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John Gotti and The Gambino Crime Family

Updated on October 22, 2016

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Paul Castellano was the leader of the Gambino crime family located in New York. John Gotti had him gunned down in New York in front of a steakhouse.
Paul Castellano was the leader of the Gambino crime family located in New York. John Gotti had him gunned down in New York in front of a steakhouse. | Source
John Gotti took over the Gambino Crime family after ordering a hit on crime boss Paul  Castellano. Gotti's Underboss was Sammy "The Bull" Gravano.
John Gotti took over the Gambino Crime family after ordering a hit on crime boss Paul Castellano. Gotti's Underboss was Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. | Source
Carlo Gambino started the Gambino Family in New York and made illegal activity a normal  everyday way of life fo his Mafia.  He has killed and ordered hits on others.
Carlo Gambino started the Gambino Family in New York and made illegal activity a normal everyday way of life fo his Mafia. He has killed and ordered hits on others. | Source
The Cosa Nostra is another term for Mafia and they were respected and feared in the underworld. They often put contracts out on people which meant death for hire.
The Cosa Nostra is another term for Mafia and they were respected and feared in the underworld. They often put contracts out on people which meant death for hire. | Source
HBO made a movie about John Gotti called Gotti and the Teflon Don was played by Armand Assante. The film follows Gotti's rise and fall as an American gangster.
HBO made a movie about John Gotti called Gotti and the Teflon Don was played by Armand Assante. The film follows Gotti's rise and fall as an American gangster. | Source
Their are several video games that are based on the mafia crime families including: Mafia, Mafia 2( Pictured), Godfather and Godfather 2.
Their are several video games that are based on the mafia crime families including: Mafia, Mafia 2( Pictured), Godfather and Godfather 2. | Source
This chart illustrates the levels of power in the Mafia. From Foot Soldier all the way to the Don. You can only be initiated when the books are open.
This chart illustrates the levels of power in the Mafia. From Foot Soldier all the way to the Don. You can only be initiated when the books are open. | Source

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A Complicated Set of Rules

Vincent Mangano started the American Mafia and laid out a set of rules which were broken very quickly when he was killed. The rules were meant to be taken seriously and being secret and keeping everything on the hush is a must. The rookie mafia members were always trying to bend the rules and the veteran mafia members would try to press their luck as well.

The next in succession was Albert Anastasia who took over soon only to be murdered while he was sitting in a barber's chair. This was a hit that was believed to be ordered the under boss, Carlo Gambino. The Mafia never tolerates any traders or turncoats. Those who try to skim off the top without being noticed met their fate as well.

The mafia is very complicated in that there are people who are called rats and turncoats and they may look each other in the face and tell you what you want to hear but, will then turn on each other in a heartbeat to get ahead or benefit themselves.

Now, Carlo Gambino made the family huge especially by having his hands in casino style facilities in the Bahamas and three in Cuba. As Carlo aged, he gave power to Paul Castellano shortly before his death. Carlo was loved but, many of the Mafia soldiers hated Big Paulie.

John Gotti took control of the Gambino Crime Family by having Paul Castellano murdered outside Sparks Steak House in New York. John Gotti was too flashy and let it be known who he was. He stayed in the papers and he even beat court cases. The FBI wire tapped John Gotti's hangouts and were finally able to arrest Gotti and about half of his crew.

Sammy Gravano known as "The Bull" was John Gotti's Underboss but, with the law offering him life in prison or immunity he chose freedom and testified against the whole Cosa Nostra. The Mafia is known for being a secret organization but, John Gotti like Al Capone could not be silent leaders. The Dapper Don as he was referred to in the press, wore expensive clothes and gave out turkeys on Thanksgiving but, in all actuality he was giving the FBI ammunition.

Many movies and short mini series have been done about the Mafia, The Gambino Family and even John Gotti himself. The Mafia is known for secrecy which helps them allude the law. John Gotti broke the silence by staying in the public eye but, that in turn, led the FBI right to him and was ultimately his downfall. Along with bugs, informants or snitches, tape recorders and stake-outs the FBI finally brought John Gotti down.

In the Mafia if you tell or snitch to the law about the crime organization you are labeled a rat or a turncoat which also means a contract will be put out for you. In the Mafia "Contract" means like a contract killing. You are now wanted dead.

If you have thoughts regarding the mafia, please share your opinions on John Gotti and the Mafia in general in the comments box located at the bottom of this crime blog.

Top Mafia Films

1. The Godfather (1972)

2. Goodfellas (1980)

3. The Godfather II (1974)

4. Donnie Brasco (1997)

5. Casino (1995)

6. The Untouchables (1987)

7. A Bronx Tale (1993)

8. Gotti (1996)

9. King of New York (1990)

10. Carlito's Way (1993)

The mafia is rooted in Sicily and came to America in the 1920s. New York is where it all began. The mafia has been known to operate out of over twenty cities throughout The United States. The RICO act was passed to try to rid America of organized crime, especially the mafia. The Gambino family and the other four New York families had a picking order.

The Mafia Structure

1. Associate: Not a member of the mafia but, works for the mafia. If you do not have Italian blood in you, then you're not eligible to join the Costa Nostra.

2. Soldier: A soldier is a lower ranked member of the mafia. A soldier is a made man and have access to the backing up of the mob during a fight.

3. Caporegime (Capo): Capo is the number 3 in charge. He answers to the Under Boss. He is also known as a Skipper or Captain because, he is in charge of a crew covering certain areas.

4. Consigliere: An adviser between the boss and the other members of the families. They also in many cases serve as an attorney inside and outside the criminal organization.

5. Under Boss: Number two man of the entire crime family. He must answer to The Under Boss

6. Boss/Don/Godfather: The King Pin, if you will, of a whole crime syndicate. He is the main man.

Location of The Original Cosa Nostra or Mafia

Cosa Nostra Crime Families

Gambino
Bonanno
Genovese
Columbo
Lucchese
Patriarca
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Great Mafia Based Movies

Godfather
Godfather 2
Scarface
Donnie Brasco
Gotti
Casino
The Untouchables
Goodfellas
 
 
 
 
8 of The Best Mafia Films in Hollywood History.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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