- A confession may offer a breakthrough in the case of disappeared union boss Jimmy Hoffa.
- In northern New Jersey said he helped bury Hoffa’s body underground in a steel drum at the site.
- Hoffa was declared legally dead in 1982
A confession may offer a breakthrough in the case of disappeared union boss Jimmy Hoffa, one of the 20th century’s most famous cold cases.
According to The New York Times, 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. Last month, the F.B.I. obtained a search warrant for an old dump in Jersey City where the Teamster boss was said to be buried after his disappearance in 1975.
“On October 25th & 26th, F.B.I. person from the Newark and Detroit field offices completed the survey, and that data is currently being supervised,” spokesperson Mara Schneider said in a statement on Friday.
Agents came to conduct a site survey under the Pulaski Skyway, on a patch of “dirt and gravel the size of a Little League diamond adding “the steel drum is said to be buried 15 feet below ground, in the shadow of countless millions of drivers who have passed it by.”
Dan Moldea, a journalist who had written about Hoffa since before he disappeared and is considered an expert on the subject, tells the Times the New Jersey site is “100 per cent” credible.
“A prominent person disappeared from a place 46 years ago and was never seen again, he said. “This case has to be solved very soon.”
Later in life, his father told him that he buried Hoffa in a separate location at the site, which was more significant than 80 acres, along with bricks, dirt, and other barrels.
F.B.I. got tips close to the time of his disappearance that Hoffa was buried at the landfill, furthering the correctness of the confession.
Hoffa’s star fell for his conviction for jury tampering in 1964, for which he served time from 1967 to 1971, at which point President Richard Nixon pardoned him. His relationship with the mafia grew up in the years leading to his disappearance on July 30, 1975. Leaders were reportedly upset as he was trying to regain control of the Teamsters.
Hoffa was last seen arriving at a meeting with estranged friend Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano and a mobster at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, MI, but they never appeared. Witnesses said they last saw Hoffa at the parking lot getting in the back of a car and being driven away. He was 62.
Hoffa was declared legally dead in 1982.
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