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It's hard to figure out why John 'The Dapper Don' Gotti also managed to obtain the moniker 'The Teflon Don.' Only one time out of many others did he manage to escape justice with an acquittal verdict. During his early days, he spent so much time going in and out of the poky that he could have been called 'The Turnstile Don.'
Gotti did earn his place as a made man for the Gambino crime family. Even though he liked to sashay around town in expensive suits and gamble away $30,000 a night at time, his crew always knew him to be a blue collar gangster – one of the fellas. He obtained the rank of captain through his loyal allegiance to Aniello Dellacroce. Dellacroce was one of the capos that shared powers with Paul Castellano when Carlo Gambino died of a heart attack in 1976. Castellano disapproved of Gotti's way of drawing attention as an underling to Dellacroce and attempted to quell the upstart through criticism and disregard.
When Dellacroce died from a bout with Cancer in late 1985, Gotti took great issue with Castellano's non-attendance at his boss' funeral. Two weeks later Castellano couldn't finish his steak at Sparks Steak House in Manhattan because some bullets had interrupted his meal. Gotti and his family were on vacation in Florida so he shrugged when asked about it. Two more weeks later Gotti head the large Gambino crime family in New York.
Gotti did end up running into problems with his under-boss Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano gave him up to the U.S. Government. Gravano's testimony in 1992 lead to Gotti's convictions for murder and racketeering. Gotti spent the next ten years of his life sentence behind bars before he finally died in 2002.