FBI find possible human remains at former home of NY mobster, authorities say
Published June 19, 2013
June 18, 2013: FBI agents duck under crime scene tape in front a New York city house once occupied by a famous gangster in New York. (AP)
NEW YORK - An FBI excavation has turned up possible human remains at a home once occupied by a famed gangster who inspired Robert De Niro's character in the movie "Goodfellas," authorities said Wednesday.
Federal agents armed with jackhammers and shovels had started digging Monday as part of an undisclosed investigation. An FBI spokesman confirmed Wednesday that agents found organic material that they want to test, but he declined to comment further.
Gangster James Burke, known as Jimmy the Gent, had lived at the Queens home while an associate in the Lucchese crime family. According to mob lore, he orchestrated a nearly $6 million robbery, one of the largest cash heists in American history, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1978.