And then there were none- Henry Hill, the mobster turned informant whose life story inspired Nicholas Pileggi's book Wiseguy and Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, has died.
I've always loved his story. When I was a kid in High School I discovered a webpage Henry had set up. This was just after he kind of went public, everybody who wanted to kill him was dead and what mobsters were left thought he was cool because of Goodfellas. He talked about this website on Stern, so I knew it was really him.
My birthday or something was coming up, and one of the things on the page was you could send 30 bucks to a PO Box, and he would send you an autographed copy of the script to Goodfellas. When my mom asked what I wanted, that's what I told her. Well, guess what? Check got cashed, but that script never showed up. My Mom was pissed, I still just laugh. I told her "You remember Goodfellas? Well, the guy you sent that money to was the guy from that movie." You send 30 bucks to the PO Box of a career criminal, you're probably not getting anything back for it. I think I like that story more than I would've liked the autograph.
So here's to you, Henry, in hopes that all is forgiven on the other side of the line.
Posted by Rocko Jerome at 6/13/2012