Jimmy Agnew, researcher for Vincent Bugliosi, has died at 67.
Agnew, was once dubbed “the best crime researcher in America" by legendary Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Before the Internet, Agnew relied on other means -- including police sources as well as knowledgeable bartenders and cabbies -- to get his information. He also kept files of news clippings and researched obscure books, magazines and artifacts to provide research for such writers as Bugliosi.
Pileggi once said that Agnew was “enormously helpful” with Wiseguy and Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas, the latter of which, was also turned into a film directed by Scorsese.
“He had terrific police sources who would tell him things they would never tell me because they didn’t know me,” Pileggi said.