The Heist: How a Gang Stole $8,000,000 at Kennedy Airport and Lived to Regret It
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The Heist: How a gang stole $8,000,000 at Kennedy Airport and lived to regret it by Ernest Volkman and John Cummings. In the cold pre-dawn hours of December 11, 1978, seven men entered the Lufthansa Air Cargo terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport and escaped with $8,000,000 in cash, foreign currency, unmounted jewels, and pure gold. Nearly eight years later, despite strong efforts by the police and the FBI, not one cent or piece of the loot has ever been recovered, nor have any of the thieves been convicted. At least 13 people connected with the crime have been murdered or are missing and presumed dead. The Lufthansa robbery has become the stuff of legend: an unknown participant lives on a yacht off the coast of Florida; millions of dollars lie buried under a basement floor, guarded by snakes. But the reality is better, for it is the quintessential American true crime story, replete with the elements of thrilling drama: greed, betrayal, sex, murder, the underworld, a criminal mastermind, a contest between cops and robbers, a life-or-death struggle, a vast fortune, and the dazzling appeal of the perfect score. And now two first-rate investigative reporters have blown the lid off this irresistible story of America's greatest cash robbery with an account that is guaranteed to awe and amuse as it keeps you flipping the page.From Publishers Weekly:
The December 11, 1978, robbery of the Lufthansa cargo terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport was the most lucrative heist in U.S. history up to that time. Volkman, a former Newsday correspondent, and Cummings, a reporter for that Long Island newspaper, spent seven years searching out details of the complicated case. The principals included James Burke, a sinister bar owner with direct ties to the Mafia, many of his hangers-on and two Lufthansa employees who had conceived a plan for the crime but lacked the underworld contacts to carry it out. The robbery went off almost without a hitch, although the two airline workers were suspected from the start. As the skein unraveled, more gang members were identified, but Burke could not be arrested because he had all the underlingshis potential accuserskilled, the death toll finally reaching 13. The story is well told, although the authors sometimes employ a light tone that seems inappropriate tothe bloody story they tell.
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