In the U.S. state of North Carolina, the leader of the Gambino Mafia clan, Peter Arthur Gotti, died in federal prison. The gangster was 81 years old, according to the Associated Press.
Peter was the older brother of famed gangster John Gotti, who led the New York Mafia until 2002. After John’s death, Peter became the mob boss, despite the fact that he was reputed to be unintelligent and had the nickname, Dumbest Don. Former mobsters claim that Peter became godfather through no fault of his own and did not handle the leadership role well. He was considered too kind for the head of a crime clan.
One of the most notorious gangsters in the United States, Peter, convicted in 2003, spent 17 years behind bars. He had another eight years left before he was released. He died Feb. 26 in a room at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, where he was being treated. According to doctors, the mobster died of natural causes because of his advanced years and poor health.
The Gambino clan was formed in 1902. He is one of the five largest and most influential clans of the Italian-American Mafia “Five Families”, controlling organized crime in New York. Zones of influence are delineated at a meeting of a special counsel, a commission. Gangsters are engaged, among other things, racketeering, extortion, usury, car theft, robbery and contract murders.
It was previously reported that one of the most notorious gangsters in the United States, a member of the Colombo crime family, John Franzeze Senior, also known as Sonny (“Sonny”), died. Franzese died Feb. 24 at a New York City hospital. He was 103 years old.