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New Book on Mafia's Biggest Robbery, the Lufthansa Heist

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Cosa Nostra News

July 04, 2017

 

Kirkus describes it as "air?t=ed-scarpo-cosanostranews-20&l=li3&o=1&a=B01M1MGNI3 straightforward update to the notorious 1978 Lufthansa Airlines heist. Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Anthony DeStefano understands the difficulty of opening new aspects of a crime immortalized in journalism, memoirs, and the film Goodfellas.
 
“Of all the Mafia heists, rip-offs, scores, and plunders, none has been more iconic a part of American popular culture than the brazen [Lufthansa] robbery.”
 
Vincent Asaro, who now faces 20 years in prison on charges related to arson, was charged with (and acquitted of) co-masterminding the infamous $6 million Lufthansa heist with James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke; Asaro also was charged with (and acquitted of) murdering Paul Katz, a suspected mob snitch strangled to death with a dog leash.

 

DeStefano used transcripts from the 2015 trial to write one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date accounts of the daring predawn raid of the Lufthansa air cargo terminal at New York's JFK airport. The book is called The Big Heistir?source=bk&t=ed-scarpo-cosanostranews-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=0ecca799259ffd5ac895a7772e7e28f4&_cb=1499183771816.
 
Asaro cousin Gaspare Valenti gave up Asaro because of personal financial issues caused by gambling and an alleged desire to depart Cosa Nostra life. So in 2008, he visited the FBI and was asked to wear a wire on Asaro.

 

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