John Gotti's children, Angel, Victoria and Peter, speak openly about a life shrouded in secrecy and reveal what they knew about the mafia in an exclusive interview with "48 Hours Mystery" correspondent Troy Roberts.
I loved the man… but I loathed the life, his lifestyle," said Victoria Gotti. "Prosecutors say my father was the biggest crime boss in the nation... If you really want to know what John Gotti was like, you need to talk to my family. We lived this life…
"I think I realized early on that my family wasn't like other families…
Growing up, my parents tried to hide a lot of things from me…from all of us…
"I think you grow up scared, anxious all the time…" she said.
"I used to get up as a young boy and I used to get excited when I would go and see that my father was alive," said Peter Gotti. "When I would hear him snore, I'd know he made it home."
"We didn't talk back to my father. We didn't ask him, 'Did you kill anyone?'" said Angel Gotti.
"I didn't know his life…I didn't know his lifestyle," said Peter. "Honestly, I was just a kid that wanted to love his father."
"The public saw my father right out of central casting. He looked the part, acted the part… he was the part! The real life Godfather," said Victoria. "People treat him like he was the second coming of Christ!
"It was very difficult for me to look into these crimes that he was accused of committing… I was angry at everybody for lying to me," she said.
"Do I believe now that my father was this big boss? Yes, I do now," Angel concedes.
"Should I lie and say I don't love him? We loved him. And that's really all we should have been held accountable for. We just wanna move on," said Victoria.
Now, their brother, John "Junior" Gotti, is on trial again. If convicted, he could face life behind bars.
"My brother John's life is on the line…like my father. John was a player in that world… but John is not in that courtroom," said Victoria. "I believe that it's the last name Gotti. It's definitely Dad."
"It does not mean that a child has to answer for his father's sins," said Peter.
"Now it's time to set the record straight," said Victoria. "No one knows John Gotti better than his family does. Nobody. And we're ready to talk about it. We're ready to talk about him… finally.