Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano is an American gangster who becomes a henchman of the Gambino criminal family. Gravano played a key role in convicting John Gotti, the head of the criminal family, by agreeing to testify before the government against him and other thieves in a deal he confessed to being involved in 19 homicides. Originally a thief of the Colombo criminal family, then the Brooklyn faction of the Gambino family, Gravano was part of the conspiracy group of Gambino boss Paul Castellano in 1985. Gravano played a key role in the planning and execution of the Castellano murder, along with Gotti, Angelo Ruggiero, Frank DeCicco and Joseph Armone. Shortly after Castellano was assassinated, Gotti raised Gravano to an underworld, a position Gravano held when he became a government witness.
|Born||Salvatore Gravano, March 12, 1945, New York City, U.S.|
|Other names||"Sammy the Bull", Jimmy Moran|
|Criminal penalty||Five years' imprisonment (1994, lenient sentence due to testimony), 20 years' and 19 years' imprisonment to run concurrently (2002)|
|Relatives||Nicholas Scibetta (brother-in-law), Eddie Garafola (brother-in-law)|
Known as the Gambino crime family's underboss. By testifying for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he helped bring down John Gotti, the family's boss.
He joined the Rampers, a street gang in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, when he was 13 years old.
In 1997, he wrote a book called Underboss about his encounters with John Gotti and their trial.
He was the youngest of Giorlando (Gerry) and Caterina (Kay) Gravano's three children.
He was well-known for assassinating John Gotti, a fellow mafioso.
Individuals who have participated in the US federal witness protection program. Those convicted of drug offenses. Mafia killer. ADX Florence captives. Gambino Criminal Family. Those convicted of fraud. New York City Military