Who is Victoria Digiorgio?
Born on December 5, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, Victoria Digiorgio is best known as the wife of the late John Gotti, who, at the height of his career, was one of the leaders of the most powerful crime syndicate in America, the Cosa Nostra also known as the American Mafia.
Victoria Digiorgio’s Net Worth?
As of early 2020, Victoria Digiorgio’s net worth is estimated to be over $2 million, mostly from the inheritance left by her husband upon his death. She also owned an ancestral property from her mother. There was a time when she lived in luxury as Gotti had an income of up to $20 million a year from his major criminal enterprise.
Early life and marriage
Victoria is of Italian descent from her mother while her father is from Russia. In the 1940s, her parents decided to move to the US in search of a better life and started working in factories. She never knew her father well as her parents separated. Eventually, she began accumulating a bit of wealth, enjoying the fruits given to her by the legacy left by her mother in Italy, including an ancestral home reportedly valued in the millions.
Although she was out of the limelight for most of her life, she met mobster John Gotti in a bar in 1958 and began a relationship there. They married four years later, and for some time her husband tried to live a normal life, working as a truck driver and presser in a coat factory.
However, it wasn’t long before he returned to a life of crime and eventually his family got involved.
The Death of Frank Gotti
In 1980, Digiorgio’s youngest child, Frank Gotti, was killed by neighbor John Favara who was run over while on his minibike. After investigation, the incident was ruled to be an accident, although John Gotti would not let it slide. Victoria became depressed by the incident and was even suicidal at one point, staying in bed and making little effort to move. When Favara tried to apologize, she attacked him with a baseball bat and then he received death threats. To cheer up the family, John took them on an out-of-town trip and when they returned, Favara had disappeared.
In 1980, police ruled he was likely kidnapped and killed by Gotti’s men while the family was on vacation. Hitman Richard Kuklinski later came forward and stated that he was responsible for Favara’s death as he committed many kills for Gotti. Victoria and her children knew nothing about the kidnapping, but they assumed John Gotti had something to do with it. She lived quietly for the next several years, though their marriage was torn apart by her husband’s life of crime. Even her son John Jr. got involved in the mafia, which caused her great grief.
Husband – John Gotti
John became one criminal at a young age in an attempt to escape the poverty his family lived in, eventually joining the Gambino crime family. He worked under Anielloe Dellacroce and operated in Queens where he earned a decent living thanks to his actions. Eventually, he delved into selling drugs with his brother, which attracted the FBI. Fearing that Paul Castellano would discover their operation and send people to kill them, he made the first move and staged a murder on Castellano, making him the leader of the crime family.
During his reign, the American mafia rose to power, his crime family operated in various fields such as drug trafficking, illegal gambling, prostitution, extortion, extortion, pornography and many others. The police and FBI consistently tried to pin him on various crimes, but most of his cases would end in an acquittal. With the public’s attention on him, he started wearing more flamboyant clothes and became more outspoken towards the media, earning him the nickname “The Dapper Don”. It was later revealed that he had survived several cases due to witness intimidation, juror tampering, and other criminal actions.
Arrest, imprisonment and death
John Gotti was finally arrested in 1991 thanks to the help of his underboss Sammy the Bull who secretly collaborated with the FBI to take him down in exchange for a lighter sentence. Sammy provided evidence of a taped wiretap showing him in conversation with the mob boss who admitted to many murders.
The following year, he was convicted of numerous crimes, including murder, tax evasion, extortion, extortion, loansharking, and many other charges. This led him to a life sentence, which marked the downfall of the mafia. He was incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, serving most of his sentence in solitary confinement.
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He was later transferred to a supermax prison in Colorado, following his attempt to kill an inmate named Walter Johnson, though the story is somewhat hazy, with denials among Gotti’s family and associates. Other accounts state that he befriended other gangs, including African American and Hispanic groups. In 1998, doctors diagnosed him with throat cancer and he underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Although the surgery was successful, the tumor returned after two years and he died of the disease in 2002. He was buried next to his son who died in the motorcycle accident many years ago.
Victoria DiGiorgio remained married to Gotti from 1962 until his dead. They had five children together, one of his children being John Jr. became the head of their crime family in the 1990s, until he was imprisoned for racketeering. Her other children tried to live a life separate from their family’s criminal past. One of their children, Victoria, who was named after her mother, was even a reality show star for a period, proving that the family was still living in luxury despite most of John Gotti’s post-imprisonment money supposedly in had been seized.