Handcuffs used in Tony “The Ant” Spilotro arrest

Handcuffs used in Tony “The Ant” Spilotro arrest

Date: Opens November 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: Free with cost of admission

Handcuffs used by FBI agent Marc Kaspar to arrest Chicago Outfit enforcer Tony “The Ant” Spilotro will be on permanent display in The Mob Museum starting November 5.

Following a night-time install, the standard Peerless handcuffs that were Kaspar’s personal property will join the Museum’s growing collection of artifacts in the Museum’s Open City exhibit on the second floor.

In October 1983 Kaspar went to Spilotro’s house to make the arrest on RICO charges. Spilotro answered the door in his bathrobe. Kaspar allowed him to take a few minutes to change into a suit for the trip to the Foley Federal Courthouse. Kaspar did not put the cuffs on Spilotro until they arrived at the courthouse and he saw the press waiting for them. A picture of Kaspar and the handcuffed Spilotro walking into the courthouse appeared in the October 24, 1983, issue of Newsweek magazine. The subsequent trial ended in a hung jury.

Kaspar donated the handcuffs to the Mob Museum.