November 25, 1996 in Nation/World

Gotti Yields To Avoid Bloodletting

Compiled From Wire Services

John Gotti, who has reportedly continued to rule the Gambino crime family from prison, has agreed to give up his powerful post, the Daily News reported Sunday.

Gotti will give up control of the 200-member family to Nicholas “Little Nick” Corozzo, a low-key Brooklyn capo, the newspaper reported, citing unidentified law-enforcement and underworld sources.

The move was ordered by the leaders of New York’s four other crime clans - the Genovese, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno families - to avert a bloody battle over leadership fueled by their dislike of acting Gambino boss John Gotti Jr.

The bosses of the five families believe the younger Gotti is too hotheaded and lacking in street smarts, the sources said.

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