2 April 1992

In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.

John Gotti, also known as “The Teflon Don” and “The Dapper Don,” was a notorious American mobster who rose to prominence as the boss of the Gambino crime family, one of the five Mafia families in New York City. Born on October 27, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, Gotti became involved in organized crime at a young age.

Gotti’s rise within the Gambino crime family began in the 1970s when he aligned himself with the influential mobster Aniello Dellacroce. Through his connections and ruthlessness, Gotti quickly climbed the ranks, eventually becoming a capo in the Gambino family.

However, Gotti’s ascent to power was marked by violence and treachery. He was implicated in various criminal activities, including extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, and drug trafficking. Despite his involvement in these illicit activities, Gotti managed to evade conviction for many years, earning him the nickname “The Teflon Don” due to his ability to escape legal repercussions.

In 1985, Gotti orchestrated the assassination of Paul Castellano, the then-boss of the Gambino crime family, in a brazen act that shocked the underworld. Following Castellano’s murder, Gotti assumed control of the Gambino family, solidifying his position as one of the most powerful mob bosses in New York City.

During his reign as boss, Gotti became a high-profile figure, often appearing in the media and gaining a reputation for his flamboyant lifestyle and expensive suits, which earned him the nickname “The Dapper Don.” However, his flashy persona also attracted the attention of law enforcement agencies, who intensified their efforts to bring him to justice.

In 1992, Gotti’s luck finally ran out when he was convicted on multiple charges, including murder, racketeering, and conspiracy. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and was incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois.

John Gotti died on June 10, 2002, at the age of 61, while still serving his life sentence. Despite his imprisonment, Gotti’s legacy continues to fascinate and intrigue people, making him one of the most infamous figures in the history of organized crime in the United States.