This book contains twelve of the most notorious cases of the FBI
April 4, 2012
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One of the most fascinating Law Enforcement Agencies in the world is the FBI. From the J. Edgar Hoover days to present, the Bureau has investigated the most famous cases, including, mobsters, gangs, bank robbers, and terrorism. They have also received a few black eyes including, Waco Siege, and Ruby Ridge.
In Top Cases of The FBI, I captured twelve of those cases and prepared backgrounds on the criminals up to and including their sentencing or demise.
These cases include:
John Dillinger and his Gang of Bank Robbers
Mobster John Gotti
Bonnie and Clyde
Mobster Al Capone
The Jonestown Massacre
Oklahoma City Bombing
The 1986 FBI Miami Shootout (In the line of fire)
The D.C. Beltway Snipers
John Gotti was America's most famous modern outlaw who took over as the head of the Gambino crime family in New York City following the demise of mob boss Paul Castellano in 1985. Castellano was believed to have been killed by Gotti and his men.
John Joseph Gotti, Jr. was born on October 27th, 1940. He was the fifth child of eleven children. By the time Gotti was twelve, he and his brothers Peter and Richard, had become involved in illegal street activities for local mobsters. Gotti quit school at the age of sixteen and joined the Fulton-Rockaway Boys, a teenage gang named after an intersection in Brooklyn. Gotti eventually became the leader of the gang, but unlike other gang bosses, was not concerned about territory. His gang was mostly into higher levels of criminality that dealt with fencing stolen goods, stealing automobiles, and rolling drunks.
His parents were John J. Gotti Sr. and Fannie Gotti. John Gotti's father was believed to be a hardworking immigrant from the Neapolitan section of Italy, though Gotti would later describe his father as a New Jersey native who had never set foot in Italy and had never worked a day in his life to provide for his family. The Gotti family grew up in the slums of the South Bronx. Although Gotti denies it, his father worked hard to move them out of the poor neighborhoods. John J. Gotti Sr., after much perseverance, later moved his family to the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood. However, after living in Sheepshead Bay for about a year, the Gotti family again relocated, this time to East New York, an area of Brooklyn, where they made permanent residence.
John Gotti married Victoria DiGiorgio on March 6th, 1962. The marriage produced five children: two daughters (Angel and Victoria), and three sons (John, Frank and Peter). Gotti attempted to work legitimately in 1962 as a presser in a coat factory and as an assistant truck driver. He found he could not stay crime free, however, and by 1966 had been jailed twice. Gotti's true criminal career began when he joined Carmine Fatico's crew, part of what would become known as the Gambino family after the murder of Albert Anastasia. Together with his brother Gene and Ruggiero, Gotti carried out truck hijackings at Idlewild Airport (since renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport). During this time, Gotti befriended fellow mob hijacker and future Bonanno family boss, Joseph Massino, and earned the nicknames "Black John" and "Crazy Horse."
In February of 1968, United Airlines employees identified Gotti as the man who had signed for stolen merchandise. The FBI arrested him for the United hijacking soon after. Two months later, while out on bail, Gotti was arrested a third time for hijacking, this time for stealing a load of cigarettes worth $50,000, on the New Jersey Turnpike. Later that year, Gotti pleaded guilty to the Northwest Airlines hijacking and was sentenced to three years at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. Prosecutors later dropped the charges for the cigarette hijacking.
Less than three years later, after he was released from prison, Gotti was placed on probation and ordered to acquire legitimate employment. He returned to his old crew at the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club, again to work under capo Carmine Fatico, and was transferred to management of the Bergin crew's illegal gambling where he proved himself to be an effective enforcer. Fatico was indicted on loan sharking charges in 1972 and made Gotti, still not yet a made man in the Mafia, the acting capo of the Bergin Crew, reporting to Carlo Gambino and his underboss, Aniello Dellacroce.
After Carlo Gambino's nephew, Emanuel Gambino, was kidnapped and murdered, John Gotti was assigned to the hit team, alongside Ralph Galione and Angelo Ruggiero to take out the main suspect, Irish-American gangster James McBratney. The team botched their attempt to abduct McBratney at a Staten Island bar. Galione shot McBratney dead when his accomplices managed to restrain him. Identified by eyewitnesses and a police insider, Gotti was arrested for the killing in June of 1974. With the help of attorney, Roy Cohn, he was able to strike a plea bargain and received a four-year sentence for attempted manslaughter for his part in the hit.