The 1978 Lufthansa heist was the biggest of its kind in American history. The Bonanno crime family was involved. Now, more than 30 years later, several members of the family have been indicted for the criminal offense. At the top of the list is Vincent Asaro.
It’s been awhile since the JFK Airport heist aboard a Lufthansa airplane occurred. The aircraft was carrying money and jewelry worth $5 million and $1 million respectively. It got stolen and the case remained unsolved for three decades.
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That is until now, when a top member of the Bonanno crime family was arrested for masterminding the whole plan. The man is in his late seventies and is charged with murder, racketeering, extortion and several other misdemeanors.
His name is Vincent Asaro. Besides Asaro, four other people linked with the huge heist that took place such a long time ago have been taken into police custody.
Asaro pleaded not guilty to the long list of allegations against him. This is real life. And it was translated into reel life when the 1990 movie Goodfellas came out.
Directed by Martin Scorsese, it portrays Robert DeNiro as a mobster who goes after a rat (someone in the mafia who informs the law regarding the criminal activities of the organization to which he belongs).
Asaro too led a criminal life and took an active part in all sorts of hanky-panky. He is also accused of killing a man in cold blood and burying his remains. Police have unearthed the remains. It looks like Asaro’s lawyer will have a difficult time proving his innocence.