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The Nation

December 19, 1985

An ex-convict with a zest for work, a violent temper and a fear of flying appears to be a leading candidate to succeed murdered Paul Castellano as boss of the nation's largest Mafia family, New York law enforcement sources said. Castellano and his bodyguard were shot to death Monday on a busy mid-Manhattan street as they got out of their car in front of a popular restaurant. John Gotti, identified by the law enforcement sources as Castellano's likely successor, is a capo, or captain, in the Gambino crime family that Castellano headed, according to New York City police and the FBI.

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