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Vincent Asaro
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    (1935- )
    Born in Ozone Park, Queens, New York
    Nickname is 'Vinny'
    New York City mobster
    Captain of the infamous Bonanno crime family, since the 1970s
    Nephew of Mickey Zaddarano, a capo in the Bonanno crime family who worked in the pornography industry
    Indicted on federal racketeering charges stemming from the 1978 Lufthansa heist, carried out on December 11, 1978
    Also charged with the theft of $1.25 million in gold salts, illegal distribution of pornography, and for conspiracy to commit murder
    Father of Jerome Asaro, also a high-ranking 'caporegime' in the Bonanno family; was arrested alongside his father
    Found not guilty of all charges on November 12, 2015
    He was a close colleague of Jimmy 'The Gent' Burke.
    He was a rank-and-file leader in one of the oldest and most dangerous families in the Italian mafia.
    He was a suspect in the murder of Paul Katz, whose remains were buried under a vacant house after being murdered with a dog-chain, in 1969.
    He helped his son become a captain in the Bonanno family, but they had a falling out shortly thereafter and became estranged from each other for years.
    He oversaw the hijacking of cargo at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
    He was arrested when an investigation exposed him as the brains behind a massive car theft ring.
    He was tried and convicted of racketeering/enterprise corruption; He was sentenced to more than five years in prison (1995).
    He was accused of involvement in the infamous 1978 Lufthansa Heist at JKF International Airport, involving the theft of close to $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewels.
    He was arrested on charges of murder, conspiracy, illegal gambling, and extortion (Jan. 16, 2014).
    His cousin, Gaspare Valenti (who wore a wire to obtain incriminating evidence), and former Bonanno underboss Salvatore Vitale testified against him at his trial.
    His defense attorneys were successful in discrediting the witnesses for the prosecution by characterizing them as professional rats who testified in exchange for government cash and bribery.
    He never appeared on The Howard Stern Show.
    He was said to have been respected by both the Bonanno crime family old guard and the Sicilian 'Zip' factions.
    He had involvement in the heist that inspired the acclaimed 1990 Scorsese drama, 'Goodfellas.'
    Although, famed Mafia informant, Henry Hill, asserted to his biographer that Asaro had no actual involvement in the heist.
    He was a candidate for the position as new boss of the Bonnano crime family after Joseph Massino turned government informant in 2004.
    He allegedly had the support of the Gambino, Lucchese and Genovese crime families who wanted him as new boss, but he lost out to imprisoned Bonanno capo Michael Mancuso.
    His 2014-15 federal prosecution was headed off by future US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch.
    He was found not guilty on all charges by a jury after a three week long trial (Nov. 12, 2015).

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