John Gotti Jr., pictured outside federal court in Manhattan (L). Gotti with ace criminal attorney, Charles Carnesi (R).
John Gotti Jr. gave his only in depth interview to date last week to Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes. Here’s a recap of some of the more interesting things he said. On his upbringing:
I’m from Howard Beach. We were taught from a young age that we don’t call the police. For nothing. We take care of our own problems.
On being inducted:
Proudest moment of my life.
On getting out of the life:
Kroft: you can’t get out.
Gotti: who says?
Kroft: the movies, the federal government.
Gotti: what makes them an authority on this?
Junior told Kroft that his father loved everything about being a gangster. And that it came before his real family.
We were second.
Junior spoke of his father’s state after his 12 year old brother Frank was killed in a car crash:
He didn’t show much emotion but the vent in my bedroom was connected to his study, and I would hear him cry. I would hear him cry.
Gotti, with lawyer Charles Carnesi at his side, who beat two of Gotti’s 4 raps in the last 5 years, also talked about his father’s suspicious nature and sense of ethics. On mobster’s saving money:
My father thought there was only two possibilities on how you end up. Behind bars or dead. That was it. when he’d see a wiseguy putting money away, he’d say, “What’s he thinking?”
On following the code:
If you’re not doing the right thing you’re gonna get whacked. Just like if I’m not doing the right thing, somebody’s gonna put two in my hat.
Carnesi sat with Gotti, as it was explained, to keep him from saying anything that could get him indicted. He only spoke once, to interject to Kroft, that Junior Gotti had never accepted the title of boss or underboss, and that it was more of a title the government looked to attach to him. On the whole, John Gotti Jr. handled himself very well, was well spoken, and his reverence for John Sr., to this day, is resounding. On whether he ever feared being whacked:
Every day. You know, it was a possibility.