this day in crime history: july 30, 1975

On this date in 1975, former (and wannabe future) teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Hoffa was scheduled to have a sit-down at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield, MI with Detroit mobster Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone and New Jersey labor leader Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano. Tony Pro, by the way, was also a made member of the Genovese crime family.

Hoffa’s plan was to mount a court challenge to a federal ban on his participation in union activities that would have kept him out of the Teamsters until 1981. With that out of the way, he could challenge his successor Frank Fitzsimmons for control of the Teamsters. Sadly for Jimmy, it looks like the mob had other ideas. He was last seen leaving the restaurant parking lot in an unidentified car.

Further reading:

Crime Museum – Jimmy Hoffa

Wikipedia – Jimmy Hoffa

11 thoughts on “this day in crime history: july 30, 1975

  1. If you want to read an interesting book about Jimmy Hoffa and his relationship with the Mob, specifically Russell Bufalino, I recommend I Heard You Paint Houses, by Charles Brandt. It’s an as-told-to by a guy named Frank Sheehan, who claimed to be a Mafia hit man and Teamster business agent. “I heard you paint houses” is allegedly the first thing Jimmy Hoffa said to him. Painting houses refers to getting blood on the walls when you kill someone.
    Even if it’s not all true (and some of it undoubtedly is), it’s a good read.


  2. John D.:
    So, it was on THIS day that Hoffa went missing and soon became a “pillar of the community”….
    As to WHICH pillar holding up WHICH building has yet to be determined, right?

    I’m still curious as to his final “demise”…we know it wasn’t under any end-zone in a certain stadium.

    Good story.
    Roll safe out there, boss.


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