Sammy Gravano

Born Mar 12, 1945

Salvatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano is a former underboss of the Gambino crime family. He is known as the man who helped bring down John Gotti, the family's boss, by agreeing to become a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) government witness. Originally a mobster for the Colombo crime family, and later for the Brooklyn faction of the Gambinos, Gravano participated in the conspiracy to murder Gambino boss Paul Castellano.… Read More

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1945 Birth Salvatore Gravano was born in 1945 to Giorlando "Gerry" and Caterina "Kay" Gravano. … Read More


1964 19 Years Old In 1964, Gravano was drafted into the United States Army and served in the United States. … Read More


1968 23 Years Old Despite his father's attempts to dissuade him, Gravano, like many of his Ramper colleagues, drifted into the Cosa Nostra. He first became associated with the Cosa Nostra in 1968 through Anthony Spero, whose uncle Shorty was an associate of the Colombo crime family under future boss, Carmine "The Snake" Persico. … Read More
1969 24 Years Old …  A former associate, however, falsely claimed to the New York District Attorney's Office that Gravano and another associate were responsible for a double murder from 1969. … Read More
1970 25 Years Old In 1970, Gravano committed his first murder—that of Joseph Colucci, a fellow Spero associate with whose wife Tommy Spero was having an affair. … Read More
1971 26 Years Old In 1971, Gravano married Debra Scibetta; they had two children. … Read More


1976 31 Years Old Gravano's robbery spree impressed Aurello, who proposed him for membership in the Gambino family. In 1976, the Cosa Nostra's membership books were finally reopened and Gravano became one of the first to be sworn in.
1978 33 Years Old Gravano's loyalty to his dueling families was put to the test in 1978, when the erratic behavior of his brother-in-law, Nicholas Scibetta, attracted the attention of Gambino leadership. … Read More
1980 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Gravano further ingratiated himself to Castellano when he interceded in a civil war that had erupted within the Philadelphia crime family. In March 1980, longtime Philadelphia boss, Angelo Bruno, was assassinated by his consigliere, Antonio Caponigro, without authorization from The Commission. … Read More
1982 37 Years Old In 1982, Frank Fiala, a wealthy businessman and drug trafficker, paid Gravano $40,000 to rent the Plaza Suite for a birthday party he was throwing himself. … Read More


1985 40 Years Old …  In June 1985, he again demanded that Dellacroce get him the tapes. … Read More
1986 41 Years Old 1 More Event
The Genoveses made good on their veiled threat in April 1986, when DeCicco was killed by a car bomb outside of Castellano's former social club in Bensonhurst, then operated by Gambino capo James Failla. … Read More
1987 42 Years Old When Joseph N. Gallo and Armone were convicted on racketeering charges in 1987, Gotti turned to Gravano to help fill the void, promoting him to official consigliere and making Frank Locascio acting underboss. … Read More
1988 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite Gravano's rise in status to consigliere, Gotti continued to use Gravano for the task of murder. In May 1988, Gravano and Robert Bisaccia, a New Jersey crime family soldier, murdered Francessco Oliverri for beating a Gambino family crew member to death. … Read More
In 1990, Gravano was involved in two murders, the first of which was Eddie Garofalo, a demolition contractor who made the mistake of running afoul of the Gambinos.
1991 46 Years Old On November 11, 1991, federal prosecutors announced that Gravano became a cooperating government witness. … Read More
1994 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 26, 1994, a federal judge sentenced Gravano to five years in prison. … Read More


1995 50 Years Old However, in 1995 Gravano left Witness Protection and relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona. … Read More
1997 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, Gravano wrote the book Underboss with author Peter Maas. … Read More
2000 55 Years Old In February 2000, Gravano and 47 other ring members—including his wife Debra, daughter Karen, and Gerard—were arrested on federal and state drug charges. … Read More
2001 56 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 25, 2001, Gravano pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to drug trafficking charges.
2002 57 Years Old On September 7, 2002, after numerous delays, Gravano was sentenced in New York to 20 years in federal, to run concurrently with the 19-year Arizona sentence. … Read More
2003 58 Years Old On February 24, 2003, New Jersey state prosecutors announced Gravano's indictment for ordering the 1980 murder of NYPD detective Peter Calabro by contract killer Richard Kuklinski. … Read More


2015 70 Years Old As of April 2015, Gravano is listed as being in the Arizona state prison system at a CO Special Services unit. … Read More
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