Vincent Asaro

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Vincent Asaro
Born 1935
Ozone Park, Queens, New York

Vincent "Vinny" Asaro (born 1935) is a New York City mobster and captain in the Bonanno crime family.[1]

According to Lucchese crime family associate turned informant Henry Hill, Asaro was a caporegime in the Bonanno crime family who oversaw the family's interests in JFK airport.[2] Asaro is the nephew of Michael Zaffarano and since the 1970s, controlled a crew in the Queens faction in the crime family.

On January 23, 2014 Asaro was indicted on federal racketeering charges based around the 1978 Lufthansa heist.[3] Controversially, author Daniel Simone, Henry Hill's co-writer of their upcoming book, The Lufthansa Heist, claims that Henry Hill asserted to him that "Asaro had no involvement in the famous robbery."[4] Asaro, however, is also a suspect in the death of Paul Katz (killed 1969) whose remains were found in 2013.[5] Arrested along with Asaro was his son capo Jerome Asaro, acting boss Thomas Di Fiore, acting capo Jack Bonventre, and soldier John Ragano.[5]


  1. ^ Norimitsu Onishi (March 19, 1995). "Your Car, the Sitting Duck". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Allan May. "The Lufthansa Heist Revisited". Tru TV Crime Library. 
  3. ^ Selim Algar; Jamie Schram, Larry Celona, Bruce Golding (2014-01-23). "Mobster charged in 'Goodfellas' JFK Lufthansa heist". New York Post. 
  4. ^ newspaper=New York Post|date=2014-01-25|author=Emily Smith
  5. ^ a b Larry McShane; John Marzulli (2014-01-24). "Feds charge mobster in $6 million Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport that was portrayed in 'Goodfellas'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2014-01-23.