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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Gotti Junior may have killed his kid brother, but Frank Silva Jr. says, 'Not interested'

Frank Silva Jr. can live without knowing who killed his kid brother, even if federal prosecutors can't.

The New Jersey man, standing in his front door Friday, said he's ignored testimony this week that mob legacy John A. (Junior) Gotti stabbed and then taunted a dying Daniel Silva back in 1983.

"Not interested after 26 years," the 52-year-old Silva said flatly at his rural home. "You move on."

His brother's name dominated the first days of the racketeering trial, with an eyewitness implicating Gotti in the killing inside an Ozone Park bar.

Mike Bonner recalled the fatal March night at the Silver Fox, where a dispute between second-generation gangster Junior and a local barfly exploded into a barroom brawl.

As glasses and punches flew, the prosecution witness said, the then-19-year-old Gotti slid away from the juke box, pulled a knife and stabbed Silva.

Bonner recounted seeing the badly injured 24-year-old victim propped up on a bar stool, splattered with blood.

"He looked like he was in bad shape," Bonner said. "Blood all over his shirt."

Prosecutors said a sneering Gotti returning to taunt the mortally wounded Danny with a cruel Porky Pig impression: "Th-th-that's all folks!"

Bonner said Gotti's father paid $10,000 to a crooked detective to make the case disappear.

The details were lost on Frank Silva, whose son Daniel is apparently named for his late uncle.

His father, Frank Sr., died three years after his brother, Silva said, and his mom is in declining health.

Asked how he coped with Daniel's death, Silva offered a blunt two-word reply: "Never did." Silva declined to discuss the case or his brother. It's a position he's taken for decades, even before the latest link to Gotti.

"I don't speak of family matters," he said before asking a reporter and photographer to leave the property.



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