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Saturday, January 16, 2010

John 'Junior' Gotti finds new calling - writing true crime stories

Junior wants to go from crime boss to crime writer.
Finished with the mob, John A. (Junior) Gotti said he wants to start a new career - writing true crime tales, his and others.
The second-generation mobster Friday night shared a sumptuous Italian meal with his winning legal team, and served up his plans for the future.
"I want to try my hand at writing. I want to write about facts - possibly true crime," he said from the Galleria Dominick dining room in Westbury, L.I.
Reveling in the federal prosecutors' decision not to seek a fifth racketeering trial against him, Gotti, his lead defense lawyer, Charles Carnesi, and two others on his team feasted on pasta - with marinara and pesto sauces - seafood and appetizers.
The son of John (The Teflon Don) Gotti said the mob turncoats who took the stand in his fourth trial didn't dish true crime when they blamed him for at least seven drug and gangland murders.
"You have to believe that my father loved me. Do you think he would put his son in a position that he'd have to go out and kill people? He put me in a position of monetary things...of politicking...of dealing with lawyers," Gotti said.
"Never," he said.
Gotti, 45, said he and his wife would start looking next week to move out of New York, maybe to Virginia, Maryland or the Carolinas.
"I think it's better for everybody if I just do move on. Out of sight. Out of mind," he said.
Gotti, who insists he left the Gambino crime family a decade ago, said he has "paid his dues."
He took a guilty plea in 1999 on another case and served nine years, three in solitary confinement.
"Then trials. Properties are gone. Lost houses. Children in counseling," Gotti said.
"I've made sins in my life. Nobody gave me a pass, and it wasn't an easy walk," he said.
His father, famously known as The Dapper Don, died in 2002 chained to a bed in federal prison.
"If you look on his death certificate he choked on his own vomit and blood. He paid for his sins, and I think, at this point, I paid for it," he said. "It's time to let go. It's time to move on."
But if the government comes calling for Gotti's help to rub out the mob, the answer is no.
"That's not my life. It's no longer my life...but their problems are their problems. I'm not part of the government either," he said.
"Here I am sitting here, the government on one side and you have my former life on the other side, and I belong no place."


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