John Gotti
John Gotti: The American Mobster
This is a story about a New York mobster, who was the
Godfather of the Gambino Family. Today he is serving a life
sentence in Marion Federal Penitentiary on 43 counts of
racketeering, multiple murders, loan sharking, gambling, and
even jury tampering. John Gotti was born October 27, 1940
in the Bronx. John Gotti had 12 other brothers and sisters.

He had 2 parents, Fannie and John Joseph Gotti Sr. John
Gotti started school in 1945. In 1950 The Gotti family
moved to Sheepshead Bay, where John attended P.S. 209.

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In 1952, the family moved to East New York; John
attended P.S. 178. While he was in school Gotti had his first
brush with the law when he was caught with friends stealing
and vandalizing with portable cement mixer that tipped over
and crushed the toes of his feet. He had to be hospitalized
for awhile as a result, and is reportedly missing a toe or two.

>From then on John Gotti joined a youth gang called
FULTON-ROCKAWAY BOYS. While he was in the gang
he dropped out of school. In the gang he got in a lot of
trouble. He got arrested for the first time in 1957 after a
gang fight. From then on he got arrested a lot in 1958 he
was Convicted of burglary and given probation. In 1959
arrested for the first time as an adult for unlawful assembly in
a raid at a gambling location. He received a 60 day
suspended sentence. Also in the late 50’s, he assaulted a
smalltime hood who owed him money, met and worked for
Carmine Fatico, killed two black gamblers with Willie “Boy”
Johnson, and was caught stealing copper from a construction
site. In 1960 he met Victoria DiGiorgio and falls in love with
her. In 1961, his daughter Angela was born. In 1962 John
married Victoria DiGiorgio. Things were going good for a
year when in 1963 John got arrested in a car reported stolen
from AVIS. He went to jail for the first time and served 20
days. In 1965, he was arrested for unlawful entry and
possession of bookmaking records, in March, Caught
breaking into a tavern on Long Island, in October, Accused
of attempted petit larceny in Brooklyn. In 1966, John
allegedly associated with a gang reporting to Carlo
Gambino. He was jailed for unlawful entry and grand
larceny. Then in 1967, he was arrested on federal hijacking
charges in an FBI sting operation at Kennedy Airport. Then
in 1968, he was arrested in state hijacking case; he pleaded
guilty but receives no prison time. In 1969, he pleaded guilty
in a federal hijacking case; gets three years at USP
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. While in prison, he was indicted
on a second federal hijacking charge; however his indictment
was dismissed because police used illegal wiretap. In the
beginning of the 70’s Gotti spent time in Green Haven
Prison. After being released from jail Gotti was indicted for
murder after James McBratney was shot and killed by Ralph
“Ralphie Wigs” Galione (May 22nd) in a barroom fight.

While John was at a bar in Queens, New York he was
arrested for the murder of McBratney. In 1975, John
pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter in McBratney
case; he was incarcerated in Green Haven state prison. In
1976 Carlo Gambino dies. Paul Castellano allegedly became
boss of the Gambino Fami. In July 28 1977 John is released
from Green Haven early after proving himself to be a model
prisoner. Later that summer, he was allegedly inducted into
the Gambino Family.