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NCJ Number: 126633 Find in a Library
Title: Goombata: The Improbable Rise and Fall of John Gotti and His Gang
Author(s): J Cummings; E Volkman
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 315
Sponsoring Agency: Little, Brown and Co
Waltham, MA 02154
Publication Number: ISBN 0-316-16391-0
Sale Source: Little, Brown and Co
200 West Street
Waltham, MA 02154
United States of America
Type: Biography
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This narrative details the life of John Gotti, the leader of the most powerful criminal organization in the world, the Gambino branch of the American Mafia, and explains the operation of organized crime.
Abstract: The text uses information from wiretap records, criminal justice officials, and offenders to explain how Gotti and a small group of his goombata -- the Sicilian slang for "old friends" -- managed to take control of the entire Gambino organization. The narrative notes that Gotti is one of the biggest narcotics traffickers in the United States, that he is a compulsive gambler, and that his criminal career was aided by incompetence and corruption among law enforcement personnel in the Queens borough of New York. The discussion also explains the lifestyle and rituals of the Mafia, its rigid but unwritten code of behavior, the rules of apprenticeship, the role of women, the interactions among organized crime figures and law enforcement officials, and the court proceedings against Gotti. Photographs and index
Main Term(s): Organized crime investigation
Index Term(s): Drug law offenses; Mob infiltration
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