The grandson of Italian immigrants, John Gotti (1940-2002) was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and grew up in a life of organized crime. After serving time for hijacking trucks and a revenge slaying, Gotti wrested control of the Gambino crime family in 1985. Dubbed the “Teflon Don” after avoiding punishment for federal racketeering charges, he was known for his showy displays of swagger. He was arrested on a variety of charges in December 1990, and found guilty on multiple counts following the testimony of former associate Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano. Gotti died in 2002 from throat cancer at a medical center for federal prisoners in Springfield, Mo.