“We need to handle this,” the elderly mafioso purportedly snarled while holed up in the Manhattan Detention Complex on his new case. “And not f–k up like Vinny.”
Prosecutors claim Asaro was referencing Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, the former boss of the Bonanno crime family.
Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, currently serving a life sentence for murder after a failed attempt to silence a federal judge, federal prosecutor and cooperating witnesses, during his murder trial, according to the same filing
Basciano, 57 currently is serving a life sentence for murder after a failed attempt to rub out his own prosecutor, according to the same filing.
Vincent Basciano spent 11 years in solitary confinement, under strict conditions, while awaiting trial in New York City on racketeering and murder charges, then later at the supermax prison in Florence, Colo., which has been described by a former warden as a “cleaner version of hell.”
Basciano was deemed as extremely dangerous after a handwritten slip of paper that he passed to another inmate in 2006 which contained the names of a federal judge, federal prosecutor and cooperating witnesses, was recovered.
Prosecutors feared it was a hit list, while Basciano maintained he simply wanted the inmate to put a Santeria hex on his adversaries before his trial.
Victorious Vincent Asaro emerges from Brooklyn Federal Court after he was acquitted of participation in the 1978 $6M heist of a Lufthansa flight in 1978, at JFK
In the case of Vincent Asaro, the letter detailing the threats follows an attempt by defense attorney Elizabeth Macedonio to spring her elderly client on bond in his 2012 arson case.
Brooklyn prosecutors had said Asaro was a member of the team of gangsters that lifted $6 million in cash and jewels from the JFK Airport cargo terminal, the same heist immortalized in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film,“Goodfellas.”
The elder Valenti and Asaro had been close for decades.
Vincent Asaro [right] would snuff out his “rat cousin” Gaspare Valenti [left], who turned FBI informant
Then, in 2008, Valenti began recording their conversations and turning the tapes over to the feds.
Asaro on trial for helping to plan the 1978 heist was acquitted ultimately, because jurors didn’t believe the elder Valenti, the star witness.
They cleared the Bonanno crime-family capo of his alleged role in the heist, as well the 1969 killing of mob informant Paul Katz.
Asaro was also allegedly overheard saying he would snuff out his “rat cousin” Gaspare Valenti if he ever saw him again. Valenti, who is now in the witness protection program, was a key witness in the Lufthansa trial.
Macedonio did not return messages.