Police dig for possible human remains at the infamous Goodfellas New York City home, once occupied by James ‘Jimmy the Gent’ Burke, who was portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the 1990 film.
An FBI spokesman confirmed Wednesday that agents found material that they want to test as part of an investigation. He declined further
The FBI reportedly raided the home in Queens, New York, on Monday after an informant tipped agents off that a body could be buried there.
Burke, who died in prison in 1996, is believed to have been responsible for the 1978 robbery of a Lufthansa cargo terminal at John F Kennedy International Airport that netted nearly $6 million in cash and jewels.
It was the biggest robbery in American history at the time, and Burke panicked over the intense police scrutiny. As a result, he allegedly killed most of the accomplices, believing they would betray him to federal authorities.
An informant tied to the Gambino and Bonanno crime families told the FBI that a mobster who has been missing for decades was buried at the house in the Ozone Park neighborhood.
The home is currently owned by Burke’s daughter Cathy, who is married organized-crime leader Anthony Bruno Indelicato. Indelicato is serving a 20 year federal prison sentence.
Federal agents arrived at the house Monday morning with jackhammers and sledgehammers, prepared to dig through floors and concrete in search of evidence. The search was initially slowed down when diggers hit a water main which flooded a basement.
According to the New York Daily News, The Department of Environmental Protection was called to the scene.
A water shut-off notice was placed on neighbors’ homes.