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Mafia 'Oddfather' dies after faking madness

Gigante, the head of the Genovese mob family, used to wander around Greenwich Village in his pyjamas, bathrobe and slippers talking to himself to convince prosecutors that he was not mentally competent to stand trial.

Gigante, whose behaviour also earned him the nickname of the Oddfather, admitted that he had feigned mental illness in 2003 when he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

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