Karen Gravano is the daughter of the former underboss of a New York-based crime family, Salvatore Gravano, popularly known as Sammy The Bull Gravano. She was involved in her father’s drug ring which earned her probation.
The mafia princess is a mother of one and has been romantically involved with several members of mafia families. She shares her healing journey on a reality tv show for family members of people who have been involved in drug peddling and other crimes.
Who is Karen Gravano?
Karen Gravano is a reality TV personality who was born on May 8, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York, to Salvatore Gravano and Debra Scibetta. She has a brother named Gerard.
Her father, Salvatore was also known as Sammy The Bull Gravano. He was a mafia interrupter who killed 19 people before he started working with the government to intercept other criminal families, including the Gambino crime family.
Interesting Facts About Karen Gravano
She Became Suspicious of Her Father’s Dealings at the age of 10
Karen revealed that she suspected her father was a killer when she was 10 years old. She saw her father with a gun when she went to ask him for permission to go for a sleepover with her fifth-grade friends.
He quickly tucked the gun into the back of his pants when she opened the partially closed door. That same day one of her father’s rivals was brutally shot.
She revealed that there were certain perks that came with being the daughter of a mafia boss. Some of them included not being picked on, getting the best table at a restaurant, and your meals being paid for, especially by gangsters.
Karen added that during her 16th birthday party, one of the guests was her father’s mobster boss, John Gotti, who gave her a gift of a thousand dollars.
The Crime Boss’ Daughter Was Arrested for Her Involvement in Her Fathers’ Drug Ring
Karen’s father ran a drug ring that peddled drugs from Arizona to New York in the late 90s. Sammy the Bull was arrested in February 2000, alongside some of his cohorts, Karen and her brother, Gerard.
She confessed to using wire communications and participating in some drug-related transactions. The mafia’s daughter was sentenced to 3 years of probation, while her father was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Karen Gravano was Allegedly in Federal Witness Protection
After Sammy Gravano was convicted of drug trafficking, he moved to Arizona in the mid-90s under the Federal witness protection program, where he testified against his mafia boss, John Gotti Sr., and other drug lords.
At the time, Karen also moved to Arizona which made a lot of people think she was also on the Federal Witness Protection Program. However, the reality tv star revealed she was not, and added that her father’s life differed from hers. Karen further stated that she didn’t go into the program because she wanted her own life.
Notwithstanding, she moved to Arizona because she wanted to be with her family.
She has been Romantically Linked to Crime Bosses
There is a study that reveals that women fall for men who have similar characteristics to their fathers, both physically and personality-wise. This is evident in Karen’s choice of men.
The mafia princess has dated several gangsters. She was romantically linked to Lee D’Avanazo whom she dated for 7 years. The duo met when Karen was 19, up until she turned 27. They lived together for 4 years. Lee was a member of the Colombo and Bonanno crime family and has been incarcerated in the past. He is married to reality TV star, Drita D’ Avanzo.
Similarly, she has been in a relationship with another guy named Giovan also known as Storm, who was also a gangster.
She has also been romantically linked to Xavier Williams, who is serving a life sentence after being caught with 50 grams of cocaine. He is said to be her current relationship and she is doing everything she can to get him out of jail.
The Reality TV Star Has a Daughter
The reality TV star is a mom of one. She has a daughter named Karina Seabrook who was born on July 7th, 1999, in Arizona. Her birth was a result of a relationship her mother had with a man named David Seabrook. She met him in a New York club and they started dating. Subsequently, the duo became engaged a while later.
Karen’s baby daddy had affiliations with her father and received a huge jail term for being part of Sammy the Bull’s drug ring when he was arrested in 2000. While serving his jail term, Karen and Karina visited him often up until they time eventually ended their relationship.
She Has been Featured on Different Reality TV Shows that Revolve around Crime Families
After Gravano’s family arrest which landed Sammy the Bull and his son, Gerard in jail, Karen moved back to New York, where she was approached to join the cast of the reality TV show, Mob Wives. She agreed and joined the cast.
The show follows the lives of 4 women, who are trying to rebuild their lives after their parents or spouses were sentenced to prison. It began airing in April 2011. It featured Karen and other wives or relatives of the crime family.
Similarly, she has also been featured in other reality TV shows including Narco Wars (2021), Families of the Mafia (2020), Love and Hip Hop: New York (2015), and The Wendy Williams Show (2011-2012).
Karen Published her Book Titled “Mob Daughter”
The Mob Wives star published a memoir in 2012, titled Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and Me! It covers details of her life growing up as a daughter of a mafia boss.
It captures her struggle to reconcile the image she had of her father, as a loving dad and the image the world has of him, a murderer and drug dealer, and her journey to healing and restoration.