JOHN GOTTI JR. SAYS THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE MOTORIST WHO KILLED HIS BROTHER WAS "PROBABLY" THE WORK OF HIS MOB-BOSS FATHER ? "60 MINUTES"
There's little doubt in the mind of John Gotti Jr. that his father, convicted mob boss John Gotti, had a hand in the disappearance of a motorist who accidently hit and killed his little brother 30 years ago. In his first extended television interview, Gotti tells Steve Kroft that his dad was "probably" involved in the unlucky driver's vanishing act. The interview will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, April 11 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The notorious incident has always been a big part of the Gotti mystique. A child on a mini-bike dies in a traffic accident, but he's no ordinary child, he's the son of a mobster. Within three months, the driver of the car goes missing and no trace of him has ever been found. Did his father have something to do with it? "Probably. Knowing John and how he was and how he felt about a lot of things, especially regarding his own children, he probably was," says Gotti, who was 16 at the time.
Gotti says his father never discussed the incident with him, so he says he can't be certain, "but knowing my father, there's no way you're going to hurt one of his without him hurting you...there's just no way. It's not going to happen," he tells Kroft.
The incident tore a hole in the tough-guy demeanor his father sported. "He didn't show much emotion, but my bedroom, the vent, was attached to his den and I would hear him cry," remembers Gotti. Watch an excerpt.
Kroft asked Gotti questions about his life in and outside of crime, including whether he committed murder and what it was like to be "made." Gotti discusses all of that and more in this Sunday's double-length interview.