John Gotti And The Fall Of Organized Crime

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John Gotti and the Decline of Organized Crime The Mafia. It is a figment of many people's imaginations. To some people it is a true problem of society. For some people the Mafia and organized crime is a way of life. Popular culture has seen elements of the Mafia in such movies and television shows like The Godfather, Goodfellas, and The Sopranos. The Mafia and organized crime is very real. Organized crime however has been on a steep decline. Since the detainment of John Gotti and the defection of Sammy Gravano to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, organized crime has become less prevalent in society. John Gotti was the last great Mafia figurehead and since his indictment and inevitable life sentencing in jail, organized crime has been on a decline.

John Gotti was born into a poor Italian family. He lived in a broken home, his father was unemployed most of the time and any money he could attain he lost gambling (Rising Talent 1).

The local Mafia life seemed like paradise to John. Throughout his childhood, he ran frequent errands for local gangsters. By the time he was 16 he was already working for the local boss. He started his own tough-guy group, which was aptly named the Fulton-Rockaway Boys, named after a corner in Little Italy. John was known for his quick temper and promptness to start a fight when aggravated. This was a group of thieves and misfits that ran errands for the dominate local boss Carmine Fatico (Rising Talent 1). It was through Carmine that John got to meet Neil Dellecroce, the underboss to Carlo Gambino (Rising Talent 2).

Carlo Gambino was the boss of the biggest organized crime family in the United States at the time John met him. John's big break came when Carlo...