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On the morning of July 31, 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, is officially reported missing after he failed to return home the previous night. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found and Hoffa’s fate remains a mystery.
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Born in 1913 to a poor coal miner in Brazil, Indiana, Jimmy Hoffa proved a natural leader in his youth. At the age of 20, he helped organize a labor strike in Detroit, and remained an advocate for downtrodden workers for the rest of his life. Hoffa’s charisma and talents as a local organizer quickly got him noticed by the Teamsters and carried him upward through its ranks. Then a small but rapidly growing union, the Teamsters organized truckers across the country, and through the use of strikes, boycotts and some more powerful though less legal methods of protest, won contract demands on behalf of workers.
Hoffa became president of the Teamsters in 1957, when its former leader was imprisoned for bribery. As chief, Hoffa was lauded for his tireless work to expand the union, and for his unflagging devotion to even the organization’s least powerful members. His caring and approachability were captured in one of the more well-known quotes attributed to him: “You got a problem? Call me. Just pick up the phone.”
Hoffa’s dedication to the worker and his electrifying public speeches made him wildly popular, both among his fellow workers and the politicians and businessmen with whom he negotiated. Yet, for all the battles he fought and won on behalf of American drivers, he also had a dark side. In Hoffa’s time, many Teamster leaders partnered with the Mafia in racketeering, extortion and embezzlement. Hoffa himself had relationships with high-ranking mobsters, and was the target of several government investigations throughout the 1960s. In 1967, he was convicted of bribery and sentenced to 13 years in prison.
While in jail, Hoffa never ceded his office, and when Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971, he was poised to make a comeback. Released on condition of not participating in union activities for 10 years, Hoffa was planning to fight the restriction in court when he disappeared on the afternoon of July 30, 1975, from the parking lot of a restaurant in Detroit, not far from where he got his start as a labor organizer. His family filed a missing persons report to the Bloomfield Township police the next day. Several conspiracy theories have been floated about Hoffa’s disappearance and the location of his remains, but the truth remains unknown.
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We were told Jimmy Hoffa was buried in a metal barrel -- guess what Fox Nation found
Eric Shawn: 'Riddle, the search for James R. Hoffa'
My Fox Nation series is back with a stunning find where it is claimed Hoffa is buried. Here is a preview.
Jimmy Hoffa could be encased in a metal barrel tomb in New Jersey.
Fox Nation has found what appears to be multiple large buried pieces of curved metal, that could indicate steel drums arranged on top of each other, that fit the description of where Hoffa was buried in a 55-gallon steel drum, with additional drums piled on top of his, in 1975.
"He couldn't fit in the drum body first, feet first. They had to turn him and put him in head first," Frank Cappola told Fox Nation, describing how he says his father, Paul Cappola Sr., pushed the remains of the iconic labor leader into a steel drum when the body was delivered to him at his mob-connected Jersey City dump days after Hoffa vanished just outside Detroit.
"He couldn't get the legs to bend right," he said. "Don't take this the wrong way, because he had a lot of respect for Hoffa, but he said 'they couldn't fit the fat little man in a barrel feet first.' So they put him in headfirst and then they pushed the cover on top of him. And then they buried him."
Cappola said his father then dug a 12-foot-deep hole with an excavator, dumped the drum holding Hoffa's remains into the pit, and then piled more than one dozen steel drums on top of Hoffa's, before filling the hole in with dirt to cover up the evidence. He said he was "99 point-99-point-99 percent sure" and "would bet my life" that Hoffa was there.
Fox Nation also found an underground pit that was at some point filled in with different dirt at the spot.
The discovery of the buried curved metal pieces, and the filled-in pit where Cappola said Hoffa’s remains can be found, is revealed in Fox Nation's latest episode of "Riddle, The Search for James R. Hoffa."
The show is a four-part series that delves into the disappearance of the former International Brotherhood of Teamsters president, with the goal of trying to finally solve the case. Hoffa was murdered after he disappeared on July 30th, 1975 while on his way to a suspected meeting with Mafia bosses, including infamous New Jersey Genovese crime family Capo and Teamsters Union leader Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, who ruled the area where Cappola told us Hoffa is buried.
Fox Nation hired Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, a nationwide company that uses radar technology and high-frequency electromagnetic radio waves that reflect objects underground, to search for any evidence of buried barrels. The radar revealed numerous curved shapes, like half-moon objects on top of each other, that GPRS Project Manager and specialized radar technician Steve Psihoules told us are pieces of metal, along with a delineated underground pack of dirt, indicating that a pit had at one time been dug and then filled in.
What Psihoules called metal "round anomalies" were described as being similar to the size of large drums.
"We are getting another round anomaly right here," Psihoules said as he scanned the ground and the radar screen revealed numerous round objects at the spot where Frank had pointed out as Hoffa's burial site.
"We are all getting them at a similar height as well. I am getting similar anomalies," Psihoules said as he scanned the area using a grid-pattern. "You can tell that there was something that was disturbed here," Psihoules explained as he stopped at one of his findings. "It's almost like excavated . something happened here. It is definitely metal."
The spot is a dusty and hard soil plot of land in Jersey City directly under the looming Pulaski Skyway, that connects the city to Newark across the Meadowlands. The parcel is owned by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and is now used by a local waste management company to store unused dumpsters.
"Frank's story is the best darn story that I have heard about this case in the 44 years since I first started investigating Hoffa's murder," says Dan Moldea, the most prominent Hoffa expert in the country. He wrote the landmark book, "The Hoffa Wars" in 1978, has been investigating the Hoffa disappearance for decades and was interviewed by Fox Nation and then teamed up with our effort.
"I think what Eric and I are now proving is that from soup to nuts, this was a New Jersey operation," he said.
Frank first approached Dan after he appeared in the first two episodes of "Riddle," told him where the site is, and then later accompanied Dan there to see it for himself. Frank also executed a sworn affidavit backing up his information to submit to law enforcement.
"He takes me to the exact spot. He knew exactly where it was," Moldea recalled.
Frank Cappola showing Dan Moldea where he says his father buried Jimmy Hoffa. He describes how Hoffa was buried in the latest episode of "Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa" on Fox Nation. (Copyright Dan E. Moldea, 2019. All rights reserved.)
The site is just a few feet off the property line of the dump, PJP Landfill, that Frank's father owned along with Genovese Crime Family mobster Phil "Brother" Moscato. Moscato's son, Philip, Jr. told Fox Nation that his father also admitted that Hoffa's body was brought to New Jersey from Detroit and was buried.
The F.B.I. has long theorized that Hoffa's killers buried him in the landfill, which at the time was an 87-acre wasteland of refuse, chemicals, and thousands of barrels full of toxic waste known as "Moscato's dump." A 1975 bureau search did not turn up any remains, but numerous mobsters have been convinced through the years that Hoffa was dumped there. FBI files reveal that various Mafia members either said that Hoffa could be found there, or suspected it.
One mobster told agents they "brought him back here. where do you think? Phillip Brother Moscato's dump," another said "they put Hoffa's body in a 50-gallon drum and trucked it from. Detroit. to New Jersey," another said that if the "Feds" dig at the dump, they would hit "pay dirt," and even some unnamed Teamsters members were "worried about the barrel."
In the 1980s the dump was declared a federal Superfund site and the state and the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection cleared out and remediated the area. The EPA says it removed more than 10,000 barrels holding toxic waste, but the location where Frank says his father buried Hoffa turns out not to have been touched by the cleanup. Frank's father did not want Hoffa's remains to be found at his dump, so Frank said he buried him right next to his property, directly under the looming elevated skyway, which was not part of the government remediation plan.
"My father decided to change location because he felt he couldn't, he didn't know if somebody was watching. The place was always under surveillance," Frank told us. "After I came in the next day, the hole was filled."
Frank said he decided to come forward because so many of the suspects involved are now dead. He also promised his father, who died in 2008, that he would not talk, even though he says his father's role in burying Hoffa always "haunted him." He said his father’s mob acquaintances gave him no choice and that he was "very upset all his life over it, that he had to get put into that position. But you know, if you don’t do it, then they do it to you."
"I think I am doing the right thing," Frank told us. "My father said 'I want this man to go home to his family. He needs to go back home.' He was a great, good man and my father respected him."
Frank, who was 63 when we met him in late 2019, had been in ill health for some time with heart and lung issues. He was worried that if he did not agree to be interviewed, his secret would die with him.
"If I passed away nobody will know. I'm the last person alive."
Sadly Frank did pass away four months after our interview, in February of last year. Frank Cappola's information may prove to be his legacy that could finally help solve the search for James Riddle Hoffa.
Since it is against New Jersey state law for Fox Nation to dig up the site, we are awaiting law enforcement action to take the next step to determine if what we found could finally end the mystery of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa.
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Jimmy Hoffa, in full James Riddle Hoffa, (born February 14, 1913, Brazil, Indiana, U.S.—disappeared July 30, 1975, Bloomfield Hills, near Detroit, Michigan), American labour leader who served as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1957 to 1971 and was one of the most controversial labour organizers of his time.
The son of an Indiana coal miner who died when Hoffa was seven, Hoffa moved with his family to Detroit in 1924. He left school at age 14, worked as a stock boy and warehouseman for several years, and began his union-organizing activities in the 1930s. Initially the business agent for Local 299 in Detroit, Hoffa by 1940 had become chairman of the Central States Drivers Council and by 1942 president of the Michigan Conference of Teamsters. In 1952 he was elected an international vice president of the Teamsters, and five years later he succeeded Dave Beck as international president.
Known throughout the trucking industry as a tough and knowledgeable bargainer, Hoffa successfully centralized administration and bargaining in the international office of the union. He also played a key role in the creation of the first national freight-hauling agreement. His efforts helped make the Teamsters the largest labour union in the United States.
Known to have long associated with organized crime figures, Hoffa nevertheless survived a series of governmental prosecutions until 1967, when he entered the federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, to begin a 13-year sentence for jury tampering, fraud, and conspiracy. Hoffa refused to resign as president of the Teamsters while in prison and kept his position until 1971. U.S. Pres. Richard M. Nixon commuted Hoffa’s sentence in December 1971, stipulating that he could not engage in any union activity until 1980. Hoffa, however, fought the restriction in court and was widely believed to have covertly continued his efforts to reestablish a union position.
On July 30, 1975, he disappeared from a restaurant in suburban Detroit under circumstances that have never been fully determined. He was said to have had an appointment at the restaurant with Anthony Provenzano, a New Jersey Teamsters official and former Mafia figure, and Anthony Giacalone, a Detroit mobster both later denied having encountered Hoffa, who was never seen again. He was legally declared “presumed dead” in 1982.
James P. Hoffa, Jimmy Hoffa’s son, was sworn in as general president of the Teamsters on May 1, 1999, after a bitter election campaign culminated in his defeat of Ron Carey, a longtime critic of Jimmy Hoffa.
The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica This article was most recently revised and updated by Amy McKenna, Senior Editor.
Jimmy Hoffa FBI files that have been hidden since 1975 must be released, lawmakers tell DOJ
What happened to Jimmy Hoffa may soon be known, if the government reveals what it has kept hidden for decades.
"It would be fantastic closure for the Hoffa family, for those who knew him, and for the American public," says Congressman Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. He has filed a formal Congressional request to open the FBI Hoffa case files to the public.
"Declassification should have been done years ago. This should have been released."
Zeldin has submitted what is known as a "Congressional Mandatory Declassification Review" on the Hoffa case to the Department of Justice, seeking the public release of tens of thousands of pages of documents, interviews and reports that the government has kept under wraps since Hoffa vanished in 1975. He and others believe that if the full account of what authorities have uncovered in the decades long case is revealed, the answers about Hoffa's fate, and who killed him, will finally be known.
"We have a process in our country, once you get past 25 years or so, that items like this should be declassified and released publicly and here we are, it's been 45 years. You still have members of the Hoffa family, members of the Teamsters, and the public interest in this information. It is a message to let them know that Jimmy Hoffa has not been forgotten. His legacy lives on and we will not rest until we get these answers," says Zeldin.
The declassification request zeros in on several specific points raised in the Fox Nation series that is now streaming, "Riddle, The Search for James R. Hoffa."
"You'll see these papers being released to the public," says former federal prosecutor Alex Little. "I think it can work. I think the question for the FBI is, how important is it to you to let the public know what happened? And I think these sorts of crimes that are infamous, that do get a lot of public attention, are exactly the ones that are important for the public to know about."
The latest episode of "Riddle" reports on the claims that Hoffa's remains were transported from Detroit, where he was murdered by mobsters on July 30, 1975, and buried in a steel drum next to a mob-connected dump in Jersey City, New Jersey. The property, the PJP Landfill, was co-owned by Genovese crime family mobster Phillip "Brother" Moscato and businessman Paul Cappola. The F.B.I. searched the landfill, known as "Moscato's dump," a few months after Hoffa vanished, acting on a tip from mobster turned informant Ralph Picardo and other information gleaned from mafia wiretaps and information. Hoffa's body was not found, but the exact spot where he allegedly remains buried was not dug up by authorities, because it rests a few feet from the dump's property line and was technically not part of the search area.
"Here you have evidence that Moscato's dump is possibly where Jimmy Hoffa is buried," says Zeldin. "The FBI had gone there in the past, they tried hard and maybe they weren't searching the right sites, for whatever reason. They were unsuccessful, but Jimmy Hoffa could still be buried there. And if what has been provided through your good work, going back to the early stages of this investigation, Moscato's dump would really still, to this day, be the resting site for where Jimmy Hoffa was buried and still remains today."
The request includes a full declassification of FBI reports and memos dealing with the investigation, as well as "the interview of Ralph Picardo and report of Picardo leading FBI agents on December 11, 1975 to 'Moscato's Dump' by FBI agents in Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey." It also asks for bureau interview transcripts of high level Detroit mobsters believed to have been involved in the killing, among other material.
"We are not just pursuing reports with regards to the timeline of events, and information with regards to suspects who actually killed Jimmy Hoffa, but there is also evidence, we believe, that would be released, additional information that would point to Moscato's dump," Zeldin says.
Some of the Hoffa FBI files have been partially released under Freedom of Information lawsuits filed decades ago by the Hoffa family and the Detroit Free Press newspaper, but the vast majority of material remains secret. Page upon page was redacted, blacked out, by the government decades ago with authorities citing the on-going investigation at the time.
Noted Hoffa case experts support the release.
"A well-known American citizen vanished in broad daylight from a public street in an American city without a trace. There are countries where that is a daily occurrence, but that cannot be tolerated in America," says Dan Moldea, the Washington, D.C. author and journalist who first started investigating Hoffa's disappearance when it happened. He is the author of the landmark book, "The Hoffa Wars," first published in 1978.
Frank Cappola, whose father Paul co-owned 'Moscato's dump," told Fox Nation and Moldea that it was his father who buried Hoffa in a metal drum at the site. Cappola, who died last year, had shown Moldea the exact spot. In the latest episode of "Riddle," Fox Nation's ground penetrating radar detected multiple buried pieces of curved metal, possibly drums, and a filled-in excavated pit where Cappola said his father dug a 12 foot deep hole and dumped the drum containing Hoffa’s remains. The small plot of land is currently owned by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
"I applaud the FBI for its ongoing efforts to investigate the Jimmy Hoffa murder when the evidence, the timelines, and the cast of characters are in alignment. But, after 46 years, it is also important to obtain full disclosure of the complete record of the case, especially when official methods and sources are not compromised."
Little, the former federal prosecutor, says the FBI will weigh the sensitivity of the still classified material, along with legal issues. But he thinks that it is past time that the files come out.
"Ultimately I think you will see the information and these papers disclosed to the public. I think you'll see that because this is the sort of crime, the sort of investigation, that the public has the most interest in learning the facts about. It is important U.S. history. It is important FBI history. This entire investigation is something that I think the public, and you will see members of Congress who are interested in getting it out, deserve to know about," says Little.
"We are talking more than 40 years after a crime, there is no crime to prosecute. The public interest is greater."
"It is critical that the FBI release these specific documents which will help expose the truth behind the killing of Jimmy Hoffa," Zeldin wrote to the DOJ.
Like many Americans, the Congressman has been fascinated by the lingering question of what happened to the iconic and revered labor leader.
"I'm 40 years old, and throughout my entire life I can't tell you how many times I have heard conversations around me of people talking about where Jimmy Hoffa is buried, who is responsible for his murder and so many other unanswered questions. Many of those answers can be provided, and the very least critical clues, in the release of the items we request in this mandatory declassification review."
"Violent crimes leave behind victims," notes Little. "I think part of our goal isn't just to prosecute people and put them in jail, but to serve victims as best we can. Releasing this information might help the victims and the victims' families have some sort of closure about what happened to their family member."
Ben Evansky contributed to this report.
You can watch the full series, all four episodes of "Riddle, The Search for James R. Hoffa," on the streaming service Fox Nation.
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Who Was Jimmy Hoffa?
Born in 1913, Jimmy Hoffa’s family moved to Detroit when he was young and he would call the area home for the rest of his life. Hoffa’s union organizing began when he was a teenager working at a Kroger grocery store warehouse, where the substandard wages, abusive supervisors, and lack of job security inspired animosity from the employees.
Approachable and courageous, Hoffa showed early leadership potential during a wildcat strike of the warehouse workers that led to better pay and conditions so when he quit in 1932, he was quickly hired by the Teamsters Local 299 as an organizer. It was the beginning of an association with the Teamsters that would come to define Hoffa’s life for more than 50 years.
Over the course of his career in the Teamsters, Hoffa became its most recognizable public face and a fiery, aggressive advocate for trade unionism in America. His televised confrontations with Senator Robert Kennedy during a Senate committee hearing on corruption in America’s labor unions made Hoffa a household name, endeared him to millions of working Americans who saw him as championing their cause.
Wikimedia Commons Jimmy Hoffa and his son, James P. Hoffa. 1965.
Hoffa’s ties with organized crime figures were well-documented and publicized, and for most of his life he was able to leverage these associations to strengthen the Teamsters Union, growing it into one of the most powerful unions — if not the most powerful — in the country.
The devil’s bargain that Hoffa cut with the mob caught up with him in the end, however. When the interests of the Teamsters membership and those of the Mafia began to diverge in the 1970s, Hoffa and the mob found themselves at cross purposes to one another.
With neither side willing to back down, the potential for an outbreak of nationwide violence between mob factions caught up in the fight was a very real possibility.
It never came to that, though, because Jimmy Hoffa simply disappeared on July 30, 1975, and was never seen or heard from again. The investigation captivated America and the intersection of so many cultural threads in one case meant it was destined to evolve over the next couple of decades into one of America’s most enduring cultural memes.
It’s Been 43 Years Since He Vanished. Where Is Jimmy Hoffa?
Since he disappeared on July 30, 1975, there’s perhaps no name that has been more synonymous with unsolved missing persons cases than Jimmy Hoffa.
Hoffa, whose career in union politics took him to the presidency of the Brotherhood of Teamsters to prison to his current location (parts unknown), had plans to meet with Mafia bosses Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone and Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano on the 30th.
Dressed in a blue shirt and dark pants, he called his wife Josephine from a Detroit-area pay phone in Bloomfield Township to say the two mobsters didn’t show for the afternoon meeting. That — as far as we know— was the last time anyone ever heard from the longtime union leader and, given that he was declared dead in 1982, the last time anyone ever will.
Since he disappeared, stories — now all 99.9 percent debunked — about where Hoffa wound up after placing that call have become as plentiful as hypotheses about what the Journey-backed final scene of The Sopranos was really all about.
No. 1: Detroit, Michigan: In a 2011 book he co-wrote with a journalist, a self-described “chauffeur and goon for mob bosses” claimed that Hoffa was buried under the downtown Detroit headquarter of General Motors. Driver Marvin Elkind — who claimed Hoffa as a client — said he came across the info during 1985 Teamsters conference in Detroit. Elkind said he was walking near the GM headquarters with a group that included mob boss Anthony Giacalone. As they passed GM, Giacalone allegedly nodded toward the building’s foundation and said, “Say good morning to Jimmy Hoffa, boys.”
No. 2: East Rutherford, New Jersey – In a 1989 interview with Playboy, hitman-turned-state’s witness Donald “Tony the Greek” Frankos suggested Hoffa had been dismembered and buried near the west end zone in Giants Stadium. Frankos went on to say he actually watched a game from the section, 107, underneath which Hoffa was supposedly buried, even joking about it with a friend. While never given much credence, the theory was officially debunked when the stadium was torn down in 2010 and Jimmy Hoffa’s bones were nowhere to be found.
No. 3: Gardena, California – Shortly after he vanished, rumors surfaced Hoffa may have had a dispute during a negotiation with a Gardena businessman at a Teamsters hangout and had been murdered. According to conspiracy theories, Hoffa was then buried in the foundation of a poker club and restaurant nearby. In 2000, Larry Flynt excavated the property and reopened it as the Hustler Casino. If anyone would’ve made news out of finding Hoffa’s remains, it was Larry Flynt. No dead Teamster there.
No. 4: Staten Island, New York – When The Sopranos was popular in the mid-2000s, a woman who claimed her family history was used as the model for the show also claimed her late husband said he murdered Hoffa and dumped him under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge . Lynda Milito said she and her husband Louie were arguing while driving over the bridge when he told her he’d killed Hoffa in Detroit and eventually dumped him near a stanchion supporting the bridge. Unfortunately, Louie pulled a vanishing act of his own two weeks after the conversation and couldn’t confirm the story.
No. 5: The Everglades, Florida – While testifying in 1982, Hoffa’s former bodyguard told a newspaper that his ex-boss was shot with an electric stun gun, killed, shredded, and dumped into the Florida Everglades to become alligator food. Charlie Allen said Hoffa’s body was brought to the swamp in a steel drum after it had been ground up at an ironworks. Allen entered witness protection shortly after his testimony but continued to tell his story, leading authorities to conclude it likely wasn’t true.
No. 6: Japan: In a book he wrote after interviewing Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski, author Philip Carlo claimed the notoriously cold-blooded mob killer said he bumped off Hoffa for $40,000. After allegedly stabbing Hoffa in the head with a hunting knife, Kuklinski drove back to New Jersey junkyard with Hoffa in the trunk of his car. Once there, the car was crushed and sold overseas as scrap metal.
No. 7: Jersey City, New Jersey – According to investigative reporter Dan Moldea, the owner of a toxic waste site under the Pulaski Skyway told him Hoffa’s body had been dumped in a 55-gallon drum on the site. Before his death, Phillip “Brother” Muscato told Moldea the FBI had searched the property under the Pulaski for three months after getting a tip about the body dump. Muscato alleged Hoffa had been brought to the Garden State after being shot dead on a farm in Wixom, Michigan.
No. 8: Springfield, ? – We have the least info about this theory, but it’s a colorful one.
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Hoffa Is Reported Missing
DETROIT, July 31—James R. Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was reported missing by his family this morning after he failed to come home last night.
Mr. Hoffa, who has been seeking, to again become head of the 2.1 million‐member union, the nation's largest, was reported missing to the Bloomfield Township police.
They found Mr. Hoffa's 1979 Pontiac in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township this morning.
Detective Robert Bloom said that there was no evidence of struggle and that the police had no immediate clues to Mr. Hoffa's whereabouts.
The Oakland County Prosecutor, L. Brooks Patterson, said however, that the police suspected foul play since Mr. Hoffa “never stayed out this long without reporting in.”
Mr. Hoffa does not smoke or drink and has very close ties to his family.
John P. Miller, the general manager of the restaurant, said that he had not seen Mr. Hoffa there yesterday.
He said that he was at the door for most of the afternoon greeting customers.
Son Flies Home
James R. Hoffa, Jr., the former labor leader's son, said that his mother, Josephine, called him after Mr. Hoffa had not returned to their home in Lake Orion, Mich.
The younger Mr. Hoffa flew to Lake Orion this morning to be with his mother.
Leonard Boudin, Mr. Hoffa's attorney in his atempt to lift the restrictions on union activity that were attached to the commutation of his prison sentence, said he hoped that Mr. Hoffa “has not been kidnapped
“I hope he has not been injured.”
Mr. Hoffa's disappearance comes at a time when a series of incidents in the last several nionths, including car bombings and beatings, have left the local teamster organization here shaken and divided.
On July 10, a Lincoln Continental used by Richard Fitzsimmons, the vice president of teamster Local 299, was destroyed by a bomb outside a bar where he was having a drink. Mr. Fitzsimmons is the son of Frank E. Fitzsimmons, who succeeded Mr. Hoffa as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and who is seeking to prevent Mr. Hoffa from regaining office within the union.
Hoffa and Fitzsimmons factions have been vying with each other for control of local 299.
The elder Fitzsimmons had been a close associate of Mr. Hoffa, and was instrumental in persuading the Nixon Administration to commute Mr. Hoffa's 13‐year prison sentence for jury tampering and mail fraud in 1971.
As a provision of the commutation, however, Mr. Hoffa was prevented from seeking union office or engaging in any union activity for 10 years.
Mr. Hoffa has‐since charged and sought to prove in court, that after the Watergate disclosures, it was evident that Mr. Fitzsimmons had made a leaf with the Nixon Administration. In return for his release, Mr. Hoffa contended that Mr. Fitzsimmons had the Administration prevent Mr. Hoffa from attempting to regain the union presidency.
In, a move to stop Mr. Hoffa froth getting a foothold in Local 299, Richard Fitzsimmons ran for the presidency of the local and was opposed by the incumbent, David Johnson, who has remained loyal to Mr. Hoffa. The two factions agreed on a compromise, and Mr. Johnson was re‐elected president while the younger Mr. Fitzsimmons was elected vice president.
Mr. Johnson has said that he will hold the seat for Mr. Hoffa until Mr. Hoffa has exhausted all his legal efforts to change the terms of the commutation
Since 1970, Mr. Johnson has been the target of a number of incidents, including a beating by a Teamster organizer, the shooting out of his office windows with a shotgun, and the destruction of his 45‐foot cabin cruiser by an explosion in July, 1974.
Mr. Hoffa has nearly exhausted his legal remedies on the matter of his commutation. A Federal appeals court in Washington is expected to hand down a decision in the case soon.
The younger Mr. Hoffa filed an official missing person report with the Bloomfield Town ship police at 6 P.M. today. In it he said that his father had been expected to return home at 4 P.M. yesterday and was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt and blue pants:
Mr. Hoffa Jr. came out of his father's home briefly this evening and told a group of reporters that there, would be no press conferences and urged them to leave.
“We just don't have anything to say,” he said. “We're just waiting, hoping.”
Mr. Hoffa had served nearly five years of his 13‐year prison team. when he was released from a Federal penitentiary in February, 1972.
Lieut. Curt Grennier of the Bloomfield Township Police said Mr Hoffa had come to the restaurant at 2 P.M. for a meeting, but that the person he wee to meet did not show up. The lieutenant said that Mr. Hoffa called his wife and had not been seen since.
“That's the last we've seen or heard of hime,” he said adding, “You always have to consider foul play, considering Hoffa's background.
As president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, he was one of the country's most powerful and controversial labor leaders. The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations expunged Mr. Hoffa and the teamsters union from its rolls after it linked Mr. Hoffa with what it called a “rogue's gallery.”
Before his conviction on conspiracy and fraud charges in 1967, Mr. Hoffa had been on trial in Federal court four times in five years. He was acquited twice, and one trial ended with a hung jury.
Ever since he took over the teamsters union in 1954 from Dave Beck, Mr. Hoffa had been the object of nearly constant investigation by the Federal Government.
The late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, as counsel to the Senate rackets committee and later as Attorney General, was a long‐time adversary. He called Mr. Hoffa's handling of the union a “conspiracy of evil.”
There are a few theories about what happened to Jimmy Hoffa. One of the most popular theories was that he was dismembered and buried in the cement at the old Giants Stadium in New Jersey. The FBI was not convinced of this theory, however, and didn’t even check the site (section 107 specifically) when the stadium was demolished.
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The restaurant's manager said that Hoffa did not appear there yesterday. There was no sign of a struggle at the car, police said. They said they found some dirt on the front seat and a pair of white gloves on the floor in the rear.
The North American Newspaper Alliance said that Hoffa's family feared he had been murdered.
Hoffa was still the teamsters' leader when he went to prison in 1967 to serve a 13-year sentence on charges of jury-tampering and mail fraud. He continued to serve as union president from his prison cell for a time, but then he resigned.
He applied for parole three times and did not get it. On Dec. 23, 1971, Nixon commuted his sentence. Hoffa left the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa., after having served four years, nine months, and 16 days.
Clear Facts About What Happened To Him
Though all leads met dead ends, one thing was very clear. Jimmy Hoffa left home headed to Red Fox to catch an appointment with two mafia mobsters – Anthony Provenzano and Antony Giacalone – who had earlier threatened Jimmy for spoiling their businesses. Although the mobsters denied ever having that appointment upon interrogation.
Another clear fact about Jimmy Hoffa disappearance is that he was driven down to the Red Fox Bloomfield Township in a Mercury Marquis Brougham by his friend Charles, known as Chuckie O’Brien who also denied knowledge of the whereabouts of the renown labor leader.
Jimmy Hoffa also made two calls at that same location when he felt he was stood up by the men he came out to see one call to his wife and the other to his friend, Louis Linteau giving both situation report and also greeted some people who saw him in the parking lot close to his car.