Who's who in the Gotti family

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The Gotti name has been part of New York mob lore for decades. Using the city and Long Island as a backdrop for their family drama, the Gottis have flouted previous mob family tradition of living an undercover life, choosing instead to flaunt their flashy lifestyles and wardrobes, even on TV.

Here's a look at who's who in the Gotti family:

- John J. Gotti , was the late Gambino family boss who died of throat and neck cancer in 2002 while serving a prison term for racketeering charges. He earned his nickname Teflon Don after escaping charges in three state and federal cases against him. He rose to power and took control of the Gambino family in 1985 after whacking then-boss Paul Castellano. His introduction to the Gambino family came during childhood, when he ran errands for a club headed by a Gambino crew capo.

- John A. "Junior" Gotti , son of John J., was tried three times on racketeering charges for an alleged plot to kidnap Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa. Prosecutors gave up their quest to convict him after the trials ended in hung juries or mistrials. Gotti was not always as lucky: he served a prison term from 1999 to 2005 after pleading guilty to racketeering crimes. While police said his father elevated him to leadership status of the Gambino family in 1994, Junior maintained after his 2006 mistrial he had long retired from his life of crime.

- Victoria Gotti , is the wife of John J. She kept a low profile during her husbands crime career but defended her son during his 2005 and 2006 trials. Her other son Frank died at age 12 in a car accident.

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- Victoria Gotti , the daughter of the late John Gotti, starred in the reality TV show "Growing Up Gotti." The show, which also featured her three sons, Carmine Jr., John and Frank, ran for three seasons before being cancelled in 2005. She has also written novels, penned a book about her affliction, Mitral Valve Prolapse, designed clothing and ran a sportswear company.

- Peter "Cyclops" Gotti , another brother of John senior and reputed boss of the Gambinos, is serving a life sentence for a 2005 murder conspiracy and money laundering conviction.

- Gene Gotti , younger brother of John J., is serving 50 years in prison after a 1989 conviction for heroin trafficking charges. He is scheduled to be released in 2018.

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- Angel Gotti is the low-key daughter of John senior.

Compiled by amNewYork reportert Marlene Naanes from published reports

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