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Mafia arrests: Four of the most famous mob busts in history

The FBI announced one of the biggest mob busts in history on Thursday. Here are four other major law enforcement wins against American gangsters.

- Aaron CouchContributor

John Gotti (1940-2002)

John Gotti became the head of New York’s Gambino crime family in 1985. Despite being responsible for many crimes, for years no charges would stick to “The Teflon Don.” That changed in 1992, when a jury convicted Gotti of 13 murders and a slew of other crimes. Gotti received life in prison without the possibility of parole, and began serving his sentence at the United States Penitentiary at Marion, ILL. Gotti was held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day. Before his death in 2002, he had been transferred to a prison hospital in Springfield, Mo.

[Editor's note: The original version incorrectly featured a photograph of John Gotti's son, John Gotti III, and incorrectly gave Gotti's nickname as "The Teflon John."]


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