The arrest this week of an alleged New York capo on a variety of organized crime charges might seem to have little to do with Boston, especially not the planning and execution of a huge heist at Kennedy Airport.
But some of the evidence, the New York Times reports, comes in the form of human remains dug up from under the Queens home of the daughter of James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, the supposed mastermind of the Lufthansa heist - and a key participant in a point-shaving scandal at Boston College that started a few months after the Lufthansa job.
Wikipedia has more on Burke and the 1978-79 BC basketball team. Burke helped organize the BC plot, which involved not just the players but a national network of bookies, even as he was busy murdering many of the smaller fish who helped him carry out the Lufthansa job. The Lufthansa crime became so famous, it was made into a movie, "Goodfellas," with Robert De Niro playing Burkey.
In 1982, Burke, who, like Whitey Bulger, owned a bar and liked preferred people himself, was convicted for his role as financier of the BC plot. He later got a life sentence for a murder unrelated to the BC scandal.
- Jimmy Burke - a Goodfella with a Mean Streak
- How I put the fix in - Burke's collaborator turned informant Henry Hill describes the BC operation
- Fixed: How Goodfellas Bought Boston College Basketball - Book by David Porter
- Up Close With Henry Hill and Ed McDonald - Another interview.
- The Boston College Fix Documentary
- Feds charge mobster in $6 million Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport that was portrayed in 'Goodfellas'
H/t Lisa. Photo via Wikipedia.
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