A confession on his deathbed could lead to a breakthrough in the case of the union leader, who disappeared on July 30, 1975
A confession on his deathbed could provide a breakthrough in the case of the missing union leader Jimmy Hoffa, one of the 20th century’s most famous cold cases.
A worker at the former landfill in northern New Jersey said he helped bury Hoffa’s body underground in a steel drum at the site, according to The New York Times. Last month, the FBI obtained a search warrant at an old landfill in Jersey City, where the Teamster boss is said to have been buried after his disappearance in 1975.
“On October 25 and 26, FBI personnel from the field offices in Newark and Detroit conducted the investigation, and this data is currently being analyzed,” spokeswoman Mara Schneider said in a written statement Friday.
Agents arrived to conduct an investigation of the site under the Pulaski Skyway, at a spot of “dirt and gravel the size of a Little League diamond,” the Times reports, adding “the steel drum is said to be buried about 15 feet underground, in the shade. of the countless millions of drivers who have passed it. “
His father told him later in life that he buried Hoffa in a separate place on the site, which was larger than 80 acres, along with bricks, dirt and other barrels.
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The FBI received tips close to the time of his disappearance that Hoffa was buried in the landfill, which furthered the credibility of the confession.
Hoffa’s star fell after his 1964 jury manipulation sentence, which he served from 1967 to 1971, after which he was pardoned by President Richard Nixon. His relationship with the Mafia was filled in the years leading up to his disappearance on July 30, 1975. Leaders were reportedly upset that he was trying to regain control of Teamsters.
Hoffa was last seen arriving for a meeting with estranged friend Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano and a gangster at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, MI, but they never showed up. Witnesses said they last saw Hoffa in the parking lot get in the back of a car and be driven away. He was 62.
Hoffa was declared legally dead in 1982. Unsuccessful searches for his body have included excavations in rural Michigan, under a swimming pool and even under the floorboards of a house in Detroit.