Mafia kingpin Gotti heads to Hollywood
HE is one of the most feared men in New York, with a family history of bribery, tax evasion, extortion and murder.
But after his trial on charges of conspiracy to kill three men ended in a jury deadlock two years ago, John Gotti Jr -- son of the "Teflon Don" John J Gotti, and former head of the Gambino crime family -- says he's ready to give up a life of organised crime and finally go legit. His new job after giving up the Mafia? Hollywood scriptwriter.
It is thought that Gotti (46) hopes to turn his life story into a Goodfellas-style film, full-length documentary and a book.
It is unlikely, however, that Gotti will want to revisit the most notorious incident of his life -- when the FBI searched the basement of one of his properties in Queens and found a list of "made" members of his organisation, including the names of guests who attended his wedding, including Big Louie, Jackie Nose, Sammy Bull, Benny Eggs, and Lil Funzie. (© The Times, London)