“I never lie because I don't fear anyone. You only lie when you're afraid” (John Gotti-The Dapper Don). John Gotti, one of the most famous mobsters in history, committed many crimes through his life. He started stealing, fighting and drinking in his early life and was also arrested at least nine times before his twenty-first birthday. This made him very appealing to the Gambino family; however Gotti wanted to be on top. He would soon make it there and remove anybody in his way. John Gotti used violence throughout his life, which was fueled by power and extreme anger. This is shown through the murders of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti and the situation of John Favara and Gotti’s son Frank.
After Carlo Gambino died in 1976, Paul Castellano was anointed to gain the power of the family; he claimed Aniello Dellacroce as his underboss. This was who was in charge by the time John Gotti entered the family and it was not long until they would be out of his way. In December of 1985, Dellacroce died of cancer at the age of 71, which would make Thomas Bilotti the new underboss to Castellano. “Two weeks later, Castellano, 70, and his choice for new underboss, Thomas Bilotti, 45, were gunned down in front of Sparks Steak House, in midtown Manhattan” (FBI). The murders of these two individuals were ordered by none other than Gotti himself. He knew that there would be a way for him to get to the top and rule the Gambino family himself. However, he differed from previous bosses; instead of laying low, he went out, purchased expensive suits and made sure that he was well known and noticed wherever he went. He demanded attention, but more importantly, he the craved; he knew that with more fear, he could get what he desired with ease.
In March of 1980, John Gotti’s second youngest child, Frank Gotti, was killed in a car accident at the age of twelve. Frank darted out into the street on a minibike and was hit by their fifty one year old neighbor John Favara. The trial was...
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