Thursday, February 05, 2004

Mrs. Gotti's Letter to Page Six

According to the patron saint of all bloggers, Elizabeth Spiers, the widow of John Gotti wrote a letter to Page Six's Richard Johnson on his coverage of the embarassing JLo flap (remember the interview that was not an exclusive that was on newsstands EVERYWHERE?):

"Page Six did an item a couple of days ago about Victoria Gotti's 'exclusive' Star interview with J-Lo post-Bennifer which indicated that the interview was not so much an interview as a couple of canned quotes from J-Lo's publicist, who also happens to rep Gotti. Gotti was not pleased. More importantly, Gotti's mother was not pleased. Mama Gotti apparently sent a nasty 'fuck you letter' to Page Six's Richard Johnson."

Our gossip hero Richard Johnson is a big guy who can take care of himself, but we worry. Actually we didn't worry about it until we read Ken Hall's bio of Mrs. Gotti:

"Mrs. Gotti met her husband in 1960 -- when she was still Victoria DiGiorgio -- and the two were married on March 6, 1962. They went on to have five children: Angela, Frank, Victoria, Peter, John and Frank. Frank was only 12 when he was killed in a traffic accident near the family's home in Oyster Bay, N.Y. He shares the same crypt with his father.

"The circumstances surrounding the boy's death may provide some insight into the crime family culture. He was struck and killed by a neighbor, John Favara, who was on his way home from work. Frank was riding a friend's mini-bike around the neighborhood. What happened next, depending on who you want to believe, was either an intentional act of murder or a horrible twist of fate.

"According to one account, Favara's vision was impaired by the glare of the afternoon sun and a construction dumpster that was sticking out into the street. So when young Frank came zipping across the road, Favara never saw the boy and hit him by accident.

"But the other story says that Favara was speeding, ran a red light and hit Frank, perhaps on purpose. Favara went into a semi-seclusion after the accident, which the Gotti's interpreted as a lack of contrition or remorse on his part.

"Mrs. Gotti, understandably devastated over the loss of her son, decided to take matters into her own hands and attacked Favara with an aluminum baseball bat. She hit him numerous times and he was hospitalized, but did not press charges. The car was stolen and later recovered, with the word 'murderer' spray painted across the side.

"Favara received numerous death threats and finally decided to sell his house and move. Three days before the closing, he was abducted while leaving his job at a furniture warehouse. His body was never found, but sources say he was shot and clubbed to death. Then, his body was put into a barrel filled with cement, whereupon he was dumped into the ocean off Brooklyn. No arrests were ever made. The Gottis were vacationing in Fort Lauderdale at the time of the murder.

"Following Mr. Favara's disappearance, Mrs. Gotti was quoted as saying, 'I don't know what happened to him. I am not sorry if something did. He never sent me a sympathy card. He never apologized. He never even got his car fixed.'

"John Gotti's sentiments were similar. 'I don't know what happened but I'm not sorry if something did happen. He killed my kid.'"

Richard just reported that Mrs. Gotti's kid made a slip up, nothing more. How can you not like Page Six, Mrs. Gotti?

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