Who is Mafia hitman Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano?

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Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster is a new Disney+ documentary that features an exclusive interview with a notorious member of the American mafia

Sammy Gravano is a former mobster who worked for two of the most powerful crime families in American history before becoming a government witness.

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At the time of his testimony, Gravano was the most senior member of the five families to have broken his blood oath and worked with the government against other family members.

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In the feature-length documentary, Gravano talks about his involvement in organized crime, his role in bringing down the head of a New York crime family, and the aftermath of his criminal activities.

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Who is Sammy “The Bull Gravano”?

Salvatore Gravano was born in Brooklyn in 1945 to parents originally from Sicily.

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As a young teenager, Gravano joined a local gang and attracted the attention of members of the mafia when they saw him involved in street fights.

He got the nickname “The Bull” when a man saw him fighting several people at once and said he fought like a bull.

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Gravano became a member of the mafia and started out as a gangster in the Colombo crime family.

He eventually became the underboss of the Gambino crime family – a major player in organized crime and one of the Five Families of New York.

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Gravano was heavily implicated in the 1985 murder of Gambino family boss Paul Castellano and worked with other notorious mobsters, including John Gotti, to orchestrate the murder.

After Castellano was killed, Gravano became the underboss of the Gambino family while Gotti became the boss.

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Six years later, in 1991, he became a government witness, testifying against Gotti and leading to Teflon Don being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole – Gotti died of cancer in 2002 while serving his sentence.

Gravano’s testimony brought down Gambino boss John Gotti

Gravano’s testimony also resulted in Gotti’s consiglieri, Frank LoCascio, being sentenced to life imprisonment and dying in October last year.

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Where is Sammy Gravano now?

After reaching an agreement with the government to testify against Gotti, Gravano was sentenced to five years in prison, having already served four.

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He became involved in crime again and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in New York in 2002 for drug trafficking.

His request for early release in 2015 was denied because of his reputation for extreme violence, but he was granted an early release in 2017.

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Since his release from prison, he has launched a YouTube channel, Salvatore Sammy The Bull Gravano, which has more than 500,000 subscribers.

He posts videos in which he talks about his life and the history of the Cosa Nostra (the Mafia). He also produced a podcast called Our Thing.

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What crimes did Sammy Gravano commit?

In the deal, in which Gravano agreed to testify against Gotti in exchange for a lighter sentence, he confessed to involvement in 19 murders.

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These included Castellano, wealthy businessman Frank Fiala, and his own brother-in-law, Nicholas Scibetta.

When is Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster on Disney Plus?

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The documentary was released on July 22 and is available to watch on Disney Plus now.

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