The mystery of Jimmy Hafa: A look at theories as the FBI investigates a possible breakthrough


The latest development in the search, which began when they disappeared in 1975, was the FBI confirmation last week that former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hafa was looking for a burial site near New Jersey.

LBL Last week it was confirmed that the FBI obtained a search warrant to check the location reported by Fox Nation.

The revelations have been reported as part of the Fox Nation series, “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa,” And that was the focus of the fourth episode available on the streaming service.

Fox Nation In March 2020, Ground Penetrating Radar Company hired Ground Penetrating Radar Systems to conduct an underground survey of the site, where technicians described large pieces of round metal that could have been a 55-gallon drum hofa.

Teamsters Union President James Hoffa Washington, DC, on January 18, 1967 (AP Photo)

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“Last month, the FBI obtained a search warrant for a site survey under the Pulaski Skyway,” the FBI said in a statement to LBL. “On October 25 and 26, FBI staff from the Newark and Detroit Field Offices completed the survey and that data is currently being analyzed. As the court sealed an affidavit supporting the search warrant, we are unable to provide any additional information.”

Several theories have emerged about Hoffa since he was reported missing, although many of them have been linked to book releases. From serious to obscure, here are some of the best:

Theory:

Hoffa was killed at the behest of the alleged New Jersey The man in the crowd was Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano. His body was “dumped into small pieces, shipped to Florida and thrown into the swamp.”

Who presented it:

Charles Allen, a self-described mafia killer, was jailed with Hoffa and participated in a federal witness-defense program, telling the story to the US Senate committee in 1982.

The result:

There was insufficient evidence to support the claim by the FBI and questions were raised about Allen’s attempt to sell the story to make money.

In this file photo taken on July 24, 1975, Jimmy Hafa poses for the photo.  Police take mud core samples at a home in Roseville, Mich., To find the remains of a missing Teamsters boss.  (Tony Spina / Detroit Free Press / Tribune News Service by Getty Images)

In this file photo taken on July 24, 1975, Jimmy Hafa poses for the photo. Police take mud core samples at a home in Roseville, Mich., To find the remains of a missing Teamsters boss. (Tony Spina / Detroit Free Press / Tribune News Service by Getty Images)

Theory:

Probably the most notorious was Hafa Buried under Section 107 of the Giants Stadium In East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Who presented it:

Self-described hit man Donald “Tony the Greek” Francois in a 1989 interview with Playboy magazine.

The result:

The FBI found nothing to support this claim, and did not bother to show it when the stadium was demolished in 2010.

“When that information came to our attention, we batted it, but we were all convinced this guy was not trustworthy,” said FBI Agent Jim Kosler. “We were able to prove to our minds that what they were saying was not going to happen because they couldn’t be there or they were in jail at the time.”

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Theory:

Hoffa was abducted by “federal marshals or federal agents,” drove to a nearby airport, and dropped out of a plane, possibly into one of the Great Lakes surrounding Michigan.

Who presented it:

Joseph Franco, a former Hoffa assistant and strong arm in the 1987 book “Hofas Man.”

The result:

There was nothing to support his claim, other than Franco’s.

A Chicago Tribune review of the book states: “Richard Hammer, a former New York Times reporter who helped Franco with the book, writes honestly in the introduction that the stories have a ‘ring of truth.’

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Theory:

Hoffa was killed in a Detroit home by one-time ally Frank Sheeran. The main parts of the narrative became the basis for the 2019 film “The Irishman.”

Who presented it: Sheeran.

The result:

Bloomfield Township police demolished the house in 2004, but The The FBI Crime Lab concluded The blood found on them was not Hofa’s.

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Theory:

A New Jersey mob killed Man Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski in Hoffa, Michigan, drove the body to a junkyard in New Jersey, sealed it in a 50-gallon drum, and set fire to it. The corpse was then dug and put into the trunk of a car that was selling as scrap metal.

Who presented it:

Kuklinski argued in his 2006 book “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer” that he received $ 40,000 for the murder.

The result: The former head of organized criminal investigations at the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice told the Bergen County Record in New Jersey that he doubted the claim.

“They took the body from Detroit, where they have one of the largest lakes in the world and returned it to New Jersey? Come on,” Bob Busino said.

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Theory: Hoffa was killed and his body buried under a swimming pool in Hampton Township, Oakland County.

Who presented it: Richard c. Powell, who lives on the property and lives in jail without the possibility of parole for the 1982 homicide in Saginaw County.

The result: In 2003, police used a backhoe to dismantle the pool and dig it down, though no trace of the hoof was found. At one point, police brought Powell to the scene with handcuffs and shackles. Then-Bay County Prosecutor Joseph K. Sheeran told the Bay City (Michigan) Times that Powell “has nothing to do with Hoffa” and that the criminal wants a few moments of fame.

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Theory: Hoffa’s killers buried him beneath the 73-story Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

Who presented it: Marvin Elkind, a self-described “driver and gangster for group bosses” in the 2011 book “The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob.”

The result: The building, home to General Motors’ headquarters, stands and the claim has never been taken seriously.

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Theory: Hoffa was Buried in a makeshift grave beneath the concrete slab A barn in Oakland Township, 25 miles north of Detroit.

Who presented it: Tony Gerilli, a renowned Mafia leader on the “Hofa Found” online. Zerilli was jailed for organized crime when Hoffa disappeared, but he claimed he was notified of Hoffa’s presence after his release.

The result: In 2013, the FBI and police spent two days Digging in the barn, but found nothing.

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Theory: Hoffa’s body was delivered to the Jersey City Landfill in 1975, placed on a steel drum and He was buried about 100 yards away on state property It sits beneath an elevated highway.

Who presented it: Dan Moldia, a journalist who wrote extensively about the Hofa saga as a result of his interviews with Frank Capola. Capola, who died in 2020, says his father had a landslide and buried the body.

The result: Must be determined. The FBI secured a search warrant to do the site survey, which was completed last month and is analyzing the data. The agency did not say whether anything was removed from the site.

AssociateD The press contributed to this report.

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