By Tony Sokol
John Alite was an associate of New York City’s Gambino family during the 80s and through the 2000s. He was on John Gotti’s crew.
According to his official website, Alite was “a murderer, drug dealer and thug” who “turned his life around and is now a bestselling author, crime consultant expert, performance coach, and keynote speaker.” He told his story to journalist George Anastasia for the book GOTTI’S RULES, A Story of Money, Murder and Betrayal, which HarperCollins published in 2015. His official website says Alite “hopes the book will be a springboard to other opportunities to tell the story in other mediums.”
Alite took a break during an interview this author was doing as his gig as Gangster Geek for Den of Geek to speak exclusively to Entertainment 2morrow about another medium entirely.
“I call him Jay,” Alite told us. “His name is Jason Donegan. He talks about people who have passed, things of that nature. His mother was a psychic. His family has a long line of psychics. We met each other in the early eighties. We used to go to Vertical Club together. That was a club that was running in the city of Manhattan on 58th and 2nd right off the bridge.”
“I was the personal psychic to [Vertical Club] executive Tom DiNatale VP Sales,” Jason Donegan told us. “He had used my Aunt Terry (Rita Lippis) and my mother Claire.”
The Vertical Club was the Studio 54 of eighties health clubs.
“I met The Donald at the Vertical Club,” Donegan said.
“We all went there,” Alite agreed. “Bruce Cutler went there. Bo Dietl went there in those days. Tommy DiNatale, who was a friend of ours, used to run it. I actually hooked him up with his wife. They got divorced and she married Bo Dietl after that.”
“Bo is living in Florida and I believe he married Margo,” Donegan corroborated. “Bruce Cutler would come in and sit in Tom’s office, which was all glass.”
The future psychic to the stars was working as a corporate psychic and attending Marymount Manhattan College on a theatre scholarship at the time.
“John is always stoic but he listens with an ear to the ground like a Indian because he knew my inner circle,” Donegan said. “John helped me with all my charity work and it took place in City Hall with the Mayor Koch administration.”
“Jason was a very good psychic,” Alite said. “He started reading a lot of us and he got friendly with me and he stayed friendly with me. I talked to him about writing the book. He talked to me about my future and he’s been on the money on everything.”
“He warned me about Junior Gotti, years ago, as a kid,” Alite confessed.
“I told Johnny ‘keep Victoria’s name out of your mouth. John Jr. is your nemesis, not the women in the family. Respect is what John Gotti Sr., gave to you and John Jr., betrayed you,’” Donegan clarified.
“Some of the things that he said were incredible,” Alite said. “He became one of my best friends, advisers I would say. I used him for a lot of his opinions and things. I trust him impeccably. He’s just a great guy.”
We asked Alite if superstitious Sicilian mobsters asked Jason to remove malocchio. “Yes you he got a lot of that.”
But the most of the sessions were more serious.
“He talked about some of the murders that went unsolved,” Alite said. “He talked about the futures, good and bad. Some people don’t want to hear it but we talked openly about my stuff.”
“He used to go down to Lauderdale. He met John Gotti Senior also and I started joking and nicknamed him Psychic Godfather because he was really that good. And even Senior spoke to him about things and asked to meet him.”
The Gotti family would disagree.
“I think one of the Gottis tried to say that he never talked to the father,” Alite explained. “But this is just what they do. He knows everybody that was with us when Gotti was down in Fort Lauderdale. That was the first time he talked to Gotti.
“Gotti said he wanted to talk to him. We were at a night club. Senior used to tell us not to tell Junior he was down there because we were playing around with broads. I mean, Junior came down there once or twice with us, but, for the most part, it was Mikey Scars, Bobby Boriello, Joe Watts, myself, this kid Noel who used to run around for Mikey. He was a gofer. I actually heard they straightened him out, which is a joke.
“It was us and a bunch of broads. They were very good looking women. Senior always wanted them over there when we were there.”
The Psychic Godfather pled the fifth on the former Teflon Don.
“John Gotti, Sr., is not here,” Donegan said. “I respected him and admire him,” was all he would say.
“We had a great time and Jason was on the money with everything he told everybody, so it really built his reputation,” Alite offered.
The cosmic consigliere also conjured cash connections.
“He pointed me in the right direction on a lot of things,” Alite grinned. “I got to tell you the truth. He’s good. I swear by him and tell everybody, ‘listen he’s expensive now, I mean it’s hard to get you cos he’s booked four years in advance, but he’s there. He talked with other guys within the mob. I keep it private, that’s his business. A ton of guys within the mob he would talk to.”
Donegan said he was also approached by Nuzio Gambino.
“He said, ‘I understand you have the gift of sight,’” Donegan said and began to read. “A woman was talking and he said to her, ‘I like your pearls. Shut up please or I will strangle you with them.’” After his reading, Mr. Gambino said to me, ‘I own the VIP Club. Ask me for anything and you will have it.’”
Sometimes the psychic didn’t even have to ask because gangsters can also anticipate people’s needs.
Gambino “gave a birthday party on New Year’s Eve at the El Morocco,” Donegan said. “He called Playgirl editor Cisley and he said, ‘Jason’s on the phone.’ Nuzio said, ‘I’m sending over a car. You will sit with me.’”
The Psychic Godfather has had his share of fun, but he also has his mysteries.
“He said something years ago about me,” Alite said. “That I’m not dead but he can’t see me. I laughed when he said that and asked what does that mean and he said ‘I don’t know exactly.’”
“I said to John, ‘you died from The Life. You will be reborn out of the Phoenix ashes. What your journey will become I cannot reveal to you. Not that I cannot see it, but I’m not allow to tell you. You will do great things but you will discover the journey through the positive actions you engage.’”
John Alite rejected an offer of life in the Witness Security Program to motivate at-risk youth as a keynote speaker. You can learn more about him at his website.