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John Gotti

(Editor’s note: the following transcript, edited for clarity, was made from a bug planted in the cell of John Gotti, reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, currently awaiting trial on federal racketeering charges in Manhattan. In this transcript Mr. Gotti, who has been held without bail for more than a year, is apparently talking to the ghost of Carlo Gambino.)

WHERE DOES IT END, CARLO? Where? Here I am, imprisoned by the state, denied bail, and my portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Pop gangster John Gotti. Immortalized by pop artist Andy Warhol. Could you have guessed it? Could I have?

The picture first appeared on the cover of Time. You wanna know how I feel about it? You wanna know how I feel? Ambiguous. Downright fucking ambiguous. I never asked for this crap. The papers they call me the Dapper Don, the Teflon Don, some a the other bosses think I’m a

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