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Real-life Goodfellas gangster Henry Hill was a bigamist who took second wife in witness protection

The real-life mafia turncoat who was immortalized by late actor Ray Liotta in his breakout role in Goodfellas was a bigamist who repeatedly cheated on his wife while in witness protection, before leaving her and their children to wed a Mormon hairdresser he had known for just seven weeks. 

Late gangster Henry Hill – who was portrayed by Liotta in Martin Scorcese’s hit 1990 movie – was taken into the FBI’s witness protection program with his wife Karen and their two children, Gail and Michael, in 1980 after helping to jail members of his infamous mafia gang. 

Goodfellas, which is seen by many as the movie that shot Liotta to stardom, ends with Hill being taken into witness protection, a seemingly perfect Hollywood ending. But in reality, Hill’s involvement in the criminal underworld did…


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