Law enforcers say John J. Gotti's indictment could mean a promotion for his son John, 26, whom they describe as a quick-fisted, barrel-chested Mafia prince with more brawn than brains.
The elder Gotti, 50, was arraigned Wednesday on a federal racketeering indictment that charges he ordered four murders including that of his predecessor as head of the Gambino crime family, Paul Castellano, gunned down in December 1985. Gotti was ordered jailed without bail.
Because most of the top men in the Gambino family are under indictment, behind bars or both, Gotti "could very well try to run the family through his son," recently elevated to the rank of capo, says Jules Bonalovonta, the FBI's organized crime expert here.
"Well, nothing could please us more," he said. "You're not talking about a brain surgeon."