THE KILLER: THE SHORT AND VIOLENT LIFE OF JOHNNY ATTIAS
John William Tuohy
Yehuda Attias AKA Johnny. An Israeli, Attias arrived in New York in 1987 and immediately killed a powerful Israeli born heroin dealer named Moussan Alyian. Attias then set up a heroin-hashish trafficking network worth an estimated $100 million dollars with connections in Turkey, Thailand, New York and Amsterdam.
They also robbed $4 million in gold jewelry, still a record in the Manhattan diamond district. Attias was suspected in the brazen May 3,1989 slaying of Romanian-born Israeli-American and suspected FBI informant Michael Markowitz (Born 1946) at East 66th Street and Strickland Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
He had been shot, while driving his Rolls Royce, in the arm and three-times in the head. The other killer was Yisrael “Alice” Mizrahi. Israeli Intelligence reported to the FBI that Markowitz was not accept by the largely Sephardic New York Israeli Mafia because he was an Ashkenazi Jew.
The Federal government cracked down and several members of Attias’s operation turned informant and Attias was murdered in January of 1990. Mizrahi, Attias’s right hand man and the murderer of Michael Markowitz, and who was wanted in questioning for the 1988 murder of a drug dealer named Albert Beber Shushan, fled back to Israeli after Attias’s enemies blew up his white Lincoln Town car outside of an Israeli restaurant.
Before leaving the US, police believe he murdered at least two persons including the kidnapping and murder of Albert “Babar” Shushan on the way to New York’s Kennedy Airport in March 1988. The killing was probably prompted over a dispute over control of narcotics routes.
Once in Israel, Mizrahi was quickly arrested and jailed for 12 years on a heroin smuggling charge. Released in 1981, he reentered the drug market and in 2003 was killed when a remote controlled bomb exploded inside his car.
Johnny Attias murder scene