THE GAMBINO CRIME FAMILY
JOE BIONDO (1957-1970)
ANIELLO DELLACROCHE (1970-1976)
THOMAS BILOTTI (December 2-14, 1985)
FRANK DECICCO (1985-1986)
JOSEPH ARMONE (1986-1989)
SALVATORE GRAVANO (1990-1991)
JOHN GOTTI JR.
VINCENT "VINCE" MANGANO
Vincent Mangano was appointed boss of what was to become
the Gambino family by Lucky Luciano in 1931. He was
conspired against by Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia,
and Tommy Lucchesse. Vincent disappeared in 1951.
ALBERT "THE MAD HATTER" ANASTASIA
Albert Anastasia became boss of the family after
Mangano's disappearence. Anastasia and Lucky
Luciano created an enforcement arm for La Cosa
Nostra that came to be known as "Murder
Incorporated," responsible for from 700 to 1000
murders. Anastasia controlled the Brookyln waterfront with
his brother for over a decade. Soon other members of La Cosa
Nostra began to question is sanity. He was murdered in a
barbershop in 1957.
At thiry-three started as a soldier in the family run by
Vincent Mangano, Carlo became boss of the family in 1957
after arranging the murder of Albert Anastasia. He built
the family that eventually came to bear is name into the
largest and most powerful in the United States. Carlo
Gambino kept a low profile which was probably why he did
not spend a day in jail. Carlo died in 1976 of natural
causes. On his deathbed he chose his cousin and brother
in law, Paul Castellano to succeed him.
PAUL CASTELLANO "Big Paul"
Paul Castellano became boss after Carlo Gambinos death.
Even though Aniello "Neil" Dellacroche Carlos underboss
was next in line Carlo wanted to keep the blood at the
top of the family. This move bothered Neil but obeyed
Carlos wishes and continued being underboss for the
family. Paul did not really serve enough time in the
street and was mostly regarded as more of a businessman
than a true gangster. Paul Castellano and his underboss
and driver, Thomas Bilotti where murdered in front of
Sparks Steak House. They where murdered on the orders
of John Gotti.
John Gotti felt that Neil should have been boss and
wanted to take out Castellano, but Neil did not want
a war. John waited and when Neil died and Castellano
didnt show at the funeral to pay his respects, John
began plotting against him. Castellano was also
bringing down heat on Gotti's crew for their involvement
in drugs. John Gotti then became the boss of the Gambino
Family. John soon became very popular with the public.
He liked to talk, smile, and he wore two thousand
dollar suits. After a few major indictments failed,
John became to be known as the "Teflon Don." In 1991
the feds indicted John Gotti along with underboss
Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano and consigliere
Frank "Frankie Loc" Locascio on racketeering and
murder conspiracy charges. Then Gravano decided to
brake the omerta and testified against his boss.
Gravano ended up serving less than five years in prison.
In 1992 Gotti was convicted on murder and racketering
charges. Gotti is now serving a life sentence in a federal
prison in Marion, Illinois. John tried to continue to run
the family from jail, but in 1996 the commission forced
him to give up leadership.
Some acting bosses between 1992-1996 where, Nicky Corozzo and
Danny Marino. Both Nicky and Danny are in jail now.
JOHN "JUNIOR" GOTTI
Junior at 33 is now supposedly the boss the Gambino Crime Family.