Lufthansa heist
Lufthansa heist
The Lufthansa heist was a robbery at John F. Kennedy International Airport on December 11, 1978. An estimated $5 million in cash and $875,000 in jewels were stolen, making it the largest cash robbery ever committed on American soil, at that time. This robbery was the subject of two television films, The 10 Million Dollar Getaway and The Big Heist, and is a key plot element in the 1990 film Goodfellas.
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'Free!:' Aging mobster acquitted in 1978 'Goodfellas' heist
Yahoo News - over 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — An aging mobster threw his hands into the air and shouted "Free," grinning as he walked out of a courthouse following his surprising acquittal on charges he helped plan the legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit Mafia film "Goodfellas."
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Aging mobster acquitted in 1978 heist retold in 'Goodfellas'
Yahoo News - over 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — An aging mobster who stayed mostly in the shadows for decades by adhering to the Mafia's strict code of silence was acquitted Thursday of charges he helped plan a legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film "Goodfellas."
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Lufthansa heist trial shows struggles of aging wise guys
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'Goodfellas' Trial Shows How Good Luck Cracked A Legendary Mob Robbery
Huffington Post - over 1 year
NEW YORK -- If not for a burnt-out and broke low-level gangster, it's quite possible that the biggest cash robbery in American history would have remained an open case.  The crime in question is the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist, in which a team of mobsters and their cronies snatched $6 million in cash and jewels from JFK airport in Queens, New York, an event later immortalized in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas." The man accused of co-masterminding the armed robbery is Vincent Asaro, a mid-level Mafioso whose gambling problem ate up his share of the heist, according to prosecutors.  Asaro, now 80, sat in federal court in Brooklyn last week for the start of his trial for racketeering, robbery, extortion and other crimes. The indictment includes the alleged 1969 murder of Paul Katz. Asaro has pleaded not guilty.  "Vincent Asaro is not a name that anyone would really know," said Robert Sberna, who writes about organized crime, including the Lufthansa robbery. "But he's an old-sc ...
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Riveting Retelling of ’78 Lufthansa Heist, but in Court, Not on Film
NYTimes - over 1 year
A cousin of Vincent Asaro, the man on trial for a crime that is at the heart of the movie “Goodfellas,” began his testimony in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
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Alleged mobster heads to court over 1978 Lufthansa heist
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Laura Ingle reports
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Arrests in 'Goodfellas' heist
CNN - about 3 years
They were "wiseguys," the federal government said of five reputed mobsters indicted in connection with a string of unsolved crimes, including the fabled 1978 Lufthansa heist.
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Real-life 'Goodfellas' busted
CNN - about 3 years
Don Lemon talks to Murray Weiss about the arrests of mobsters in the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport.
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Reputed mobster pleads not guilty in 1978 Lufthansa heist that netted $5.8M - CBS News
Google News - about 3 years
NPR Reputed mobster pleads not guilty in 1978 Lufthansa heist that netted $5.8M CBS News Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro is escorted by FBI agents from their Manhattan offices in New York, Jan. 23, 2014. Brendan McDermid/Reuters. Shares. Tweets; Stumble. Email; More +. Last Updated Jan 23, 2014 5:25 PM EST. NEW YORK -- An ... N.Y. Man Charged in Lufthansa Heist Depicted in 'Goodfellas'San Francisco Chronicle Reputed mob boss arrested in 1978 'Goodfellas' airport heistChicago Tribune Mafia Cheated Out of 'Goodfellas' Loot, Suspect Told InformantABC News New York Times -San Jose Mercury News -Christian Science Monitor all 413 news articles »
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