The Michigan State Police searched a property in Hillsdale, Michigan for the remains of iconic slain labor leader Jimmy Hoffa last week. The search is the latest in a long line of digs and property surveys hoping to unearth the bones of the former Teamsters union boss and mob associate, missing for almost 45 years and finally crack what has been called America’s most famous unsolved crime ever. What MSP did or didn’t find when they let cadaver dogs loose on a piece of property once owned by a member of the Detroit mafia Thursday or if they will be reappearing for more probing of the property, is unknown at this time.
Hoffa disappeared from a Bloomfield Township restaurant parking lot on July 30, 1975 on his way to a mafia-style “sit down” with Detroit mob Chief Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and New Jersey mob capo Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano. Once allies and close friends, Hoffa and Provenzano were feuding over Teamster insurance benefits Hoffa received during a prison stay not afforded to Provenzano while behind bars at the same Lewisburg, Pennsylvania federal prison in the late 1960s.
Hoffa gave up the Teamsters presidency as a means of getting sprung early from his 10-year sentence for fraud, bribery and jury tampering via a commutation from U.S. President Richard Nixon. Upon his release from prison in 1971, Hoffa became intent on reclaiming his post atop the union despite the same mob benefactors he once rode to the seat now opposed to his return to power.
With the Teamster election looming on the horizon in 1976, Hoffa knew he had to squash his beef with Tony Pro if he was going to be successful in his re-election bid. Provenzano, a high-ranking member of the Genovese crime family, controlled the union’s entire voting block of delegates on the east coast. Tony Giacalone, Hoffa’s contact in the Detroit mafia dating back to the 1950s, was allegedly in charge of arranging the details of the Hoffa hit. Related to Tony Pro by way of marriage, Tony Jack brokered the fake sit down as a means of getting a cautious and sly Hoffa out in the open and able to kill.
Hoffa was declared legally dead in 1982. Nobody has ever been arrested in the case. Provenzano died of cancer in 1988 serving time in prison on an unrelated racketeering and murder conviction. Giacalone passed away from liver failure in 2001 under federal indictment awaiting trial.
Very few, if any, people with first hand knowledge of Hoffa’s kidnapping and execution remain alive today. Retired New Jersey mob soldier Stevie Andretta, who reported to Tony Provenzano in the Genovese crime family and investigators believe could have played a role in the “clean up” portion of the hit is still around. So is Hoffa’s surrogate son and former Detroit mob crony Chuckie O’Brien, who some claim was the man driving the car that took Hoffa to his slaughter.
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