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Where Did He Go?

Posted in History by patriciahysell on July 30, 2010

Jimmy Hoffa

July 30, 1975: Jimmy Hoffa, ex-Teamster president, disappears from the Machus Red Fox parking lot at 2:30 PM. Hoffa was at the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA restaurant nervously waiting for a lunch meeting with an unnamed person who never showed. Hoffa was the president of the Teamster’s Union from 1957-1971, making it one of the most powerful unions in the world. He had ties with the Mafia which he claimed were necessary to keep the Mob from disrupting strikes.

Federal investigators charged “that his empire thrived on violence, fraud and misuse of union money.” During the Kennedy administration, the charges finally stuck and Hoffa was convicted in 1964, and after all appeals were exhausted he went to federal prison in 1967 for four years. He was convicted of fund fraud, jury tampering and conspiracy. President Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971. The deal was that Hoffa would not resume his Teamster’s Presidency position until 1980, when his prison sentence would have ended.

It is believed that Hoffa was to meet with two gangster partners, Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone and Tony “Pro” Provenzano. Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien was considered by Hoffa to be one of the family. A maroon 1975 Mercury Marquis Brougham was seen leaving the parking lot by a truck driver. He states that Hoffa was in the back seat, but he was unable to see anyone else clearly. What appeared to be a rifle or shotgun was on the backseat, next to Hoffa.

Tracing the car led to Joe Giacalone, Tony Jack’s son, who told police he lent it to Chuckie O’Brien. Chuckie claimed to be elsewhere at the time of Hoffa’s disappearance, but no corroborative evidence was found. With DNA testing, proof was established that Hoffa was in the trunk of the Mercury at some time. Although investigators can’t prove who took Hoffa, they know who did it. What they don’t know is where Jimmy Hoffa’s body rests.

“To take life is always to die a little.” – John Wain

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” – Isaac Asimov

“You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone.” – Al Capone

“Violence is not the problem; it is the consequence of the problem.” – Jim Wallis

“I may have many faults, but being wrong ain’t one of them.” – Jimmy Hoffa

Also on this day, in 2002 the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law.
Bonus Link: In 2003, the last old style Volkswagen Beetle
rolled off the assembly line.

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