James Burke (gangster)

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James 'Jimmy the Gent' Burke (July 5, 1931 New York City – April 13, 1996 Buffalo, New York), was an Irish-American gangster.[1] He was known for burying people he had murdered. In 2013 the FBI dug up the basement and garden of his old home searching for more human remains.[2] Burke died of cancer in prison in Buffalo.

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He is the father of small-time mobster Frankie Burke, Jesse James Burke, and Catherine Burke[3][2] Catherine married Anthony Indelicato, another criminal, in 1992.[4] Burke was nicknamed The Big Irishman or The Irish Guinea. Jimmy Conway, a character in the movie Goodfellas and played by Robert DeNiro is based on Burke.[5]

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