John Gotti, “The Dapper Don” hand wrote this letter for a good friend on standard lined paper. The letter was written to actor Frank Sivero who played in many films including the mumbling Mafioso Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorese’s 1990 gangster epic, Goodfellas. It was signed in black ballpoint by John Gotti in a casual friendly manner, “Frank – Love Johnny.” Gotti only used this nickname as well as Love exclusively for good friends and members of the family. From a “Goodfella” to a “Goodfella”. It reads as follows:
As always I hope this finds you and yours. Well, busy and with clear mind set. As for Me, I feel great. I received your letter and photos, and was happy to do so. I see you spent the holidays on the Coast. I’m sure as you said they were great. But for me I can’t see being anywhere but New York for Christmas given a choice. I’m sure the New Years Eve party at Danny DeVitos was more than fantastic. Certainly a big enough crowd and I’m sure most were wonderful folks. I’m glad you thought of me while having a martini. As for the photos, everyone appears to be having a ball – especially Danny. I’m sure he’s a great host and great guy. Frankie, as for me needing anything – I could go for a huge plate of pasta or rigatonis – but no, I don’t need anything. Thanks for offering though. As for a photo of myself, you can’t take any at this resort these past 3 years so, I only have one from the sheet that I’ll send. My best to everyone – stay strong!
The original mailing envelope with Gotti’s prison number/address is also included and dated to Feb. 2000 via the postal stamping. He wrote it from the Marion Federal Penitentiary in Illinois where he was sentenced to life in prison, without possibility for parole for murder, racketeering, and other charges. “The Teflon Don” was convicted after lengthy FBI surveillance caught Gotti bad-mouthing his underling, Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano on tape. After hearing the disparaging remarks, Gravano decided to testify against Gotti, in exchange for a reduced sentence. Nearly ten years after his conviction, Gotti died in the Marion prison on June 10, 2002 of head and neck cancer.
Authentication: JSA Full Letter (with all handwriting penned in the hand of John Gotti).