On July 30, 1975, teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared without a trace. At the time, he was one of the most powerful men in the country because of his union leadership. To some, he was a God–even considered a hero because he helped many Americans with work. But, make no mistake, Hoffa had just as many friends as he had powerful enemies. This picture of him testifying before the Senate Rackets probers might give you a clue.
On July 30, 1975, Hoffa went to the Red Fox Restaurant outside of Detroit to allegedly meet with three men, a Detroit labor leader, an important local mobster and a powerful figure in the NJ Teamster politics to settle a feud. Hoffa arrived early, around 2pm, and after waiting nearly 30 minutes no one showed. Annoyed, he called his wife and told her that he was going to wait for a little while longer and then he was out of there.
Finally, at 2:45 pm Hoffa was seen getting into a car in the restaurant parking lot with several other men. Investigators are pretty sure that he never got out of the car alive. According to FBI investigators, Hoffa had been brought to a peace conference with mobster Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano and then had been killed. Provenzano was just one of the long list of suspects in Hoffa’s disappearance, although Provenzano had a good alibi at the time. You know the old saying, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Tony claimed to be touring a number of union officials around Hoboken, New Jersey on that date and timeframe. He may not have actually “done the deed” but it wouldn’t take much to make a call. The disappearance was so clean and planned to the nth degree, that to this day, his body has never been found or the person responsible.
At one time, Hoffa served time in prison for conspiracy and fraud, which was later pardoned by President Richard Nixon. That alone has confused people for decades. What possible reason could the White House have to pardon him?
Here’s another picture of Jimmy looking presidential:
It is believed that one of his foes may have had a hand in his disappearance in 1975, and since that time, the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa has been the subject of countless theories. Some say he was killed by organized crime or even federal agents.
Over the years, authorities have received tips as to the location of Hoffa’s remains, but his body has yet to be recovered. One breakthrough came in 2001 with DNA evidence that linked Hoffa to the vehicle that was believed to have used in the crime. In 2012, the latest tip led authorities to a Detroit home, but that proved fruitless.
In June 2013, the FBI launched a search of a field in Oakland Township, Michigan. The site is about 20 miles away from where Hoffa was last seen. Alleged crime figure Tony Zerilli provided the authorities with the information about where Hoffa was buried. He also described in an e-book he wrote about how Hoffa died. According to Zerilli, Hoffa was hit on the head with a shovel and then buried alive. Investigators have yet to unearth any evidence in this latest search.
When rumors surfaced that Hoffa may have been involved in an acrimonious negation with a Gardena businessman, conspiracies swirled that Hoffa had been murdered and buried in the foundation of a nearby poker club and restaurant. It remained a local legend for decades until the property was bought up by magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who fully excavated the land and reopened as a casino in 2000.
In 2003, following a tip, investigators dug up the backyard pool in Hampton’s Thumb neighborhood in search of either Hoffa or evidence regarding his death—specifically a briefcase supposed to have contained a medical syringe and pharmaceutical material used to kill Hoffa. The search turned up nothing but dirt.
In 2004, the FBI was at it again, certain this time they’d get the answer they’ve been search for when Frank Sherran, a former friend of Hoffa who claimed that he murdered the man himself after the two men had a severe falling out. The killing supposedly took place in his Bloomfield home. Once again, search teams descended on the house and while they did find traces of blood—the medical examiners stated it wasn’t Hoffas.
A seemingly promising lead sent the FBI to a horse farm located northwest of Detroit. The Feds spent more than two weeks digging at the site in May 2006 before calling it quits. The FBI, normally close-lipped about ongoing investigations, stated that they may not have located Hoffa’s body, but believed that it may have been buried there before being moved elsewhere.
Just 10 months before the July 2013 investigation, the FBI received yet another Michigan-based tip that Hoffa had been buried beneath a backyard shed in Roseville. When sonar of the site revealed abnormalities in the soil composition, they decided to drill for samples. Once again, no evidence of Hoffa’s remains turned up.
The most popular urban legend associated with Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance is that he was buried beneath a football stadium at the sprawling Meadowlands Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The idea was first floated by mob hit man Donald “Tony the Greek” Frankos in an interview with Playboy magazine in 1989. Frankos, an informant who turned state’s witness, insisted that he had no personal involvement with the murder, but had been told that two other Jersey wiseguys were responsible for the murder, dismemberment and eventual burial of Hoffa’s body beneath one of the stadium’s end zones. Federal officials and Hoffa’s own family voiced their suspicions over Frankos’ story, but that didn’t stop it from capturing the public’s attention. Supporters of the theory noted that Hoffa did disappear while the complex was under construction and his last known public meeting was with reputed New Jersey crime boss Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano, who Frankos insisted had himself ordered the hit on Hoffa. The Giants Stadium theory was put to rest in 2010, when the building was demolished to make way for new sports complex.
Michigan may have cornered the market in Hoffa-mania, but the Garden State isn’t far behind. In fact, more than 200 FBI agents have been assigned to the case over the past 38 years, most of them in Michigan and New Jersey. Just weeks after Hoffa’s disappearance, the FBI began surveillance on a Jersey City landfill situated near the Hackensack River, based on an anonymous tip that Hoffa had been buried there in a 55-pound drum. Once again, nothing turned up to support the allegation.
Where do you think Hoffa is buried?