Friday, January 24, 2014

Life Imitates Scorcese...


FBI arrests reputed mobsters on charges straight out of 'Goodfellas'
They were "wiseguys" or "goodfellas," the federal government said Thursday of five reputed mobsters indicted in connection with a string of unsolved crimes, including the fabled 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport.

In an indictment that reads like the script of "Goodfellas," alleged mob captain Vincent Asaro, 78, and other alleged members of the Bonanno organized crime family are accused of murder, racketeering, armed robbery, arson and extortion.

It's the heist that a pivotal scene in one of my favorite movies was based on, and nearly 40 years later, they've caught the mobsters responsible. Except that it seems that the real life mobsters were even more violent than Tommy DeVito and crew. They followed more of a "code of silence" like the Winter Hill gang in Boston than their on-screen counterparts, murdering anyone even suspected of cooperating with police.

It is interesting to see that, more than 35 years after the heist, the FBI finally caught up with the gangsters responsible. The heist obviously was a big deal, the largest at the time, and later rolled into "Goodfellas" as a plot device, so it was always on law enforcement radar. Even the best-laid plans of gangsters - who were not shy about killing anyone that spilled the secrets - eventually yield to time and determination.

It'd be an interesting movie about the enforcement efforts that went into closing this loop...

That is all.

1 comment:

Will Brown said...

Given the ages (and likely health) of the men arrested, you've got to wonder if there isn't an Obamacare-type angle involved in this somewhere. Not that the ACA itself is a direct factor, but that the responsibility for payment of medical treatments (or eligibility to receive same) shifts from the individual to the .gov post-arrest.

So, there's your Goodfellas sequel; the aging mobsters "bust out" the governments health care system in a final act of criminal behavior and assure they receive the goods as part of a (nominally secret - Hello NSA) pre-arrest plea agreement.

Not too bad for a codeine powered Saturday morning if I say so myself.