Coming January 29th to REELZChannel™! The DEADLY ASSOCIATES documentary!
Step into Chicago during the 1960s and ‘70s, where mobsters influence everyone from strip-club owners to Teamsters, aldermen, judges, and local police. It is a world where good men are corrupted by the irresistible lure of money and power, and families are shattered by lies, violence, and tragedy.
Danny Seifert, a street-smart and ambitious young man, follows his father’s example in his efforts to provide a good, comfortable life for his wife and children. Soon, however, his path leads him toward the dark heart of the Mob. His career choices eventually bring him to a point where he must choose between loyalty to the Mob and probable prison time, or coming clean to the FBI, testifying against Mob leaders and risking retaliation to himself and his family. He chooses the latter, which ultimately leads to his murder and decades of living in fear for his widow, Emma, and their children.
As they grow into men, Danny’s sons, Joe and Nick, take it upon themselves to find the man responsible for their father’s death and make him pay. In seeking retribution for Danny, will they also succumb to lives of crime, or will they follow the high road of law and justice all the way to the Family Secrets trial in 2007, one of the largest Mob trials in history?
Find out in Deadly Associates, a meticulously researched and poignantly personal story of one family’s life inside and outside the Chicago Mob.
From The Book:
Everyone has a dark side. A side that leans toward power and the fast lane, and causes a man to seek entry into a world that exists invisibly alongside the everyday; a world that average people glimpse on their TVs and in movies, on the news and in newspapers, but never experience. While most people will never touch upon it, even more don’t realize just how close it is to everyday life.
Chicago has always been a cradle for this parallel world. Corruption, violence, payoffs, and Mob enforcers have, at times, seemed to be business as usual for the Second City. Known for its population of hard-working families, Chicago is also a city with a history of hard-working criminals. Empires have been built and destroyed around the intersection of power, corruption, and politics long before Al Capone ruled its streets in the early 20th century. But as Chicago matured, so did its criminals and their activities.
By the 1930s, Capone’s control over the city had grown to levels never before imagined, and his corrupt influence lurked beneath all aspects of everyday society. Through that control, he reaped vast rewards of wealth, power, and influence, and formed an unstoppable syndicate that had mastered the development of lethal criminal minds; some of which still extend into the present day. And in early 1970s Chicago, Danny and Emma Seifert found themselves immersed in this underworld; linked to mobsters with direct lineages to Capone. Like so many others, they found that they couldn’t escape its dangerous pull.
September 27, 1974 started out as a seemingly normal autumn day in the suburbs of Chicago for the Seiferts. About a year prior, they had opened their own fiberglass company, Plasti-Matic Products, in Bensenville, Illinois. They lived comfortably in a modest townhouse only a few minutes from their business in the shadow of O’Hare International Airport. On the surface, little would hint to differences between their family and the typical, middle-class neighbors who surrounded them. Emma, mid-twenties, was attractive and intelligent. She dressed fashionably for the 1970s and her blonde hair was always meticulously styled. Danny however, was more of an enigma. He was 29 years old, cocky, and tough. He wore a goatee and had dark hair that was combed back hipster style, which made him appear somehow misplaced for that time. But it was his eyes that hinted to the truth. They were calculating, intense, and echoed the soul of a man whose drive for success had moved beyond the point of possessive. For Danny, that drive had reached a level of destructiveness.