John Alite Never Went to Paul Castellano’s House
One of the more fascinating stories in Gotti’s Rules (39-40) describes the times John Gotti Sr. took John Alite, a non-made, non-Italian ‘kid’ in his 20s on two trips as back-up to former Gambino boss Paul Castellano’s house.
The first was in late November, 1985, the second around a week after, and during both trips Alite said John Gotti Sr. drove the car and then went in the house for close to an hour while Alite stayed in the car (on the first trip with John Gotti Jr., the second with Bobby Boriello who replaced John Jr.).
And here’s how you know it’s bullshit:
Paul Castellano’s mansion in Staten Island, New York was under 24-7 FBI surveillance in November, 1985 and up until he was killed on December 16th, 1985 and no pictures of Alite in the car outside were presented as evidence in the two trials where he testified. At the same time, this story did not even come up in his trial testimonies just as it did not come up in the FBI-302 memos of Alite’s debriefings, the same as Alite’s name does not appear in the FBI logs of all the people who went in and out of Castellano’s mansion.
If Alite’s Castellano story was true it would have been brought up by the prosecution along with the surveillance photos/video of him outside the house to make him more credible for the jury, and, to make him more credible for the book one of those photos would have made it to the photo section if not the cover of Gotti’s Rules.
But upon asking John A. Gotti about Alite’s claim that his father brought him as “back-up” to Castellano’s, Gotti said: “If my father had brought Alite, not just a kid, a non-made member, but, an Albanian, not even an Italian to his house? Paul would have killed my father.” Especially since it is believed Castellano was looking to kill Gotti anyway after Gambino underboss Neil Dellacroce died on December 2nd, 1985 and this would have made the perfect excuse.
“I only went to Paul’s house once,” John A. Gotti said. “Just once in my life. It was the day I graduated from military school, June 5th, 1982. On the way back from Upstate we stopped over in Jersey, saw Arnold and Funzi, a few other fellows, Angelo Ruggiero was there too, then my father and I, we went over to Staten Island, picked up Neil and headed over to Paul’s house, the three of us, where my father presented me to his boss. It was a sign of respect.”
“But on to this thing about Bobby, about Alite going to Paul’s house with Bobby Boriello in 1985? It never would’ve happened, because first, if Alite really was in the know like he says? Or if Anastasia read the transcripts and the numerous court documents like he claims he did he’d know that Bobby wasn’t even a part of the Bergin crew before Paul died. Bobby was out in Brooklyn, on record with a Brooklyn crew, and my father only brought him over to us after Paul died.”