“Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order. “
“Don't carry a gun. It is nice to have them close by, but do not carry them. You might get arrested. “
“I never lie because I don't fear anyone. You only lie when you're afraid.”
“If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn't have a job if he was any smarter.”
The reader in this paper will discover why John Gotti was given more publicity than any other previous crime figure. I will discuss this theories developed by Sutherland, Merton and others and compare and contrast them regarding which would appropriately describe Gotti’s criminal development.
John Joseph Gotti (October 27, 1940 - June 10, 2002) was the Boss of the New York City Gambino crime family after the murder of the previous boss Paul Castellano. John Gotti was the most powerful crime boss during his era. He became widely known for his outspoken personality and flamboyant style that eventually caused his downfall. He was known by the media as "The Dapper Don" because he wore expensive clothes and "The Teflon Don" because the majority of attempts to convict him resulted in either a hung jury or an acquittal. In 1992, Gotti was convicted of 13 murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, extortion, tax evasion, and loan sharking where he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He died there 10 years later of cancer.