The racketeering trial against Bonanno mobster Vincent Asaro has generated headlines for his alleged role in the legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport but it also includes his accused involvement in the 1969 rubout of mob associate Paul Katz who was suspected as a government informant as reported by John Marzulli and Corky Siemaszko for the Daily News:
Paul Katz was getting ready to leave his house after getting a mysterious phone call, [and] his worried wife told him to take one of the kids along -- as protection. "He said no," Katz's son Lawrence testified Tuesday . . . . "She said at least take the dog, but he said no. He said, 'If I'm not home in a couple of hours, call the cops.'" And those were the last words, the younger Katz testified in Brooklyn federal court, he ever heard his father say.
Katz was strangled with a dog chain, and buried under a concrete floor in a Queens basement.