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If ever there was an incubator for crime it was the Italian Harlem tenements of the South Bronx In one of those crowded dirty apartments a young John Gotti seeked an impoverished existence with his parents and eleven sisters and brothers His father rarely worked and then only at menial jobs risking the money that the family did have on gambling Eventually the family moved to central Brooklyn which was known as East New York In East New York for a poor boy like John Gotti with nothing in the way of prospects the Cosa Nostra represented something to which he could realistic aspire to gain the power and respect he craved He started as many young boys did running errands for the gangsters molding himself into a young bully with a future His first major incident with the police occurred when he tried to steal a cement mixer and it fell on his feet an injury that affected his gait for the rest of his life He quit school at sixteen and rose to leadership in a local street gang of thieves called the Fulton-Rockaway Boys named after two streets in their neighborhood At an early age he exerted his bad temper dominance and readiness to engage in fistfights These were just the right characteristics to develop his potential as a Mafia boss In the mid-1960s Gottis boss Carmine Fatico moved his headquarters out to Ozone Park near JFK Airport Gotti his brothers Angelo and Willie Boy became relatively successful hijackers That is until they got caught in 1968 and landed in prison In 1972 when Gotti got out of prison and went back to Ozone Park the headquarters had been imaginatively renamed the Bergin Hunt and Fish Club Two important things happened in his life to significantly lift his status in the Cosa Nostra The first was that
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