Gotti: The Last Photo

Bureau of Prisons image taken months before Dapper Don's demise

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Gotti: The Last Photo

FEBRUARY 26--Here's the last photo ever taken of John Gotti, the murderous degenerate who once headed the Gambino crime family.

Gotti, the so-called Dapper Don, posed for a Bureau of Prisons photo on October 17, 2001, less than eight months before he died, at age 61, at the federal prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri. The Gotti image was released this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Smoking Gun (we've enlarged the original 1' x 1' photo). According to a BoP letter, the color image was Gotti's 'institution commissary photo.'

The once-robust Gotti appears frail in the prison photo, which was snapped more than two years after the convicted killer was operated on for head and neck cancer. (1 page)