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Monday, April 2, 2012

20th anniversary of John Gotti's murder conviction

John "Teflon Don" GottiJohn "Teflon Don" Gotti On this day, April 2, in 1992, mob boss John Gotti was convicted of murder in a serious blow to organized crime.
Dubbed the "Teflon Don" because authorities had trouble making charges stick against him, Gotti was known for an outspoken personality that made him a favorite of the New York tabloids.
Gotti rose through the ranks of the Gambino crime family and seized power in 1985 after having then-boss Paul Castellano killed outside a Manhattan steakhouse.
Gotti went down when the FBI taped him discussing a number of murders, including Castellano's.
The FBI also caught him denigrating underboss, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano. Gravano made a deal and testified to committing 19 murders, 10 of them sanctioned by Gotti.
Gotti died of throat cancer in prison in 2002.



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