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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cops find possible human remains in Queens home deceased Goodfellas mobster

Members of the FBI and the Office of Medical Examiner search for human remains at a home once owned by James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke in Ozone Park, Queens.

Possible human remains have been found at the Queens home linked to the late mobster James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, the Daily News has learned.

The discovery was made Tuesday. A forensic anthropologist will work to determine if the remains are human and whether they can be linked to a man reported missing by his family more than 30 years ago, a law enforcement source said.

"The search has been productive," the source said.

The missing man is a low-level mob associate believed to have been murdered, the source said.

James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke died while serving 20 to life in prison.

Burke is believed to have been involved in the murder, which involves both the Lucchese and Bonanno families, the source said.

The dig started Monday when the FBI showed up at the Ozone Park home owned by one of Burke's daughters, Catherine, but occupied by two renters.

Burke, 64, died of cancer in 1996 while serving 20 years to life for killing a drug dealer, Richard Eaton, whose body was found frozen in a trailer truck in Brooklyn.

'The search has been productive,' a source says following the investigation Monday at 81-48 102nd Road.

Robert De Niro played Jimmy Conway, a character based on Burke, in the hit film "Goodfellas."

Burke, who got his Gent nickname for his dapper appearance, was the suspected mastermind of the 1978 theft of almost $6 million from the Lufthansa cargo terminal at Kennedy Airport.

Four years later, he was convicted of fixing Boston College basketball games.



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