January 12: The Lufthansa Heist: An Author Talk with Daniel Simone
Learn the inside story of the Lufthansa heist, the largest never recovered cash haul in history, a crime memorialized in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas, in this Author Talk set for Tuesday, January 12, at 1 p.m. in The Mob Museum.
Author Daniel Simone co-wrote the book with the late Henry Hill. Hill was a participant in the heist scheme and was associated with the Lucchese crime family, according to the New York City mobster. As well as discussing the events detailed in the book, Simone will explore his collaboration and relationship with Hill. The Lufthansa Heist is the last book Hill worked on before his 2012 death.
On December 11, 1978, more than $6 million in cash and jewelry was taken in a daring armed robbery that rocked John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and continues to baffle law enforcement to this day. The heist returned to the news in 2015 when, on November 12, Vincent Asaro, another reputed mobster linked to the crime, was found not guilty of racketeering and other charges in connection with the robbery. The burglary has fascinated the public for years, dominating headlines around the globe due to the story’s unending ravel of mysteries. No perpetrators have ever been found guilty of the Lufthansa heist. As well, thirteen people connected to the crime have been murdered in homicides that, like the crime itself, remain unsolved.
Daniel Simone has co-written autobiographies and published numerous shorter pieces on prominent figures in film, theater and fiction. In September of 2012, he appeared in the one-hour Biography Channel documentary on the life and career of Jimmy “the Gent” Burke.
A graduate of Long Island University, he also has written for the Long Island University weekly chronicle, the Long Island Pulse magazine, Village Voice, The Boulevard magazine and Dan’s Papers.
Current projects include The Pierre Hotel Heist and The Retrial of Charles Manson. In 1969 while employed at Grumman Aerospace Industries as a technician, he had a role in the assembly of the Apollo 11 lunar module, the first spacecraft to successfully land on the moon.