Sammy, would rise from low level street thug, to Underboss to John Gotti (a/k/a the Dapper Don or the Teflon Don), and the Gambino Crime Family. He became one of the first, and highest ranking "made men" to break "Omerta" the Mafia's code of silence and turned "state's evidence" testifying against his former boss John Gotti.
Sammy "The Bull" Gravano (a nickname he earned as a kid) was placed in the Federal Witness Protection program, but eventually he left it, and was living openly in Scottsdale, Arizona. After emerging from the Witness Protection Program, he co-authored a book about his notorious exploits.
As of 2000 he had re-entered criminal life, working with his son trafficking Ecstasy. He is currently serving a 19 year sentence at the Federal "Supermax" prison, ADX Florence, in Colorado.