Lufthansa Heist Indictment
The feds latest indictment of the Bonanno crime family concerning the 1978 Lufthansa Heist appears to involve two key government witnesses--Joseph Massino and his brother-in-law Sal Vitale. The new indictment accused Bonanno capo Vincent Asaro with involvement in the $6 million grab of money and jewelry at JFK and to build the case against him the FBI cultivated a number of witnesses, among them were two guys listed as "CW-2" and "CW-3". Based on the court records filed in Brooklyn federal court and the author's own knowledge of events surrounding the Bonanno crime family, CW-2, who is identified as being the boss of the family in the 1990s, is undoubtedly Massino. He is further identified as someone who was convicted in Brooklyn federal court (as Massino was) of racketeering murder, plead guilty to murder in aid of racketeering (as Massino did), and got resentenced for his substantial cooperation with the FBI to about 12 years (another match with Massino). Massino, according to the court records, got some of the jewelry loot taken in the Lufthansa heist. Now in terms of Vitale, he is identified as CW-3 and as a former ranking member of the Bonanno family who plead guilty to racketeering in Brooklyn federal court--which fits Vitale's history. He was also resentenced after his cooperation to about seven years (another fit with Vitale). The kicker appears to be that CW-3 testified to and told the FBI that he gave Asaro's son Jerome orders to get rid of the car used in the 1999 murder of Gerlando Sciascia, court records show. The feds also used to other big informants, CW-1 and CW-4, to make the case. Alot of things dovetailed to make the charges. The postscript is that Jimmy Burke, the mastermind of the heist, died in prison and most others involved are dead as well, thanks to Burke's homicidal streak..