CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1991
The brother of reputed mobster Henry Hill has pleaded no contest to charges of state income tax evasion, authorities said Wednesday. Joseph J. Hill, 46, of Rowland Heights, entered the plea Monday in Los Angeles Municipal Court, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Frank Johnson of the Organized Crime division. Johnson said that Hill, a self-employed unlicensed private investigator, made $373,000 from 1985 to 1988.
October 4, 1990 |
Mobster-turned-informant Henry Hill has seen "GoodFellas," the movie based on his life, and gives it two thumbs up for reality. "That movie was 99% accurate. That's the way we lived, that's (the way) we treated our wives, always on the hustle," Hill said in an interview with the syndicated television program "Inside Edition."
April 6, 1986 |
WISEGUY: LIFE IN A MAFIA FAMILY by Nicholas Pileggi (Simon & Schuster: $17.95; 247 pp.). Yes, Virginia, there is a Mafia, and they're not the mythic figures of "The Godfather," nor the cartoony cliches of prime-time television. They are a class of career criminals with a long history purveying anything that society outlaws and enforcing their subculture's code with violence. The Virgil on this tour of the underworld is Henry Hill.
September 19, 1990 |
To see an artist working at the peak of his power, everything extraneous stripped away, every element there for a purpose, is an extraordinary exhilaration. Martin Scorsese gave us that pure, hot, unquestioned power last in "Raging Bull" and, in virtuosity alone, "GoodFellas" is "Raging Bull" squared. (It opens at the Village and Chinese theaters today; at selected theaters Friday.
April 15, 2001 |
Twenty-one years after Henry Hill's disappearance into the Witness Protection Program, angry Mafiosi can finally get hold of their onetime tormentor. Just shoot him an e-mail. Hill, the infamous informant whose mob life was chronicled in the classic Martin Scorsese film "GoodFellas," has launched his own Web site, an unsettling mixture of comedy, commentary and collectibles. "Hey, it's starting to pay the rent," Hill says from his cell phone, plugging his latest legitimate endeavor: http://www.
March 15, 1992 |
When Arlyne Brickman, a witness for the prosecution at a Mafia racketeering trial in 1986, was asked during cross-examination what she had been doing in 1981, she replied, "I was a housewife." At this response, the courtroom filled with laughter. If Brickman was a housewife, then Donna Reed had better find a new occupation. Brickman, as this luridly engrossing true-life account makes abundantly clear, at times in numbing detail, was a mob girl.