George Anastasia, the Philadelphia Inquirer's veteran organized crime reporter, writes about the death of Henry Hill.
Henry Hill, 69, the New York mobster whose life as a wiseguy and then as a government witness was the basis for the movie Goodfellas, died Tuesday in California.
More than any other mob figure in the late 20th century, Hill changed both the perception and the reality of Mafia life in America.
His story, first told in the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, laid bare the treachery and deceit that was at the core of the underworld.
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