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Netflix drops documentary detailing the rise and fall of one of the most infamous Mafia bosses of all time

Claire Reid

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Netflix drops documentary detailing the rise and fall of one of the most infamous Mafia bosses of all time

True crime fans looking for their latest fix are in luck - because Netflix has released a new docu-series about infamous mafia boss John Gotti.

Three-part series Get Gotti centres on the FBI’s years-long battle to bring down the New York mob boss and features interviews with those close to the case.

You can see a trailer for the series here:

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A brief synopsis from Netflix teases: “Told from both sides of the law, this documentary series from the makers of Fear City follows the FBI's battle to bring down infamous mob boss John Gotti.”

The first episodes takes us back to around 1985 - at the time Gotti had ordered a hit on then-boss of the Gambino family Paul Castellano, leaving the spot open for him to take the title and become the head of what was described as America's most powerful crime syndicate.

During his time as the boss of the Gambino family, Gotti was arrested and charged on numerous crimes but each time the trial would end in an acquittal - earning Gotti the nickname the ‘Teflon Don’ as none of the charges brought against him would stick.

New true crime series centres on mob boss John Gotti. Credit: Netflix
New true crime series centres on mob boss John Gotti. Credit: Netflix
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Despite authorities continuing to collect evidence against Gotti, he carried on with his career as a mob boss - reportedly earning between $5 to $20million a year.

However, his run of luck was set to come to an abrupt end as he headed into the 1990s.

In 1991, Salvatore 'Sammy the Bull' Gravano, heard Gotti making insulting remarks about him on an FBI wiretap that implicated both Gravano and Gotti in several murders.

Gravona opted to work with the FBI and testified against Gotti at trial.

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In 1992 Gotti was convicted of five murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, tax evasion, illegal gambling, extortion, and loansharking.

The three part series features interviews with those close to the case. Credit: Netflix
The three part series features interviews with those close to the case. Credit: Netflix

He was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole and a fine of $250,000.

Speaking after he was sentenced, James Fox, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's New York Field Office said: "The Teflon is gone. The don is covered with Velcro, and all the charges stuck."

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Get Gotti landed on the streaming platform today (24 October) and true crime fans are pretty excited, with one person posting on X: “The new John Gotti docuseries is finally out on Netflix! I’m so excited to watch this.”

A second wrote: “If you’re into crime documentaries Get Gotti. Just dropped on Netflix.”

If you fancy checking it out yourself, Get Gotti is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Netflix, True Crime, TV and Film

Claire Reid
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