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Witness: Gotti 'ruined' Gambino family

Witness: Gotti 'ruined' Gambino family

NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- A mob informant says that John Gotti, who became a celebrity as head of New York's Gambino crime family, "ruined everything" through his love of publicity.

Mother Gotti dead at 96

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Philomena "Fannie" Gotti, the mother of five members of the Gambino crime family, has died at a Long Island, N.Y., nursing home. She was 96.

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Mob lawyer to sing for feds

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A New York mob lawyer facing charges he transmitted assassination instructions reportedly has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

Gotti funeral mass denied by church

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Crime boss John Gotti was denied a Roman Catholic funeral mass but he cab be buried in a Catholic cemetery next to his son, church officials said Wednesday.

Mob boss John Gotti dead at 61

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 10 (UPI) -- John Gotti, the former head of the Gambino crime family who was serving a life sentence for murder, racketeering and conspiracy, died Monday in a maximum-security hospital in Springfield, Mo., from complications associated with cancer, according to federa

Mob boss John Gotti dead at 61

MARION, Ill., June 10 (UPI) -- John Gotti, head of the Gambino crime family who was serving a life sentence in a federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill. for murder, racketeering and conspiracy,
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Constantino "Paul" Castellano (June 26, 1915 – December 16, 1985), also known as "The Howard Hughes of the Mob" and "Big Pauly" (or "PC" to his family), was a Mafia boss in New York City. He succeeded Carlo Gambino as head of the Gambino crime family, then one of New York's largest Mafia families. In early 1985, he was one of many Mafia bosses arrested on charges of racketeering, which was to result in the Mafia Commission Trial; in December of that year, while out on bail, Castellano and his bodyguard were shot to death outside Sparks Steak House in Manhattan on the orders of John Gotti.

He was born in Brooklyn in 1915, to Giuseppe Castellano and Concetta (née Casatu). Paul's father was a butcher by trade, and was also an early member of the Mangano crime family, forerunner of the Gambino family. Paul Castellano was the first cousin to Maj. General Vito Castellano who occupied key capitol positions in Albany, such as, the former commander of the New York National Guard and Governor Mario Cuomo's former chief of staff.

He logged his first arrest in 1934. The 19-year-old Castellano refused to identify his two accomplices to the police and served a three-month prison sentence. By refusing to cooperate with authorities, Castellano enhanced his reputation for mob loyalty. Castellano often signed his name as "C. Paul Castellano" because he hated his first name, Constantino. Eventually he became known as Paul.

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