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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tons of pictures of John Gotti




Growing up in Bronx, New York, it wasn't long before a young John Gotti became involved in gang activity. By the age of 12, Gotti was working as an errand boy for an underground club of one of the biggest crime families at the time. After dropping out of high school, Gotti became involved in a life of crime.


In 1968, John Gotti served his first major sentence after being charged by the FBI with committing cargo thefts near John F. Kennedy airport in New York. By this time, Gotti had been arrested numerous times but served little jail time making this three year sentence his first major stay in jail.


After serving his time, Gotti was back in the mob this time as captain of Fatico's crew. In 1973, Gotti committed his first murder against a rival gang member who murdered a member of his crime family. Gotti ended up leaving witnesses at the scene of the crime and was arrested and sentenced to yet another four years in prison. He's pictured here during a lunch break at a Manhattan Federal Court.

Upon being released from prison, Gotti was promoted to captain of the Bergin crew of the Gambino crime family. In 1980, one of John Gotti's sons was hit by a car while riding his bike in their Queens home. His wife Victoria Gotti is pictured here outside of their home at an unknown date.

In the early 1980's the FBI installed surveillance equipment in the Bergin club where Gotti and his accomplices met. By 1985, they gathered enough evidence to get Gotti and his underboss for federal indictments for racketeering.

However, when it came time to face trial for these charges, Gotti and the other defendants were acquitted of their crimes. It was because of this that he garnered the name "Teflon Don" since the charges "wouldn't stick" to him. The front cover of the New York Daily News from March 14, 1987 shows John Gotti leaving court as a free man.

Once again a free man, Gotti moved his meetings to the Ravenite Social Club once a week. However, this move nearly sealed his fate as it allowed the FBI to record and identify much of the Gambino crime family. John Gotti is pictured here outside of his Howard Beach, Queens home around the same time in 1987.

In 1988, John Gotti's son John Gotti Jr. (r.) was initiated into the Gambino crime family on Christmas Eve. It wasn't long before Gotti Jr. was promoted to capo and eventually began a life of crime of his own.

It wasn't long before John Gotti found himself in trouble yet again. In Jan. of 1989, Gotti was arrested outside of the Ravenite and charged with ordering the assault of a union official. After trial, the Teflon Don found himself acquitted of charges yet again and left jail on a $100,000 bail.

On Dec. 11, 1990, FBI agents raided the Ravenite Social Club arresting Gotti and other mobsters after years of investigating. This time the police were out to finally put the mob boss away while Gotti remained confident that he would slide once again. Gotti was charged with racketeering once again along with 5 counts of murder and other charges including gambling, bribery and tax evasion. The Dec. 13, 1990 cover of the Daily News reads "Feds say: We'll stick it to Teflon Don. Indictment includes 5 hits" as a confident Gotti is pictured in the back seat.

This time, the FBI wanted to make sure they put Gotti away for life as his usual attorney's Bruce Cutler (l.) and Gerald Shargel were disqualified from defending him after they were contended "part of the evidence." Cutler was replaced with Albert Krieger as the trial was quickly underway by the next month.

The trial commenced with the prosecution's opening statements on Feb. 12, 1992 as they began their case by playing tapes showing Gotti discussing the Gambino family business. In the tapes, Gotti revealed murders he approved as well as motive to kill his former boss.

After months of trials, on April 2, 1992, John Gotti was found guilty on all charges of the indictment. The jury only deliberated for 14 hours before coming to the conclusion of a guilty verdict. The front page of the New York Daily News the following day reads "Gone Fella" and included extensive coverage on his legal journey.

On June 23, 1992, the judge sentenced John Gotti to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Gotti was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. He was incarcerated and taken to the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois where he would spend most of his sentence in solitary confinement.

On June 23, 1992, head mobster John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murder and racketeering. The June 24, 1992 front cover of the Daily News was about his life conviction as it also mentioned the riots that followed with his sentencing.

While in prison, Gotti held on to his position as Gambino boss as he relayed orders through his son John Gotti Jr. and brother Peter on his behalf. John Gotti is pictured here talking to his brother Peter while at a maximum security prison in Marion, Illinois in 1996.


In 1998, John Gotti was diagnosed with throat cancer and sent to the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri for surgery. After successfully removing the tumor, the cancer returned two years later as Gotti was transferred back. Gotti's condition rapidly declined and on June 10, 2002, he passed away from throat and neck cancer at the age of 61.

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59 comments:

  1. In that pic of Gotti from the 1970s, the one with him wearing shades and a pink outfit, he looks just like country singer Conway Twitty!

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  2. What a bunch of grease balls

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    1. You are no better then them with the name calling and HOW DO YOU KNOW THEIR BALLS ARE GREASY?!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. first of all i personally knew the gotti's,they 're nice people who the fuck r u to say that about them u fuckin asshole!!!!!

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    3. Your a racist asshole... grease balls is a racial term the racists called italians

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    4. My prayers are with little Frankie Boy. May the little angel be riding an awesome mini bike around in Heaven.

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    5. Respond if you know the answer.. what does john gotti sister look like or what's her name? Is it jennifer ? I ask because a friend of mine tells everyone that's who she is and I don't think she telling truth but who knows ..

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    6. John Jr, has a daughter named Jennifer but I do not belive she goes by the family name. Last I heard her and her mother and I believe another sibling moved out of state due to the mother having enough of that family. Junior is and always was an asshole if u ask me! I do not recall what they look like exactly but last I recall she was a very pretty girl. Like I said though they moved from our neighborhood yrs ago. Have a nice night

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  3. LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

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  4. DID YA NOTICE THERE ALL ANONYMOUS.WHATS UP WITH THAT. LENNY SHOES

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  5. john gotti legend end off

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  6. Rest in Peace to a legend. Not matter good or bad, right or wrong, John Gotti will never be forgotten.

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    1. "forgotten"...Yes he will

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    2. A legend He destroy the crime family with his big mouth!!!! his wife looks unhappy all the time!!!! his kids do not even know their jewish roots!!!!!! john wifes mother was a jew!!!!!!!! and most of them look jewish son peter, faked blond kids big time jewish, sound very mush jewish too on growing up gotti.put you hair spray away. not now mom.very mush jewish faces the gotti kids. well happy holidays solomom

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    3. He lived that fast, money,power an respect life. Street life,death or prison. Some people work, some hustle. It would be a boring life if we were all the same. World of robots.

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    4. NO John's wife's mother was not a Jew you Fool

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    5. John's wife's Mother was catholic you fool. I know here whole family

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    6. It was John's wife real father that was jewish. To all you know it alls

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  7. As a kid growing up in ozone park his fourth of july party was the best. One time I almost made it to the top of the grease pole LOL. The neighborhood was clean free of grafitti,vandalism etc.Now you can't even walk the street safely at night in ozone park anymore, it makes me laugh when these politicians say its better now. Tough guy behind a computer calling Italians grease balls, you would not ever have said that to any of the people in that neighborhood. Rest in peace Mr. Gotti.

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  8. Mom Victoria always looked unhappy. She must of had a horrible life with that guy. Anyway you look at it, it's a sad story for the whole family.

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  9. Why is every one anonymous???????? May John Gotti rip he was a great man Dan is my name

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  10. In my opinion, There has never been and probably never will be a greater "DON". This man has had stories written about the good he has done for the world. HUH.and from more than just one person. As a child and growing up I never had to learn about GOTTI. IT WAS JUST KNOWN. His reputation was indisputable and perfect for those who loved him. For the others it seemed to be a war of wits and then finally muscle. I believe every man has a destiny to be great. John Gotti had destiny by the balls and held the greatness of all of NEW YORK.

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  11. ANONYMOUS- NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR OZONE PARK STORIES ....

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  12. John gotti was the greatest the world needs more like him death before dishornor I would have gave anything to have met him o

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  13. There is always keyboard tough guys.C,mon man,what does it matter who is anonymous?As for clowns saying"greasballs"shut up you idiot.Whatever the rights and wrongs this guy behaved as a man,and didn't snitch.Sign up to it,if you get caught,don't drag people with you,no-one forced them into the life.Some get it,others are rats whatever they involved in,rats before,rats after.

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  14. They call me the black John Gotti and I'm proud of it !he was a stand up guy who never ratted !!! I was at a restaurant on Marberry st and he happened to be there we couldn't believe it ! We were at the table whisper like little girls saying OH Damn there's our hero Big John Gotti , he knew we were glad to see him , do you know sent us drinks and paid for our dinner what I guy. He didn't care that we were black , he treated us like men !!! And I will always respect that man !!! RIP Mr Gotti .

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  15. My God people are stupid. Anyone who views this common thug, or any other mafia goon, as anything more than lowlife scum, you are stupider than you look.

    The mafia accross the board is the reason you pay more for goods and services, especially in NYC. A LOT MORE.

    I guess for people who idolize these thugs, you can consuder it a tax on the stupid.

    For the rest of us who are disgusted by these common uneducated thieves, the more FBI arrests, the better!

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  16. Gotti the Boss stood for omerta. I have to give the man respect for not being a rat. A lot of people said that he had a big mouth (or what you read), but how exactly did his public persona really hurt the Families? It wasn't like the FBI learned about John Gotti because they happened to be reading the Dailly News! RIP.

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  17. Get a grip folks, Gotti was a thug! God forbid he made an honest living like so many of us have to. For God's sake, the man was a MURDERER! Oh and as far as the ones calling Italians greaseballs,STFU! Not all Italians are thugs and murderers, Dumbass.

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  18. this is the man that led to all the big time mob movies which became 90 percents of everyones entertainment and hit movies. get a life guys get a life

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  19. for all you people who keep saying he was "the man" and The meaning behind "omerta" are fools. gotti was arrested for car jacking in the late 70s before his reign of the boss and when he was questioned by fbi gave up the 3 men who was feeding him the leads and where to find the hot ticket cars. i no because i am one of the three men who served 7 long years because of this man

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  20. @December 31, 2012 1:41 PM
    Man,you shittin us?7 years in jug aint no joke my man.Did you get to see him again?I would have thought he wouldn't want to see you again,cause you knew shit about him that he wouldn't want his crew to know.End of the day man,lets be real,most of these motherfuckers are rats.And for the black John G,fuck would it matter that your black?At least you know whats up,keep it funky my brother,ye eard me.

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  21. FROM CHONG - BUZZEN - RIP YOU GREASEBSLLs

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  22. My comment comes very late for this story but, so be it. I only read about the Gotti family through various media outlets but I will say this much, the only thing that comes to mind when I look at the photos above is how very, very fast time goes by. You know, one moment you're young and vibrant and so happy and you have this beautiful family, and next thing you know, the family leaves the nest, they branch out with families of their own. I look at the photos and frankly, I reflect on my own family tree. I miss being a child and having my parents, my brothers, my sisters. Oh well, it happens to everyone. We all grow up, we all become parents ourselves and we all suffer the loss of our loved ones. Life is so damned short.

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  23. I cannot believe you are treating him like a legend. His god-son (Michael Fontenot) was a nightmare. DO you know what they do to innocent women. Can they not understand the word NO means NO!!!! To glorify a slavery pin is disgusting. How dare you!! Colossio everything, you will never understand what I live with everyday!!! Not that people like you would care!!!
    Shame on you!!
    The difference between you and me...I USE MY REAL NAME!!
    My life and family was destroyed so theirs could THRIVE (and you are proud of that)??
    ARE ANY OF YOU SORRY FOR WHAT YOU DID!!!!

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  24. Those clothes and cars, and house were paid for with blood money. They were paid for with Drugs, Prostitution, killings and, beatings, nothing honorable, nothing brave, just a group of sociopaths that threw good block parties. In the end we all have to face God and when we do he will know exactly what we did and why and then we all- including Mr. Gotti, will get what we deserve.

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    1. You make so much sense! I truly believe that when we die we do meet our maker, and in the scale of death if your bad out-weights your good you can expect a demon to escort you to Hell! We will all be judge for what we have done on this plain of existence, and for how we have treated our fellow human beings. There's always a price to pay for your Action's.

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  25. Lenny C. you came to see me in Anderson,S.C. you and I exchanged a kiss on the cheek, you told me you were not married, and you said if I ever needed you to find you at the Jockey____. I tried but could not find you, so many have tried to hurt me, if I get 2-c u again I want to tell you these people. Am I one of Gotti's children? Janet,please find me.

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  26. John Gotti was the biggest mistake in the history of the Mob. we should have whacked him the day after he killed Castellano. At least one Gotti kid was killed before he reached the age of fifteen. Hahahahaha

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    1. you are as sick as you say gotti was for u to say that about a child and that child is kin to me. dummy people either joined gangs,police depts., joined the service some went into prostitution Gotti's family followed after the great depresion, have you not ever heard of monkey see monkey do well gotti didn't have much of a choice because of peir presure some times what you know about your family puts you in his shoes, and he loved all his people, after the boats sailed in with imigrants people had nothing to eat and nowhere to live be ashamed you didn't know that era and why people got away with what they we now have so much technology camers's in places you would'nt dream of even the computer you typed that on. Now you think about how stupid you sounded saying that about a child.

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    2. That's so wrong !!!What u said about the Gotti child !!!

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  27. Lenny C. Janet u met lost a job, I was made a supervisor at Alligence Ind. 3 people living in the same trailor Jennifer Stephens,Devin(a-kid), and a girl named Christen Gardner, lives at 1507 Cindy Dr. Anderson,S.C. didn't like I was their supervisor went to Dan head man of company with lies, one Devin told was Kendra was on face book kissing George Smith, I confronted with Maryland my boss and he told us both it was'nt true.They wouldn't let me hire my daughter but 3 people from same home working for the same outfit, that is a conflict of interest, Jennifer kept flirting(short plump and waddles when she walks)with Steve Villa well 3 from the same home cost me my job. I'm like my daddy you don't get it right the first time use gotta do it again.I don't hurt but I go to the law Ed Baggott my neighbor said Jennifer came to my home without my permission then come to his home to make sure she had the correct house where I lived,now I have two flat tires on my old ford, going to get certified letter on her, if she violates that then I will get a warrant on her. She is so scared of me when I went to the Electrolux plant her gold Honda accord was parked out front instead of at the upper parking lot. Her tag is FIT-765, she's abusing the foodstamp dept. with those in her home. I reckon since she and her live in buddies hase hurt my income I can report fraud.

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  28. He was a thug...Not a hero.

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  29. I did tell my baby what you wanted... that SOMEBODY LOVES HER VERY MUCH and CARES FOR HER. I also told her that you held her when she was a newborn and that you told her ..."YOUR MOTHER LOVES YOU VERY MUCH, AND WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU." "YOUR MOTHER IS VERY PROTECTIVE OF YOU." ...REST IN PEACE, JOHN. REST IN PEACE.

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    1. Im a bit lost and alot homesick. Any advice?

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  30. If you say anything about the family and if I find you, I will give you a Colubian Neck Tie.

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  31. John Gotti was a legend. Its nice to actually see another country of men screw over a country that has and still is screwing over America. Work is work no matter how it gets done. However.......the Mafia is not an Equal
    opportunity employer.

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  32. ALL ITALIANS ARE STUPID GREASE BALLS
    GET A REAL JOB MAFIA GUYS

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  33. well well lots of talk - john did know f---u was 2 sulablis hows that for spelling-smart smart- my father said when seeing the stat of lib from the ship last person to wave at him -- got off -told him was a dirty greaseball bastard wop g-pig--- but think-off who loves u not who hates u- move on from shit-- the real Buttman is very much around--- john was a lick man

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  34. I too often wonder what is the matter with people to say stuff like that .I wonder would you say that to their face???No women no children that's the rules !Leave a man's family out if it!!!John Gotti was a man of principals !!!That's for sure !!!We are praying for them all as well !

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  35. Again my mother used to say it .."if u don't have nothing good to say don't say nothing at all "we are praying for the Gotti's

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  36. And who in the world would say that about "Frankie Boy "???Do u ever wonder how that family suffered over the loss of that child???My Lord !We are praying for Mrs Gotti and her family .Victoria senior Victoria junior Angel The son John Jr Pete the brothers and their families .Dear people I Adam C Mitchell have always wanted to get this message to you ...Have Faith in God !There is a Jesus somewhere !There is someone up above !Please Believe!Vicki you raised you're family well .You should be proud .Mrs Gotti Sr have no fear Dear Lady God is with you .Always remember there is Nothing that cannot be forgiven .Last comment if I may please forgive me I say it with all respect for the world to hear ....JOHN GOTTI SR CAME FROM ANOTHER TIME AND PLACE WHERE GE FELT HE HAD NO CHOICE ...AND I KNOW IN MY HEART HE DUD THE BEST HE COULD !!!AND BOY DID HE DO IT!!!JUST LIKE THE MAN SAID IN THE MOVIE HE MADE A LONG WALK FROM THE STREET TO THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE !AND THAT TAKES ABILITY !!!!PEOPLE THAT SPEAK AGAINST HIM DONT UNDERSTAND THE STREETS!!!!NOT ONLY WAS HE A LEGEND BUT "HE WAS TRUE TO HIMSELF""TO THINE OWNSELF BE TRUE WROTE SHAKESPEAR THEN THOU CANST NOT BE FALSE TO ANYMAN"!!!PRINCIPLES!!!!AND HE STUCK TO THEM!!!!REST IN PEACE MR GOTTI! GOD BLESS YOU VICKI!!

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  37. And who in the world would say that about "Frankie Boy "???Do u ever wonder how that family suffered over the loss of that child???My Lord !We are praying for Mrs Gotti and her family .Victoria senior Victoria junior Angel The son John Jr Pete the brothers and their families .Dear people I Adam C Mitchell have always wanted to get this message to you ...Have Faith in God !There is a Jesus somewhere !There is someone up above !Please Believe!Vicki you raised you're family well .You should be proud .Mrs Gotti Sr have no fear Dear Lady God is with you .Always remember there is Nothing that cannot be forgiven .Last comment if I may please forgive me I say it with all respect for the world to hear ....JOHN GOTTI SR CAME FROM ANOTHER TIME AND PLACE WHERE GE FELT HE HAD NO CHOICE ...AND I KNOW IN MY HEART HE DUD THE BEST HE COULD !!!AND BOY DID HE DO IT!!!JUST LIKE THE MAN SAID IN THE MOVIE HE MADE A LONG WALK FROM THE STREET TO THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE !AND THAT TAKES ABILITY !!!!PEOPLE THAT SPEAK AGAINST HIM DONT UNDERSTAND THE STREETS!!!!NOT ONLY WAS HE A LEGEND BUT "HE WAS TRUE TO HIMSELF""TO THINE OWNSELF BE TRUE WROTE SHAKESPEAR THEN THOU CANST NOT BE FALSE TO ANYMAN"!!!PRINCIPLES!!!!AND HE STUCK TO THEM!!!!REST IN PEACE MR GOTTI! GOD BLESS YOU VICKI!!

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