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Tag: government witness

NY Mobster Henry Hill Dead at 69; Life Was Basis For Movie Goodfellas

Henry Hill on 60 Minutes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The legendary New York mobster Henry Hill who turned government informant, and whose life was the basis for the classic movie Goodfellas, died Tuesday in California. He was 69.

Philadelphia Inquirer mob writer George Anastasia wrote:

 More than any other mob figure in the late 20th century, Hill changed both the perception and the reality of Mafia life in America. His story, first told in the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, laid bare the treachery and deceit that was at the core of the underworld.

Honor and loyalty, the virtues celebrated in popular fiction like The Godfather, were not part of the life that Hill and his associates lived. Hill began cooperating in 1980 and after testifying at a number of trials, disappeared into the Witness Security Program where he and his wife lived for nearly a decade in fear of mob retribution.

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ATF Investigating Whether VA. Inmate Used Facebook to Threaten Witnesses

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Apparently Facebook isn’t just for chatting it up with old pals or initiating a discussion about the latest Monet art exhibit.

ATF is investigating allegations that a Virginia inmate used Facebook to threaten government witnesses in his upcoming arson case, station WSLS reported.

The station, citing a federal search warrant for his cell, said investigators were trying to determine if inmate John Conner Jr. contacted his girlfriend via phone and mail and had her contact witnesses in his upcoming trial through his Facebook account.

Conner, an inmate serving a six year sentence at the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem, Va., is awaiting trial in April on federal charges that he set his ex-girlfriend’s duplex on fire on Nov. 15, 2008 when they were still together, WSLS reported.

The station reported that he set the fire after his girlfriend spit in his face during a spat.