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The Jimmy Hoffa Mystery: A look at theories while the FBI investigates possible lead

The FBI’s confirmation last week that it looked at a site near a landfill in New Jersey as the possible burial ground of former Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa is the latest development in a search that began when he disappeared in 1975.

Fox News confirmed last week that the FBI was given a search warrant to investigate the site, which Fox Nation reported could be a burial site for Hoffa.

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

Fox Nation hired a ground-penetrating radar company, Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, in March 2020 to conduct an underground survey of the site, with a technician describing large pieces of round metal that could be a 55-gallon drum Hoffa is said to have been buried in.

Teamsters' Union President James Hoffa attends the start of trucking contract talks at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, January 18, 1967. (AP Photo)

Teamsters’ Union President James Hoffa attends the start of trucking contract talks at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, January 18, 1967. (AP Photo)

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“Last month, the FBI obtained a search warrant to conduct an investigation into the site under Pulaski Skyway,” the FBI said in a statement to Fox News. “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. Because the statement in support of the search warrant was sealed by the court, we are unable to provide more info.”

A number of theories have emerged about Hoffa since he was reported missing, though many of them have been linked to book releases. Here are some of the best, from serious to crooked:

Theory:

Hoffa was killed on orders from alleged New Jersey mobster Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano. His body was “painted into small pieces, shipped to Florida and thrown into a swamp.”

Who posted it:

The self-proclaimed mafia killer Charles Allen, who served time in prison with Hoffa and participated in the federal witness protection program, told the story to a U.S. Senate committee in 1982.

Result:

The FBI never found enough evidence to support the claim, and questions were raised about Allen trying to sell the story to make money.

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

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

Theory:

Probably the most infamous had Hoffa buried under section 107 of the Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Who posted it:

The self-described assassin Donald “Tony the Greek” Frankos in an interview with Playboy magazine from 1989.

Result:

The FBI found nothing in support of the allegation and did not appear when the stadium was demolished in 2010.

“When that information came to our attention, we turned it around, but we were all ultimately convinced that this guy was unreliable,” said FBI agent Jim Kossler. “We were able to prove to our minds that what he told us could not have happened because he either could not have been there or he was in jail at the time.”

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Theory:

Hoffa was abducted by “either federal marshals or federal agents”, driven to a nearby airport and crashed into a plane, possibly in one of the large lakes surrounding Michigan.

Who posted it:

Former Hoffa helper and strongman Joseph Franco in the book “Hoffa’s Man.” from 1987.

Result:

Other than Franco’s words, there was nothing to support his claim.

A review of the book by the Chicago Tribune put it this way: “Former New York Times reporter Richard Hammer, who helped Franco with the book, writes honestly in the introduction that the stories have the ‘ring of truth’. Maybe, but they also smell of something else.”

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Theory:

Hoffa was killed by former ally Frank Sheeran in a house in Detroit. Key parts of the narrative became the basis of the 2019 film “Irene.”

Who posted it: Sheeran.

Result:

Bloomfield Township police tore up floorboards in the house in 2004, but it FBI Crime Laboratory Closed that blood found on them was not Hoffas.

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Theory:

New Jersey mob killer Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski killed Hoffa in Michigan, drove the body to a New Jersey scrap yard, sealed it in a 50-gallon drum and set it on fire. Later, he dug up the body and put it in the trunk of a car that was sold as scrap metal.

Who posted it:

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

Result: The former head of organized crime investigation for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice told The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey that he doubted the allegation.

“They took a corpse from Detroit, where they have one of the largest lakes in the world, and drove it all the way back to New Jersey? Come on,” Bob Buccino said.

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

Who posted it: Richard C. Powell, who used to live on the property and who served life in prison without the possibility of parole for a 1982 murder in Saginaw County.

Result: Police used a backhoe to tear down the pool and dig under it in 2003, though no trace of Hoffa was found. At one point, police brought Powell to the scene handcuffed and handcuffed. Bay County then-prosecutor Joseph K. Sheeran told the Bay City (Michigan) Times that Powell “had no connection to Hoffa at all” and that the convict simply wanted a few moments of fame.

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

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

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

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Theory: Hoffa var buried in a temporary grave under a concrete slab of a barn in Oakland Township about 40 miles north of Detroit.

Who posted it: The esteemed mafia captain Tony Zerilli in the online “Hoffa Found”. Zerilli was in jail for organized crime when Hoffa disappeared, but he claimed he was informed of Hoffa’s whereabouts after his release.

Result: The FBI and police spent two days in 2013 dug at the site that had no longer loaded but found nothing.

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Theory: Hoffa’s body was delivered to a landfill in Jersey City in 1975, placed in a steel drum and buried about 100 yards away on state property located under an elevated highway.

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Who made it: Journalist Dan Moldea, who has written extensively on the Hoffa saga as a result of interviews with Frank Cappola. Cappola, who died in 2020, says his father owned the landfill and buried the body.

Result: Needs to be clarified. The FBI obtained a search warrant to conduct an on-site investigation, which it conducted last month and analyzed the data. The agency has not said whether it has removed anything from the site.

Associatedd The press contributed to this report.

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