April 3, 2020 – Retired New York mafia don John (Junior) Gotti met with a leader of the Latin Kings in Massachusetts and may have advised him to use a mob social club in Springfield for meetings, according to Gangland News this week, as reported by American mob journalist extraordinaire Jerry Capeci. The FBI is probing what if any role Gotti played in connecting the Latin Kings and the New York mafia.
The Latin Kings’ east coast boss Michael (King Merlin) Cecchetelli was indicted along with 60 Latin Kings members and associates for racketeering back in December. Gotti’s dad was famed Gambino crime family boss John (The Dapper Don) Gotti, who rocketed to underworld and pop-culture stardom in the 1980s.
The younger Gotti ran the Gambinos through most of the 1990s in his father’s stead, as the Dapper Don served a federal prison term. Junior Gotti survived four separate racketeering cases filed against him and reportedly left the mob behind in the 2000s. John Gotti died behind bars of cancer
The Latin Kings is a mostly Hispanic criminal organization based out of Chicago. Despite being Italian, King Merlin Cecchetelli, 40, heads all Latin Kings affairs on the eastern seaboard. He has ties to the Italian mafia through his uncle and roommate, David (Fat Chicky) Cecchetelli, an animated and quite rotund Genovese crime family associate and convicted bookmaker.
Fat Chicky Cecchetelli, 52, took a pinch for weapons possession late last year and is linked to the mob in Western Massachusetts, specifically a Genovese family crew based out of his hometown of Springfield. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Cecchetelli ran a massive sports book for Springfield mob capo Adolfo (Big Al) Bruno and then his successor, Anthony (Bingy) Arillotta.
Big Al Bruno was slain in 2003 in a power play orchestrated by his protégé Arillotta, around the same time Cecchetelli got busted millions of dollars of bets for both of them. Arillotta flipped in 2010 and testified against Genovese bosses out of New York, including acting don Arthur (Little Artie) Nigro, who had taken him in under his wing after he fell out with Bruno. Nigro ordered Bruno’s murder and installed Arillotta as his replacement.
Bruno was gunned down on the evening of November 24, 2003 in the parking lot of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club in Springfield’s South End. Per Capeci’s storied Gangland News column, the FBI is looking into if Junior Gotti played any role in arranging two Latin King gatherings at the club last year called by King Merlin Cecchetelli. The meetings where videotaped by the FBI and Latin Kings business, including discussing potential murder plots, was discussed. The 56-year old Gotti wasn’t present at either of the meetings.
According to court memos and federal documents, Gotti made an alliance with the Latin Kings for himself when he was in jail in the 2000s in the wake of his father’s passing and a feud that erupted with his uncle, Peter (One-Eyed Petey) Gotti, who had taken over the Gambino crime family, related to the distribution of his father’s assets.
The Cecchetellis know Junior Gotti socially. Pictures of the three of them together have appeared on various social media platforms in recent years. Fat Chicky Cecchetelli has belonged to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club for the last three decades. Both Cecchetellis have pleaded not guilty in their respective criminal cases and await trial on the charges.
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