immigrant kids
        * GOP Rauner's campaign ad used made-up headlines
        * Teen collapses at Gov. Quinn campaign event
        * U of I boosts arena budget, gives Groce a raise
        * Quinn: Rauner ad shows 'pattern of dishonesty'
        * Jobless rates fall in all Illinois metro areas
        * Quinn backs county ballot measure on gun laws

        * Business, labor: Speed up Illinois’ fracking rules
        * Teen collapses at Quinn campaign event
        * Quinn to OK marijuana use for children with epilepsy
        * Coalition: State must move faster on fracking
        * Illinois law a boost to ex-offenders seeking jobs
        * Statehouse Insider: Details, details. Rauner finally has details
        * 'Headlines' in Rauner campaign ad don't match up
        * Lawyers will push to speed up pension reform ruling
        * Libertarian, Green Party politicians seeing blocks by established parties
        * S&P drops Illinois' credit rating to 'negative'

        * Obama says tax law must change to stop 'corporate deserters'
        * Obama urges end to tax loophole: 'I don't care if it's legal, it's wrong'
        * New math: CPS defends its 'gimmick-based' 2015 budget
        * Flap widens over possible Walgreen HQ move
        * Ken Griffin says prenup is 'valid, binding, enforceable'


        * North Riverside puts plan to privatize fire department on hold
        * Charges filed in April shooting death of Simeon football player
        * Willis Clan moves on to next round of ‘America’s Got Talent’
        * Con man: Release me from prison to fix mess from crime I committed
        * Daley will not be called to testify in Park Grill trial
        * Emanuel offers another review of 9,000 mysterious red-light tickets
        * Alleged bin Laden associate should lose citizenship, U.S. says
        * Person of interest questioned in shooting death of 11-year-old; family seeks donations for funeral
        * Michelle Obama to Chicago donors: ‘Write the biggest, fattest check . . . you can’
        * Too many guns, too few values, Emanuel says


        * City Hall spells out review of suspicious red light camera tickets
        * City Hall spells out review of suspicious red light camera tickets
        * Victims recall knife attack from witness stand; both stabbed multiple times
        * 4 hurt in city shootings
        * Southwest Side bank robbed
        * Man gets 40 years for 2002 sex assault in Harvey
        * Dozens gather to mourn victims of jet downed over Ukraine
        * Suspect in '92 slaying of Niles West student held in Los Angeles
        * First Lady Michelle Obama raises money for Democrats in Chicago
        * Arlington Heights woman drowns in Wisconsin saving 3 boys


        * Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation
        * Man Robbed By Fake Police On I-55
        * Illinois Sees Growth In Tax Revenue, But It Won't Last Long
        * Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules
        * Pullman to get an indoor sports facility
        * Board of Education approves "stop-gap" budget for 2015
        * After Water: Science, art and journalism around climate change
        * Illinois' Credit Prognosis: Negative
        * Questions raised about Daley's health
        * Losing school librarians in Chicago Public Schools


        * Business, labor: Speed up Illinois’ fracking rules
        * Neal Waltmire: Rauner inconsistent, irresponsible on taxes
        * E.J. Dionne: Blind ideological justice
        * Esther Cepeda: Tough calls on border kids
        * Teen collapses at Quinn campaign event
        * GOP Rauner's campaign ad used made-up headlines
        * Lawyers will push to speed up pension reform ruling
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Stocks-Smith considers another run for mayor
        * GROW-IL Coalition: Illinois’ foot-dragging means lost dollars from fracking
        * Eugene Robinson: The downside of giving weapons


        * Turning 30 and not freaking out
        * Fracking workers: It's safe, it's good
        * Neighborhood walk brings residents, city officials together
        * Caterpillar unearths second-quarter profit increase
        * Decatur jobless rate tumbles in June
        * Fletcher Park, convention center activities grow with Mount Zion
        * Hope Around the Corner for Dismal Summer Movie Season
        * That's cool: An atypical July
        * Marijuana-friendly ordinances OK'd
        * Murder added to Danville complaint


        * Kristufek's Arlington selections for July 25
        * Cutler knows he can trust O-line
        * Noesi, Eaton lead White Sox past Twins, 5-2
        * Cougars hold on for 5-3 win
        * Boomers take 11-10 victory

        * Schock helps introduce 'full-service schoo...
        * Schock and Hoyer Introduce School Bill - C...
        * Bipartisan House Bill Would Boost Communit...
        * House approves measures to reform housing ...
        * House Passes Schock Charitable Giving Meas...
        * Schock sponsors charitable giving bill - P...
        * Republican Congressman Aaron Schock Defend...
        * GOP's Schock: 'There Is Nothing' in Immigr...
        * Congressman Aaron Schock Obamas Did Nothin...
        * Tyler Posey Licks A Foot, Simon Sherry Woo...

        * Flap widens over possible Walgreen HQ move...
        * Flap widens over possible Walgreen HQ move...
        * The corporate inversions loophole needs to......
        * Flap widens over possible Walgreen HQ move...
        * Flap widens over possible Walgreen HQ move...

        * White House Faces Broad Resistance on Bord......

        * Big Overnment
        * Rubio: Same-Sex Marriage Foes Face 'Intolerance'
        * House, Senate Advance Competing Border Proposals
        * Obama Wants Limits on U.S. Company Mergers Abroad
        * Quinn Backs County Ballot Measure On Gun Laws
        * Chicago Board Of Ed Approves Budget, Debate Over School Funding Rages On
        * Chicagoans Push Back Against Walgreens' Potential Tax Inversion (VIDEO)
        * Chicago Muslims Threaten Violence Against Jews Over Gaza
        * Senger Campaign Launches New Web Video
        * CPS Supports Plan To House Academic Program In Closed School


        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Charter School Fairness and Accountability - New Law Makes Lottery Process Transparent and Helps Prevent Conflicts of Interest
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Combat Flooding in Illinois - Oak Lawn to Receive $12.7 Million in Stormwater Assistance as Part of New Law’s Expansion of Clean Water Initiative
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Cook County Board’s Additional Advisory Referendums - Cook County Voters Asked to Voice Their Opinions on Gun Safety and Mental Health Care on November Ballot
        * Governor Quinn Signs $1.1 Billion Capital Construction Bill - Shovel Ready Projects Will Create Thousands of Jobs and Drive Economic Growth
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Ethics Provisions in County Government - Law Helps Increase Accountability for Public Officials in Illinois’ Collar Counties




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller