A priest has been charged with plotting to recover a violin for
jailed Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese Sr. Calabrese, currently
serving a life sentence in a high-security federal prison,
allegedly passed messages about the violin to Eugene Klein, who
worked as a chaplain at the facility. Calabrese was apparently
worried that federal agents would seize the violin, which he
believed was a Stradivari, and which was supposedly hidden in his
former holiday home in Wisconsin.
The violin was not found in a search of the Wisconsin property, and when federal agents searched Calabrese's home in a suburb of Chicago, they found documents relating to a violin made in 1764 by Milanese maker Giuseppe Antonio Artalli. Calabrese's former lawyer said that the violin used to be owned by Liberace.