Revealed: Mob boss John Gotti died choking on his own vomit but in his heyday he once split from prison to ‘rub out’ a traitor then went home to make love to his wife and threatened to tear Frank Sinatra a new ***hole, writes son in memoir
- John Gotti was treated worse than a Guantanamo terrorist, says his son in a tell-all book detailing his father’s life
- Gotti Jr. blames the Feds for the humiliating way the ‘Dapper Don’ died
- Gotti Sr. had ‘multiple lousy surgeries to remove his cancer and bad dental implants he pulled out himself’
- They gave him a titanium jaw when his rotted away
- He had to gum his food and rub garlic on his gums to help with the infection
- He was locked up in isolation for 23.5 hours a day, chained up when he showered, and spreadeagled naked if guards were having a bad day.
- But before prison he showed no mercy, once threatening to kill Frank Sinatra after the crooner stood him up
- Gotti Jr. says he is breaking his silence even though his mother has begged him not to
Gotti Jr. claims in his self-published memoir detailing what it was like to grow up as John Gotti’s son, that the Feds let his father die choking on his own vomit and blood.as his bones rotted around his neck from cancer after spending the decade ‘in ‘the hole’.
Still, says his son, ‘he went out like a man.’
Shadow of My Father, details the life of the man known as the Dapper Don, as well as Gotti Jr.’s own road in the Gambino crime family to eventually become a ‘made man.’
Gotti Jr. says his father was a genius, with an IQ of 140. He rose up from the mean streets of Queens, New York to become a Mafia kingpin.
He would leave his humble Howard Beach home in the morning to blow a fat stack of money equalling $10,000 to play rummy card game Continental at his beloved Bergin Hunt and Fish Club.
He’d end the night at the chi chi disco club Regine’s, downing Cristal champagne and thumbing his nose at the Feds. In between he managed a criminal enterprise with more than 200 ‘made’ members and thousands of associates and ordered brutal hits on his enemies, sometimes doing the dirty work himself.
Mafia boss Gotti leaves his modest Howard Beach home 1987 in to visit the grave site of his youngest son Frank, who was run over by a car in 1980
Gotti never apologized. ‘He was a hard-core gangster,’ writes his son.
And he didn’t like to be insulted or crossed – not matter who it was.
Frank Sinatra, due to perform at Carnegie Hall. had sent tickets to Gotti. and the boss was supposed to see the performer backstage and then have dinner together.
When Sinatra cancelled at the last minute ‘due to illness’ only to show up at the Savoy Grill, smiling and joking, Gotti sent one of his henchmen, Joe Watts, to Sinatra’s table. Sinatra was with his pal Jilly Rizzo.
Watts proceeded ‘to tear Sinatra a new a**hole and Rizzo too.
‘The next time John sends for you,’ Joe advised Frank, ‘and you make up an excuse’, I will be the last face you will see on this earth.’
Regular dental care could have checked the gum infections before they ate into my father’s jaw.
John Gotti Jr.
But the senior Gotti life came to an end when he was indicted for on 13 counts including murder and racketeering and sentenced to life in prison in 1992.
Gotti Jr. claims the water supply that fed the US prison in Marion, Illinois, where his father was incarcerated was laced with cancer-causing PCBs drawn from nearby Carb Orchard Lake. Everyone but prisoners were warned not to drink it. He believes this caused his father’s head, neck and throat cancer.
‘Regular dental care could have diagnosed the problem early,’ Gotti Jr. writes. ‘Regular dental care could have checked the gum infections before they ate into my father’s jaw, before they helped cause the cancer that killed him. John J. Gotti was treated worse than a Guantanamo terrorist. They at least get decent medical care’.
in jail Gotti Sr. had ‘multiple lousy surgeries to remove the cancer, bad dental implants he pulled out himself — blood and pus flowing because they ignored him. They gave him a titanium jaw when his jaw rotted away. but no teeth.’
He had to gum his food for years. rubbing garlic on his gums to help with the infection.
After years in solitary confinement, he became a shadow of a man’.
He was locked up in isolation for 23.5 hours a day, fed a survival diet, chained up when he showered, chained to a concrete slab in his cell and spreadeagled naked if guards were having a bad day.
The life sentence my father had received was becoming more of a death sentence, due to medical neglect by prison authorities’.
Son Peter Gotti, who kept copious notes on his father’s condition in a journal, received a call from his father’s prison counselor in September 2000. John told him ‘Get out here now, I’m getting ready to roll a seven.’
Gotti was rushed to the hospital with a severe blood clot and heart ailments while armed guards wearing bullet proof vests stood outside his hospital room door.
Back in his cell, in October he collapsed in a pool of his own blood, hemorrhaging from a neck wound. He lost six pints of blood from too much pressure on his heart and lungs. A tumor had burst.
‘As I write this, and look at some of the last written words of my father, while he was dying, I remember his toughness. He took it with him. They never could take it, the government. They got his blood, they even took his life with their neglect. His spirit— never’.
By Christmas but was in grave condition and refused any pain medication.
‘I was to learn from my brother that my father refused pain medication. Dad is in agonizing pain, he is beet red, veins popping in his forehead, staring at the ceiling’.
‘Most of May, my father was in a medically induced coma. Arrangements had been agreed upon, that upon my father’s death, Peter would be the first to be notified. All tapes and notes would be turned over to him. An autopsy was waived. It was agreed that government issued clothes would not touch his body.
‘June 10th ’02 I was escorted to his cell; the guard set the tripod camera up, and sat to the right side of the room. I sat to my dad’s right side. He looked up at me and lay his head down. I grabbed hold of his hand and put my head on his stomach. I fell asleep. For an hour.
“Times up!” bellowed the guard. I gave my dad a kiss on his hand and head, and exited, always looking at him. It was 10 am when I left’.
Peter Gotti woke up abruptly from a nap in his room to the ringing phone and his sister Angel screaming that their father had passed away – the news broke on CNN. There was no call from the government.
‘It took me two hours to find out my father choked on his own blood and bile’, Peter wrote in his journal.
Gotti Jr. argues that his father’s life sentence became a death sentence due to medical neglect by prison authorities. But the Dapper Don stayed mentally fit until he died.
Gotti Sr. gained a reputation as the ‘Teflon Don’ after his repeated acquittals and his namesake son had similar good fortune until he was put away following a plea deal. He was released in 2009. His father died in prison in 2002
‘Our privacy has been invaded more than most families due to the selfishness of my father and I,’ Gotti told the New York Daily News.
‘But I can’t keep sitting back and letting this happen.’
In sensational 2009 court testimony, Gambino member John Alite linked his former best friend Gotti Jr. to a series of gangland slayings, boasted that he slept with his sister, reality television graduate Victoria Gotti, and claimed two police officers were in on the mob hit.
Gotti Jr. was charged with racketeering, but never convicted.
New York’s Gambino family has been the subject of a steady stream of government indictments and prosecutions since the Dapper Don was sentenced to life in prison in 1992. He died behind bars in 2002.
Gotti Jr.’s own recent prison stint ended in Demember 2009. He claims to have left the crime world behind in 1999, but recalls with great detail what the life afforded his father – like breaks from prison to visit his family and relax in freedom.
On a so-called ‘dental furlough,’ Gotti says his father was escorted by armed guards from Green Haven correctional facility to a Manhattan dental office.
‘My father would go up to the dentist’s office, open his mouth, and then go out the back of the building where one of the fellows would drive him away,’ Gotti writes.
‘When it was time to return to the prison, my father’s man would drive him back to the dentist’s building, and he would emerge from the front entrance back into the custody of the marshals,’ Gotti writes.
Gotti recalls a time when, at just four years old, he visited his father in jail where he told him he wanted to be a police officer for Halloween.
Gotti recalls his father saying: ‘If I ever hear you let my son or any of my kids, or you for that matter, talk to that cop, or any other cop, I’ll kill you.’
Despite growing up with a father in and out of prison and seeing other dark sides of crime life, Gotti Jr. would go on to follow in his dad’s footsteps and join the notorious Gambino crime family..
In his book, he describes how he first entered into the organization, a process called getting ‘made.’
John Gotti was one of the most notorious modern day mob bosses. His son, who followed in his father’s footsteps until leaving the crime life in 1999, wrote a tell-all out Monday in order to protect the family name as Gambino turncoat John Alite pens his own memoirs
‘There were roughly a dozen men sitting around a table…open seats for the new inductees,’ he writes. ‘A pin pricked my “trigger” finger. A drop of blood was put on a picture of a saint, which was then burned in my hand. I moved the flaming picture from hand to hand, until it was totally consumed by the fire.’
Gotti Jr. has been tried four times since 2005 for racketeering. Each trial ended in a hung jury. He said he left organized crime in 1999.
The self-published ebook was not Gotti’s first attempt at a memoir. He told the Daily News that he had over 300 pages of a previous iteration of the tome but destroyed it all to satisfy his worried mother. But he decided to write the memoir in spite of his mother’s protests because he heard notorious mob rat John Alite was penning his own tell-all about the Gambino crime family.
Gotti Jr and his attorney leave after jurors declared a mistrial during the 3rd day of jury deliberations on Gotti’s 2nd retrial on racketeering and kidnapping charges. Gotti Jr. was the Gambino family’s acting boss from 1992 to 1999
Gotti Jr. has been tried four times since 2005 for racketeering. Each trial ended in a hung jury. He said he left organized crime in 1999. His father died in prison in 2002
‘In 2010, I shredded it. I had completed 375 pages and I shredded 375 pages. I only had 70 pages more to go. So I apologized to everyone involved, but my family harmony is more important to me.’
When he learned of Alite’s tell-all, Gotti changed his mind and went to his mother to ask permission to write the book.
‘If you never talk to me again, then I’m gonna have to live with it,’ he said to his mother. ‘That’s your choice, that’s your prerogative, but you’re asking me to sit here and let them emasculate me and my father. No, Ma. I have the right to write our own history.’
Growing up Gotti: Gotti Jr., second from left, is seen here with his nephews and sister Victoria Gotti
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By Good Read on January 23, 2015
Which Gotti really wanted Sinatra dead?We’re not reading the book, but based on our devotion to our beat, we offer here one anecdote to emerge from John Gotti Junior’s self-published ebook. The story involves John Gotti threatening Frank Sinatra’s life using Joseph “Joe the German” Watts, one of three guys Junior once discussed privately.
The issue we ponder is which Gotti really posed the greater threat and to whom: Senior in the form of Joe Watts or Junior in the form of his threats against mob scribe Jerry Capeci. The old-school newspaperman apparently read Junior’s book, which includes the Sinatra incident, and then gave Junior a pass.
When he read about Sinatra, Jerry Capeci must’ve recalled the moment when the Feds advised him to be “a little more cautious than usual.” The younger Gotti had hired a corrupt ex-NYPD detective to follow the journalist around to “dig up some dirt.”
Gotti Senior, Sinatra and Jilly Rizzo, described as “Frank’s enforcer,” have all died. Watts, 72, likely couldn’t care less one way or the other. He is immersed in our penal system and will be for about 10 more years, though this may not be as punishing as it sounds to a wealthy gangster who was known to have once “bought” an entire prison tier. Watts goes way back, to the days when legendary boss Carlo Gambino ran the family following the storied 1957 execution of Albert “Don Umberto” Anastasia.
Just to satisfy myself that there was nothing more to the Sinatra story than what Gotti Junior details in the book, I did a little research and found an earlier incident tangentially involving Frank Sinatra in which renowned mob scribe Jerry Capeci was given a heads up that Junior was…. not very happy with something the reporter had written.
Anyway, as for what Junior wrote about Sinatra, we turn to the Daily Mail Online noted: John Gotti Senior “didn’t like to be insulted or crossed – not matter who it was…”
“Frank Sinatra, due to perform at Carnegie Hall. had sent tickets to Gotti. and the boss was supposed to see the performer backstage and then have dinner together.
“When Sinatra cancelled at the last minute ‘due to illness’ only to show up at the Savoy Grill, smiling and joking, Gotti sent one of his henchmen, Joe Watts, to Sinatra’s table. Sinatra was with his pal Jilly Rizzo.
“Watts proceeded ‘to tear Sinatra a new a**hole and Rizzo too.
“‘The next time John sends for you,’ Joe advised Frank, ‘and you make up an excuse’, I will be the last face you will see on this earth.'”
Now, seems pretty cut and dried, hell it’s easier to swallow this story than the one about John Senior pulling a James Bond to whack his last remaining rat….From the excerpts:
He would be escorted by marshals from the prison to the building in New York City where his dentist was located. Someone would be waiting for his arrival, and then give my father several hundred dollars to give to the guards, while my father enjoyed his furlough. My father would go up to the dentist’s office, open his mouth, and then go out the back of the building where one of the fellows would drive him away.
When it was time to return to the prison, my father’s man would drive him back to the dentist’s building, and he would emerge from the front entrance back into the custody of the marshals.
I remember once my mother had put out a big spread of food for my father, who was coming home. At the time, I misunderstood, and thought he had been released from prison, but I didn’t know he was only free for a day.
So in comes my father. He spent some quality time with my mother, spent some time with us kids in the back yard. He comes in with a green jumpsuit from prison and changed his clothes.
At the conclusion of the family visit, he took a shower, put his prison clothes in a bag, and, prior to returning to Green Haven, managed to kill an individual who was a last piece of business left over…
A source called me to tell me he found the story ludicrous…. Gotti would’ve had to bribe so many people if he went into the dentist’s office it’s nearly comical to contemplate, he said.
But, hey, we don’t have a problem overall with this story. Rather, the story about how he threatened a renowned journalist is much more troubling.
According to a story Capeci wrote five years after the release of Gotti: Rise & Fall (which reports that the FBI’s 1990 arrest of Gotti Senior had prevented him from celebrating the 30th birthday of his then-girlfriend Lisa Gastineau at a Frank Sinatra concert):
“Junior Gotti again voiced angry words toward yours truly. Or at least that’s what Kasman told the FBI shortly after he began working as a confidential FBI informer in early 1997.
“In this case, there is some solid corroborating evidence: Without disclosing their source of information, FBI agents dutifully informed me about Junior’s anger back then, advising me to be a little more cautious than usual. They added that the younger Gotti had hired an ex-NYPD detective who had been bounced from the force as corrupt to follow me around and “dig up some dirt.”
“He should’ve just asked. I could have told him exactly which of my old editors would be glad to help him out.”
As for Watts, he has been tied to 11 murders and was said to have been a backup shooter at the 1985 high-profile hit on then-Gambino boss Paul Castellano, Watts was supposedly given Thomas Bilotti’s loanshark book as compensation for assisting “The Fist” (the Gotti Fist, not the Genovese “Fist” of the 1970s, for all you amateurs).
As for Watts, in 2011 he was sentenced to the 13-year max for a murder plot. At sentencing, the judge noted that Watts seemed to return to his life of crime “almost immediately” after departing prison following a previous sentence.
The 2011 sentence was for a 1989 murder plot (the target, a Staten Island newspaper editor who Gotti thought was an informant, was actually murdered by a DeCavalcante crew then looking to kiss Gotti’s backside), as well as an assault of someone who didn’t provide Watts with the proper investment advice.
Manhattan federal Judge Colleen McMahon told the gangster that he appeared “healthy” and that he also looked like he was quite “accustomed to prison life.”
“I’m betting you may walk out of jail,” she said, adding that Watts a “cold-blooded killer” who committed “heinous” and “hideous” acts in service to the mob.
“He does not appear to know how to live his life without violence and killing,” she said.
Frederick Weiss was whacked on Gotti’s orders after the former Gambino boss suspected Weiss had become in informant. According to prosecutor Steve Kwok, an armed Watts was waiting for Weiss to be lured to a Staten Island garage that had been lined with plastic to catch the blood and potential brain matter splatter.
Weiss never showed up and was killed by a hit team led by the New Jersey crime family the next day.
Watts also admitted assaulting ex-con Abe Berger, whom he met while serving six years for a 1998 money-laundering conviction. Defense lawyer Gerald Shargel said Berger “essentially defrauded” Watts of $400,000 by claiming to be a “wizard” at picking stocks.
“If Mr. Watts was the person they claim him to be, I doubt that Mr. Berger would be walking the streets,” Shargel said.
As previously reported, Watts so terrified turncoat Brian Greenwald that he begged the judge to stay in the slammer rather than risk retribution from a feared gangland gunslinger.
“‘I testified against a certain individual who is life-threatening for me,’ Greenwald pleaded in court in March 2011, referring to “The German.”
“‘I’ve had to watch my back for organized-crime retaliation. I’ve learned recently they are trying to find out where I am. I’ve been in four separate jails and spent the last seven months in segregation,’ he told Manhattan federal court Judge Harold Baer.
Prison may not be so bad for Watts, however, according to Mafia Guys on the blog Gorilla Convict. The blogger, who spent serious time in prison, wrote that he “was transferred to FCI Beckly in 1996.
“It was a brand new prison that opened in West Virginia. And when I got there the talk of the compound was this mobster, Joe “The German” Watts, who was supposedly a loyal henchman and friend of John Gotti… Although he wasn’t made because of his German blood this New Yorker supposedly had big money. And on the compound he was known to throw that money around. I didn’t know him personally but he lived in Poplar B-lower the unit below mine. I remember seeing him go to the commissary and have a couple of guys with him to carry his bags. He always shopped big too. He’d be coming out with cases and boxes full of commissary stuff.
They said on the block that he cooked everyday and never went to the c how hall. A lot of mobsters have a reputation for this. Living large in the feds, you know. I guess it stems from the scenes in Goodfellas where Ray Liota and them are having mini banquets. The real incarcerated mobster tried to emulate this. I had also heard that Joe Watts supposedly bought all the cells next to his on the first tier and moved all his people in around him. He had his cook, his cleaning person, and his muscle guys in all the cells surrounding him and they would all eat together Goodfellas style.
Like I said I never personally met the guy but there was a lot of gossip about him on the pound. He was looked up to by all the street hustlers as a kind of mystical figure. A real live gangster, they called him. I would see him on the compound with the less famous mobsters from Pittsburgh and all the wanna-be’s who would be all up under him trying to ride his coattails. Catering to him or just trying to be associated with him I guess.”