The Gotti family has become known for a number of things in recent times even though they had initially come into the limelight for the wrong reasons. The spotlight settled on them due to the activities of John Gotti, the patriarch of the family who was at the helm of affairs during his active days in the Gambino crime family.
John was known to be mean and ruthless and rose swiftly in the mob ranks before becoming the boss in 1985 after arranging the murder of Paul Castellano – his former boss. John was nicknamed ‘Dapper Don’ and ‘Teflon Don’ when the authorities couldn’t hold him on any of the charges he has been accused of. He was finally arrested in 1990 and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in 1992 for his several heinous crimes.
While in prison, the mob star was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. He went on to have surgery at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Springfield Missouri but the disease returned 2 years later. He eventually died at the age of 61 on the 10th of June 2002.
John Gotti’s Family: Relationship with Wife Victoria DiGiorgio
John Gotti grew up as the fifth of thirteen children in a poor home with a father who was a gambler and worked irregularly. His father’s inability to provide for his family made his son detest him as he quickly took to street life while growing up.
Victoria met John in a bar sometime in 1958. It was reported that he was smitten by the half Russian and half Italian beauty and they got married in 1962. Despite his tough exterior, John, unlike his father, took care of his family.
The couple shared a deep connection and love with Victoria knowing exactly the nature of her husband’s job. She reportedly kept trying to influence him to stop but to no avail. After his arrest, she became bitter with John as she got to learn that their son had been involved with the mob and was set to take over from his father. She accused John of ruining the Gotti family and their son’s life, threatening never to speak to him again if John Jr continues to be a part of the mob.
Details of His Son, Daughter, and Grandchildren
The nature of John Gotti’s job did not give him lots of family time and his wife had to basically take care of things on the home front. Together, the couple had 5 children; Angel born in 1961, Victoria born in 1962, John A born in 1964, Frank born in 1967 and Peter born in 1974.
Angel Gotti is the eldest of John’s children who have strived to portray her family in a positive light while keeping her father’s legacy.
Victoria, John’s second child, is arguably the most popular of John’s children. She married Carmen Agnello who is reportedly involved with the mob and has 3 boys with him. They have since divorced. Victoria has appeared on popular TV shows like Mob Wives, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and her own show with her children Growing Up Gotti.
John A. Gotti
John A. Gotti is the first son of his father who initially followed his footsteps for a while. After his father’s imprisonment, he succeeded him as the head of the Gambino family.
John Jr was later found guilty of several mob-related crimes and sentenced to prison in 1999. Although he was released in 2004, he still faced several charges which he was never indicted for. He decided to turn a new leaf and has been focused on making money legitimately. He now mostly lives a quiet life with his wife and six children on Long Island. One of his sons, John Gotti III, is a professional MMA fighter.
Frank who was the 4th child of Gotti, died in March 1980. The 12-year-old was run over by a car while riding on his friends mini-bike. He was rushed to the hospital but didn’t survive the ordeal. Frank Favara, a neighbor who drove the car subsequently went missing and was never found.
Peter, the youngest member of John Gotti’s family, has tried to live a quiet life away from crime and the media. Not much is known about him.