On July 30, 1975 – 45 years ago this Wednesday – the union leader who at one point could shut down all trucking in the United States with a phone call disappeared.
Hoffa, then 62, was scheduled to meet gangsters Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano of the Genoese crime family and Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in suburban Detroit.
Hoffa had been ousted from the Teamsters presidency in a prison shake in the 1960s. He wanted to come back but the crowd considered Hoffa too independent-minded. They had a crooked leader in Frank Fitzsimmons.
Now the thugs and Hoffa were going to sit down and sort things out. At least that’s what the union leader thought, at 2:30 p.m. Hoffa called his wife and told her he was up but would be home around 4 p.m. and grilling steaks for dinner.
A witness said Hoffa rode in the back of a brown Lincoln or Mercury with three other men. He was never seen again and was declared legally dead in 1982.
Over the next four and a half decades, there have been a slew of theories and false confessions about his ultimate fate – and who was responsible for it. Here are a few, but almost all fans of Hoffa’s disappearance agree on one thing: it was the Mafia. Or the government. Or aliens.
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Joe Franco was a longtime friend and associate of Hoffa. In his book, Hoffa’s man, Franco claims that the union leader was torn off by two federal authorities who showed him their identity papers and that he voluntarily sat in the back seat of a black Ford LTD.
The car carrying Hoffa, according to Franco’s theory, traveled to a small airport nearby. Authorities forced Hoffa into a small plane, then threw him somewhere over the Great Lakes.
Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski was one of the underworld’s most feared contract killers. He locked his victims in the freezer of his suburban New Jersey home, then dumped the body months later, which would leave cops with no idea when the victim was frosty.
Writer Philip Carlo wrote Kuklinski’s biography and spent hundreds of hours with the killer. He says the Ice Man confessed to killing Hoffa for $ 40,000 and stabbing him in the head with a hunting knife. He said he drove to New Jersey with the union leader’s body in the trunk of his car, later pulverized into scrap metal.
“He’s in a car somewhere in Japan right now,” Kuklinski told Carlo. One of the detectives who arrested The Iceman said of Hoffa’s coup: “I believe him … who is a candidate more likely to do this than him?”
According to a 1976 FBI note, they believe Hoffa’s killer was Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. Martin Scorsese Irish details Sheeran’s rise in the Teamsters, his friendship with Hoffa, and his ultimate betrayal. The G-Men believe Sheeran lured Hoffa to a Detroit house where he executed his friend.
The reason was that Hoffa – beloved by union members – couldn’t return to his post and have control of the sweet pension fund that the Mafia was stealing. Sheeran’s claims about the perpetrator of Hoffa’s disappearance have been widely disputed.
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The Ice Man says a car in Japan. Marvin “The Weasel” Elkind told the National PostIt’s Adrian Humphreys that Hoffa’s remains are in the founding of the Omni International Hotel in Detroit. Elkins said the body was encased in wet cement and became part of the Motown monument.
New York Irish Mafia boss The Westies, Jimmy Coonan and his lieutenant John Sullivan have taken Hoffa off the set. The Westies were known to have had the “Houdini” made from corpses.
However, Frankos is also believed to be the source of the urban legend of Hoffa’s dismemberment with a meat cleaver and burial under the Giants stadium end area, which journalist and gang author Anthony Destefano calls “the most bizarre theory.” Regarding Hoffa’s location. body.
Most likely, Hoffa’s remains found their way into an incinerator or were cremated by a mob-controlled company.
And the craziest theory of all is that Hoffa is buried in the end zone at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, NJ.
Probably one of the more outlandish theories is that Hoffa did an act of voluntary disappearance. This particular point of view posits that he wanted to get out from under with the underworld and fled to Mexico and a sunny new life.
The problem with the theory is that whatever other faults Hoffa had, he was a devoted husband and father. He would never have left his family.
Anthony «Tony Pro» Provenzano.