Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"The Hole"

Location:   Ozone Park, Queens
Year:  Whenever!

"The Hole" is a run-down area in Ozone Park, in the Borough of Queens. Low-lying, and lacking sewers, The Hole routinely floods after any heavy rain. Flooding is so common in this area of New York City that the residents own boats to move around locally. 

The Hole was also notorious for years (and still is) as a dumping ground for bodies. John Gotti, "The Teflon Don" of the Gambino Crime Family preferred The Hole as the Family's potter's field for whacked mobsters.

On March 18, 1980, Gotti's youngest son Frank, aged 12, was killed when he rode his motorbike into the path of an oncoming car. The unlucky driver, John Favara (who was not part of the rackets) soon after disappeared. When investigators searched The Hole for his remains they found the corpses of dozens of missing men. Favara's death ultimately caused Gotti's downfall, since other mobsters decided that Gotti, having killed a "civilian," was too bloodthirsty to remain in power, and he was ratted out by his own men. Gotti died in prison in 2002.

When the area floods, corpses are still occasionally washed from their shallow graves. 

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