Victoria Digiorgio Biography
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Born Country: United States
Born in: Brooklyn, New York, US
Famous as: John Gotti's Widow
Spouse/Ex-: John Gotti (m. 1962–2002)
children: Angel Gotti, Frank Gotti, John A. Gotti, Peter Gotti, Victoria Gotti
U.S. State: New Yorkers
Victoria DiGiorgio is the widow of infamous Italian-American gangster John Joseph Gotti who eventually became the boss of the notorious ‘Gambino crime family’ in New York City. The calm and quiet, yet outspoken DiGiorgio met the crime boss at a bar and the two started a relationship, which culminated into marriage. The couple led a lower-middle-class lifestyle and maintained traditional values while raising their five children: Victoria Gotti, John A. Gotti, Frank Gotti, Peter J. Gotti, and Angel Gotti. In an unfortunate incident, Frank was hit and killed by a car driven by neighbour John Favara while Frank was riding his friend’s mini-bike. As a result of this tragedy, DiGiorgio got into depression and remained bed-ridden for a year. Favara disappeared after four months of Frank’s death; it is presumed that Gotti ordered his killing. DiGiorgio’s marriage with Gotti hit the rocks when she came to know that her son John Jr. also got involved in his father’s dirty business. John Jr. is believed to have led the ‘Gambino crime family’ from 1992 (after Gotti was imprisoned) to 1999.
- Victoria DiGiorgio was born on December 5, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, US. Her father was of Italian descent while her mother was of half- Russian and half-Italian ancestry. Her parents settled in the US for a better life and worked in factories in New York City. Her parents separated when she was just two. According to reports, she inherited her mother’s ancestral properties worth millions. There is no information about her childhood, schooling, and educational qualifications.
- According to reports, DiGiorgio met Gotti at a bar in 1958 and they started a relationship. Their first daughter, Angel Gotti, was born in 1961; they got married on March 6, 1962. The couple stayed in a tri-level house in Queens. They had four more children: Victoria Gotti (born in 1962), John A. Gotti (born in 1964), Frank Gotti (born in 1967), and Peter J. Gotti (born in 1974).
- DiGiorgio remained a housewife throughout her married life. Although Gotti was a crime boss, DiGiorgio imparted traditional values in children. In a 1999 interview, DiGiorgio mentioned that she accompanied Gotti to racetracks, and although she could have shelled out $50.00 on bets, the dedicated housewife in her would only bet $20.00 and keep the rest for household expenses.
- In March 1980, her 12-year-old son Frank Gotti was hit by a car being driven by their neighbour John Favara while riding a friend’s mini-bike in the streets. According to sources, Favara was drunk and while driving erratically, he not only ran over Frank, but also dragged the boy for around 200 feet until the neighbours managed to stop the car. Frank died that night. Unable to bear the loss DiGiorgio gradually went into depression and became suicidal. She remained bed-ridden for a year. Four months after Frank’s death, when the Gotti family was on a vacation in Florida, Favarawas disappeared on July 28, 1980. Favara was never seen again. It is assumed that he was murdered on the orders of Gotti. However, the latter’s children believe that Gotti had nothing to do with Favara’s disappearance;.
- Gotti’s criminal activities took a toll on his married life leading to altercations between the couple. Their relationship strained further when DiGiorgio came to know that her son John Gotti Jr. also followed the footsteps of his father into the crime world. It is believed that Gotti Jr. was inducted into the ‘Gambino crime family’ in 1988 and remained the acting boss of the crime family from 1992, to 1999 and relayed his father’s orders to the crime family. DiGiorgio accused Gotti of destroying Gotti Jr.’s life and warned him that she would leave him if he doesn’t allow Gotti Jr. to leave the crime world. DiGiorgio lost her husband to throat cancer on June 10, 2002. Her daughter, Victoria Gotti, became a writer and reality television personality.
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