FBI agents replace dirt after searching in the backyard of a New York City house once occupied by a famous gangster, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in New York. / AP Photo/Kathy Willens
NEW YORK The FBI has found possible human remains in a dig at the New York City house once occupied by a famous gangster. An FBI spokesman confirmed Wednesday that agents found material that they want to test as part of an investigation. He declined further comment.
The digging started Monday in Queens' South Ozone neighborhood. It was home to James Burke, a Lucchese crime family associate known as "Jimmy the Gent" for his tendency to tip heavily. A character based on Burke was played by Robert De Niro in the movie "Goodfellas."
Burke died behind bars in 1996, two decades after authorities say he masterminded a nearly $6 million robbery at New York's Kennedy Airport. The Queens house is still owned by the Burke family, but others now live there.Burke is said to have buried victims in familiar places — including under the nearby saloon he ran.
It has been mobster week in the news huh? Whitey Bulger, Jimmy Hoffa, Jimmy Burke and poor Tony Soprano. It's weird because I just finished a cool book, BAD LIKE JESSE JAMES, about a guy who ran Detroit's heroin trade in the 70s. He also plotted to rob a Brinks truck and blow up Detroit airport unless he was a a mil. He was also a fed! An ATF agent. Amazing tale. Guess it's all in the zeitgeist.
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