Chicago, IL.--Bob Cooley was the Chicago cop, turned crooked lawyer who later turned into a very effective government mob-buster.
Cooley was never caught dirty by authorities in his own corruption activities. Instead Cooley simply walked into the Justice Department, confessed his crimes and offered to reel in some very ruthless mob figures.
Cooley took down Chicago’s First Ward Regular Democratic Organization, corrupt judges, lawyers and the prolific mob hit man, Harry Aleman whose murder case he fixed himself as the defense lawyer for a mere $10,000.00.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Frank Wilson soon learned that his paid fix of the Aleman murder case was blown wide open. Judge Wilson shot himself in the head during a visit to Sun City Arizona.
Soon crooked Chicago political types rode the express train to federal prison cells. Cooley was disbarred over his admitted involvement and has since written about his experiences. Cooley’s book, “When Corruption was King” has been optioned for a feature film.
Cooley recently confided in me that he’s not done yet. We may see a second book and more shoes thundering on the floor.
On Sunday night you can watch a National Geographic TV special on Bob Cooley’s exploits. Unlike the overbilled Hollywood version of Elliot Ness, Bob Cooley is the real deal.
Watch the special this Sunday, August 17, 2008.
Watch the Video Preview right here.