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Ray Liotta (centre) played mob informant Henry Hill (right), in a scene with Robert De Niro, in the 1990 classic film Goodfellas. Photo: AP

Goodfellas inspiration mafia ‘rat’ Henry Hill dies

HENRY Hill, the renowned mafia “rat”, who was immortalised in the gangster film Goodfellas, has died in Los Angeles aged 69.

“He had been sick for a long time … his heart gave out,” Hill’s girlfriend told the celebrity news website TMZ.

A notorious mobster, Hill took part in the 1978 Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport, which netted $5 million (£3.2 million) – what was then a record.

Hill was the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s 1990 seminal gangster movie Goodfellas.

The film was the story of Hill’s wild life in the Mafia and featured an assorted bunch of real life capos, hit men and psychopaths, most of whom now lie in unmarked shallow graves, or died of old age in prison cells.

Hill, who was played by a young Ray Liotta, told The Daily Telegraph in 2010 he was surprised that he was not “whacked” himself. The Mafia has a notoriously long memory for betrayal and the price on his head was reputedly more than £1 million.

“There’s nobody from my era alive today,” Hill said. “But there’s always that chance that some young buck wants to make a name for themselves.

“It’s surreal, totally surreal, to be here. I never thought I’d reach this wonderful age. I’m just grateful for being alive.”

Hill was born to an Irish father and Sicilian mother in New York in 1943 and joined the Lucchese crime family, one of the city’s Five Families. He excelled at his chosen profession, hijacking trucks, fixing basketball games, collecting gambling debts, dealing drugs and “breaking heads”.

Goodfellas, based on Nicholas Pileggi’s book “Wiseguy”, details how following the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK airport, then the largest cash robbery on US soil, he “turned rat” and sent a string of Mafia figures to jail.

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Lucchese Crime Family Officially Has New Boss

The Lucchese crime family has a new boss. For the first time in the last twenty five years a New York mafia family boss has stepped down as boss of their respective family. Vittorio “Vic” Amuuso who is currently serving a life sentence has officially stepped down as boss of the Lucchese family. Sources confirm that Amuso did not volunteer to step down as boss but didn’t resist either. A message was delivered to Vic that he was out as boss and he shouldn’t make any waves over it and he didn’t said a reliable mob source.

The new boss of the Lucchese family is now Steven “Stevie Wonder” Crea. No one is sure as to when exactly Amuso relinquished power outside of the crime families upper leadership but sources confirm and there is no doubt about it that Crea is now officially the boss and may have been for some times now. Since 2002 Crea had been recognized as the families acting boss by the feds but now officially has the title and the big seat.

Crea was released from prison in 2006 and ended a supervised release stint in November of 2009. Crea is a Bronx based mobster who has long made millions through bid rigging , price fixing, and extortion of the construction industry. Crea is not known to be a ruthless killer like former boss Amuso but has no problem using threats and violence long time mob tools. Sources also confirm that the new bosses base of operations is now a club on Coddington Avenue in the Schuylerville section of the Bronx and he has recently been spotted in the neighborhood on “walk talks” with other mob cohorts.

Source: http://www.topix.com