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John Gotti was an American gangster and boss of the Gambino crime family. He ordered and helped to orchestrate the murder of Gambino boss Paul Castellano in December 1985 and took over the family shortly thereafter, becoming boss of what was described as America’s most powerful crime syndicate. Gotti’s underboss, Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, aided the FBI in convicting Gotti; in 1991, Gravano agreed to turn state’s evidence and testify against Gotti after hearing the boss make disparaging remarks about him on a wiretap that implicated them both in several murders. In 1992, Gotti was convicted of five murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, tax evasion, illegal gambling, extortion, and loansharking. John received life in prison without parole and was transferred to United States Penitentiary, Marion.

Birth Name

John Joseph Gotti Jr.

Nickname

John

Profession

Crime Boss

Nationality

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

John Gotti was born on the 27th of October 1940, in New York City, New York, United States.

Died

He was died on the 10th of June 2002 (aged 61), in MCFP Springfield, Springfield, Missouri, United States (died of throat cancer).

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Ethnicity

Multiracial

He has Italian-American ancestry.

Religion

Christianity

Education

John attended Franklin K Lane High School in New York City, New York, but dropped out at the age of 16.

Family Details

  • Father – John Joseph Gotti Sr.
  • Mother – Philomena Gotti
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status

Married

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Girlfriend / Spouse

John Gotti has dated –

  • Victoria DiGiorgio – In 1962, Gotti got married to Victoria DiGiorgio after the birth of their first daughter ‘Angel’. They had four more children together: Victoria, John, Frank and Peter. Frank died in an accident when he was only 12.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 10 inches
  • In centimeters – 178 cm
  • In meters – 1.78 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms –72 kg
  • In Pounds – 159 lbs

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Brown

Hair Color

Brown

Shoe Size

He wears a size 11 (US) shoe.

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

John became known as an American mafia and the head of one of the most powerful American mafia families – Gambino. He was constantly involved with murders, conspiracy to commit murders, loan sharking, heroin dealing, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, committing underground crimes, tax evasion, etc.

Gambino Crime Family

Gotti became involved in a full-fledged criminal career right after he was linked with Carmine Fatico. He and with his two brothers, Gene and Ruggiero, started carrying out truck hijackings at John F. Kennedy International Airport. In 1968, John was arrested by the FBI for the ‘United hijacking’. Even when he was out on bail, he was again arrested for hijacking on the New Jersey Turnpike. In the same year, he spent around 3 years at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary.

John and his brother Ruggiero started working at the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club, under Fatico. Gotti started managing Bergin’s illicit gambling. In 1972, John was soon made the acting capo of the Bergin Crew. In 1973, Gotti was arrested for killing the Irish-American gangster James McBratney along with a team assigned to him by Carlo Gambino, for killing his nephew Emanuel Gambino. Gotti received a 4 year sentence.
In 1986, Gotti was officially appointed as the new head of the Gambino family. He appointed DeCicco as his new underboss. Gambino family was considered as the most powerful American mafia family under his command. In 1987, Gotti was cleared off all the charges and his codefendants were also released. This is the reason why he was called ‘The Teflon Don’ by the American media as none of the legal charges ever ‘stuck’ with him.
In 1992, after FBI changed the conviction of Gotti into an organizational crime campaign, he was arrested for murder and racketeering when his new underboss Sammy Gravano testified against him. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to federal prison in Marion, Illinois. There was no possibility of parole for him this time. He made his eldest son John Gotti, Jr. as the acting boss, in 1999, who pleaded guilty.

John Gotti Net worth

John Gotti has an estimated net worth of $30 million dollars as of 2023.

Some Lesser Known Facts About John Gotti

  • John was born as John Joseph Gotti Jr in the South Bronx, New York, United States of America.
  • He was the sixth of the family’s thirteen children. While his father, John Sr, used to raise such a large family on a poor day laborer’s pay.
  • Following his association with Carmine Fatico, John Gotti embarked on a full-fledged criminal career.
  • At John F. Kennedy International Airport, he and his two brothers began transporting truck hijackings.
  • In 1968, he was arrested by the FBI for United Hijacking. John and his brother Ruggiero began working at Fatico’s Bergin Hunt and Fish Club.
  • In 1985, John Gotti was imprisoned after his bail was revoked due to evidence of his involvement in intimidation in the Piecyk case. In Joseph Armone’s absence, he served as the underboss.
  • Gotti remained in jail until 2002 when he was assaulted by fellow inmate Walter Johnson. He was subjected to solitary confinement and was only permitted to leave his cell for an hour per day.
  • On June 10, 2002, John died of throat cancer at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. With 200 friends and family members in attendance, his family held a funeral service at a funeral home in Queens.
  • Following the brief service, a convoy of 75 limos went past Gotti’s neighborhood haunts as 200-300 people looked on, and he was buried next to his son Frank’s tomb.
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