John Joseph Gotti Jr. (born 27 October 1940), addressed as John Gotti, was a renowned notorious gangster and leader of the Gambino crime family. The Gambino crime family, one of the most well-known American mafia groups, was headed by him.
He routinely participated in homicides, homicide schemes, loan sharking, heroin dealing, racketeering, obstructing the justice system, illegal gaming, using undercover agents, filing fraudulent tax returns, etc.
John Gotti, who was raised in a large, impoverished family in New York, began to petty theft at a very young age. He joined the Gambino crime family as one of their proteges as he grew older and acquired more connections in the criminal underworld, and after taking charge of several organized crimes, he was elevated to the position of family leader.
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He quickly gained a reputation for being extravagant and boisterous throughout all of America. In America, John Gotti was also a big name amongst journalists, and he had by the nicknames The Teflon Don and The Dapper Don because of his perpetual lack of charges against him and his pricey suits.
However, he was ultimately found guilty in 1992 of racketeering and murder, received a life sentence, and passed away from throat cancer ten years later.
|Wiki Facts & About Data|
|Full Name:||John Joseph Gotti Jr.|
|Stage Name:||John Gotti|
|Born:||27 October 1940 (age 61 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||The Bronx, New York, United States|
|Died:||10 June 2002, United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Springfield, Missouri, United States|
|Parents:||Philomena Gotti, John Joseph Gotti Sr.|
|Siblings:||Peter Gotti, Gene Gotti, Richard V. Gotti, Vincent Gotti|
|Wife • Spouse:||Victoria DiGiorgio (m. 1962–2002)|
|Girlfriend • Partner:||Lisa Gastineau (1980-1986)|
|Children:||John A. Gotti, Victoria Gotti, Frank Gotti, Peter Gotti, Jr., Angel Gotti|
|Net Worth:||$10 million-$12 million|
Early Life & Education
John Gotti was born to Philomena Gotti and John Joseph Gotti Sr. in the South Bronx of New York, United States. He was the fifth kid in a family of 13, and his father, John Joseph Gotti Sr., used to care for such a large family on a modest wage from a day labour job.
He has four siblings: Peter Gotti, Gene Gotti, Richard V. Gotti, and Vincent Gotti, while his mother was Philomena Gotti.
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At 12 years old, John Gotti was a janitor in a clandestine club managed by Carmine Fatico, who was the leader of the Gambino crime family, the biggest organized crime family in the area at that time. There, he met Aniello Dellacroce, who later served as his tutor. He rose to the position of Fulton-Rockaway gang leader thanks to the influence of the Gambino family.
He used to participate in carjackings and robberies. Franklin K. Lane High School was where he attended, but he left at 16. At 18 years old, John Gotti was seen hanging out with the Carmine Fatico gang. Even though he made an effort to avoid crime, working as a presser at a coat factory and as an assistant truck driver for a while, he quickly returned to it.
After being associated with Carmine Fatico, John Gotti started a full-fledged criminal career. At John F. Kennedy International Airport, he began carrying truck hijackings alongside his two brothers, Gene Gotti and Angelo Ruggiero. He was detained by the FBI in 1968 due to the United hijacking. He was detained once more for hijacking the New Jersey Turnpike even after being released on bond. He served about three years at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in the same year.
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He and his brother Angelo Ruggiero began employment with Carmine Fatico at the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club. John Gotti took over the management of Bergin’s illegal gaming. In 1972, he was shortly appointed the acting capo of the Bergin Crew. He was jailed for the murder of the criminal James McBratney when Carlo Gambino sent a team to kill his nephew Emanuel Gambino. He received a four-year sentence.
John Gotti joined the Gambino crime family in 1977 after being released from prison and was made the capo of the Bergin Crew. Considered to be Aniello Dellacroce‘s ward. He also supported drug trades and engaged in loan-sharking activities. His youngest son Frank Gotti Agnello was killed in a minibike crash in 1980, which was caused by a neighbour named John Favara. Despite his apology to Gottis, he was kidnapped and likely killed. He was said to have been killed by John Gotti.
He got into a fight with refrigerator repairman Romual Piecyk, and in 1984, John Gotti was accused of robbery and violence by the police. He was also charged with racketeering alongside Aniello Dellacroce. John Gotti became the acting head of the Gambino family at the same time as Paul Castellano‘s arrest. He regarded Paul Castellano as being selfish and far too powerful; thus, he was interested in removing him from power permanently.
Following the cancer death of Aniello Dellacroce in 1985, Paul Castellano appointed Thomas Gambino as the only acting leader and Thomas Bilotti as the underboss. John Gotti began planning his murder. Under his direction, Paul Castellano was murdered in 1985.
In 1986, John Gotti has formally named the new head of the Gambino crime family. Frank DeCicco was chosen to serve as his new underboss. Under his management, the Gambino family was recognized as the most powerful American mafia family. Due to evidence that John Gotti had participated in intimidation in the Romual Piecyk case, his bail was withdrawn in 1985, and he was locked up.
In his absence, he elevated Joseph Armone to the position of underboss. He was exonerated of all charges in 1987, and his co-defendants were likewise freed. He never had any legal charges stick with him, which is why the American media dubbed him The Teflon Don.
John Gotti was detained for murder and racketeering in 1992 when the FBI turned his conviction into an organized criminal campaign, and his new underboss Sammy Gravano testified against him. He received a life sentence and was transferred to the federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. He was not eligible for parole at this time. John Gotti Jr., his eldest son, who entered a guilty plea in 1999, was appointed interim boss.
John Gotti was assaulted by fellow prisoner Walter Johnson while still housed there until 2002. He was also kept in solitary confinement and only permitted to leave his cell once a day for an hour. Cancer took his life there.
After the birth of their first child, Angel Gotti, in 1962, John Gotti wed Victoria DiGiorgio. Together, they had four additional kids: John A. Gotti, Victoria Gotti, Frank Gotti, and Peter Gotti Jr. Frank Gotti was only 12 when he lost his life in an accident.
He once dated Lisa Gastineau (1980-1986). His grandchildren are John Gotti Agnello, Frank Gotti Agnello, Carmine Gotti Agnello, Charles Herbert Gotti, and Justine Gotti Agnello.
John Gotti passed away from throat cancer in 2002 in the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. He was buried next to the grave of his son Frank Gotti, and his funeral was held in a non-religious location.
According to Gravano’s estimation in the book Underboss, John Gotti earned at least $5 million a year and probably between $10 million and $12 million net worth throughout his tenure as boss.