Life Plus Five
- Steve Mandell ranted and raved for half an hour.
He called the case against him “phantasmagorically ridiculous.”
And he said “even Helen Keller could see” that he’d been framed and that he’d never have followed through with his “hoax” plot.
Nobody in the packed courtroom had expected less from the Outfit-connected 64-year-old former Chicago cop, an incorrigible ham who loudly maintained his innocence even after he was convicted in February of concocting a gruesome plot to kidnap, torture, extort, kill and dismember a suburban businessman.
But his desperation was palpable. Everyone in the courtroom had seen the damning, secretly filmed FBI video of him chuckling inside the meat-cleaver and buzz saw-equipped torture chamber he built on the Northwest Side.
Hasn't been on the job for over 30 years, served 14 years in the last part of the previous century. Can't we at least call him "disgraced" or something besides "former?" It makes it sound like he served with some sort of distinction when in reality, he probably slipped through the cracks and psyche exams and was most likely clouted onto the job by some of the connected miscreants who slip through every so often.