Turncoat Gambino associate is cooperating against Bonanno captain busted in 1978 Lufthansa heist case
There are two other cooperating witnesses, in addition to Joe Massino and Salvatore Vitale, in the latest Bonanno indictment which brings up the old Lufthansa Height of 1978. CW-1 is a relative of Vincent Asaro, a cousin, who took a plea in Brooklyn federal court recently and went on to tape Vincent for the FBI. CW-4 is a former Gambino family associate who also took a federal plea. Based on what the federal court filings say about him, and comparing the known histories, CW-4 is likely Peter Zuccaro. It was Zuccaro who testified against Charles Carneglia in 2009 in Brooklyn and later at one of the retrials of John Gotti Jr in Manhattan. Zuccaro had been an acquaintance in the 1970s with Thomas DeSimone, one of close associates of Jimmy Burke, the mastermind of the Lufthansa caper. DeSimone, whose character was played by actor Joe Pesci in the movie Goodfellas, was killed by the mob for murdering a made member of the Gambino family and other transgressions.