September 25, 2009, - 12:18 pm

Now (That She Needs $$$) She Tells Us

By Debbie Schlussel

This must be “I Need Money, So I’ll Make a Shocking Confession (Buy My Book!) Week.”  Only in this case, most of the confession ain’t that shocking.


First, it was has-been actress and eternal coke addict Mackenzie Phillips telling us how she had a loving sexual relationship with dear old dad, who might have made her pregnant.

Now, Victoria Gotti–‘memba her?–needs cash and wants to save her pretentious, garish mansion.  So, this daughter of late mobster John Gotti tells us that, yes, her father was a mobster, a bad man, and had people murdered.  No kidding?  Gee, thanks for the tip. Well, she doesn’t actually tell us.  She tells it in one of those memoir books that won’t sell unless you make a shocking revelation and pimp it all over TV.  In this case, the book is, “This Family of Mine:  What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti.”  And I doubt the stuff that would really be interesting is in there.  You can bet the other criminal stuff she knows about–and may have participated in–isn’t revealed by the zaftig Donatella Versace lookalike.  And I’m sure she doesn’t spill enough on her Dapper Don dad.

Still, here’s the part that should get her locked up in prison:  Ms. Gotti tells us that she got her father to make someone “disappear.”  Now, the Mafia princess calls her father “wicked” for doing this, but she’s still lily white (and peroxide blonde), she wants us to know.

“I loved the man … but I loathed the life, his lifestyle,” Gotti, 46, tells the CBS newsmagazine “48 hours” in an episode to be aired Saturday.

Let me guess:  CBS’ parent company owns her book publisher?  Hmm . . . when she lived that lifestyle, herself, we heard none of this from her.

“How can anybody worship that life? How could anybody think there was any glory in that life? … I would lie awake nights and cry. ‘Is my dad gonna come home? Is he gonna go to jail again? … Is he going to get hurt? Is he gonna get killed?’ ”

John Gotti, who died of cancer in prison in 2002, finally lost his nickname as the Teflon Don in 1992, when he was convicted of 13 murders, including the slaying of his predecessor, Paul Castellano, outside a New York steakhouse. But Gotti had been fingered as the mastermind behind many more, such as the 1980 disappearance and apparent murder of a neighbor who accidentally ran over and killed Gotti’s 12-year-old son Frank.

It was in that latter case that Victoria claims she demanded that her father exact “justice,” according to 48 Hours Mystery.

“You’re supposed to be a tough guy. How can you let somebody kill my brother?” she says she told her father. “And he just looked at me and he said, ‘It was an accident.’ “

Um, if you insisted that your father “rub someone out” and he did it and you knew about it, don’t you think that makes you an accessory to murder?


Let’s hope this eternally cheesy and now deposed Cosa Nostra queen gets charged with something.  I can think of several crimes she committed here, for which the statute of limitations may not yet have expired.

And, for certain, her career as a New York Post columnist and frequent FOX News personality–both of which she was in the past–should be finished permanently.  Unfortunately, that’s not an offer the “conservatives” at News Corp. can’t refuse.  And I guarantee she’ll be on the FOX News airwaves real soon, promoting her book.

That’s the nauseating part.  But, hey, she’s in good company, since FOX News repeatedly gives a forum to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Pat Buchanan.  Why not add in a Gotti accessoratrix to murder for good measure?

How long ’til she’s on Sean Vannity’s show?  Counting the seconds.  And maybe another Gotti reality show with her metrosexual boys is in the works.  Call it “Going Broke Gotti.”

This woman has built a lifestyle on tacky, so why stop now?

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12 Responses

Murder is “tacky?” Oh my, standards have fallen these days. We’re being told the bad guys are really bad. And people need to buy a book to find that out? The bottom keeps dropping out from the culture and it just has to get more bizarre, perverted and outrageous to hold people’s attention. I shudder to think what we’ll hear next.

NormanF on September 25, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Sad to admit this, but so many of us have a facination with the ways of the mob familias. Mario Puzo and The Godfather, the movies and others like The Sopranos have both met the appetite and whetted it for more.

I agree with all you are saying Debbie, and I will make sure I don’t spend any money to support this pathetic woman..but I have to admit I will be curious to hear “the real story” (even though you know it will be fluffed up a lot).

BB on September 25, 2009 at 12:56 pm

The statute of limitations does not run out on homicide cases. I hope someone in the DA’s office reads your blog.


chsw on September 25, 2009 at 3:58 pm

I remember seeing her on Larry King many years ago speaking positively about her dad shortly after he was jailed for good. I think her exact words were “They don’t make men like that anymore”. I didn’t have any respect for her morals or judgment after that.

George on September 25, 2009 at 4:22 pm

The media and pop culture have elevated mob types to a level that is not keeping with reality.

In truth, most mobsters are mean stupid disfunctional humans with mental health issues.

There is no such thing as the “Poet Gangster.”

Read “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight” for insight.

Sam Adams on September 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm

As for MacKenzie, Philips, I find it hard to believe that, if what she says is true, that no third party saw what was happening. If you are under a certain age, sex is not consensual – period. I am disgusted by her book and her behaviour. At least Michelle Phillips is attractive.

JulieJ on September 25, 2009 at 5:11 pm

She will make all the rounds on the book tour. They all do. Malkin, Beck, Coulter go on the View. One thing about all these people is when they all got a book to sell everyone is invited no matter if they supposedly are against each other.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I would not compare Victoria Gotti with those other people. Whether you like them or not, Beck, Malkin, and maybe Coulter have something serious to say. Ms. Gotti is just trying to live off of her dead dad, since she seems to have nothing else going for her. She was the daughter of a thug, and has not fallen far from the tree.

    Sorrow01 on September 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm

and dont forget Oprah – Phillips will be on there and they will both be crying rivers and blah-blah-blah….and was she -Phillips – not 19 at the time?…tad old to know better?

BIG IRISH on September 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I remember reading years ago that her mother was born Jewish.

Karen on September 25, 2009 at 11:53 pm

how on earth can she get away with such lies via her publisher when she writes a drunk unremorseful neighbor killed her brother.

Every account ever read including FBI reports contend that he was very remorseful and was not drunk – that it was a mere accident.

Tom Mullen on September 30, 2009 at 3:50 am

if not my faught that u going broke gotti when u going to let me see my child i will buy the home asap or take to high paid lawyer to get the home nobody in your crew or your son have not did nothing for papa home your brother jr gotti is broke as u your kids blames their dad for not being in their life your first hubby had did not have nothing wrong with him u had something wrong with him i forgive your brothers your sister
your mom your aunts and couisons your crew uncle jr but i think and his friends don’t like my skin color at all tommy hilfiger i think he don’t like my skin color my family is family china@ i’m half indian my day is brucelee i a have people from hong kong and japan and in nk and sk other seas thailand too the fbi and the gov tap my phones and have a 24@27 watch over me your son and his friends marie@aka aids hiv
sanchez ,u your self your family people in sports music, moives
people in the world needs to take a aids@hiv test asap i took ono and it come out – have your three sons took a aids@hiv si
or no jr gotti sign the papa checks now he’s broke as u all your stuff u have is use yall shoe rides all the people who everybody sleep with they all use and davin l w he broke u and everybody put trust in him i see him everyday in nashville and he broke as your broke son john gotti he need to do much better in the cd@tape game his last cd was trash everythang i do is great and good the usa is doing good they need to wake up and get a job just like the hooker and she has aids@hiv u should worry about your son get test for every thang people needs to stop ratting on me and do their time in prison stop signing my checks@visa cards people put trust in tommy hilfiger betting on the wrong team and he need to pay my money that he o’s me i have lots of lawyers to back me up in everythang tommyhilfiger clothes stand for thank u for buying kkk stuff and he hates my skin color and wear u a furs@mink coats for get what people say just wear and use rubbers at all

gee on December 23, 2009 at 11:05 am

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