Famous Unsolved Crimes Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa Part 1

About a famous unsolved crime involving the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, history of the investigation, clues, and unanswered questions.


Jimmy Hoffa Disappearance (1975)

The Crime: Officially, Jimmy Hoffa is listed in police files as "Missing Person 75-3425." However, everyone believes that the flamboyant labor leader was murdered. The script of his death has been fairly well authenticated. The 62-year-old Hoffa was released from prison in late 1971 after President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence for jury tampering. (He had served 4 years of the 8-year sentence.) In 1975 Hoffa was preparing to make a bid to regain the presidency of the Teamsters Union when he vanished. On July 30 of that year, Hoffa left his suburban Detroit home and drove alone in his car to the Manchus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township. He expected to be picked up there and taken to a meeting with Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, a powerful figure in New Jersey Teamster affairs and a bitter foe of Hoffa's reemergence to power. The meeting had been set up by Detroit gang lieutenant Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone, Hoffa's longtime friend.

Hoffa was to meet Giacalone in front of the restaurant at 2:00 P.M. At 2:30 he telephoned his wife. "I wonder where the hell Tony is," Hoffa said. "I'm waiting for him." That was the last anyone heard from Jimmy Hoffa.

The Investigation: Investigators checking the scene of Hoffa's disappearance came up with witnesses who had seen him get into a car with his foster son, 41-year-old "Chuckie" O'Brien, a lower-echelon union official, and two or three other men. Eventually, the car was found, and traces of Hoffa's blood and hair were discovered in the backseat. There was not enough blood for him to have been shot in the car, but he could have been rendered unconscious, or perhaps strangled there and then taken elsewhere and shot.

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