It Happened Today in New York City
On June 10, 2002 Gambino Family Boss John Gotti died of throat cancer while in federal prison. Long known as “the Teflon Don” because of three high-profile trials that ended in acquittal, Gotti was finally convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, loansharking, obstruction of justice, tax evasion, and several other charges at the United States Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn in 1992. The convictions came largely due to testimony and wiretapping of Gotti’s underboss Sammy “the Bull” Gravano who had turned state’s evidence. While in prison, Gotti retained the title of boss and is believed to have continued to run the Gambino family operations through family members until shortly before his death. He was 61 years old.
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