NEW YORK -- Investigators suspect the cousin of 'French Connection' mobster Vincent Papa and his pregnant wife were shot and killed execution style because of a bad drug deal.
The bodies of Michael Papa, 33, and his wife, Carla Ann, 30, were found Tuesday morning in their rented home in a quiet residential neighborhood.
The discovery was made by Papa's sister, Vivian, who went to the house when the couple did not answer their phone.
Papa, who had been shot once the head, was lying in the doorway while his wife, a former model, was in an upstairs room with gunshot wounds to the head and body.
Drug paraphernalia was found in the house and Detective John Fitzgerald said it appeared the the killings were the result of a 'drug deal that went bad.'
Police said Papa was unemployed, but that he owned three expensive cars -- a Lincoln Continental, a Mercedes Benz and a DeLorean.
The Mercedez was missing and may have been used as a getaway car, police said.
Police said Mrs. Papa was six months pregnant. A portfolio of her modeling photographs were found in the home.
Authorities said Papa was the second cousin of Vincent Papa, the man believed responsible for masterminding the theft of $70 million worth of heroin from the office of the property clerk of the New York City Police Department.
The heroin had originally been seized in a case that was the basis for the film 'The French Connection.'
Vincent Papa was killed in a federal prison in Atlanta in 1977 while serving a 22-year term for drug trafficking.