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Aging Mobster Acquitted in 'Goodfellas Heist'

Vincent Asaro gets off

(Newser) - 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. A federal jury reached the verdict at a Brooklyn racketeering... More »

Trial Revisits Infamous Heist Portrayed in Goodfellas

The Lufthansa robbery was one of the largest cash heists in US history

(Newser) - For decades, prosecutors say, Vincent Asaro managed to keep his role in an infamous mob heist immortalized in the hit movie Goodfellas hidden from the outside world while others of his generation were locked up or died gangland deaths. A frail-looking Asaro finally emerged from the shadows after his arrest... More »

Goodfellas Actor: Simpsons Owes Me $250M

Frank Sivero sues Fox over Springfield Mafia character

(Newser) - The actor best known for playing mobster Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas says The Simpsons modeled a minor character on him—but Fox can settle accounts for a mere $250 million. A lawsuit from Frank Sivero alleges that Simpsons writers were living next door to him in 1989, when he was... More »

35 Years Later, FBI Busts 5 in Goodfellas Heist

5 alleged mobsters taken into custody

(Newser) - More than 35 years later, the FBI is finally charging mobsters in connection with the notorious Lufthansa heist at New York's JFK Airport in 1978, a crime made even more infamous by the film Goodfellas. Five alleged mobsters said to be associated with New York's Bonanno crime family... More »

Goodfellas Mobster Henry Hill Dead at 69

Long illness whacks famous informant

(Newser) - Henry Hill has died at the age of 69—young for an American male, but a Methuselah for a mob turncoat. The former gangster, whose life story was made into the 1990 movie Goodfellas, died in Los Angeles after a long fight with an undisclosed illness, TMZ reports. Testimony from... More »

Real Life 'Goodfella' Arrested

Mob informant Henry Hill gets drunk showing his artwork

(Newser) - Henry Hill, the mobster-turned-informant who inspired the movie Goodfellas, has been arrested for a drunken incident at an Illinois hotel. Hill has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and is free in lieu of $1,000 bail. Hill, in the town of Fairview Heights for a showing of... More »

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