Who is Victoria Digiorgio?
Victoria Digiorgio was born on 5 December 1942, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, and is best known for being the wife of the late John Gotti, who during the peak of his career, was one the leaders of the most powerful crime syndicate in America, the Cosa Nostra otherwise known as the American mafia.
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The Net Worth of Victoria Digiorgio?
As of early-2020, Victoria Digiorgio’s net worth is estimated to be over $2 million, mostly from the inheritance left behind by her husband at his death. She also owned an ancestral property belonging to her mother. There was a time that she lived in luxury, as Gotti had an income of up to $20 million a year from his large criminal enterprise.
Early Life and Marriage
Victoria is of Italian descent from her mother, while her father is from Russia. During the 1940s, her parents decided to move to the US in search of a better life, and went work in factories. She never knew her father very well as her parents separated. Eventually, she started gaining a bit of wealth, enjoying the fruits given to her by the inheritance left behind by her mother back in Italy, which included an ancestral home reputedly valued in millions.
While most of her life was out of the spotlight, she met gangster John Gotti in a bar in 1958 and began a relationship there. They married four years later, and for some time her husband attempted a normal life, working as a truck driver and a presser in a coat factory.
However, it wasn’t long until he turned back to a life of crime, and his family eventually became involved.
The Death of Frank Gotti
In 1980, Digiorgio’s youngest child, Frank Gotti was killed by neighbor John Favara run over while on his minibike. After investigations, it was ruled that the incident was an accident though John Gotti was not going to let it slide. Victoria became depressed over the incident and was even suicidal at one point, staying in bed and barely making an effort to move. When Favara tried to apologize, she attacked him with a baseball bat, and afterwards he began receiving death threats. To try and cheer up the family, John took them on a trip outside the city and when they returned, Favara had disappeared.
In 1980, it was ruled by police that he was likely abducted and murdered by Gotti’s men while the family were on vacation. Hitman Richard Kuklinski later came forward stating that he was responsible for Favara’s death, as he carried out many murders for Gotti. Victoria and her children didn’t know anything about the abduction, but they assumed that John Gotti had something to do with it. She lived quietly over the next few years, though their marriage was being torn about by her husband’s life of crime. Even her son John, Jr. became involved with the mafia, which brought her a lot of grief.
Husband – John Gotti
John became a criminal at a young age in an effort to escape the poverty his family was living in, eventually joining the Gambino crime family. He worked under Anielloe Dellacroce and operated in Queens, earning a decent living due to his actions. Eventually, he delved into selling drugs with his brother, which attracted the FBI. In fear that Paul Castellano might discover their operation and send people to kill them, he made the first move, setting up an assassination of Castellano, which left him as the leader of the crime family.
During his reign, the American mafia rose to power, his crime family operating in various areas such as drug trafficking, illegal gambling, prostitution, extortion, racketeering, pornography, and many others. The police and FBI tried consistently to pin him to various crimes, but most of his cases would end up in acquittal. With the public’s attention on him, he started wearing more flamboyant clothes and became more outspoken to the media, earning him the nickname “The Dapper Don”. It was later revealed that he survived various cases due to witness intimidation, jury tampering, and other criminal actions.
Arrest, Imprisonment, and Death
John Gotti was eventually arrested in 1991 thanks to the help of his underboss Sammy the Bull who was secretly working with the FBI to take him down in exchange for a lighter punishment. Sammy provided evidence of a recorded wiretap showing him in a conversation with the mafia boss who admitted to many murders.
The following year, he was convicted of numerous crimes including murder, tax evasion, racketeering, extortion, loansharking, and many other charges. This led him to a lifetime sentence in prison, which marked the downfall of the mafia. He was imprisoned at the US Penitentiary located in Marion, Illinois, with the majority of his sentence in solitary confinement.
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He was later transferred to a Supermax prison in Colorado, following his attempt to assassinate an inmate named Walter Johnson, although the story is somewhat blurred, with denials among Gotti’s family and associates. Other stories state that he befriended other gangs including African-American and Hispanic groups. In 1998, doctors diagnosed him with throat cancer and he underwent surgery for the tumor to be removed. While the surgery was successful, the tumor returned after two years, and he passed away from the disease in 2002. He was buried alongside his son who was killed in the motorbike accident many years back.
Victoria DiGiorgio stayed married to Gotti from 1962 up to his death. They had five children together, with one of his children John Jr. becoming the head of their crime family in the 1990s, until he was imprisoned for racketeering. Her other children tried to live a life disassociated from their family’s criminal past. One of their children, Victoria who is named after her mother was even a star of a reality program for one period, which showcased that the family was still living in luxury despite most of John Gotti’s money supposedly being confiscated following his imprisonment.