If any gangster came from a troubled childhood, it was Burke. Born James Conway on July 5, 1931-April 13, 1996, James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke was one of the most notorious Irish-American gangsters of all time, a violent, ruthless criminal responsible for countless murders and one of the largest cash robberies in American history. Burke was never a member of the Mafia. His Irish blood excluded him from its Italian-only ranks. But he spent his bloody career working closely with the made men and associates of two New York City crime families. Burke himself was the inspiration for the character Jimmy “The Gent” Conway, played by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorcese’s 1990 movie GoodFellas. It was the Lufthansa heist that made Jimmy Burke. Under his planning and recruitment, a team of mob associates robbed the Lufthansa cargo hold at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens. They got away with almost $6 million in cash and jewelry, the largest robbery of its kind at the time. In 1980, the drug trafficking that Burke and Henry Hill had done behind their bosses’ backs finally caught up with them. Hill, a trafficker who had become addicted to the product, was arrested and faced decades in prison, not to mention a Mafia hierarchy that probably wanted him dead for dealing drugs. Jimmy “The Gent” Burke, died at age 64, of lung cancer at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. He was still serving his sentence and would have been eligible for parole in 2004. #GoodFellas#Mob#Mafia#Mobster#IrishAmerican#FriendOfOurs#FriendOfMine#OneOfOurs#AmericanMob#Gangster#wikipedia#americanhistory
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