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Mob Boss John Gotti Is Dead

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Planning the 1985 murder of Paul "Big Paul" Castellano

Gotti elected Gambino boss

Approved murder of Gambino associate Michael DeBatt

Ordering the hit of mob captain Robert DiBernardo

Okaying a murder during a "walk-talk"

Gotti's son joins the family business

FBI surveillance of Gotti, "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and Luchese bosses

Gotti, 1968

Gotti, 1984

Gotti, 1990

JUNE 10--Mafia boss John Gotti died today in a prison hospital following a long battle with cancer. He was 61. The so-called Dapper Don, who took control of the Gambino crime family after orchestrating the murder of his predecessor Paul Castellano, was convicted in 1992 of racketeering charges and sentenced to life in prison.

What follows below is a collection of links to FBI reports, photos, and a marvelous wiretapped conversation during which Gotti announces, "This is gonna be a Cosa Nostra 'til I die. Be it an hour from now, or be it tonight, or a hundred years from now when I'm in jail, it's gonna be a Cosa Nostra." Visit Crime Library for a detailed Gotti bio.

FBI REPORTS:

Planning the 1985 murder of Paul "Big Paul" Castellano

Gotti elected Gambino boss

Approved murder of Gambino associate Michael DeBatt

Ordering the hit of mob captain Robert DiBernardo

Okaying a murder during a "walk-talk"

Gotti's son joins the family business

Wiseguys and their celebrity friends

PHOTOS:

FBI surveillance of Gotti, "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and Luchese bosses

Gotti, 1968

Gotti, 1984

Gotti, 1990

WIRETAP:

"Cosa Nostra 'til I die."