Guest Author - Vance Rowe
John Gotti – The Teflon Don
John Gotti began his career as Mafia crime boss by running rackets for the Gambino Crime Family. One of the most celebrated mob bosses in recent history, Gotti was compared to the boss of Murder Inc., ”The Mad Hatter” Albert Anastasia. Anastasia was also said to be idolized by Gotti. He was first promoted to the rank of capo when he was arrested and convicted for being part of a “death squad” that reportedly shot and killed a man named James McBratney. McBratney was suspected as being part of a small group of men that had kidnapped and eventually killed Manny Gambino, the nephew of the late Carlo Gambino. Gotti swerved seven years in prison for his conviction in this murder.
Gambino Crime Family boss, Paul Castellano made John Gotti a capo in the family and was eventually thought to be the new under boss when current under boss and friend of Gotti, Aniello Dellacroce, was suffering from cancer. However, Paul Castellano hired a man named Thomas Billoti as a capo in the family and rumor had it that Castellano was going to name Billoti as the new under boss. Dellacroce finally died in December of 1985 and two weeks later, Paul Castellano and Thomas Billoti were gunned down in their car in front of a steak house restaurant in New York City. Gotti was reportedly in the restaurant at the time of the gangland slaying. Gotti was named boss of bosses of the Gambino family.
It is also said that John Gotti may have something to do wit the disappearance of his neighbor, John Favara. Favara hit John Gotti’s son with his car accidentally and killed him. The death was ruled “accidental” and Favara was cleared of any wrong doing. Four months later, John Favara was leaving work and was shoved into a car by four men according to witnesses and Favara has never been seen since.
John Gotti earned the nickname of The Teflon Don because he went through most of the 1980’s beating convictions of crimes. However, that all changed when he was finally convicted in 1992 of racketeering under RICO charges when his under boss, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, broke omerta testified against Gotti in his trial.
John Gotti was given a sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole from the conviction. In 2002, John Gotti died in prison due top complications from cancer. He was the last mob boss of the American Mafia to die. It is now reported that the Gambino Crime Family is being run by his son, John Gotti Jr.