New York: Big Problem For Big John

Big Problem For Big John

As he rose to become the reputed boss of New York City's Gambino crime family, John (Big John) Gotti survived a planned rubout by rival mobsters, a four-year prison term for attempted manslaughter, and a sensational eight-month trial in 1987 that led to his acquittal on racketeering charges. Last week he confronted what prosecutors claim to be the most formidable charges brought against the dapper reputed gangster since a murder indictment 15 years ago. Gotti claims he makes his living as a salesman for a plumbing company.

Gotti was a few blocks from a club he had left in Little Italy,...

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