Pacino to play underboss in 'Gotti'

Pacino to play underboss in 'Gotti'

CANNES, France, May 10 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Al Pacino has signed on to play Gambino crime family underboss Neil Dellacroce in "Gotti: Three Generations," the film's producers said.
Preston to star with Travolta in 'Gotti'

Preston to star with Travolta in 'Gotti'

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Kelly Preston is to play mob boss John Gotti's wife, Victoria, in the upcoming film, "Gotti: Three Generations," the New York Daily News said.
Lindsay Lohan to play Kim Gotti

Lindsay Lohan to play Kim Gotti

LOS ANGELES, April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan is to play Kim Gotti, the daughter-in-law of late mob boss John Gotti Sr., in "Gotti: Three Generations," the film's producer said.
Cassavetes not directing Gotti movie

Cassavetes not directing Gotti movie

LOS ANGELES, April 18 (UPI) -- Scheduling conflicts are preventing Nick Cassavetes from directing "Gotti: Three Generations" as planned, the U.S. film's producers said.
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Lohan attends 'Gotti' press conference

Lohan attends 'Gotti' press conference

NEW YORK, April 12 (UPI) -- Producer Marc Fiore said during a New York press conference Tuesday Lindsay Lohan is in talks for a role in "Gotti: Three Generations."
Travolta to play mob boss John Gotti

Travolta to play mob boss John Gotti

LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- John Travolta is to play late mob boss John Gotti in director Nick Cassavetes' big-screen drama, "Gotti: Three Generations," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Travolta to star in biopic of John Gotti

Travolta to star in biopic of John Gotti

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- John Travolta reportedly will portray mob boss John Gotti in an upcoming biopic, a Hollywood veteran says.

Mob attorney found with pot in lockup

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- An attorney who once represented mobster John Gotti was banned from visiting a federal jail in Manhattan when guards found marijuana in his bag, officials said.

Man threatens nurse over name

EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A Washington man with a history of violence allegedly threatened to kill a nurse who laughed at his plan to name his newborn after John Gotti, officials say.

Trouble in jury room in Gotti trial

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A jury member in the New York trial of mob scion John Gotti Jr. says another juror is biased toward the defense and ready to drag out deliberations.

Mob informant: Gotti paid crooked cops

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A mob informant says a storied New York police detective who became the subject of a movie gave information to the late John Gotti.
Juror's answer at Gotti trial draws laughs

Juror's answer at Gotti trial draws laughs

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Jury selection in the latest trial of alleged U.S. Mafia crime boss John Gotti Jr. was disrupted Tuesday by a note of levity, observers said.

Jurors scarce for Gotti trial

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Numerous prospective jurors for the upcoming trial of alleged New York mobster John A. "Junior" Gotti have been dismissed, court officials said Thursday.

Gotti lawyers cite U.S. misbehavior

NEW YORK, May 31 (UPI) -- Defense lawyers for John "Junior" Gotti say New York prosecutors are misbehaving in their efforts to get a life conviction for the son of the late "Dapper Don."
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John Gotti
NYP99090326 - 03 SEPTEMBER 1999 - WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK, USA: John Gotti Jr., son of Mafia godfather John Sr., leaves federal court in White Plains after the judge allowed him to postpone his incarceration for 45 days. He will return next month to serve a 6 1/2 year term for federal charges of fraud and racketeering. jr/mg/Monika Graff UPI

John Joseph Gotti, Jr (October 27, 1940 – June 10, 2002) was an American mobster who became the Boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti grew up in poverty. He and his brothers turned to a life of crime at an early age. Operating out of the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, Gotti quickly rose in prominence, becoming one of the crime family's biggest earners and a protege of Gambino family underboss Aniello Dellacroce.

After the FBI indicted members of Gotti's crew for selling narcotics, Gotti took advantage of growing dissent over the leadership of the crime family. Fearing that his men and himself would be killed by Gambino crime family Boss Paul Castellano for selling drugs, Gotti organized the murder of Castellano in December 1985 and took over the family shortly thereafter. This left Gotti as the boss of the most powerful crime family in America, which made hundreds of millions of dollars a year from construction, hijacking, loan sharking, gambling, extortion and other criminal activities. Gotti was the most powerful crime boss during his era and became widely known for his outspoken personality and flamboyant style, which eventually helped lead to his downfall. While his peers would go out of their way to shun attention, especially from the media, Gotti was known as the "The Dapper Don" for his expensive clothes and personality in front of news cameras. He was later given the nickname "The Teflon Don" because several attempts to convict him of crimes in the 1980 resulted in either a hung jury or an acquittal (i.e. the charges wouldn't "stick").

Gotti's underboss Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano is credited with the FBI's success in finally convicting Gotti. In 1991, Gravano agreed to turn state's evidence and testify for the prosecution against Gotti after hearing Gotti on wiretap make several disparaging remarks about Gravano and questioning his loyalty. In 1992, Gotti was convicted of five murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, extortion, tax evasion, and loansharking. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and was transferred to United States Penitentiary, Marion. Gotti died of throat cancer on June 10, 2002 at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.

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