Former home of ‘Goodfellas’ mobster investigated in search for bodies

Posted: 3:32 PM, Jun 17, 2013
Updated: 2013-06-17 15:33:36-04

Federal and NYPD investigators are searching a home in Queens that once belonged to a mobster who was depicted in the movie “Goodfellas,” authorities said.

The triplex house at 102nd Road in Ozone Park is the former home of the late Lucchese crime family member Jimmy Burke. The house is now owned by one of his daughters, according to property records accessed by the New York Post.

Burke was allegedly the mastermind behind the 1978 Lufthansa terminal heist at John F. Kennedy International Airport that netted $5 million in cash and more than $1 million in jewelry. Burke’s character, played by Robert De Niro,  as well as the heist figured prominently in the 1990 movie “Goodfellas.”

Officials believe the property could contain human remains relating to the 1978 crime.  Numerous accomplices in the heist were believed to have been rubbed out to keep authorities from breaking the case.

Mary Murphy, a reporter at Pix11, did a report last November about an iPad heist at JFK Airport eerily similar to the Burke’s robbery in 1978.