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

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

  1. A book called I Heard You Paint Houses, by Charles Brandt, posits a solution to the Hoffa killing. It sounds plausible, and even if it’s not true, it’s still a good story. The book purports to be the story of a mobster named Frank Sheehan, who claimed to be a good friend of Hoffa’s. (Allegedly, Hoffa’s first words to Sheehan were, “I heard you paint houses,” a reference to getting blood on the walls when you kill someone.) Some parts of the book are farfetched, some are not. I recommend it, but keep a few grains of salt handy.

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