Gotti, John Joseph, Jr.
- William Howard Moore
Gotti, John Joseph, Jr. (27 October 1940–10 June 2002), organized crime leader, was born John Joseph Gotti, Jr., in the Bronx, New York, the son of John and Philomena “Fannie” Gotti, first‐generation Americans of Neapolitan origin. The fifth of thirteen children, Gotti later expressed disdain for his father, whose sporadic employment as a construction hand prompted frequent relocations of his family. By 1952 when the family settled into a working‐class neighborhood in Brooklyn, Gotti had already become a defiant student and frequent truant. At age sixteen and a member of the gang the Fulton‐Rockaway Boys, Gotti dropped out of Franklin K. Lane High School. He worked odd jobs. Frequently he was arrested for public intoxication, street fighting, burglary, and automobile theft. His marriage to Victoria DiGiorgio from 1962—which produced five children—was often plagued by financial strains and separations....