Thursday January 23rd, 2014
Goodfellas – The Crew for the Lufthansa Heist.
NY POST….“Goodfella” having a bad day: The feds on Thursday will charge an elderly Queens mobster the infamous Lufthansa Heist at Kennedy International Airport in 1978, according to a new report. Federal agents are conducting a series of pre-dawn raids in the New York area, with one targeting Vincent Asaro, 78, of Howard Beach, ABC reported, citing sources. Asaro, reputedly a high-ranking member of the Bonanno crime family, was expected to be arraigned in federal court on racketeering charges stemming from the famed robbery at JFK immortalized in the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas.
Robert DeNiro played “Jimmy Conway,”
The raids resulted from an FBI search in June at the home of the late Mafia associate James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke in Queens. Agents found human remains that were later identified through DNA testing as those of Paul Katz, who vanished in 1969 after Burke suspected him of being a stool pigeon. In “Goodfellas,” Robert DeNiro played the murderous character “Jimmy Conway,” who was based on Burke, who died in 1996. The feds always believed that Burke killed or had killed anyone who could link him to the JFK heist.
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