Conviction of the "Teflon Don"


On April 2, 1992, John Gotti, the boss of the Gambino crime family in New York, was convicted of murder and racketeering. He was later sentenced to life in prison. While other crime family figures often shied away from the media, Gotti loved being in the public spotlight. His particular personality earned him some measure of fame and even favor in the eyes of the public. The media called him "the Dapper Don." After being acquitted in several trials in the 1980s, the media began calling him "the Teflon Don" because charges would never "stick" to him. In 2002, Gotti, at the age of 61, died as a result of throat cancer while serving multiple life sentences in prison.
 

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