Mafia 'freelance contractor' and actor Gianni Russo spoke to A&E Real Crime as he releases 'Hollywood Godfather,' a memoir that moves from his polio-afflicted childhood in the Little Italy section of New York City to friendships and feuds with legendary mob figures like Frank Costello and John Gotti.
The December 11, 1978 Lufthansa heist was the most infamous caper in U.S. history. At New York's JFK airport, associates of the Lucchese crime family netted nearly $6 million (or $22.5 million today) in cash and jewels; almost none of the take was recovered, and only one person served time. But a lot of people directly involved with the crime ended up dead.
Journalist Murray Weiss, who has covered organized crime for over 30 years and who is now at CBS News, tells us why working-class people loved John Gotti, how the Mafia has changed since the 1980s and what it was like for John Gotti Jr. to leave the mob.