John Gotti

Crime Boss

John Joseph Gotti, Jr was an American mobster who became the Boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti and his brothers grew up in poverty and turned to a life of crime at an early age. Operating out of the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, Gotti quickly rose to prominence, becoming one of the crime family's biggest earners and a protégé of Gambino family underboss Aniello Dellacroce.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of John Gotti.


1940 Birth John Gotti was born in the South Bronx on October 27, 1940. … Read More


1958 17 Years Old Gotti met his future wife Victoria DiGiorgio in 1958. The couple had their first child in April 1961, a daughter named Angel, and were married on March 6, 1962. … Read More


1962 21 Years Old Gotti attempted to work legitimately in 1962 as a presser in a coat factory and as an assistant truck driver.
1966 25 Years Old However, he could not stay crime free and, by 1966, had been jailed twice. … Read More
1968 27 Years Old In February 1968, United Airlines employees identified Gotti as the man who had signed for stolen merchandise; the FBI arrested him for the United hijacking soon after. … Read More


1972 - 1975 4 More Events
1977 36 Years Old Gotti was released in July 1977 after two years imprisonment. … Read More
1978 37 Years Old In December 1978, Gotti assisted in the largest unrecovered cash robbery in history, the infamous Lufthansa Heist at Kennedy Airport. … Read More
1980 39 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 18, 1980, Gotti's youngest son, 12-year-old Frank Gotti, was run over and killed on a family friend's minibike by a neighbor named John Favara. … Read More


1982 - 1984 2 More Events
The FBI indicted members of Gotti's crew for selling narcotics, and Gotti took advantage of growing dissent over the leadership of the crime family. Gotti feared that he would be killed along with his brother and best friend by Gambino crime family boss Paul Castellano for selling drugs, so he organized the murder of Castellano in December 1985 and took over the family shortly thereafter. … Read More
He was formally acclaimed as the new boss of the Gambino family at a meeting of 20 capos held on January 15, 1986. … Read More
1987 46 Years Old …  On March 13, 1987, they acquitted Gotti and his codefendants of all charges. … Read More
Beginning in January 1988 Gotti, against Gravano's advice, required his capos to meet with him at the Ravenite Social Club once a week. … Read More
1989 48 Years Old On the evening of January 23, 1989, John Gotti was arrested outside the Ravenite and charged with ordering the 1986 assault of union official John O'Connor. … Read More
1990 49 Years Old On December 11, 1990, FBI agents and New York City detectives raided the Ravenite Social Club, arresting Gotti, Gravano and Frank Locascio. … Read More


1992 51 Years Old On April 2, 1992, after only 14 hours of deliberation, the jury found Gotti guilty on all charges of the indictment (Locasio was found guilty on all but one). … Read More
1994 53 Years Old His final appeal was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1994. … Read More
1998 57 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1998, when he was indicted on racketeering, John Gotti Jr. was believed to be the acting boss of the family. … Read More


2002 61 Years Old 1 More Event
Gotti's condition rapidly declined, and he died on June 10, 2002, at the age of 61. … Read More
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