Who is John Gotti

Mafia godfather John Gotti loved elegant murders and tailored suits

Could there be a more miserable death for a Mafia godfather who loved $ 2,000 suits, elegant murders, the daily barber shop, New York nightlife and, above all, the media, than alone in a numbered smock in the infirmary of a maximum security prison in the darkest Province after ten years of solitary confinement? John Gotti aka Dapper Don had sunk as low as you can just sink above the grave when cancer defeated him. It had taken a while for the once all-powerful Gambino family to understand that having a control-mad narcissus at the helm and killing people for "disrespect" was bad for business.

Honor to whom honor is not due: Since Al Capone, there had not been a gangster boss who, like Gotti, mocked the judiciary and the FBI from 1985 to 1990, bribed juries and, to the delight of reporters, acted as bold as Robin Hood: fireworks on the national holiday July 4th for the people of his neighborhood, Queens; Money so that a boy can buy a replacement for the dead dog here, there ice cream for the kids on hot days. Gotti granted favors and passed death sentences as he pleased, cashing in around $ 15 million annually on drugs, extortion, and kidnapping, and partying in nightclubs alongside Hollywood stars.

And when he was acquitted in three trials within five years, he believed that he could settle everything with bribery and exquisite lawyers. He was a prepotent fool. Because he hadn't expected the FBI tapes to reveal everything and the betrayal of his subordinate Sammy "the bull" Gravano, who delivered him to the knife in 1992 in exchange for a mild sentence.

John Gotti was the fifth of 13 children, hard-fed and poorly raised by his father, a day laborer. A straight line leads from his youth gang Fultham Rockaway Boys to the first contract killing for the Gambinos in 1973, prison sentences and the murder of his unloved boss Paul Catellano in 1985. Gotti was more ruthless, vain, more charming than the others. Today half the family, only a shadow, is in prison. And Dapper Don just ran away.

John Joseph Gotti, born in the South Bronx, New York on October 27, 1940, died on June 10, 2002 in Springfield, Montana.