10 Biggest Cases Brought Against The Mafia

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John Gotti- The Teflon Don

John Gotti was one of the most difficult to catch mobsters that ever lived. He belonged to the Gambino family, a major and influential mafia organization that ruled New York’s business in the second part of the 20th century.

He was arrested many times before his last imprisonment, but he succeeded in getting out sooner than his term. His stocks in trade were gambling, loansharking and narcotics trafficking.

Being extremely difficult to catch, the federal cops had to wait many years before arresting him. We are talking here about years of research, intelligence infiltration, wiretaps and mob informants, that finally led to a point where he could get arrested.

In 1985, John Gotti orchestrated the death of his rival at that time, Paul Castellano, who was about to become the descendant of deceased Gambino Boss Aniello Dellacroce. Castellano was killed by two gunmen and later on, Gotti passed the scene to verify if the job had been properly done.

Later on, John Gotti became the boss of the Gambino organization and also a big target for the investigation forces. Being charged again with murder, Gotti proceeded turn on his loyal henchman at the time, “Sammy the Bull” Gravano. Luckily, Gravano decided to do the same and ratted out Gotti to the police about his businesses and his methods of influencing the jury on his previous convictions.

John Gotti got charged with multiple counts of racketeering, extortion, jury tampering, and other crimes in 1992. In order for him to remain in jail, the judge ordered that all the jury members would remain anonymous. He remained convicted and died in prison in 2002.

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