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July 3, 1997 | ELEANOR RANDOLPH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peter "Big Pete" Chiodo took the stand this week in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn with some obvious discomfort. For one thing, Chiodo, who says he is responsible for five Mafia murders, had to squeeze his wounded, 400-plus pounds into a wheelchair to make his courtroom appearance. His fellow mobsters tried to kill him six years ago. They ambushed him at a service station and shot him 12 times.
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December 20, 2005 | Richard Pyle, Associated Press
Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, the powerful New York mob boss who avoided prison for decades by wandering Greenwich Village's streets in a ratty bathrobe and slippers as part of an elaborate feigned mental illness, died Monday in prison, federal officials said. He was 77. Gigante died at the U.S. Medical Center for federal prisoners in Springfield, Mo., prison spokesman Al Quintero said. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Quintero said Gigante had a history of heart disease.
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NEWS
July 27, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Vincent "Chin" Gigante blew kisses to a baby and muttered quietly during a commercial flight en route to the Federal Correctional Institute in Butner, N.C., the medium-security prison where he will remain until his sentencing. The 69-year-old reputed boss of New York's Genovese crime family--whose mental health was an issue at his trial--has been convicted of racketeering and two murder conspiracies. Christina Nisperly of Lakewood, N.J., a passenger on the flight from Newark, N.J.
NEWS
July 27, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Vincent "Chin" Gigante blew kisses to a baby and muttered quietly during a commercial flight en route to the Federal Correctional Institute in Butner, N.C., the medium-security prison where he will remain until his sentencing. The 69-year-old reputed boss of New York's Genovese crime family--whose mental health was an issue at his trial--has been convicted of racketeering and two murder conspiracies. Christina Nisperly of Lakewood, N.J., a passenger on the flight from Newark, N.J.
NEWS
July 26, 1997 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a mixed verdict in a crucial mob trial, a jury Friday convicted Vincent "Chin" Gigante, head of the Genovese crime family, of racketeering and two murder conspiracies but acquitted him of seven counts of murder. Gigante, who claims to be mentally ill and who has wandered the streets of New York's Greenwich Village in a tattered bathrobe, sat impassively in federal court in Brooklyn when jurors announced their decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2005 | Richard Pyle, Associated Press
Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, the powerful New York mob boss who avoided prison for decades by wandering Greenwich Village's streets in a ratty bathrobe and slippers as part of an elaborate feigned mental illness, died Monday in prison, federal officials said. He was 77. Gigante died at the U.S. Medical Center for federal prisoners in Springfield, Mo., prison spokesman Al Quintero said. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Quintero said Gigante had a history of heart disease.
NEWS
June 24, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jury selection began in the murder and racketeering trial of reputed mob boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, who defense attorneys argue is incapacitated by mental illness. Gigante, 69, who also earned the nicknames "The Oddfather" and "The Robe" for his habit of wearing a bathrobe while wandering around his Greenwich Village neighborhood and mumbling to himself, did not appear in Brooklyn Federal Court for the start of the proceedings.
NEWS
January 24, 2002 | From Associated Press
Imprisoned mob boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, who dodged prosecution for nearly seven years by claiming mental illness, was indicted Wednesday on new charges alleging he runs the powerful Genovese family from behind bars. Gigante, 74, and Genovese members allegedly infiltrated the International Longshoremen's Assn. and ran extortion rackets against companies operating at piers in New York, New Jersey and Miami, the indictment said.
NEWS
July 22, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Attorneys for accused mob boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante rested their defense of the reputed head of the Genovese crime family without calling a single witness in his murder and racketeering trial in New York City. But they did present statements made at a 1986 trial in which a federal prosecutor referred to Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, and not Gigante, as the head of the New York-based organized crime family.
NEWS
July 23, 1996 | Associated Press
The man arrested after a mugging was stunned when police told him who the victim was: the 94-year-old mother of reputed mob boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante. Prosecutors allege that Gigante, known for walking the streets dressed in a bathrobe, runs the Genovese crime family while feigning mental illness to avoid prosecution on charges of murder and racketeering.
NEWS
July 26, 1997 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a mixed verdict in a crucial mob trial, a jury Friday convicted Vincent "Chin" Gigante, head of the Genovese crime family, of racketeering and two murder conspiracies but acquitted him of seven counts of murder. Gigante, who claims to be mentally ill and who has wandered the streets of New York's Greenwich Village in a tattered bathrobe, sat impassively in federal court in Brooklyn when jurors announced their decision.
NEWS
July 3, 1997 | ELEANOR RANDOLPH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peter "Big Pete" Chiodo took the stand this week in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn with some obvious discomfort. For one thing, Chiodo, who says he is responsible for five Mafia murders, had to squeeze his wounded, 400-plus pounds into a wheelchair to make his courtroom appearance. His fellow mobsters tried to kill him six years ago. They ambushed him at a service station and shot him 12 times.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1989 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Exactly who was Jose Menendez? The Hollywood community and police investigators have been furiously pressing that question since Menendez--a relatively little known entertainment executive whose career nonetheless connected with some of the biggest names in show business--was shot dead with his wife, Mary Louise, in their Beverly Hills home last Sunday night.
NEWS
December 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
Vincent "the Chin" Gigante, the Mafia "Oddfather" who escaped prosecution for years by wandering the streets in a ratty bathrobe like a madman, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein rejected pleas that the ailing 69-year-old mob boss be allowed to spend "his final days" under house detention with his family. Gigante, the longtime boss of New York's powerful Genovese crime family, was also fined $1.2 million.
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