(born 1946 to John and Fannie Gotti) is a New York mobster who belongs to the Gambino crime family
who was a major drug trafficker in New York. He has four brothers: John
, and Vincent. Gene became a Gambino associate around 1966, a made man
in 1976, Capo
in 1985, and reduced to soldier due to incarceration in 1989. Gene and his friend Angelo Ruggiero
, were dealing heroin
against boss Paul Castellano
's rules and he was going to have them killed. According to testimony by Gambino underboss Salvatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano
, Gene Gotti was involved in a number of mob murders. He has never been charged with any of these murders. To his brother John Gotti's eternal fury, Gene whom John considered inferior in every possible respect, was an amazingly lucky gambler. Gene loved to irk John on occasions by how he triumphed on a nine-to-one shot at the horse racetrack, at a time when John, according to rumors around the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club, "couldn't win a bet on the color of his own underwear."
Gene was convicted in 1989 of selling drugs and received a 50-year prison sentence. As of April 2008, Gene Gotti is still imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary (USP) in Pollock, Louisiana. His projected release date is September 14, 2018.
He is portrayed in the made for television movie by actor Scott Cohen.
- Mob Star: The Story of John Gotti by Gene Mustain & Jerry Capeci in 2002, ISBN 0-02-864416-6.
- Gotti: The Rise & Fall by Jerry Capeci in 1996, ISBN 0-451-40681-8.
- Mafia Dynasty: The Rise & Fall of the Gambino Crime Family by John H. Davis in 1994, ISBN 0-06-109184-7.
- Goombata: The Improbable Rise and Fall of John Gotti and His Gang by John Cummings and Ernest Volkman