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

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

  1. There’s a pretty decent book that purports to solve the Hoffa disappearance, called “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt. It’s about Frank Sheeran, a mobster who claims to have worked for Hoffa. “I heard you paint houses” (a reference to getting blood on the walls when you kill someone) was supposedly the first thing Hoffa ever said to Sheeran.
    Even if you don’t believe the “solution” to Hoffa’s disappearance, it’s still an entertaining read.


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