Mob Boss Dies

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Wednesday, April 05 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT April 05, 2006 in News
NEW YORK - Mob boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, 77, died Monday morning in a federal prison in Springfield. Gigante died at the U.S. Medical Center for federal prisoners in Springfield at 5:15 a-m today. A prison spokesman says Gigante had a history of coronary disease. He was 77. The powerful Mafioso avoided jail for decades by wandering the streets of Greenwich Village in a ratty bathrobe and slippers as part of an elaborate feigned mental illness. Dubbed the "Oddfather" for his bizarre behavior, the former Genovese crime family head finally admitted his insanity ruse at an April 2003 court hearing. After nearly a quarter-century of public craziness, Gigante calmly pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. He then chatted amiably with his son, shook hands with defense lawyers and even laughed.

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